Stream Coldplay’s Moody, Heartfelt ‘Ghost Stories’ Album
Hour-long Coldplay TV special will air on NBC before album’s release
Coldplay’s sixth album,Â Ghost Stories, is now streamingÂ on iTunes, one week before its release date, with a full-length animation of Mila FÃ¼rstovÃ¡’s album art. Over the past few months, the group has teased the album by releasingÂ the singleÂ andÂ magician-themed videoÂ for “Magic,” the mournful andÂ moody “Oceans,”Â theÂ chilly “Midnight”Â (and a disco remixÂ of that song by Giorgio Moroder), theÂ Avicii-assisted trackÂ “A Sky Full of Tears” andÂ more ambientÂ “Always in My Head.” In total, the album contains nine new songs, and a deluxe edition of the album, available only at Target, features three bonus tracks ”“ “All Your Friends,” “Ghost Story” and “O (Part 2/Reprise)” ”“ which, naturally, are not streaming on iTunes.
The album comes on the heels of frontman Chris Martin’s announcement that he isÂ “consciously uncoupling“Â with wife Gwyneth Paltrow. In anÂ interview with the BBCÂ in April, he explained how going through the breakup influenced what he wrote onÂ Ghost Stories. “About two years ago I was a mess, really, because I can’t enjoy the things that we are good at and I can’t enjoy the great things around me because I’m burdened by this,” he said. “I’ve got to not blame anyone else and make some changes.”
In anticipation of the album’s release, NBC will air an hour-long primetime special ”“Â Coldplay: Ghost StoriesÂ ”“ that will blend live footage with “360-degree imagery” on Sunday, May 18th. Filmmaker Paul Dugdale, who previously made the documentaryÂ Coldplay Live 2012, shot the band when itÂ performed the album in full on an L.A. soundstage before an audience of 800 in March.
The group has booked only a handful of tour dates to support the album,Â one of whichÂ will take place on May 19th ”“ the day the album hits shelves ”“ at L.A.’s 1,800-seat Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Previously, the group played New York City’s 2,900-capacity Beacon Theatre, where theyÂ dedicated “Fix You”Â to Mick Jagger out of respect to his recently deceased girlfriend, L’Wren Scott.