Now that we've passed the halfway point of the year (174 days to Christmas, y'all) it's worth taking stock and seeing what the year's most successful albums have been. Some of them could have been expected, such as Coldplay's slot at the top, and others are perhaps a little surprising given that they were released last year.

'Ghost Stories', Coldplay's sixth record, was released in May and has already become the year's most distributed album thus far in the UK by shifting more than 375,000 units to date. Chris Martin and his crew have now sold an astonishing 11.1 million albums in the UK since making their debut in 2000 with 'Parachutes'.

Paolo Nutini, the Scot with the Italian name, comes in second place after selling 329,000 copies of his Caustic Love record, while Ellie Goulding's Halcyon - originally released in 2012 - is still in the charts, albeit the expanded 'Halcyon Days' version and has moved 275,000 copies.

Arctic Monkeys album of last summer 'AM' is still proving a popular record too and sneaks in at the #10 spot.

The top ten albums of 2014, in terms of record sales, are:

1 - Coldplay - 'Ghost Stories'
2 - Paolo Nutini - 'Caustic Love'
3 - Ellie Goulding - 'Halcyon'
4 - Paloma Faith - 'A Perfect Contradiction'
5 - Sam Smith - 'In The Lonely Hour'
6 - Pharrell Williams - 'Girl'
7 - Bastille - 'Bad Blood'
8 - London Grammar - 'If You Wait'
9 - Beyonce - 'Beyonce'
10 - Arctic Monkeys - 'AM'


(via NME)