Pink Floyd's new album set to overtake One Direction as most pre-ordered album ever

The Endless River has beaten Coldplay's Ghost Stories on the 2014 list

Pink Floyd's upcoming final album has been named Amazon's most pre-ordered album of the year, two weeks before its release.

Coldplay's Ghost Stories has been overtaken by The Endless River for 2014, with Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes, Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love and Ed Sheeran's X completing the top five.

Due out on 10 November, The Endless River looks set to challenge One Direction's 2013 bestseller Midnight Memories for the most pre-ordered album of all-time.

It must also beat Robbie Williams' Swing Both Ways, Take That's Progress and Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream to take the top spot and currently sits at number five.

Pink Floyd confirmed that The Endless River would be their last album earlier this month. Band members David Gilmour and Nick Mason announced the decision on BBC 6 Music after agreeing to stop releasing new music.

"Rick [Wright, keyboardist] is gone, dead. I'm pretty certain that there will not be a follow up to this," said Gilmour.

"Polly, my wife, thought that would be a very good lyrical idea to go out on. It's a shame but this is the end."

 

The new album is a tribute to Wright, whose talent was "underestimated by the public, by the media and by Pink Floyd at times".

Teenage Egyptian artist Ahmed Emad Eldin has designed the cover art, which depicts a man punting on a sea of clouds towards a glowing horizon.

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The cover art for final Pink Floyd album The Endless River

Storm Thorgerson, the graphic designer whose surreal covers for Floyd's classic albums, including The Dark Side Of The Moon immeasurably enhanced the band's mystique, died last year.

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