Background to LP6
As we move into 2013, and a Coldplaying round-up of the latest news regarding Coldplay's next album, this page is a collection of information on what we know about LP6 so far. There are no confirmed reports on its release date or title. The latest news is shown first and will be updated as we move towards the 6th album era...
Coldplay 'noodling' their way towards LP6
Backstage at the Brit Awards (20 February 2013) after picking up the prize for 'Best British Live Act', BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley caught up with Will Champion and Jonny Buckland, who spoke briefly about plans for what would be Coldplay's sixth studio record. Asked about new material, Jonny hinted that there is a theoretical album in the works. Will went on to say: "Me and Jonny have been going into the studio just noodling; we go in and noodle for an hour and then go get a cup of tea or coffee! But no... there's rumblings [of a new album]."
When Jo Whiley proposed that Coldplay's next project could be more stripped-back and acoustic, as was the early plan for LP5, Will replied: "Yeah, that might be nice, actually. There's only so far you can go without becoming pompous and a bit overblown, so we'll tread that line very carefully. Reset. Recalibrate."
Will Champion earlier commented before the Brit Awards that the band's latest sessions were sounding 'absolutely dreadful', adding: "[It's] garbage, abstract, avant-garde nonsense. So you shall never hear of it, even if we released it you'd never hear it."
The Oracle also this week gave an indication of what's currently happening, saying: "[Coldplay] are busy behind the scenes. They're not in the full steam ahead mode just yet, but plans are being made and steps are being taken."
Coldplay working on sixth studio album (28 November 2012)
During Coldplay's show in Brisbane, Australia on 21st November 2012 Chris told the crowd that the band planned to take a three year break. Almost immediately sparking extreme speculation, Chris was forced to clarify his statements during an interview with the Daily Star, on 28th November 2012, during the Mylo Xyloto artwork exhibition in London, telling the paper that he was already sketching out material for the band's sixth studio album.
In the interview he rubbished reports that Coldplay were going on a 3-year haitus and that he was merely referring to the length of time it would take the band to return to Australia on a world tour. Asked about the comments, Chris Martin explained that although Coldplay would take a break from touring they had no plans to stop working on fresh material. "I've been writing songs and I'm so fired up about the band's future" he told the tabloid. "I'm fortunate to do what I do and no way do I want to stop. This three-year break idea only came about because I said at a gig in Australia that we might not be back there for three years. That's probably true, but that's just how a world tour works. No chance are we taking a three-year break."
Chris further explained: "It happens to us every album. I say on stage, 'I’ll see you in a bit', then we always bring out another album and look silly because everyone's like, 'I thought you retired?' The album is definitely coming, unless the rest of the band decide to pursue their modelling careers of course – goodness knows mine is over."
Coldplay rumoured to take 3-year haitus (23 November 2012)
Details to follow...
The Oracle on LP6
March 26, 2013 - submitted by Ira, Russia
Q. I heard that Chris had said that the name of the next album would be easier to pronounce. So the name of the next album has already exist. When will the band be ready to declare it?
The Oracle replies:
All he was saying there was that Mylo Xyloto was problematic for most to say. It was tricky to know where to put the emphasis on Xyloto and whether to pronounce it with 2 or 3 syllables for example.
The band will not declare the final title (or any working titles) until the album is ready.
February 19, 2013 - submitted by Pat, United Kingdom
Q. I don't get what's the band doing now. And why is their MX tour so short. Can you explain why?
The Oracle replies:
I am getting asked a lot if the band are taking time off. They rarely take time off. It may seem that way because they're off the radar & not out and about performing but they are busy behind the scenes. They're not in the full steam ahead mode just yet, but plans are being made and steps are being taken.
June 14, 2012 - submitted by Zatch, Canada
Q. Hey Oracle, when Jonny said today in the live chat that "we know roughly when we want to start making the next record...", does this confirm a sixth studio album? Thanks from Canada!
The Oracle replies:
Any and everything is subject to change so it's far too early to speculate.
I recall Chris saying that he'd written a song (Spanish Rain /Don Quixote) that would be a b-side for the next album yet it's never been recorded and isn't likely to be.
- Coldplay: 'We've got a name for our next album' 
- End of the road? Coldplay announce three-year hiatus during performance in Brisbane 
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