The words to all nine of Ghost Stories' songs have been concealed in haunted tales at libraries around the world.
Coldplay have announced an international scavenger hunt for handwritten lyrics from their new album. The words to all nine of Ghost Stories’ songs have been concealed in haunted tales at libraries around the world, beginning with a library in Mexico City.
“¡Ándale! ¡Ándale!” Coldplay tweeted yesterday, sending their Mexican fans on a race to the English literature section of the city’s Vasconcelos library. There, in a translated copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a lucky scavenger found Chris Martin’s lyrics for Ghost Stories’ lead single, Magic.
The rest of the eight sets of lyrics are in unnamed cities “across the planet”, from national capitals to a town of less than 100,000 people. One of the envelopes also includes a “golden ticket” – with a flight to see Coldplay perform at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 1 July. Hopefully it’s not just hidden in Birmingham.
Martin discussed Ghost Stories on BBC Radio 1 on Monday night, admitting to Zane Lowe that this sixth album was heavily influenced by his split with Gwyneth Paltrow. “I think everyone in their life goes through challenges, whether it’s love or money, kids, or illness,” he said. “You have to really not run away from that stuff.”
Martin also revealed that he blames himself for the dissolution of their marriage. “About two years ago I was a mess, really, because I [couldn’t] enjoy the things that we [were] good at and I [couldn’t] enjoy the great things around me because I [was so] burdened by this,” he said. “[I thought] I’ve got to not blame anyone else and make some changes.”
Martin and Paltrow, who share a nine-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old son, initially described their separation s a “conscious uncoupling”. “It’s not a question of you either really love someone or you really hate someone,” Martin said. “Especially with the modern world’s complications – like travelling and all the stuff that comes to life, and illness and addiction and all that sort of thing.”
Ghost Stories is out on 16 May, and check out the newest single, “Magic:”