Coldplay can be as self-deprecating as they want, but the fact remains that they are one of the biggest rock bands in the world. They proved it when their fifth album, Mylo Xyloto, moved more than 447,000 copies in its first week on the charts, according to Nielsen SoundScan, notching the third-highest Billboard 200 debut of 2011 behind Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne. In a testament to their chart prowess, in addition to snagging their third consecutive #1 debut, the band's previous four albums are back on the charts as well, down in the mid-50s and 60s.
Coldplay's first-week showing was more than enough to keep Kelly Clarkson from hitting the top of the charts in the debut week of her latest album, Stronger, which is a distant #2 on sales of 163,000.
Clarkson is back doing what she does best on the disc: writing awesomely powerful pop breakup anthems like "Mr. Know It All." She told MTV News that she particularly likes that "feisty" single, since it is so "in your face."
Crooner Michael Bublé is right behind at #3 with Christmas (141,000), with country rabble-rouser Toby Keith landing at #5 with Clancy's Tavern (69,000) and grave-voiced troubadour Tom Waits close on his heels at #6 with Bad as Me (63,000).
The rest of the top 10: Adele, 21 (#4, 107,000), Scotty McCreery, Clear as Day (#7, 42,000), Lady Antebellum, Own the Night (#8, 31,000), Tony Bennett, Duets II (#9, 31,000) and Casting Crowns, Come to the Well (#10, 30,000).
Though actress/singer Zooey Deschanel may have a blue Christmas on the heels of her split from husband Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, she can take some solace that her holiday album with side project She & Him, A Very She & Him Christmas, lands at #12 on sales of 29,000.
Boyz II Men make a comeback to the charts, landing at #20 with, appropriately enough, Twenty (18,000), while the week's most drastic plunge comes from alt rock veterans Jane's Addiction, whose The Great Escape Artist shed 74 percent of its first-week business, and 55 chart spots, to land at #67 (6,000).
The top should get a reshuffle again next week when Justin Bieber's Under the Mistletoe debuts, alongside the second album from former reality show star Susan Boyle and albums from Miranda Lambert, Florence and the Machine, Wale and Lou Reed and Metallica's controversial hookup, Lulu.