Since its release on October 24th, 908,000 copies of Mylo Xyloto had been sold by December 31st, according to figures from the Official Charts Company.
This is almost double the number of the second best-selling rock album of 2011, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, of which 492,000 copies of the self-titled album were sold.
In addition, Coldplay’s popular single Paradise, taken from the Mylo Xyloto album, was the biggest-selling rock single of 2011, shifting 410,000 copies.
The band actually has four singles in the top 20, with Every Teardrop is a Waterfall at number four, followed by Fix You (which was first released in 2005) and Viva La Vida.
Iris by Goo Goo Dolls was the second biggest-selling rock single of last year, although it only sold 264,000 copies.
Florence & the Machine and Foo Fighters did well with their latest releases. Ceremonials – the highly-anticipated follow-up to Florence’s debut album Lungs – was the third biggest-selling rock album of 2011, which sold marginally more copies than Wasting Light by Foo Fighters.
Holding up the British contingent were Mumford and Sons, Elbow and Kasbian, although only Elbow managed to have an album in the top 20.
Some singles in the chart were released long before January 2011, suggesting that external influences like songs used on adverts encourage people to download. Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars and Wherever You Will Go by The Calling made the top ten.
The figures come after the BPI reported that pop is now the favourite genre of the nation, with pop album sales surpassing rock albums for the first time in seven years.
Largely aided by Adele’s 21, pop’s share of Britain’s music buying tastes was 33.6 per cent compared to rock’s 29.4 per cent.