Coldplay Getting Busy: Album Pre-order, New Single, NBC Concert Special & TV Performances

Photo: Phil Harvey

You must live under a rock if you haven’t heard that Coldplay are getting ready to release their new album “Ghost Stories” on May 19. You can pre-order “Ghost Stories” on iTunes now and immediately download their single “Magic” and the album track “Midnight”. If you prefer a proper CD, you can preorder the album on Amazon as well.

A Deluxe CD edition of the album featuring three bonus tracks is available exclusively from Target at

To give you a little taste of “Ghost Stories”, the band will be presenting songs from their upcoming sixth album in an hour long special called “Coldplay: Ghost Stories” on Sunday, May 18 (7 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. Directed by “Coldplay Live 2012” helmer Paul Dugdale, this in-the-round special — recorded in front of an 800-person audience in Los Angeles in March — will blend live-performance footage with cinematic film images dispersed throughout. Atmospheric projection will deliver 360-degree imagery — around, above and below the band — while being woven into the overall filmed narrative.

Photo: Pete Ohs

Photo: Pete Ohs

This sounds pretty interesting if you ask me, and if you dig their current single “Magic” as much as I do, you shouldn’t miss this amazing special. In addition to “Magic”, the setlist for the special will also include worldwide hits such as “Viva La Vida,” “Paradise” and “Clocks.” It was conceived by Coldplay, Paul Normandale and Misty Buckley. You can watch a trailer now at

Coldplay have also just debuted “A Sky Full Of Stars”, the second “Ghost Stories” single. You can listen to the track produced by Avicii below. What do you think?

“A Sky Full Of Stars” will be available to download from iTunes and other digital music retailers beginning on Saturday, May 3. On the same day, Coldplay will also return to “Saturday Night Live” while they perform on “The Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday, May 6.

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