Coldplay to give new single away for free
For years, people have been clamouring that Coldplay's music isn't worth paying for. Now, at last, the band themselves are bowing to pressure. Their new single, tickets to two upcoming concerts - yes, they're giving it all away for free.Violet Hill, the first single from the group's new record, is available as a free download starting at 12.15pm today. If you're going to take advantage, do it quick: in another week, you'll have to pay for the thing to get it from iTunes.In a further act of headline-stealing magnanimity, Coldplay have also announced two free gigs. On June 16, they will fill London's Brixton Academy, while four nights later they repeat the gesture at Madison Square Garden in New York.Tickets for both gigs will be distributed through a contest on the band's website, with details to be announced.
Coldplay's new album, their fourth, is still due to be called Viva La Vida, but they've also appended a pondersome subtitle: Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends is how the record will be listed when it arrives in shops on June 16.In further Coldplay news, the album art has also been announced! Although Viva La Vida is ostensibly named after a Frida Kahlo painting, Chris Martin and the band have spurned Kahlo's modernism and instead found their cover by vandalising a Eugene Delacroix painting. His 1830 masterpiece Liberty Leading The People depicts dead bodies, soldiers, and Liberty waving the French tricolour. In Coldplay's version someone's also scrawled a Ricky Martin lyric in white paint.Because if there's one thing that sums Coldplay up it's a vandalised oil painting of a topless lady with a French flag! Source: guardian.co.uk