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Coldplay is the new Backstreet Boys, and not just because Star magazine’s more likely to run a paparazzi shot of lead singer Chris Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow than of any given BSB member. No, we’re talking strictly from the perspective of the Billboard charts, where in its second week, Coldplay’s X&Y dropped 56 percent but still managed to outpace debut-week sales of Backstreet’s comeback effort, Never Gone, and Foo Fighters’ double disc, In Your Honor. The tale of the tape: 323,000 for Coldplay, 311,000 for Foo Fighters, 290,000 for Backstreet.

While Backstreet’s return would be respectable for most artists, when you consider that their previous CD, Black & Blue, sold 1.6 million in its first week back in 2000, you can perhaps, feel just a little of their pain.

The only other disc to debut in the top 10 this week was Fat Joe’s All or Nothing, at No. 6, with 106,500 units moved. Lean back!

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