Coldplay record is world's best-selling album of 2008

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Feb 17 2009 10:28 AM | Updated as of Feb 17 2009 06:28 PM

LONDON – British rock band Coldplay's "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends" was the top-selling album worldwide in 2008, industry figures showed Monday.

The group's fourth studio album sold 6.8 million units worldwide, said the London-based International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the recording industry worldwide.

"Black Ice", the first new album from Australian hard rockers AC/DC in eight years, came second, while the soundtrack to the hit film "Mamma Mia! The Movie" came third.

In fourth place, British singer Duffy's "Rockferry" was the top-selling debut album, while veteran US heavy metal band Metallica's ninth studio album "Death Magnetic" came fifth.

"Viva La Vida" sold more downloads than any other album in digital history within a month of release, the IFPI said.

Earlier this month, Coldplay, who describe their music as "very heavy soft rock" won three Grammy Awards in the United States, including best rock album. They are nominated for three Brit Awards in Britain.

Coldplay are about to start a tour of Australia before playing North America and a series of European stadium dates later this year.

The 10 biggest-selling albums contained four by British artists, three by US artists and two film soundtracks.

Elsewhere, US rockers Guns N' Roses' long-awaited "Chinese Democracy", their first studio album of original material since 1991, came 14th.

The 25th anniversary edition of US "king of pop" Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album -- the world's all-time best-selling album -- took 32nd place.

Top 20 selling albums of 2008:

1. Coldplay -- "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends"

2. AC/DC -- "Black Ice"

3. Various Artists -- "Mamma Mia! The Movie Soundtrack Featuring The Songs Of ABBA"

4. Duffy -- "Rockferry"

5. Metallica -- "Death Magnetic"

6. Leona Lewis -- "Spirit "

7. Amy Winehouse -- "Back To Black"

8. Various Artists -- "High School Musical 3: Senior Year"

9. Lil Wayne -- "Tha Carter III"

10. Rihanna -- "Good Girl Gone Bad"

11. Madonna -- "Hard Candy"

12. Beyonce -- "I Am... Sasha Fierce"

13. Pink -- "Funhouse"

14. Guns N' Roses -- "Chinese Democracy"

15. Britney Spears -- "Circus"

16. Jack Johnson -- "Sleep Through The Static"

17. Il Divo -- "The Promise"

18. Taylor Swift -- "Fearless"

19. Jonas Brothers -- "A Little Bit Longer"

20. Various Artists -- "Camp Rock"