Have you ever heard of Coldplay? I am guessing even if you don’t listen to them, you have heard of the band. I am truly amazed by this band. Not only are they a darn good band, (even if you just think they are just a poppy, trendy U2, their success is obvious) but they very well could be the best marketed band ever. They time their release dates perfectly, show up on all the popular shows just before the album hits the market, gives away free downloads of their songs, does free concerts in London and probably the most commonly played total set of songs from a secular band, currently being played in churches I have heard. They have transcended most cultural lines, political boundaries, and music genres.
On June 15 2008, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends topped the UK album chart, despite having been on sale for only three days. In that time, it sold 302,000 copies; the BBC called it “one of the fastest-selling records in UK history“. By the end of June, it had set a new record for most-downloaded album ever.
They release one album in April of this year (see also Coldplay’s New Viva La Vida Cover Art Released), Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, after working on it since 2006, and today they have released an EP version of the album, but with 6 new songs and 2 good remakes. Viva became Amazon’s number one selling album BEFORE it is released, just on pre-orders and today (without pre-orders) it is ranked #14 in rock and moving up.
Today, they released Prospekt’s March [EP], which was completed at the same time as Viva la Vida, and scheduled for release around this time. It has 8 songs, 6 news ones, and a cover similar to Viva la Vida.