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Coldplay named top-selling act at World Music Awards (2008)


Story by Jack Foley

COLDPLAY scored a further two massive hits in Monaco on Sunday night (November 9, 2008), when they were named the top-selling act of 2008 and rock act of the year at the World Music Awards (WMAs).

The first award was presented for the success of their latest album Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends, which topped the charts in Britain, the US, Japan, Germany and France after its release earlier this year.

According to the awards, sales were boosted by a clever marketing campaign, which saw the band give away the first single for free over the internet for a week as well as performing a series of free concerts.

They have since embarked on a world tour, which has proved a similar sell-out success.

And the success of the LP was enough to see them crowned best rock act, too, even though they weren’t at the ceremony to receive it.

The annual World Music Awards are designed to honour artists based on world-wide sales figures that are provided by IFPI, a London-based organisation which represents the recording industry.

Another of the night’s big winners was US rocker Kid Rock who, despite losing out in the rock act category, also triumphed in the male pop category and the pop/rock male award. His album, Rock N Roll Jesus was released in the UK earlier this year, and included the summer hit, All Summer Long.

Kid Rock performed at the ceremony, as did Beyonce, who is poised to release her new album shortly.

Other winners included Leona Lewis, who was named best female pop act for outselling Madonna and Mariah Carey, and best new artist.

Amy Winehouse was named female pop/rock act of the year, despite a turbulent 12 months, Alicia Keys took the world’s best R&B performer and Lil Wayne was crowned the world’s best hip-hop/rap artist. Another rapper, Akon, was named biggest Internet artist of the year.

Veteran musician Ringo Starr was also in Monaco to pick up the diamond award, created in 2001 to honour artists who have sold more than 100 million albums during their career. He was representing The Beatles.