|Released||16 May 2014|
|Recorded||2012–14; The Bakery and The Beehive (London, England)|
|Genre||Alternative rock, electronica|
Ghost Stories is the sixth studio album by British rock band Coldplay. The album, co-produced by the band withPaul Epworth along with returning Mylo Xyloto producers Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson, was released byParlophone on 16 May 2014. The album was released by Atlantic Records in North America on 19 May 2014. It is the first full-length release by the band in North America under Atlantic, after Coldplay were transferred fromCapitol Records in 2013, following the purchase of EMI and its assets by the Universal Music Group in 2012.
Ghost Stories, partly inspired by lead singer Chris Martin‘s troubled relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow at the time of the album’s recording, is a concept album that tells the story of a man going through a dramatic and sudden breakup, with the narrative following the man’s various emotional states leading up to his eventual acceptance of the situation. The album revolves around a central theme of “opening yourself up to love”, and accepting that love does not last forever. The album was recorded by the band throughout 2012 and 2013 at the band’s purpose-built home studios in London, England, and features guest producers Avicii, Timbaland and Madeon, in addition to the band’s frequent collaborator, Jon Hopkins. The album is packaged with original etchings by Mila Fürstová, created specifically for the album.
The album was heavily promoted by the band and Parlophone in the lead-up to its release, with an accompanyingprime time TV special, a visual album and a six-date promotional tour of the album, as well as various appearances on television and radio. The album was further promoted by three singles: “Magic“, released in March, “Midnight“, released in April, and “A Sky Full of Stars“, released in May 2014.
All songs written and composed by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and Chris Martin, except “A Sky Full of Stars” co-written by Tim Bergling.
|Ghost Stories — Standard edition|
|1.||“Always in My Head”||
|8.||“A Sky Full of Stars“||