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Coldplay’s hugely anticipated new album was released on June 12th and has been flying off the shelves at Woolworths stores at a rate of 20 copies every minute.

The sales rush sets the album, called Viva La Vida, on course to be the biggest selling record of 2008. Over 302,000 CD and download sales in the first three days alone ensured it hit the top of the UK album chart. The previous week’s number one album, Paul Weller’s 22 Dreams, sold 63,000 in its first week of release.

“The new Coldplay album has been selling at the rapid rate of 20 copies every minute this morning at Woolies,” says Alan Hunt, Woolworths’ CD and DVD trading manager on release day morning.

“They are currently the biggest British guitar band and they are certainly the biggest draw at the tills. Any new Coldplay release is an event in stores like ours and this morning hasn’t disappointed with thousands of fans rushing in to be one of the first to own the CD.”

Viva La Vida has also topped the US Billboard charts, selling a staggering 720,000 copies in the opening week.

The album costs £9.97 at Woolworths stores for the CD, the album is also available to download from for £4.97.

Further information –

Woolworths press office, 0207 706 5689,

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