4:56 AM PST 07/03/2014 by Georg Szalai
"Happy" from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack and "Ghost Stories" have outsold other releases as of the midyear mark.
LONDON — Pharrell Williams, Clean Bandit and John Legend have sold the most singles in the U.K. during the first half of the year, while Coldplay released the best-selling album of the first six months.
Williams' "Happy" from the soundtrack to Despicable Me 2, released last summer, leads the singles sales as of the midyear mark with 1.29 copies sold this year according to the Official Charts Company, Britain's music sales tracker. In total, the song has sold 1.52 million times, according to the data.
Classical crossover quartet Clean Bandit are in second place with "Rather Be" featuring Jess Glynn as of the midyear mark. The London-based group's single became the fastest-selling single of 2014 in Britain with 163,000 copies sold during its first week. Overall, it has sold more than 977,000 times this year.
John Legend's "All Of Me" ranks third in Britain in terms of year-to-date singles sales. It has sold nearly 702,000 times this year and 715,000 times overall.
The top 5 singles in Britain for the first half of 2014 are rounded out by Pitbull and Kesha's "Timber" (691,000 copies sold this year) and "Waves" by Dutch hip-hopper Mr Probz (577,000).
Meanwhile, Coldplay's Ghost Stories is the biggest-selling album in Britain for the first half of 2014, according to the Official Charts Company. It has sold in excess of 375,000 copies since its release earlier this year.
Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love and Ellie Goulding's Halcyon took the second and third spot for the first half of 2014 in Britain. They have sold more than 329,000 times and 275,000 times this year, respectively. Halcyon is also nearing the 1 million mark in total sales since release, with 902,000 copies.