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"Viva la Vida (album)" redirects here. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_0

For other albums of the same name, see Viva la Vida (disambiguation). Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_1

"Life in Technicolor" redirects here. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_2

For the single released from Prospekt's March, see Life in Technicolor II. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_3

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, often referred to as simply Viva la Vida, is the fourth studio album by British rock band Coldplay, released on 12 June 2008 on the Parlophone label. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_4

The album was named after a Spanish phrase that best translates into English as "Long live life". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_5

Lyrically, the album contains references to love, life, death and war. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_6

Recording sessions for the album took place during June 2007 to April 2008 and featured production by Jon Hopkins, Rik Simpson, Markus Dravs, and Brian Eno. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_7

The album was Coldplay's first to be produced by Eno, and also their first album to not be produced by long-time Coldplay producer, Ken Nelson. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_8

The band forced themselves to explore new styles, as Eno required every song on the album to sound different. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_9

Development of the album delayed the release date several times. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_10

The album cover of Viva la Vida is the painting Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_11

Viva la Vida was both a critical and commercial success. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_12

Five songs were released in promotion of the album; "Violet Hill" and "Viva la Vida" in May 2008, "Lovers in Japan" and "Lost!" Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_13

in November 2008, and "Strawberry Swing" in September 2009. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_14

"Viva la Vida" became the band's first song to reach number one in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_15

It won Best Rock Album at the 2009 Grammy Awards and was also nominated for Album of the Year. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_16

It was the best selling album of 2008. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_17

By 2011, the album had sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_18

Viva la Vida was re-released on 25 November 2008 in a deluxe edition containing the original album and the Prospekt's March EP, which contained another hit, "Life in Technicolor II". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_19

Background Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_section_0

In October 2006, two weeks after bass guitarist Guy Berryman welcomed his first daughter, which makes him the third Coldplay member to have a child, reports circulated that the band were taking a five-year hiatus. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_20

The new baby, and the fact that Coldplay had no touring or recording schedule at the time, had fans wondering if the band's new album would not be released until 2010. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_21

Dispelling such reports, Ambrosia Healy, spokesperson to Capitol Records, sent an e-mail message to MTV that there was no self-imposed hiatus. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_22

However, Healy clarified that Coldplay was indeed "enjoying a much-deserved break", and there was no timetable for the follow-up to the band's third studio album, X&Y. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_23

Work on the album began in November 2006, only being interrupted by the Latin America Tour in March 2007. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_24

Recording Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_section_1

Ambient musician and English record producer Brian Eno produced the album. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_25

Coldplay moved to "The Bakery", after finishing up their Latin American Tour, building a studio there. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_26

The songs written during their time at the studio are lyrically "much more abstract, much more visual than before", and musically "less straight-forward, more oblique". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_27

Additionally, Martin wanted to make a vocal transition from his trademark falsetto to a lower register. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_28

This is explored in "Yes", where the main characteristic of the Velvet Underground-inspired song is the lowest vocals Chris Martin ever recorded – this was suggested by the producer Brian Eno, to make every single song sound different. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_29

The band's drummer Will Champion said in an interview for MTV: "One of the main things we tried to focus on with this record is changing vocal identities, because Chris has a very recognizable voice." Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_30

Coldplay sparked an interest at Hispanic influences after having recorded in churches and in Spanish-speaking countries such as in Mexico in North America and Spain in Europe, such as Barcelona. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_31

However, it was stressed that the influence was not in any specific sound but a general feel to the songs taken as a whole. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_32

On their website, the band also described taking acoustic guitars and basic recording equipment to churches and experimenting with particular sounds. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_33

Throughout the recording of the album, Coldplay communicated to fans through their website. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_34

"Famous Old Painters" and "Glass of Water" were written in late 2007 and they were considering both tracks for the album, but were not well received by the producers though the latter was added to the finalized Prospekt's March extended play track listing instead. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_35

The album was delayed further, but a December 2007 post gave hints that the recording stage was nearly finished. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_36

The article was signed "Prospekt", strengthening rumours that this would be the album's title. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_37

While the band completed two more songs ("Lovers in Japan" and "Strawberry Swing"), they denied that the album was called "Prospekt". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_38

Martin revealed he had been reading many Charles Dickens novels during the recording process which may have contributed to the strong visual imagery on such tracks as "Violet Hill" and "Cemeteries of London". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_39

In an interview for the Latin American TV channel Boomerang in 2010 Chris said that a big inspiration for the record was the book Les Misérables, which can be noted by the French revolution themes on "Viva La Vida" for example. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_40

When asked about why "Lovers in Japan" had an additional track, bassist Guy Berryman explained that the band couldn't make up their minds, because they had discussed that they did not want an extra song on the album, and instead they wanted to keep the album concise with a total of ten tracks (and an intended length of under 42 minutes). Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_41

Champion followed with, "We just preferred to have less titles and more stuff. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_42

The album as a whole has got the most on it, but it’s the shortest. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_43

We wanted to make it almost impossible for you to not listen to it all in one go." Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_44

In addition, vocalist Chris Martin revealed that the band had always wanted a song title which was two in one. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_45

He added that the reason for having two titles in the track listing of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends was due to American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake doing it for his last album, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_46

The violinist Davide Rossi contributed with Coldplay to record strings on his acoustic and electric violin (the latter being capable to reach notes as low as the upright bass, thus recreating a full orchestra) throughout the album. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_47

His strings are featured in six songs: Viva la Vida (the song in which his strings are the most used), Violet Hill, Life In Technicolor, 42, Yes and Strawberry Swing. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_48

Some of the songs they recorded with Rossi didn't make the cut for the album but were released on the Prospekt's March EP. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_49

On 18 July 2009, two early demos from the Viva la Vida recording sessions leaked onto the Internet: the previously unheard "Bloodless Revolution" and a very early version of Viva la Vida single "Lovers in Japan". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_50

A day later another demo, called "St. Stephen" appeared online. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_51

On 20 July 2009, six more demos were leaked: "The Fall of Man", "The Man Who Swears", "The Man Who Swears II" (actually just the second half of "The Man Who Swears"), "First Steps", "Loveless" and "Goodbye and Goodnight". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_52

Other three left off tracks were leaked later into the internet, an instrumental of "Lukas", an unreleased song given to Natalie Imbruglia, "Solid Ground (Until The Water Floats Over)", a song written and performed live in 2006, and an instrumental of "Famous Old Painters". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_53

Composition and themes Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_section_2

"Viva la Vida" is a rock album, and is more specifically described as alternative rock, art rock, pop rock, indie pop and art pop. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_54

It features influences of dream pop, art pop and alternative rock. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_55

Musically, Viva la Vida contrasts with their previous albums. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_56

The title track uses an orchestra, while "Lovers in Japan" features a honky-tonk piano. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_57

"Lost!" Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_58

is influenced by tribal music, whereas "Strawberry Swing" incorporates Afropop music. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_59

Martin described Viva la Vida as a new direction for Coldplay: a change from their past three albums, which they have referred to as a "trilogy". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_60

He said the album featured less falsetto as he allowed his voice's lower register to take precedence. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_61

Some songs, such as "Violet Hill", contain distorted guitar riffs and bluesy undertones. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_62

The album contains an array of different themes such as love, war, and revolutions. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_63

Unlike their previous releases it has a more universal approach, it deals less with personal problems and more with issues of humanity. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_64

Songs like "Life in Technicolor II" (which didn't make it to the final track list) "Violet Hill" and "Death and All His Friends" talk about war and politics. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_65

Martin stated the lyrics of "Violet Hill" were a commentary on Fox News. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_66

"Violet Hill" also is the first anti-war protest song from the band. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_67

Other songs, such as the double track "Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love" and "Yes" are about love and desire. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_68

Revolutionary themes are also an important part of the album and its promotion. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_69

Coldplay used customized French revolutionary costumes through the Viva La Vida Tour and on the videos produced for the album's singles. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_70

Chris Martin stated that a big inspiration for the album was the book Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_71

The work of the Beatles is apparent as an inspiration throughout the album. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_72

For instance, the song "Violet Hill" references the Beatles album Abbey Road (1969), borrowing its rhythm from the Beatles. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_73

The song is named for a road which adjoins Abbey Road in London. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_74

Artwork Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_section_3

The artwork for Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends was designed by Coldplay and Tappin Gofton; the latter designed the X&Y cover three years earlier. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_75

The design style for the album took months to be completed; it was initially developed from a set of large-scale sketches and paintings of expressive typo. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_76

Lyrics and song titles were boldly painted across old maps, books, copies of old paintings, newspapers and various sorts of second-hand things. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_77

The final work was photographed and later some additional typography was added by computer. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_78

Almost all tracks from the album and the Prospekt's March EP have one or more graphic images. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_79

On the album's booklet there are nine paintings made by the band. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_80

The first is a blue map of Brazil that includes part of the lyrics from "Glass of Water" painted in white. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_81

However, the image was later reworked and used as the artwork for the "Lost!" Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_82

single cover. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_83

The second painting on the booklet illustrates the song "42". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_84

The image consists of part of the song's composition written in a red background, with a black stripe covering the centre. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_85

The design for "Cemeteries of London" contains an illustration of London, the song's title and a messy violet background. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_86

A portion of the lyrics is used on the top of it. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_87

The visual design for "Reign of Love" has its lyrics drawn on a green background. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_88

In the middle of the booklet, most of the lyrics of the album are shown amidst an unrecognizable object. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_89

The artwork for "Yes" consists of a ripped heart, and a line from the song, "Lord lead me not into temptation". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_90

The painting next to the song's artwork contains lyrics from "Viva la Vida" painted in black on a blue background. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_91

The artwork for "Death and All His Friends" was made with scissors and paper. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_92

Lyrics for the song appear in the design. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_93

The last page in the booklet is simple: a Roman numeral of the number 7 painted in red and green on a yellow background. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_94

Some of the paintings were shown on a screen during the Viva La Vida world tour, or used on big balloons inside of the venues. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_95

There were three covers for the album. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_96

The front cover for the standard edition is a painting by Eugène Delacroix, entitled Liberty Leading the People, which was slightly altered for the cover by using a white paint brush to draw "VIVA LA VIDA". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_97

The Prospekt's March Edition cover uses the same words again, but painted in gold and bigger, on a plain black background. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_98

The cover for the Prospekt's March EP included another Eugène Delacroix painting (Battle of Poitiers), and had "Prospekt's March" drawn across the painting similarly to how "Viva La Vida" was drawn across Liberty Leading the People for the standard album cover. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_99

The cover used for the Asian Tour edition, has the word "VIVA" painted in red and black stripes against a white background, this same painting was used as the home page for the official Coldplay website during a period, it was created by the band and painted by the drummer Will Champion on a wall at the studio called The Bakery. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_100

Release and promotion Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_section_4

In a Rolling Stone magazine interview, vocalist Chris Martin announced the album's release date and its title, Viva la Vida, which is a Spanish phrase that translates into English as "long live life". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_101

It takes its name from a painting by Frida Kahlo, an acclaimed 20th century Mexican artist. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_102

The album cover art is an 1830 painting by Eugène Delacroix titled Liberty Leading the People. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_103

On 10 April 2008, a new journal entry appeared on the band's website announcing the track list and release date, as well as hinting at new tracks to be issued before the album's release. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_104

"Violet Hill" was confirmed as the first single from Viva la Vida, with a release date of 5 May. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_105

In May 2008, Coldplay featured in an advertisement for Apple's iTunes with the song "Viva la Vida". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_106

The band's official website was updated in late April to reveal the official Viva la Vida artwork as well as a free release of the single "Violet Hill", which became available for download for one week from 29 April 2008. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_107

The album was leaked around 5 June and the band decided to make the album available to stream via their Myspace profile from 8:30 pm WEST on 6 June. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_108

On 25 June 2008, the band became the third band ever to perform on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, performing "42" and "Lost!". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_109

On 27 June at 7:00 am EDT, Coldplay began a Today Show, outdoor, live performance on the streets outside of Rockefeller Plaza, New York. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_110

The band performed on the Late Show with David Letterman on 30 June and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 17 July. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_111

In August 2008, Coldplay announced they would be releasing an EP, Prospekt's March, consisting of unreleased material from the Viva la Vida recording sessions. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_112

The album was re-released on 25 November 2008 in a deluxe edition, titled Viva la Vida – Prospekt's March Edition. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_113

It contains tracks from the original album and Prospekt's March. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_114

The stage setup for the Viva la Vida Tour consisted of a stripped down main stage and two catwalks; Coldplay also performed amongst audience members at the back of venues in a special acoustic set. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_115

Instead of a giant video screen on-stage, the band opted for six hanging giant lightbulbs that displayed images and closeups. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_116

The band started the tour playing a concert at the Brixton Academy and free shows at Madison Square Garden on 23 June, and ended the tour in Barcelona. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_117

The tour ended in March 2010 at Latin America and consisted of 172 concerts. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_118

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Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends has received generally positive reviews from critics. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_119

According to review aggregator website Metacritic, the album received an average critic score of 72 out of 100, based on 32 reviews. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_120

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic stated, "They demonstrate a focused concentration throughout this tight album – it's only 47 minutes yet covers more ground than X&Y and arguably A Rush of Blood to the Head – that turns Viva la Vida into something quietly satisfying." Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_121

Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly magazine rated the album "A-" and called it their best album, while Alexis Petridis of The Guardian, however, wrote a mixed review explaining "Viva la Vida's mild tinkering with the formula represents a failure of imagination: perhaps it's hard to think outside the box when the box is the size of the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_122

Equally, however, there's a genuine conviction about its contents, a huge advance both on its predecessor and their legion of imitators." Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_123

Will Hermes of Rolling Stone magazine wrote that "Coldplay's desire to unite fans around the world with an entertainment they can all relate to is the band's strength, and a worthy goal. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_124

But on Viva la Vida, a record that wants to make strong statements, it's also a weakness. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_125

Sometimes, to say what needs to be said, you need to risk pissing people off." Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_126

Melodic magazine's critic Kaj Roth gave the album 4/5 and felt that "the typical Coldplay trademark is there too with beautiful atmospheric melodies that will embrace the heart". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_127

Spin magazine's critic Mikael Wood said in a positive review of the album, "For all of Coldplay's experimentation, though, there's no doubting that Viva la Vida, with its sturdy melodies and universal themes – think love, war and peace – is an album meant to connect with the masses (arenas have been built for less than the climax of "Death and All His Friends"). Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_128

The band's triumph lies in how exciting they make that prospect seem". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_129

IGN gave the album 9.3/10 and Q said "...So some habits die hard, but on every other level Viva La Vida...is an emphatic success...radical in its own measured way but easy to embrace..." Robert Christgau gave it a one-star honorable mention (Christgau's_Consumer_Guide:_Albums_of_the_'90s#Grading_key), saying, "Applying all his powers, Chris Martin successfully dilutes Radiohead, with—what else?--pleasant results." Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_130

The album won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_131

It appeared in several year end publications' Best Albums of 2008 list including New York Post (Number 1) Rolling Stone (Number 7), Q (Number 3), Spin (Number 9), Entertainment Weekly (Number 6), and Billboard (Number 6). Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_132

Also, despite giving the album three stars out of five in The Times, Pete Paphides admitted in December 2008 that he was wrong to give it this score and had in fact become his favourite album of the year. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_133

Conversely, NME nominated the album for worst Album at the 2009 NME Awards, despite awarding it 8/10. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_134

Commercial performance Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_section_6

The album was successful around the world. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_135

In its first week of release it debuted at number one in 36 countries. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_136

In the United Kingdom, the album sold 125,000 copies in its first day of release and 302,074 in three days, debuting at number one. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_137

In its second week it sold another 198,000, achieving a platinum certification. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_138

The album sold over 500,000 copies in 10 days since its release, beating the first week UK sales of Coldplay's third album, X&Y. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_139

As of June 2016, the album had sold 1,480,000 copies in the UK. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_140

The album debuted with sales of 41,041 copies in Australia and has since been certified 4x platinum. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_141

In Canada, the album debuted at No. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_142

1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 90,000 copies in its first week. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_143

The album would remain at the top of the chart for five consecutive weeks, selling 176,000 copies in Canada within the first month. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_144

The album has been certified five-times platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_145

In the United States, it sold 316,000 copies in its first day, and 720,000 in its first week of release, holding down the number one spot for two weeks, and nearly equalling X&Y's first week sales of 737,000. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_146

Viva la Vida has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for a shipment of over two million copies. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_147

Viva la Vida was at one time the most paid-for downloaded album of all time, with over 702,000 downloads. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_148

By the end of 2008, Viva la Vida had sold total 2,144,000 copies, making it the second top-selling album in the United States. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_149

As of August 2011, the album had sold 2.8 million copies in the US. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_150

Globally, it was the best selling album of 2008. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_151

Plagiarism allegations Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_section_7

Coldplay were first accused of plagiarism of "The Songs I Didn't Write" by American alternative band Creaky Boards, for the melody of "Viva la Vida". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_152

Creaky Boards' band member Andrew Hoepfner claimed that Martin had heard them playing the song at a live show in October 2007. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_153

The band released a video clip, in which it compares sections of both songs. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_154

Coldplay denied the claim. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_155

Band spokesman Murray Chambers said Martin was working in AIR Studios in London at that time, having checked the singer's diary. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_156

In addition, Coldplay had recorded a demo version of "Viva la Vida" in March 2007, long before Creaky Boards performed it live in October later that year. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_157

Creaky Boards later retracted the accusations and speculated that both songs may have been inspired by the video game The Legend of Zelda. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_158

On 4 December 2008, American guitarist Joe Satriani filed a copyright infringement suit against Coldplay in Los Angeles. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_159

The suit claims that "Viva la Vida" incorporates "substantial, original portions" of his instrumental track "If I Could Fly" from his 2004 album Is There Love in Space? Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_160

The band has denied the allegation, saying the similarities were "entirely coincidental". Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_161

On 14 September 2009, the case was dismissed by the California Central District Court, with both parties potentially agreeing to an out-of-court settlement. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_162

In May 2009, Yusuf Islam stated that the song is very similar to his song "Foreigner Suite", recorded under his former stage name, Cat Stevens. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_163

He said "My son brought it to my attention and said: 'Doesn't that sound like 'Foreigner Suite?'" Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_164

Islam said that any legal action he might take "depends on how well Satriani does." Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_165

Coldplay drummer Will Champion denied the claim, stating, "We're confident we haven't done anything wrong." Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_166

In June 2009, Islam later said, "They did copy my song but I don't think they did it on purpose", adding, "I don't want them to think I am angry with them. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_167

I'd love to sit down and have a cup of tea with them and let them know it's okay." Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_168

In a documentary for Sveriges Television (2011) American music professor Dr. Lawrence Ferrara showed that the melody structures of "Viva La Vida", "If I Could Fly" and "Foreigner Suite" were very similar to the composition "Se tu m'ami" by the Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, who died in 1736. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_169

"Obviously this is a work that we would call in the 'public domain'", Dr. Ferrara said. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_170

Chris Martin once said that the plagiarism allegations were inspiring him and added: "If everyone's trying to take away our best song, then we'd better write 25 better ones!" Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_171

Will Champion has also talked about the accusation saying, "For some reason, God only knows why, the successful songs seem to be the ones that are accused of being stolen." Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_172

Track listing Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_section_8

All tracks are written by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and Chris Martin, except where noted. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_173

Notes Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_174

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_unordered_list_0

  • Tracks 5, 6, and 10 contain two separate songs each; the latter two are hidden and not listed on the album sleeve.Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_0_0
  • The album is intended to be gap-less and, as such, some songs fade into another.Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_0_1
  • Both "Life in Technicolor" (track 1) and "The Escapist" (track 10) contain a sample from "Light Through the Veins" written and performed by Jon Hopkins.Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_0_2

Prospekt's March edition Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_section_9

The Viva la Vida: Prospekt's March edition includes the Prospekt's March EP. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_175

Tour edition DVD Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_section_10

In some Asian countries a special edition of the album was released with a DVD including the five official videos from Viva la Vida and the video for "Life in Technicolor II", from the Prospekt's March EP. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_176

Personnel Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_section_11

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_unordered_list_1

  • Chris Martin – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards; rhythm guitar (on "Chinese Sleep Chant")Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_1_3
  • Guy Berryman – bass guitar, synthesizers, santoor (track 1), backing vocals, photographyViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_1_4
  • Jonny Buckland – electric guitar, backing vocalsViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_1_5
  • Will Champion – drums, percussion, piano, backing vocalsViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_1_6

Additional personnel Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_sentence_177

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_unordered_list_2

  • Michael Brauer – mixingViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_7
  • François Chevallier – assistant engineer, engineerViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_8
  • ColdplayartworkViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_9
  • Eugène Delacroix – cover paintingViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_10
  • Markus Dravs – mixing, producerViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_11
  • Brian Enoproducer, sonic landscapesViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_12
  • Olga Fitzroy – assistant engineer, engineerViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_13
  • Tappin Goftonart direction, designViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_14
  • Dan Green – assistant engineer, engineer, photographyViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_15
  • Phil Harvey – managerViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_16
  • William Paden Hensley – assistant engineer, engineerViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_17
  • Dave Holmes – managementViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_18
  • Jon Hopkins – organ, harmonium, synthesizers, colouring, producerViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_19
  • Mike Kezner – sitarViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_20
  • Jason Lader – assistant engineer, engineerViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_21
  • Bob LudwigmasteringViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_22
  • Dominic Monks – assistant engineer, engineerViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_23
  • John O'Mahoney – mixingViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_24
  • Vanessa Parr – assistant engineer, engineerViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_25
  • Jan Petrov – assistant engineer, engineerViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_26
  • Davide Rossielectric violin, stringsViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_27
  • Andy Rugg – assistant engineer, engineerViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_28
  • Rik Simpson – mixing, producerViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_29
  • Brian Thorn – assistant engineer, engineerViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_30
  • Michael Trepagnier – assistant engineer, engineerViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_31
  • Andy WallacemixingViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_item_2_32

Charts Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_section_12

Certifications Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_section_13

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Argentina (CAPIF)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_1_0 2× PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_1_1 80,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_1_2
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Belgium (BEA)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_4_0 3× PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_4_1 90,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_4_2
Canada (Music Canada)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_5_0 5× PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_5_1 400,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_5_2
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Finland (Musiikkituottajat)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_7_0 PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_7_1 21,991Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_7_2
France (SNEP)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_8_0 DiamondViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_8_1 500,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_8_2
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Mexico (AMPROFON)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_14_0 2× Diamond+4× PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_14_1 1,120,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_14_2
Netherlands (NVPI)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_15_0 3x PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_15_1 180,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_15_2
New Zealand (RMNZ)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_16_0 2× PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_16_1 30,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_16_2
Poland (ZPAV)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_17_0 PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_17_1 20,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_17_2
Portugal (AFP)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_18_0 2× PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_18_1 40,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_18_2
Spain (PROMUSICAE)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_19_0 2× PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_19_1 160,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_19_2
Sweden (GLF)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_20_0 PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_20_1 40,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_20_2
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_21_0 3× PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_21_1 90,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_21_2
Turkey (Mü-Yap)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_22_0 GoldViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_22_1 5,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_22_2
United Kingdom (BPI)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_23_0 5× PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_23_1 1,500,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_23_2
United States (RIAA)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_24_0 2× PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_24_1 2,000,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_24_2
SummariesViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_25_0
Europe (IFPI)Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_header_cell_1_26_0 3× PlatinumViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_26_1 3,000,000Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_1_26_2
sales figures based on certification alone

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Release history Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_section_14

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CanadaViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_1_0 26 May 2008Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_1_1 CapitolViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_1_2 CDViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_1_3 509992 26126 0 1Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_1_4
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JapanViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_4_0 11 June 2008Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_4_1 EMI Music JapanViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_4_2 CDViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_4_3 TOCP-66805 / 49880 068632 5 5Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_4_4
United KingdomViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_5_0 12 June 2008Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_5_1 ParlophoneViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_5_2 CDViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_5_3 5 099921 211409Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_5_4
LPViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_6_0 50999 212114 1 6Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_6_1
BrazilViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_7_0 12 June 2008Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_7_1 EMIViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_7_2 CDViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_7_3 Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_7_4
EuropeViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_8_0 13 June 2008Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_8_1 CapitolViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_8_2 CDViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_8_3 Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_8_4
Australia and New ZealandViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_9_0 14 June 2008Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_9_1 EMIViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_9_2 CDViva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_9_3 2169640Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends_cell_2_9_4
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