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Prospekt: Journal Entries

Проспект, or Prospekt (pronounced "prospyekt") is Russian for street or avenue.

On May 1, 2007, was shut down. When the site was accessed, a note appeared atop an image of the previous site, reading: We are building a new site. It will be here VERY soon. Love, Coldplay.

On June 18, 2007, the site was relaunched with a new design that resembles a journal timeline with hand written excerpts, pictures, and videos.

As of June 19, 2007, the website did not contain any new official information on the new album such as release date and album title, but content found on the band's new site (found in an April studio diary) hints at the new album title being called "Prospekt".

As of August 16, 2007, the website does not contain any new official information on the new album such as release date and album title, but content found on the band's new site hints that the new album title may be Prospekt. The site also includes notes on sessions with Brian Eno and Markus Draagainevs, stating that the lyrics are "much more abstract, much more visual than before," and that the music is "less straight-forward, more oblique."

In July 2007, Coldplay revealed that the album seemed to be shaping up with Hispanic influences after having recorded in churches and other areas in Latin America and Spain, such as Barcelona. On their website, the band also described taking acoustic guitars and basic recording equipment to churches and experimenting with particular sounds. However, in the same note, it was stressed that the influence was not in any specific sound but a general feel to the songs taken as a whole.

On October 26, 2007 a message on suggested that two new songs titled Famous Old Painters and Glass Of Water have recently been written and added to consideration for the band's upcoming fourth album. While this announcement suggests further delays for the new album's release, the composer of the message assures readers that "the self imposed deadline... still stands."

As of December 11, 2007, no release date has been set for Coldplay's fourth album. According to the band's website it will still be a few months until the album's release date and contents are finalized. It has been quoted as "the album people will remember them by" as well as a concise record "with at least two top-division songs being released independently."

On December 11, 2007 another message on stated the album was in mixing stage. It revealed the use of a colliery brass band (tubes, trumpets, french horns, etc.) for the song Famous Old Painters.

On February 1, 2008, it was revealed that news songs were being recorded, an older song being re-recorded, new melodies and lyrics being added to older songs, and that the band should complete its mixing process by the end of the month. Two new songs were revealed: Lovers In Japan and Strawberry Swing. It was also confirmed that 'Prospekt' is not the title of the 4th album.

The Observer on 24th February, 2008 gave us more information on Coldplay's new album, and in particular, details of this track and the new CD artwork. Here's what they had to say:

Coldplay were persuaded to write the closing credit track for new British film The Escapist, a Sundance hit. Now the band have seen and loved the film, they have decided to include 'Song for the Escapist' on their forthcoming album. I hear, too, that the record company was a little miffed at having to redesign the CD artwork to include the song on the track listing, but the band insisted and their patronage will, I'm sure, give this tough British film a boost.

28th February, 2008 was one of the most fruitful days for new details of the songs on Coldplay's fourth album. The song synopsis for nine tracks was revealed via a Rolling Stone online article posted earlier on that day, including new titles Death And All His Friends, Chinese Sleep Chant, Life In Technicolor and Reign Of Love. Meanwhile, Chris Martin says that Coldplay’s impending new album, due out this May, is so different to their first three that he’s fully aware “everyone might not like it.”

The band are currently busy putting the finishing touches to the record in North London with the legendary Brian Eno, and, speaking from the studio, they made it explicit that this album should be treated as a separate entity to their other works. Guitarists Jonny Buckland explains: "We felt like the first three albums were a trilogy, and we finished that. So we wanted to do something different."

On 29th February 2008, Coldplay announced that they will be headlining the 2008 Summer Sonic festival in Japan, and on 13th March 2008 we learned that they would be headlining the first ever Pemberton festival in Canada.

On 17th March 2008, new images of Coldplay's new website surfaced via their official web designers, In them, are confirmation that the album title has already been announced and seems to point in the direction of the title being Famous Old Painters.

The screenshots also give a clue to three new concert dates for the UK as 25th June at London's Wembley Arena, 26th June in Birmingham and 29th June at the Apollo in Manchester. However these dates appear unsubstantiated as they clash with other artists performing at the venues. There is also links for a forthcoming signed Lithograph competition.

On 18th March 2008, it was revealed that Coldplay’s fourth album, due out on June 16th [UK], June 17th [US], will be called Viva la Vida.

Singer Chris Martin chose it after seeing the phrase, which means “long live life,” on a painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who endured polio, a broken spine, and chronic pain for decades. “She went through a lot of shit, of course, and then she started a big painting in her house that said ‘Viva la Vida,’” says Martin. “I just loved the boldness of it.”

Of course, Frida Kahlo will not be the first name that jumps to most peoples’ minds when they hear the phrase. “Everyone thinks it comes from Ricky Martin, which is fine. I have absolute respect,” says the singer, who gave Coldplay its original name, Pectoralz, and named his children Apple and Moses. “I’ve been through this before, naming something or someone and everyone saying that ‘That’s a terrible name’. But then saying, ‘Well, fuck you, that’s what it’s called, and I’ll be proved to be right eventually’. So when Viva la Vida came along, I was kind of annoyed because I’m going to have to try and convince everybody of this, but it just felt right.”

However, the following day, the official Coldplay website reported that the album name will be Viva la Vida Or Death And All His Friends. Also, in the latest Prospekt message, Prospekt says that the album will be done in a week.

On 10th April 2008, a new Prospekt entry appeared on announcing the tracklist and release date, as well as hinting at new tracks to be released prior to the album's release.

It was a sad day on 14th December 2011 when we realised there will be no more Prospekt. An eagle-eyed Coldplayer spotted that the Archive had been revamped and the following image added.

File:Archive prospekt.jpg


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The Oracle on Prospekt

February 8, 2012 - submitted by Albert, United States of America
Q. So is Prospekt dead?
The Oracle replies:
Well he's not alive. There is a video floating around where Chris & Jonny discuss how Prospekt "died" but he didn't exactly die as faded away. Which is surprising because as you may know, it's better to burn out than to fade away.

February 7, 2012 - submitted by Alejandro, Denmark
Q. Dear Oracle: why a "RIP Prospekt" icon appears on Archive section? it means something in special?
Greetings from Peru !!!! =)
The Oracle replies:
Prospekt is no longer with us but his words are in the archive.

March 29, 2010 - submitted by Max, United Kingdom
Q. Dear Oracle
Will Prospekt be returning to give the inside scoop while the band are back in the studio for the next album?
Thank you
The Oracle replies:
No, Prospekt is no longer; as with most things on the Viva campaign we won't be seeing him again, or rather, hearing from him...

February 10, 2010 - submitted by Livvi, United States of America
Q. Dearest Oracle,
Can you read Piglaten? It is quite easy and if you don't know how this is how:
write a word and put the last letter on the end and add ay.
If you understand you should have no difficulty reading this question.
Siay llaay hetay andhaywrittenhay ordways noay histay ebwaysiteway rittenway ybay hrisCay artinMay??
So sorry if you don't understand,
<3 -Livvi
The Oracle replies:
Good grief I wouldn't say that was quite easy. Also known as Pig Latin I can't say I see the point in it if I'm being truthful.
I did understand and the answer to your question is no, Chris did not write the hand-written parts of the website; Prospekt did.

August 14, 2008 - submitted by Carrie, Israel
Q. You know the writing that looks like handwriting that's all over the website. Did someone actually write it or is it a font?
The Oracle replies:
That is actually genuine bona fide handwriting.

July 28, 2008 - submitted by Tate, Australia
Q. So after months of following entries from 'Prospekt".....who exactly was Prospekt?
The Oracle replies:
Prospekt still is and therefore Prospekt is Prospekt.

Chris Martin | Guy Berryman | Jonny Buckland | Will Champion
Phil Harvey | Brian Eno | Ken Nelson
EPs: Safety EP | The Blue Room EP | Norwegian Live EP | Prospekt's March EP | Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Albums: Parachutes | A Rush of Blood to the Head | X&Y | Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends | Mylo Xyloto
Live albums: Live 2003 | LeftRightLeftRightLeft | Live 2012
Compilations: The Singles 1999-2006
Miscellaneous: Ode to Deodorant | Mince Spies | Christmas Lights
Unofficial collections: A Rush Of B-Sides To Your Head | Castles | After After Before
Singles: Brothers & Sisters | Shiver | Yellow | Trouble | Don't Panic | In My Place | The Scientist | Clocks | God Put A Smile Upon Your Face | Speed of Sound | Fix You | Talk | The Hardest Part | What If | Violet Hill | Viva la Vida | Lost! | Lovers In Japan | Life In Technicolor ii | Strawberry Swing | Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall | Paradise | Charlie Brown | Princess Of China | Hurts Like Heaven
Tours: A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour | Twisted Logic Tour | Latin America Tour 2007 | Viva La Vida Tour | Mylo Xyloto Tour
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