When the first UK singles chart of 2012 was published today on the first day of the year, it was Coldplay that made it to the top spot with Paradise, as was somewhat expected after news of the mid-week sales were published by The Official Charts Company.
Paradise climbed to the number-one spot in its tenth week on the chart, having been considered chart ineligible upon its release on 12 September 2011, due to it having been offered as a free download for anyone who pre-ordered the album, Mylo Xyloto. With the release of the album on 24 October 2011 the song finally became chart eligible and debuted at #14 with sales of 27,277 copies - it had already sold 118,547 copies in the six weeks of chart ineligibility. After a performance on the X Factor final Paradise reached #2 on the chart, and now in the first week of 2011 it reached #1. It is Coldplay's second number one single, following 2008's Viva La Vida. According to The Offícial Charts Company, Coldplay's Paradise has already sold nearly 410,000 copies to date.
Behind Paradise, the former X Factor contestant Olly Murs reached #2 with Dance With Me Tonight, Flo Rida's Good Feeling is at #3 and last week's number-one Military Wives with Gareth Malone fell down to #4 with Wherever You Are.
The complete current UK Singles Chart can be found here.