Coldplay stream new album ‘Ghost Stories’ ahead of official release

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The band's sixth album will be released on May 19

Coldplay are streaming their new album ‘Ghost Stories’ a week ahead of its official release.

Fans can listen to the album at iTunes.com/Coldplay, where the stream comes alongside a full-length animation of the album’s artwork, which was designed by Mila Fürstová.

‘Ghost Stories’ is the band’s sixth album and will be released on May 19. A special Coldplay concert will air on Sky Arts 1 on the same day, which was filmed in front of 800 people and sees them perform all nine tracks on the new LP plus fan favourites including ‘Clocks’, ‘Viva La Vida’ and ‘Paradise’. This will be the first opportunity for UK fans to see the new album tracks performed live.

Last month the band’s frontman Chris Martin took part in an in-depth interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe in which he spoke about working with Avicii on current single ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ and about how he felt like he was cheating on the band when he asked Avicii to play piano on the track. The singer also revealed his love for X Factor boy band One Direction: “I think One Direction are the biggest band in the world,” he said. “Their songs are great. I’m saying One Direction are brilliant and I’m not kidding.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Martin said that the band’s new album ‘Ghost Stories’ was “42 minutes on an emotional treadmill”. The singer said that “although it starts off seeming like a heartbreak record” the album is actually about realisation and acceptance.

Coldplay will play a series of shows following the album’s release, calling at:

Los Angeles Royce Hall, USA (May 19)
Glasgow Green, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, UK (May 24)
Paris Casino de Paris, France (May 28)
Tokyo Dome City Hall, Japan (June 12)
London Royal Albert Hall, UK (July 1)