Coldplay have finally named their new album, which will be released on June 16.
The record, the band’s fourth, will be called ‘Viva la Vida’ – meaning long live life – after frontman Chris Martin saw the phrase on a painting by Mexican artists Frida Kahlo, Rolling Stone reports.
“She went through a lot of shit, of course, and then she started a big painting in her house that said ‘Viva la Vida’,” explained Martin of the choice. “I just loved the boldness of it.”
It had been rumoured before that the album would be called ‘Prospekt’, something Coldplay quickly denied.
Martin admitted that the title he has settled on does have other connotations other than the celebrated artists, perhaps most infamously pop star Ricky Martin.
“Everyone thinks it comes from Ricky Martin, which is fine. I have absolute respect,” explained Martin. “I’ve been through this before, naming something or someone and everyone saying that ‘That’s a terrible name’. But then saying, ‘Well, fuck you, that’s what it’s called, and I’ll be proved to be right eventually’. So when ‘Viva la Vida’ came along, I was kind of annoyed because I’m going to have to try and convince everybody of this, but it just felt right.”
The tracklisting for the album is yet to be confirmed, but tracks believed to be in contention include ‘Lovers In Japan’ and ‘Strawberry Swing’.