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    Coldplay working hard to finish LP5 - at 5am on a Saturday morning?

    20110526mm30a_1.pngColdplay are undoubtably working hard to finish their fifth album in between festival headline dates, with the next appearance due at the iTunes festival in London next Friday (22nd July). Meanwhile, speculation is growing as to what the tracklisting for LP5 will be, and if you weren't aware on Twitter on Saturday, Chris Martin tweeted in the middle of the night: "Things sounding confusing at 5am."


    Was he referring to the new songs and tracklisting? Or maybe trying to finish a song? Perhaps the whole album is finished, and he's having second thoughts? Or even, trying to write a brand new song (remember A Message? That was apparently wrote in the early hours one morning, sitting on a sofa naked).


    So far the new songs amount to: Hurts Like Heaven (HLH), Princess Of China (POC), Major Minus (MM), Us Against The World (UATW), Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (ETIAW), Charlie Brown (CB), MX and Moving To Mars (MTM). It is not yet clear which ones will be included on LP5 and which ones will be discarded. Whatever Coldplay's predicament, maybe Chris should read some of your comments to get him over the line...

    HLH, Charlie Brown, Princess of China. I think Major Minus will make the album just because there's so much of its symbolism plastered over their sets/instruments/etc. But ETIAW and MTM I don't think will be on there. [thanks Baw8cc]


    "Things sounding confusing at 5am." Things? I wander if that will be a song on the new album, he might not generally be talking about 'things' as in songs but maybe a new song title yay another song name I wander what the lyrics are gonna be like, what 'things' is Chris refering too, maybe the monday UFO that everyone is talking about argghhh!!!! Sounding? So it isn't rearranging the tracklisting or writing down the tracklisting, he is listening to something but would that mean there is a possible new song which could be 'things' as the previous word may somehow refer to maybe it is the new 'A message' that was written by Chris in similar circumstances before X&Y. Confusing? Maybe he is considering last minute changes, maybe he thought it didn't have enough production, wonder if the old version will leak and the 2nd version will be on the album like Talk. Or maybe the album is actually a masterpiece and he is trying to get the last bits together and he has so many masterpiece's he doesn't know what to do with them! At? Maybe that's when he made whatever decision he made at that time? Maybe LP5 is finished? Maybe we will have the tracklisting in a week? Maybe we will have a release date of the album? Maybe Princess of China is the next single, cant wait!!!! 5am? How important will 5am be in terms of figuring the new tracklisting? Had it been 4am Chris might of thrown a cheeky Lost Prophets cover in???? That is what you call maximum speculation and analysis of a tweet! ;P [thanks 42rock89]


    Dude Chris is FREAKING AMAZING. If he was in fact up an hour ago at 5 am (well 12 pm here) he deserves so much respect. That is a very tough time to do anything coherent at all, even walk or put words into a sentence. That is true ambition and drive right there. This is a perfect example of why Coldplay is so amazing, beyond the music they make. They're four fantastic man who never cease to impress me or run out moments that make me love them even more. They should be called "The Fantastic Four", except the real deal in real life! As much as I love Moving to Mars I really don't think any of those three songs are going to be on there. I say that because I don't realistically think Coldplay would do that to us (make us pay for music on the album that we already had to buy the first time). The only time they ever released an EP, and then included a song from it on the next album was the Blue Room and that was 12 years ago. I think if any of the songs will make it, it will be my least fav. but still great ETIAW. But even then, Christmas Lights was (I believe) just a one-off thing. I think they released the EP to tie us fans over until the album comes out. And if they've had literally over 50 songs to work on, there's other ones they've probably finished I'm sure and could've given us instead. But they didn't. I picture this as the best of the songs that didn't make the album. And I know Chris had mentioned ETIAW as an important song in that article a few months ago. But they said the same thing about Glass of Water and Famous Old Painters for the last album and still ended up leaving them off the album so yeah. I don't really think Princess of China will be either- it sounds a lot like something from VlV and they're always looking forwards not backwards. The only reason I think they stopped playing it live those is because of the insane bassline that drowned out the rest of the music. Probably didn't work they way they had hoped. I am incline to believe Hurts Like Heaven, Charlie Brown, and Us Against the World will be on the album (or at the very least the first two). Hurts Like Heaven has the fuzzy man which seems really significant and is full of lyrics relating to graffiti so for me that one is a no-brainer. Charlie Brown receives such a HUGE response live I don't think they'll leave it off either. It's very anti-establishment with the riots and the running wild and freedom and in that respect reminds me of the White Rose movement they had talked about. Plus Phil had said "the crowd greets it as an old favorite, and one day it will be." So to me that's definitely saying something...


    For Us Against the World, it hasn't been released and maybe it won't be after all. But I don't think Coldplay will discard it if just for the fact that the Chris/Will singing piece is so exhilarating it's enough to take your breath away. This sounds like one of the older songs because they originally wanted everything stripped down (which it basically is) and based on a very personal, intimate story. Whereas the other two are a lot more fleshed out, soaring, and sound related to a mass movement. It doesn't exactly fit with Hurts Like Heaven or Charlie Brown but It's still an amazing song regardless. [thanks Fix42YellowClocks]


    I'm betting we hear a studio version of Charlie Brown and Hurts Like Heaven even if they don't make the album. The same goes for Princess of China, since I think it could be one of those massive singalong songs that are so great. As for what I'm pretty sure will end up on LP5: Major Minus - There's stuff about it written all over their clothes and instruments; Charlie Brown - Phil mentioned in a Tweet that CB will eventually be an old crowd favorite--why would they continue to play it if it weren't included on LP5 or an EP? And that's pretty much it. All of the other songs on LP5 are wildcards. [thanks ColdplayingfromKansas]


    I think Hurts Like Heaven, Charlie Brown and Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall will be on the album I reckon, maybe Us Against The World, I think that will be 50/50. As much as I like Major Minus i'll be disappointed if it was on the album for the reason that it will be another song we already have unless its a different version which I doubt would happen. Also, the stage effects such as the spiral are on ETIAW and Charlie Brown and the walking man on HLH are major signs where as Major Minus and Us Against The World do not have them. Remember that there will be very most likely another single before the new album, maybe Charlie Brown but you never know, they could put out something even better than Charlie Brown! Edit - Hope Princess of China is on there, don't think they will leave it out, it sounds too good from what we have heard so far! [thanks 42rock89]


    I suspect UATW and MM will both be on the album due to the "us against the world theme" as well as all the Major Minus Media stuff. I'm pretty confident MX + HLH will be the opening. Also feel like ETIAW will, unfortunately, be on the album. Charlie Brown, due to the fact Chris said one day this will be on of your favorites or w/e. I doubt MTM will be on it. PoC will also probably be on it since the band appears to not want it to be highly exposed. Looks like I expect everything but MTM to be on it :/ [thanks FlipBack]


    MX/HLH is 99% the opening track because of the long intro and because they've always played the opener of the album that they were promoting as the first song during their tours (Politik during the 2002/03 tour, Square One during the Twisted Logic tour and LiT during the viva tour). Charlie Brown, seeing how it was received and Phil's post that says that it will be a classic, is very likely to be on the album too. UAtW and MM will probably be included too. I don't know about the other songs. [thanks SpaceMrk]


    Charlie Brown and Hurts Like Heaven are certainties. Princess of China and Us Against The World I'm pretty sure will make it. ETIAW is highly questionable and the other two won't make it. Don't think we'll know anything till mid to late August. Until then I don't know if there'll be much to talk about. [thanks howyousawtheworld]


    Not many of you seem to think that ETIAW will make it on LP5. But why would they ignore a song which already is a hit in many countries for the new record? On topic. I really hope for HLH and Charlie Brown. I'm not really sure yet about PoC. Have to wait for a good quality version of the track. [thanks R23]


    I'm realtively sure, that "Charlie Brown" will be on the LP... don't know why. And "Major Minus" has good chances, too. It would be a highlight on the tour, if Chris sang it on a concert ... And also ETIAW will be on the album, beause it's the first single out of it. [thanks Mennesker]


    What they said was this: "Dear friends, We're about to play a bunch of summer festivals so it's as good a time as any to put out a new song. 'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall' will be available from download stores on Friday 3rd June at 12pm (BST), except in the UK where it'll be released on the stroke of midnight between Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June. We'll also stream it here on Friday and give it a run out at Rock Im Park. Love Will" ---- I fail to see where they correlated it to the new album. Tell me where they said "This is the first single from our new album" because they never said that. And in fact it's very likely that it's not. It wouldn't make any sense to release it four months before the supposed release (and most realistic one as far as I can tell) in October if it was the first single. They normally do that less than a month beforehand. They didn't even FINISH deciding what songs are going to be on there yet. Or finish mixing all the songs for that matter. They didn't tell us the album title. Who knows if they even decided on it officially? So how would it possibly be before October? They still have to DO all of that. And promote it which takes forever if you don't know how capitalism works (it 'works' very poorly/awfully, I might add). Still have to make the millions of copies of the album once it's done. And still finish off the rest of the tour. For the last album they told us the title and tracklist in April, two months before it came out. That leaves it to come out no sooner than mid September. There you go. And like Coldplayingfrom Kansas said, those things aren't official. You can't trust what anyone says as we found out with that retarded "BBC 4 Chris Martin interview." Stupid bs. [thanks Fix42YellowClocks]


    I'm not sure that any of theese songs will make it to LP5. They played Spanish Rain too, but It won't be on the album. And to be honest, I don't want any of the new songs on LP5. I perfer new songs. [thanks Phoebeo]


    I at least want Hurts Like Heaven to be on it, it's my favourite from the new batch, it reminds me of Echo and the Bunnymen, or at least some late 80s/ early 90s indie rock, if you know what I mean...like something off the C86 tape but a bit more...colourful. The only thing I ask is that they don't end or start the album with Every Teardrop is a Shite Song, because (especially if it ended the album) it just seems like they're over emphasising it and trying to make it an anthem like Viva La Vida..(which it clearly isn't). [thanks QuestionsOfScience]


    How hard is it to understand that they don't release a stand-alone single as the beginning of a new LP5 era? Of course ETIAW will be on the album - it's a single! Also, people think that Major Minus and Moving to Mars will be on the record. Well, think again! They are b-sides. Is it that hard to understand?! They have followed this pattern with singles and b-sides almost since their first record. Just listen to Moving to Mars, for instance. You can clearly hear background noise if you turn the music up. One of the biggest bands in the world would never record a song with that kind of quality and still put it on the record. The sound quality of Major Minus is good, but still just a b-side, even though it's maybe my favourite among the new songs. Us Against The World wont make it. On the other side, I think Charlie Brown will. I'm not sure whether Hurts Like Heaven and Princess of China will make it. 50/50 in my mind. Probably one of them. A last thing: Many of you base your song selection on whether they fit to the description we have got earlier (White Rose, grafitti etc.) Probably Major Minus is the song most inspired nby the White Rose movement, but that doesn't mean it will be on the record. That could mean that they were refering to this song when they talked about the album, but that the song simply was dropped out because it wasn't good enough. The album content is probably not the same today as it was in January. [thanks SimonBa]


    These...are new songs. Hence why they are trying them out on tour. What you must realize is that the majority of their fan base knows very little about these songs and many have never heard them unless they've been to a festival. We are the minority that listen to them on our mp3 players and such incessantly. I'm pretty positive that all of these songs will be on LP5, even if they aren't the best songs they've ever written (i.e. ETIAW). [thanks the.hardest.part]


    New photos of Coldplay - Oxegen festival, Ireland (10th July, 2011):














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