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Coldplay top US Billboard chart

Chris Martin
Coldplay look set to dominate the charts on both sides of the Atlantic

British band Coldplay have scored their first number one single on the US Billboard chart.

Viva La Vida has become only the second British single to top the Hot 100 this year, following Leona Lewis's success with Bleeding Love.

The band are also on course to earn their first number one UK single this weekend, early sales figures suggest.

Viva La Vida is the title track from the band's current album, also set to head the US Billboard 200 next week.

In the UK, early sales figures also suggested that Coldplay would top the UK's album chart for a second week in a row. They are currently outselling their closest challenger - Rockferry by Duffy - by more than six to one.

"Not only is Viva La Vida set to become the biggest-selling album release of 2008, but the band are also on course to enjoy their first-ever double number one single and album celebration," said Gennaro Castaldo, a spokesman for music retailer HMV.

The single is not yet physically available, but Mr Castaldo said it remained ahead of the competition on download sales alone.

On Wednesday night Coldplay showcased several tracks from their new album in an open air concert at the BBC Television Centre in London.




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