“Viva La Vida” Goes Global

noah | February 16, 2009 5:30 am

Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, Or Death And All His Friends was the top-selling album of 2008 worldwide, selling 6.8 million copies, according to data released today by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which represents some 1,400 record companies around the globe. Coming in behind Coldplay were AC/DC’s Black Ice; the soundtrack to the movie version of Mamma Mia!; Duffy’s Rockferry; and Metallica’s Death Magnetic. The top 20 albums and top 10 digital songs after the jump. (I swear this is going to be the last 2008 wrapup we run.)

THE GOOD: Viva La Vida sold more copies than the previous year’s No. 1 album, the soundtrack to High School Musical 2. Hey, these days, it’s any port in a storm, right?THE BAD: People around the world sure do love operatic boy band Il Divo, whose The Promise sold more around the world than recent efforts by the Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift.THE WHAAAA? The soporific “Apologize”—No. 5 on the global tracks chart—was credited to Timbaland, with nary a mention of OneRepublic, a.k.a. the band that actually crafted the song that housed his occasional “ay”-ing. Good thing Ryan Tedder has that prolific songwriting career!

The top 20 albums: 1. Coldplay, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends 2. AC/DC, Black Ice 3. Various Artists, Mamma Mia! The Movie Soundtrack 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. P!nk, 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 OST

The top 10 tracks: 1. Lil Wayne, “Lollipop” 2. Thelma Aoyama, “Sobaniirune”

3. Flo Rida feat. T-Pain, “Low” 4. Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love” 5. Timbaland, “Apologize” 6. Greeeen, “Kiseki”

7. Katy Perry, “I Kissed A Girl” 8. Alicia Keys, “No One” 9. Usher feat. Young Jeezy, “Love In This Club” 10. Chris Brown, “With You”

Viva La Vida top-selling album of 2008 [IFPI]