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A Head Full of Dreams

All you need to know about Coldplay’s upcoming studio album, A Head Full of Dreams!

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A Head Full of Dreams is slated to be the seventh studio release from the band. On 4 December, Chris Martin announced the title in an interview with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1. Martin also suggested that it might be the band’s final album and compared it to Harry Potter, stating “It’s our seventh thing, and the way we look at it, it’s like the last Harry Potter book or something like that.” However, since the statement, Chris and other members of the band explained that it was an end of a chapter but not necessarily the end of the band.


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Background


Coldplay have been working on A Head Full of Dreams since at least summer of 2014 while they were promoting their sixth album Ghost Stories. In an interview with Jo Whiley of the BBC in December of 2014, Guy and Jonny gave a hint as to the relationship of A Head Full of Dreams to Ghost Stories. Jonny called it the “night to the day”, comparing the gloomier style of Ghost Stories to the expected uplifting theme of A Head Full of Dreams. In an interview with Jo Whiley for BBC Radio 2, Chris hinted at the style of the album by saying that the band was trying to make something colorful and uplifting, yet not bombast. He also stated that it will be something to “shuffle your feet” to.


Recording


Coldplay brings back familiar names mixed with new collaborators in their seventh studio output. Confirmed personnel include Rik Simpson and Davide Rossi along with a new mystery producer of Norwegian origin (the popular theory suggests that it is Stargate).


The band are working in studios on either side of the Atlantic including Malibu, Studio C at Henson Recording Studio and Air Studios in London


Release Date


A single is rumoured to be released in October 2015 while the album is to be released in December.


Production


It has been confirmed that Phil Tan, a 3-time Grammy Award recipient, as mixing engineer for Mariah Carey’s “The Emancipation of Mimi” and Rihanna’s “Only Girl”, is working on AHFOD. He announced this in an interview with full sail university on 22 July.[1] Tan has a strong pop background working with the likes of Rihanna, Jay Z, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Usher and more.


Stargate, a duo of Norwegian producers, is rumored to be working on the album too. Stargate has worked with Coldplay before, in the track Miracles, recorded for Angelina Jolie’s movie Unbroken. The Norwegian duo, like Phil Tan, also has a pop background.


Touring


Compared to the sparse tour dates of the Ghost Stories era, Coldplay are expected to announce a larger list of venues to visit for their expected tour of A Head Full of Dreams. A global tour is expected from the band which will see it more closely resemble the Mylo Xylotour than the Ghost Stories tour. Rumoured locations for their promo tour see the band in India and South American venues. Coldplay are rumoured to tour Argentina, Brazil, Chile & Colombia in the 1st half of 2016 [Source]


In the same interview with Jo Whiley, Guy and Jonny were asked if they would do a set at Glastonbury. Guy responded that they would like to do it, but does not see the band having the time to given their effort of the album. They have been heavily tipped by bookmakers to headline Glastonbury 2016. The band were also tipped for the 2015 festival but were busy recording ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’.


The band played a set at the iHeart Radio Festival, while dressed up in AHFOD themed gear, they did not play a new song. They also performed at the Global Citizen Festival and played a 6 song set including a new song called “Amazing Day”


Amazing Day


Coldplay played a new song at the Global Citizen Festival 2015 called Amazing Day, we’re not sure if the song will be on the next album.

The song received mostly good reviews from Coldplayers: