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"Viva La Vida"
Single by Coldplay
from the album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
B-side "Death Will Never Conquer"
Released 25 May 2008
Format Digital download, CD
Recorded 2007–2008
Genre Baroque pop
Length 4:01 (Full album version)
3:45 (Radio edit)
4:04 (New edit)
Label Parlophone, Capitol
Writer(s) Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
Producer Coldplay, Brian Eno, Markus Dravs, Rik Simpson
Certification Platinum ABPD[1]
Coldplay singles chronology
"Violet Hill"
(2008)
"Viva la Vida"
(2008)
"Lost!"
(2008)
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends track listing
  1. "Life in Technicolor"
  2. "Cemeteries of London"
  3. "Lost!"
  4. "42"
  5. "Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love"
  6. "Yes"
  7. "Viva la Vida"
  8. "Violet Hill"
  9. "Strawberry Swing"
  10. "Death and All His Friends"
Music sample
"Viva la Vida"

"Viva la Vida" is a song by the English alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008). On the album, this song segues directly into the next track on the album, "Violet Hill".

The lyrics to the song contain historical and religious references, and the track is built around a repeating string section with a percussion background.

The song was released on 12 June 2008 as the album's second single, debuting to critical and commercial success. "Viva la Vida" reached the top spot of the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's first number-one single and a Transatlantic number-one. The song won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009. The song became the sixth song in digital history to reach the 4 million mark in paid downloads.[2]

Contents

Background

The song's Spanish title, "Viva la Vida", is taken from a painting by 20th century Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. It translates into English as "Long live life".[3]

During the album's production, "Viva la Vida" is one of the songs that had polarized each member's opinion over which version they should choose. In an interview, vocalist Chris Martin recalls, "... we did quite a few different versions and went round the houses a bit and eventually settled on those treatments for it."[4]

Composition

"Viva La Vida" soars in with a grandiose instrumental arrangement and sweeping lyrics detailing the pain of being deposed from a lofty position. The big sound of the song constantly verges on becoming overblown, but Coldplay know how to walk the tightrope perfectly. Bells and chimes and orchestral swells are all there on the chorus, but Chris Martin's voice still pierces through like a clarion call. Lyrically, the pain of the protagonist is clear, but the sweep of words about Jerusalem bells, Roman cavalry, and Saint Peter give "Viva La Vida" an air of intelligence rare in today's most popular pop songs.

—Bill Lamb, About.com.[5]

The lyrics to "Viva la Vida" contain many religious references.[6] For example, "pillars of sand" is a clear reference to the Biblical parable given by Jesus about the fool who built his house on sand, and the wise man who built it on solid rock, while "pillars of salt" is a reference to Lot's wife, who was turned into a pillar of salt. "I know Saint Peter won't call my name" refers to Matthew 16:19 where Jesus tells Peter that he will give him the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and the belief that the apostle stands at the Gates of Heaven, permitting or denying admission. Other likely (but ambiguous) Biblical references are "Seas would rise when I gave the word" (Moses parting the Red Sea), and "... my head upon a silver plate" (the beheading of St. John the Baptist: Salome asked to have his head delivered to her upon a platter).

The song has inspired a great deal of debate about its meaning. People have claimed that the song may be about various subjects, such as the French Revolution.[7] The band members themselves do not appear to have corroborated any of these claims, and have referred only to kings and revolutionaries in general, rather than any particular king.

Martin has explained the song lyric "I know Saint Peter won't call my name" in an interview with Q magazine: "It's about ... You're not on the list. I was a naughty boy. It's always fascinated me that idea of finishing your life and then being analyzed on it. And this idea runs throughout most religions. That's why people blow up buildings. Because they think they're going to get lots of virgins. I always feel like saying, just join a band ... That is the most frightening thing you could possibly say to somebody. Eternal damnation. I know about this stuff because I studied it. I was into it all. I know it. It's still mildly terrifying to me. And this is serious."[8] When asked about the song, bass guitarist Guy Berryman said: "It's a story about a king who's lost his kingdom, and all the album's artwork is based on the idea of revolutionaries and guerrillas. There's this slightly anti-authoritarian viewpoint that's crept into some of the lyrics and it's some of the pay-off between being surrounded by governments on one side, but also we're human beings with emotions and we're all going to die and the stupidity of what we have to put up with every day. Hence the album title."[9]

Unlike the typical arrangement of Coldplay songs, in which either the piano or guitar is the prominent instrument, the track mostly consists of a string section playing the song's upbeat riff, along with a steady bass drum beat, percussion (including a timpani and a church bell), bass guitar, and Martin's vocals; there is limited use of electric guitar in the song. All the strings are arranged and performed by violinist Davide Rossi, who is also one of the main collaborators of the album. Rossi's strings comprise the main driving force throughout the song, with a strong beginning loop that supports Martin's voice, until the choruses where the symphonic power of the orchestra takes its fullest shape.[10] The song is played in the key of Ab Major at a tempo of 137bpm, while the vocal range is Eb4-Ab5.[11] Although Coldplay are widely labeled as an "alternative rock" band, the classical composition and historical subject matter of "Viva la Vida" have led to the song being labeled as "baroque pop" and "chamber pop".[12][13]

Release and promotion

Chris Martin performing "Viva la Vida" during the band's 2008 Viva la Vida Tour

"Viva la Vida" was initially released only with iTunes Store pre-orders of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends on 7 May 2008 – the "new edit" version of the song – which led to the song's temporary exclusion from the UK Singles Chart.[14] It was released as a download-only single on 25 May 2008, and a physical CD single in Europe on 29 July 2008 to coincide with the release of the single's music videos. "Viva la Vida" was well-downloaded in the internet, becoming iTunes' best-selling song of 2008.[15] From 24 December 2008 to 5 January 2009 an official remix of the song, named the "Thin White Duke Mix", was given away for free as a Christmas gift via the band's website.

The song was used as part of Apple Inc.'s iPod + iTunes advertisement campaign.[16][17] Coldplay performed the song live for the first time at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards.[18][19] It has since gone on to make many media appearances, including being featured throughout the episode "A Person of Interest" from the paranormal drama Medium, as a song played on the radio in the episode "We're Not in Kansas Anymore" from the teen drama 90210,[20] and on the international soundtrack to the Brazilian soap opera A Favorita which helped push "Viva la Vida" up the charts in Brazil, where the telenovela been shown.[21] "Viva la Vida" is now the entrance music for Birmingham City Football Club. In 2009, Solange Knowles covered the song.[22] Lady Gaga also covered the song for BBC Radio 1.[23] A live version of the song appeared on Coldplay's 2009 live album LeftRightLeftRightLeft.[24]

Reception

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Critical response

Critics were positive towards the song. In the Entertainment Weekly review of the album, critic Chris Willman wrote: "Take the title track ... on which [Martin] imagines himself as a paranoid monarch. 'Who would ever want to be king?' Martin asks. 'Revolutionaries wait/For my head on a silver plate!'. The confident majesty of the music, however, belies how he and his bandmates have invigorated their rock-lite reign."[16] Josh Hathaway from The Plain Dealer noted "Viva la Vida" as the "catchiest" song on the album.[25] Chris Jones of the BBC noted: "The string/brass mutations that bolster a track like 'Viva La Vida' ... conjure tunes so sweetly melancholy."[26] In the IGN review, critic Chad Grischow wrote, "It is their one and only foray into unabashed orchestral pop, but the punchy strut of the strings and fantastic marching vocals make it far too charming and lively to dislike, and even harder not to love."[27] "Viva la Vida" was nominated for "Record of the Year", and won "Song of the Year", and "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or a Group" at the 2009 Grammy Awards.[28][29] This song also won the Ivor Novella Award for "Best Selling British Single".[30] The song was included in Rolling Stone's annual "100 Best Songs" of 2008 at number nine,[31] it was also voted number two on Rolling Stone's Readers' Rock List: Best Songs of 2008.[32] "Viva la Vida" was also listed at number five on Blender's 1001 Downloads: The Top 144 Songs of 2008,[33] as well in the number eight position on Village Voice's Pazz and Jop list.[34]

Viva la Vida has also been sampled in other several songs, such as in Flo-Rida's single Be on You as well as a similar riff heard at the start of Agnes' song Release Me.

Chart performance

"Viva la Vida" has become the band's highest-charting single. Fueled by high digital sales, the song peaked at the top spot of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's first US number-one single and their second top ten on the Hot 100.[35][36] It is the first song by a British group to reach number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 since "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls in 1996,[37] and it is the first song by a British rock band to top the chart since UB40's 1993 song "Can't Help Falling in Love". Although the song was initially successful in digital sales,[35][36] after being released, it went on to become the band's highest-charting single in American radio, becoming their first top ten hit on the Hot 100 Airplay where it peaked at number eight.[38] It had also become the band's first number-one single on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[39] "Viva la Vida" also became the first song to top both the Hot 100 and Modern Rock chart since Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" in 2001 and 2002. On the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks, the song has become the band's first number one, as well as the first single on the Capitol Records label to ever top the chart.[40] The single has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[41]. The song also become one of six songs to reach the 4 million mark in paid digital downloads.

The single was also successful in the United Kingdom. Although the song had been disqualified from the UK charts due to initially being available only by pre-ordering the album on iTunes, it became eligible to chart after the album was released. "Viva la Vida" hit number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Coldplay's first chart-topping single in the UK.[42] The song remained in the top 40 through early 2009, and on 15 March 2009 dropped to number 34.[citation needed]

In Canada, the single made a "Hot Shot Debut" at number four on the Canadian Hot 100 on the issue of 24 May, making it Coldplay's highest debut there.[43] It is also Coldplay's highest charting single in Australia, where it reached number 2.

In Spain, the single peaked at #2 and achieved Double Platinum status due to the 80,000 copies sold. It also had a strong airplay in the Spanish radio stations.

Sporting usage

During the 2008/2009 season, the German football club Hamburger SV used "Viva la Vida" as their goal celebration song.

The song also became the anthem of spanish football club FC Barcelona during the 2008-09 season. It turned out to be a season of unprecedented success for the Spanish side, as they won all six competitions they could possible be involved in, which no football club has ever managed before. The song was selected by the manager of the club, Josep Guardiola - himself a Coldplay fan - to help motivate and encourage his team. It is often played at the Camp Nou before the start of a Barcelona match.

Canadian figureskater Patrick Chan has used this song for his short program.

Plagiarism allegations

Coldplay were first accused of plagiarism of "The Songs I Didn't Write" by American alternative band Creaky Boards, for the melody of "Viva la Vida".[44] Creaky Boards' band member Andrew Hoepfner claimed that Martin had heard them playing the song at a live show in October 2007.[45] The band released a video clip, in which it compares sections of both songs.[45] Coldplay denied the claim; band spokesman Murray Chambers said Martin was working in AIR Studios in London at that time, having checked the singer's diary.[46] In addition, Coldplay had recorded a demo version of "Viva la Vida" in March 2007, long before Creaky Boards performed it live in October of the same year.[45] Creaky Boards later retracted the accusations and speculated that both songs may have been inspired by the video game The Legend of Zelda.[46]

On 4 December 2008, American guitarist Joe Satriani filed a copyright infringement suit against Coldplay in Los Angeles.[47] The suit claims that "Viva la Vida" incorporates "substantial, original portions" of his instrumental track "If I Could Fly" from his 2004 album Is There Love in Space?.[48] The band has denied the allegation, saying the similarities were "entirely coincidental".[49] On 14 September 2009, the case was dismissed by the California Central District Court, with both parties potentially agreeing to an out-of-court settlement.[50]

In May 2009, Yusuf Islam stated that the song is very similar to his song "Foreigner Suite," (recorded under his former stage name, Cat Stevens) saying "My son brought it to my attention and said: 'Doesn't that sound like 'Foreigner Suite?'"[51] Islam said that any legal action he might take "depends on how well Satriani does."[51] Coldplay drummer Will Champion denied the claim, stating, "We're confident we haven't done anything wrong."[52] In June 2009, Islam later said, "They did copy my song but I don't think they did it on purpose," adding, "I don't want them to think I am angry with them. I'd love to sit down and have a cup of tea with them and let them know it's okay."[53]

Music videos

The official music video for "Viva la Vida" was directed by Hype Williams and premiered at Coldplay's official website on 1 August 2008.[54] The video depicts the band performing against a blurry, warped version of Eugène Delacroix's painting "La Liberté guidant le peuple." Since its release, this video "Viva La Vida" has become one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube, with over 70,000,000 views worldwide.

A second, alternate video was shot in The Hague, the Netherlands, directed by Anton Corbijn and released alongside the first.[55] This second version is a tribute to Corbijn's video for Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" and portrays Chris Martin as the king from whose perspective the song is sung. During the video, he carries Eugène Delacroix's painting "La Liberté guidant le peuple.". At the end, he hangs the picture up in a white stall on top of a hill. As he sings the last chorus, his band mates surface heading his way, tying in loose ends from the "Violet Hill" video.

Darin's Version

"Viva la Vida"
Single by Darin Zanyar
Released October 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop
Label UNI
Writer(s) Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland,
Will Champion, Chris Martin
Darin Zanyar singles chronology
"What If" Viva la Vida "You're Out of My Life"

Swedish singer Darin's cover of the song reached number 1 on 30 October 2009 on the Swedish Singles Chart.[56]

In 2010, it was yet again included as the B-side of Darin's "You're Out of My Life" single, reaching #3 in the Swedish Singles Chart.

Coldplay's original single had already charted in Sweden for a total of 49 weeks between 15 May 2008 and 23 October 2009, peaking at number seven.[57]

Preceded by
"Töntarna" by Kent
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single
October 30, 2009 – November 12, 2009
Succeeded by
"2000" by Kent

Other Covers

  • Electropop artist Joy Electric covered the song in the 2009 album Favorites at Play.
  • Lady GaGa covered the song in 2009 on Radio 1's Live Lounge.
  • Pet Shop Boys covered the song during their Pandemonium Tour of 2009 mixed with the chorus portion of their own hit Domino Dancing. The song was included as a studio version on their Christmas EP in December 2009 and the live version was included on their Pandemonium live album in 2010.
  • Rapper Shawty Lo sampled this song for his song, "Roll The Dice", which is best known for ending Lo's feud with T.I., the lines, "I used to roll the dice Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes Listen as the crowd would sing "Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!" & "One minute I held the key Next the walls were closed on me and I.. (Listen as the crowd would sing "Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!")", was used as the chorus. It features Chris Martin for the chorus.
  • The song was sampled for a Swizz Beats Hip-Hop song entitled "That Oprah".
  • VV Brown covered the song for the first time on 6 January 2010, on French TV show Taratata.
  • The Dirty Heads covered the song on YouTube's Raw Session. Watch Video
  • Boyce Avenue covered An acoustic version of the song on YouTube in 2009. Watch Video
  • Drake sampled the song as "Congratulations" for a bonus track of his 2009 mixtape So Far Gone.

Track listing

Digital download
  1. "Viva la Vida" (New edit) – 4:04
Promotional CD
  1. "Viva la Vida" (Radio edit) – 3:45
  2. "Viva la Vida" (Full album version) – 4:01
CD release
  1. "Viva la Vida" – 4:02
  2. "Death Will Never Conquer" – 1:17
Bootleg Version
  1. "Viva la Vida - DMS12 mix" – 7:01

Charts

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[58] 2
Austrian Singles Chart 6
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 4
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 7
Canadian Hot 100[59] 4
Danish Singles Chart [60] 8
Dutch Top 40[61] 1
France Singles Chart[62] 7
German Singles Chart[63] 5
Italy Singles Chart[64] 2
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart[65] 3
Japan Hot 100[66] 3
Norway Singles Chart[67] 5
Spanish Singles Chart[68] 1
Sweden Singles Chart[69] 7
Turkey Top 20 Chart[70] 3
UK Singles Chart[71] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[72] 1
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[73] 12

Certifications

Year Country Certification
2008 Germany Gold [74]
2009 Spain 3× Platinum[75]
Switzerland Platinum[76]
United States 4× Platinum[77]

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"Singin' in the Rain" by Mint Royale
UK Singles Chart number-one single
22 June 2008 – 29 June 2008
Succeeded by
"Closer" by Ne-Yo
Preceded by
"Lollipop" by Lil Wayne featuring Static Major
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
28 June 2008 – 05 July 2008
Succeeded by
"I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry
Preceded by
"Let It Die" by Foo Fighters
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
30 August 2008 – 13 September 2008
Succeeded by
"Believe" by Staind
Preceded by
"It's Not My Time" by 3 Doors Down
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks number-one single
16 August 2008 – 23 August 2008
Succeeded by
"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
Preceded by
"The Time of My Life" by David Cook
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks number-one single
07 February 2009 – 14 February 2009
Succeeded by
"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
Preceded by
"I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
4 October 2008 – 18 October 2008
Succeeded by
"Show Me Love 2008" by Robin S.

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"Viva la Vida"
File:C57f
Single by Coldplay
from the album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
B-side "Death Will Never Conquer"
Released 25 May 2008
Format Digital download, CD
Recorded 2007–2008
Genre Baroque pop
Length 4:01 (Full album version)
3:45 (Radio edit)
4:04 (New edit)
Label Parlophone, Capitol
Writer(s) Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
Producer Coldplay, Brian Eno, Markus Dravs, Rik Simpson
Certification Platinum ABPD[1]
Coldplay singles chronology

"Violet Hill"
(2008)
"Viva la Vida"
(2008)
"Lost!"
(2008)
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends track listing
  1. "Life in Technicolor"
  2. "Cemeteries of London"
  3. "Lost!"
  4. "42"
  5. "Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love"
  6. "Yes"
  7. "Viva la Vida"
  8. "Violet Hill"
  9. "Strawberry Swing"
  10. "Death and All His Friends"
Music sample
File:Viva la Vida.ogg
Music video
"Viva la Vida" at YouTube

"Viva la Vida" is a song by the English alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008). On the album, this song segues directly into the next track on the album, "Violet Hill". Viva la Vida means "Long live life" in Spanish.

The lyrics to the song contain historical and Christian references, and the track is built around a repeating string section with a percussion background. Coldplay performed some of the song live on The Simpsons Season 21 episode, "Million Dollar Maybe".

The song was released on 12 June 2008 as the album's second single, debuting to critical and commercial success. "Viva la Vida" reached the top spot of the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's first number-one single and a Transatlantic number-one. The song won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009. The song became the sixth song in digital history to reach the 4 million mark in paid downloads.[2]

Contents

Background

The song's Spanish title, "Viva la Vida", is taken from a painting by 20th century Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. It translates into English as "Long live life".[3]

During the album's production, "Viva la Vida" is one of the songs that had polarized each member's opinion over which version they should choose. In an interview, vocalist Chris Martin recalls, "... we did quite a few different versions and went round the houses a bit and eventually settled on those treatments for it."[4]

Composition

"Viva La Vida" soars in with a grandiose instrumental arrangement and sweeping lyrics detailing the pain of being deposed from a lofty position. The big sound of the song constantly verges on becoming overblown, but Coldplay know how to walk the tightrope perfectly. Bells and chimes and orchestral swells are all there on the chorus, but Chris Martin's voice still pierces through like a clarion call. Lyrically, the pain of the protagonist is clear, but the sweep of words about Jerusalem bells, Roman cavalry, and Saint Peter give "Viva La Vida" an air of intelligence rare in today's most popular pop songs.
—Bill Lamb, About.com.[5]

The lyrics to "Viva la Vida" contain many Christian references.[6] For example, "pillars of sand" is a clear reference to the Biblical parable given by Jesus about the fool who built his house on sand, and the wise man who built it on solid rock, while "pillars of salt" is a reference to Lot's wife, who was turned into a pillar of salt. "I know Saint Peter won't call my name" refers to the popular tradition of St. Peter guarding the gates of Heaven. He is often depicted in art as holding the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven per the Petrine doctrine and the Biblical reference in Matthew 16:19. He is also commonly depicted with the book of life reading off the names of those individuals who had believed in Jesus Christ per Revelations 20. Other likely but more ambiguous references are "Seas would rise when I gave the word" referring to the story of Moses ordering the tide to rise and "... my head upon a silver plate" to the beheading of St. John the Baptist when Salome demanded his head delivered to her upon a platter. The chorus of "I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing, Roman Calvary Choirs are singing...." has also led to serious debates of interpretation. Primarily if it is "Roman Calvary or Roman Cavalry". Some argue Calvary would fit better into the symbolism of salvation and the crucifixion with "Jerusalem bells" referring to the New Jerusalem.

The song has inspired a great deal of debate about its meaning. People have claimed that the song may be about various subjects, such as the French Revolution.[7] The band members themselves do not appear to have corroborated any of these claims, and have referred only to kings and revolutionaries in general, rather than any particular king.

Martin has explained the song lyric "I know Saint Peter won't call my name" in an interview with Q magazine: "It's about ... You're not on the list. I was a naughty boy. It's always fascinated me that idea of finishing your life and then being analyzed on it. And this idea runs throughout most religions. That's why people blow up buildings. Because they think they're going to get lots of virgins. I always feel like saying, just join a band ... That is the most frightening thing you could possibly say to somebody. Eternal damnation. I know about this stuff because I studied it. I was into it all. I know it. It's still mildly terrifying to me. And this is serious."[8] When asked about the song, bass guitarist Guy Berryman said: "It's a story about a king who's lost his kingdom, and all the album's artwork is based on the idea of revolutionaries and guerrillas. There's this slightly anti-authoritarian viewpoint that's crept into some of the lyrics and it's some of the pay-off between being surrounded by governments on one side, but also we're human beings with emotions and we're all going to die and the stupidity of what we have to put up with every day. Hence the album title."[9]

Unlike the typical arrangement of Coldplay songs, in which either the piano or guitar is the prominent instrument, the track mostly consists of a string section playing the song's upbeat riff, along with a steady bass drum beat, percussion (including a timpani and a church bell), bass guitar, and Martin's vocals; there is limited use of electric guitar in the song. All the strings are arranged and performed by violinist Davide Rossi, who is also one of the main collaborators of the album. Rossi's strings comprise the main driving force throughout the song, with a strong beginning loop that supports Martin's voice, until the choruses where the symphonic power of the orchestra takes its fullest shape.[10] The song is played in the key of A major at a tempo of 137 beats per minute, while the vocal range spans E4–A5.[11] Although Coldplay are widely labeled as an "alternative rock" band, the classical composition and historical subject matter of "Viva la Vida" have led to the song being labeled as "baroque pop" and "chamber pop".[12][13]

Release and promotion

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"Viva la Vida" was initially released only with iTunes Store pre-orders of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends on 7 May 2008 – the "new edit" version of the song – which led to the song's temporary exclusion from the UK Singles Chart.[14] It was released as a download-only single on 25 May 2008, and a physical CD single in Europe on 29 July 2008 to coincide with the release of the single's music videos. "Viva la Vida" was well-downloaded in the internet, becoming iTunes' best-selling song of 2008.[15] From 24 December 2008 to 5 January 2009 an official remix of the song, named the "Thin White Duke Mix", was given away for free as a Christmas gift via the band's website.

The song was used as part of Apple Inc.'s iPod + iTunes advertisement campaign.[16][17] Coldplay performed the song live for the first time at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards.[18][19] It has since gone on to make many media appearances, including being featured throughout the episode "A Person of Interest" from the paranormal drama Medium, as a song played on the radio in the episode "We're Not in Kansas Anymore" from the teen drama 90210,[20] used as bumper music on Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" radio talk show, and on the international soundtrack to the Brazilian soap opera A Favorita which helped push "Viva la Vida" up the charts in Brazil, where the telenovela been shown.[21] "Viva la Vida" was the entrance music for Birmingham City Football Club during the 2009-2010 season, but was quickly dropped after negative response by the supporters. In 2009, Solange Knowles covered the song.[22] Lady Gaga also covered the song for BBC Radio 1.[23] A live version of the song appeared on Coldplay's 2009 live album LeftRightLeftRightLeft.[24] Pet Shop Boys also performed the song live on their 2009 Pandemonium Tour and the song appeared on their Christmas EP.[25] It was also used in an episode of "The Simpsons".

Reception

Critical response

]] Critics were positive towards the song. In the Entertainment Weekly review of the album, critic Chris Willman wrote: "Take the title track ... on which [Martin] imagines himself as a paranoid monarch. 'Who would ever want to be king?' Martin asks. 'Revolutionaries wait/For my head on a silver plate!'. The confident majesty of the music, however, belies how he and his bandmates have invigorated their rock-lite reign."[16] Josh Hathaway from The Plain Dealer noted "Viva la Vida" as the "catchiest" song on the album.[26] Chris Jones of the BBC noted: "The string/brass mutations that bolster a track like 'Viva La Vida' ... conjure tunes so sweetly melancholy."[27] In the IGN review, critic Chad Grischow wrote, "It is their one and only foray into unabashed orchestral pop, but the punchy strut of the strings and fantastic marching vocals make it far too charming and lively to dislike, and even harder not to love."[28] "Viva la Vida" was nominated for "Record of the Year", and won "Song of the Year", and "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or a Group" at the 2009 Grammy Awards.[29][30] This song also won the Ivor Novello Award for "Best Selling British Single".[31] The song was included in Rolling Stone's annual "100 Best Songs" of 2008 at number nine;[32] it was also voted number two on Rolling Stone's Readers' Rock List: Best Songs of 2008.[33] "Viva la Vida" was also listed at number five on Blender's 1001 Downloads: The Top 144 Songs of 2008,[34] as well in the number eight position on Village Voice's Pazz and Jop list.[35]

Viva la Vida has also been sampled in other several songs, such as in Flo-Rida's single Be on You as well as a similar riff heard at the start of Agnes' song Release Me.

Chart performance

"Viva la Vida" has become the band's highest-charting single. Fueled by high digital sales, the song peaked at the top spot of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's first US number-one single and their second top ten on the Hot 100.[36][37] It is the first song by a British group to reach number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 since "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls in 1996,[38] and it is the first song by a British rock band to top the chart since UB40's 1993 song "Can't Help Falling in Love". Although the song was initially successful in digital sales,[36][37] after being released, it went on to become the band's highest-charting single in American radio, becoming their first top ten hit on the Hot 100 Airplay where it peaked at number eight.[39] It had also become the band's first number-one single on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[40] "Viva la Vida" also became the first song to top both the Hot 100 and Modern Rock chart since Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" in 2001 and 2002. On the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks, the song has become the band's first number one, as well as the first single on the Capitol Records label to ever top the chart.[41] The single has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[42] The song also became one of the first six songs to reach the 4 million mark in paid digital downloads. As of August 2010, it had sold 4,588,000 units in the US.[43]

The single was also successful in the United Kingdom. Although the song had been disqualified from the UK charts due to initially being available only by pre-ordering the album on iTunes, it became eligible to chart after the album was released. "Viva la Vida" hit number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Coldplay's first chart-topping single in the UK.[44] The song remained in the top 40 through early 2009, and on 15 March 2009 dropped to number 34.[citation needed]

In Canada, the single made a "Hot Shot Debut" at number four on the Canadian Hot 100 on the issue of 24 May, making it Coldplay's highest debut there.[45] It is also Coldplay's highest charting single in Australia, where it reached number 2.

In Spain, the single peaked at #2 and achieved Double Platinum status due to the 80,000 copies sold. It also had a strong airplay on the Spanish radio stations.

Sporting usage

During the 2008/2009 season, the German football club Hamburger SV used "Viva la Vida" as their goal celebration song.

The song also became the anthem of Catalan football club FC Barcelona during the 2008-09 season. It turned out to be a season of unprecedented success for the Catalan side in 2009, as they won all six competitions they could possible be involved in, which no football club has managed before in history. The song was selected by the manager of the club, Josep Guardiola - himself a Coldplay fan - to help motivate and encourage his team. It is often played at the Camp Nou before the start of a Barcelona match. The song is a true reflection of the conquest of FC Barcelona in their quest to "Rule the World".

Canadian figureskater Patrick Chan has used this song for his short program.

It was also used in the 2008 Mens Wimbledon final after Roger Federer was beaten by Rafael Nadal, specifically for the lyric "Listen as the crowd would sing, Now the old King is dead long live the King", as this was Federer's first lost at the All England Club for 5 years and was seen as Federer passing the torch to Nadal.

Plagiarism allegations

Coldplay were first accused of plagiarism of "The Songs I Didn't Write" by American alternative band Creaky Boards, for the melody of "Viva la Vida".[46] Creaky Boards' band member Andrew Hoepfner claimed that Martin had heard them playing the song at a live show in October 2007.[47] The band released a video clip, in which it compares sections of both songs.[47] Coldplay denied the claim; band spokesman Murray Chambers said Martin was working in AIR Studios in London at that time, having checked the singer's diary.[48] In addition, Coldplay had recorded a demo version of "Viva la Vida" in March 2007, long before Creaky Boards performed it live in October of the same year.[47] Creaky Boards later retracted the accusations and speculated that both songs may have been inspired by the video game The Legend of Zelda.[48]

On 4 December 2008, American guitarist Joe Satriani filed a copyright infringement suit against Coldplay in Los Angeles.[49] The suit claims that "Viva la Vida" incorporates "substantial, original portions" of his instrumental track "If I Could Fly" from his 2004 album Is There Love in Space?.[50] The band has denied the allegation, saying the similarities were "entirely coincidental".[51] On 14 September 2009, the case was dismissed by the California Central District Court, with both parties potentially agreeing to an out-of-court settlement.[52]

In May 2009, Yusuf Islam stated that the song is very similar to his song "Foreigner Suite," recorded under his former stage name, Cat Stevens. He said "My son brought it to my attention and said: 'Doesn't that sound like 'Foreigner Suite?'"[53] Islam said that any legal action he might take "depends on how well Satriani does."[53] Coldplay drummer Will Champion denied the claim, stating, "We're confident we haven't done anything wrong."[54] In June 2009, Islam later said, "They did copy my song but I don't think they did it on purpose," adding, "I don't want them to think I am angry with them. I'd love to sit down and have a cup of tea with them and let them know it's okay."[55]

Music videos

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The official music video for "Viva la Vida" was directed by Hype Williams and premiered at Coldplay's official website on 1 August 2008.[56] The video depicts the band performing against a blurry, warped version of Eugène Delacroix's painting La Liberté guidant le peuple. Since its release, this video "Viva La Vida" has become one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube, with over 60,000,000 views worldwide.

A second, alternate video was shot in The Hague, the Netherlands, directed by Anton Corbijn and released alongside the first.[57] This second version is a tribute to Corbijn's video for Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" and portrays Chris Martin as the king from whose perspective the song is sung. During the video, he carries Delacroix's painting. At the end, he hangs the picture up in a white stall on top of a hill. As he sings the last chorus, his band mates surface heading his way, tying in loose ends from the "Violet Hill" video.

Cover versions

Darin version

"Viva la Vida"
Single by Darin Zanyar
from the album Lovekiller
Released October 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop
Label UNI
Writer(s) Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland,
Will Champion, Chris Martin
Darin Zanyar singles chronology

"What If" "Viva la Vida" "You're Out of My Life"

Swedish singer Darin's cover of the song reached number 1 on 30 October 2009 on the Swedish Singles Chart.[58] The song appears in Darin's 2010 album Lovekiller

In 2010, it was yet again included as the B-side of Darin's "You're Out of My Life" single, reaching #3 in the Swedish Singles Chart.

Coldplay's original single had already charted in Sweden for a total of 49 weeks between 15 May 2008 and 23 October 2009, peaking at number seven.[59]

Preceded by
"Töntarna" by Kent
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single
Darin version

October 30, 2009 – November 12, 2009
Succeeded by
"2000" by Kent

Other cover versions

  • Electropop artist Joy Electric covered the song on the 2009 album Favorites at Play.
  • Lady Gaga covered the song in 2009 on Radio 1's Live Lounge.
  • Pet Shop Boys covered the song during their Pandemonium Tour of 2009 mixed with the chorus portion of their own hit Domino Dancing. The song was included as a studio version on their Christmas EP in December 2009 and the live version was included on their Pandemonium live album in 2010. They also covered the song at Glastonbury 2010.
  • Rapper Shawty Lo sampled this song for his song, "Roll The Dice", which is best known for ending Lo's feud with T.I., the lines, "I used to roll the dice Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes Listen as the crowd would sing "Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!" & "One minute I held the key Next the walls were closed on me and I.. (Listen as the crowd would sing "Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!")", was used as the chorus. It features Chris Martin for the chorus.
  • The song was sampled for a Swizz Beats Hip-Hop song entitled "That Oprah".
  • VV Brown covered the song for the first time on 6 January 2010, on French TV show Taratata.
  • The Dirty Heads covered the song on YouTube's Raw Session. Watch Video
  • The song was covered in 2008 by Japanese idol group SMAP, as a collaboration with Coldplay. They performed this song together (as Smaplay) on an episode of SMAP's television variety program, SMAP×SMAP. A famous portrait of the French Revolution appears near the end, suggesting the song's questionable meaning. Watch Video
  • Boyce Avenue covered an acoustic version of the song on YouTube in 2009. Watch Video
  • Drake sampled the song as "Congratulations" for a bonus track of his 2009 mixtape So Far Gone.
  • Tim Urban covered the song during the ninth season of American Idol.
  • K'naan covered the song at Mod Club Theatre and at several of his live shows in 2009. Watch Video
  • Westlife performed a one off version of the song in the O2 Blueroom in Dublin on 20 August, 2010.
  • Weezer included their cover version of the song on the deluxe edition of their 2010 album Hurley.

One Direction performed Viva La Vida for thier first live performance

Track listing

Digital download
  1. "Viva la Vida" (New edit) – 4:04
Promotional CD
  1. "Viva la Vida" (Radio edit) – 3:45
  2. "Viva la Vida" (Full album version) – 4:01
CD release
  1. "Viva la Vida" – 4:02
  2. "Death Will Never Conquer" – 1:17
Bootleg Version
  1. "Viva la Vida - DMS12 mix" – 7:01

Charts

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[60] 2
Austrian Singles Chart 6
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 4
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 7
Canadian Hot 100[61] 1
France Singles Chart[62] 7
German Singles Chart[63] 5
Italy Singles Chart[64] 2

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart[65] 3
Japan Hot 100[66] 3
Lebanese Top 100 (song of the year) Radio One fm[67] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[68] 16
Norway Singles Chart[69] 5
Spanish Singles Chart[70] 1
Sweden Singles Chart[71] 7
Turkey Top 20 Chart[72] 3
UK Singles Chart[73] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[74] 1
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[75] 12

Year-end charts

Country Position (2008)
Germany 26 [76]

Certifications

Year Country Certification
2008 Germany Gold[77]
2009 Spain 3× Platinum[78]
Switzerland Platinum[79]
United States 3× Platinum[80]
2010 Brazil Platinum[81]
Finland Gold[82]

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"Singin' in the Rain" by Mint Royale
UK Singles Chart number-one single
22 June 2008 – 29 June 2008
Succeeded by
"Closer" by Ne-Yo
Preceded by
"Lollipop" by Lil Wayne featuring Static Major
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
28 June 2008
Succeeded by
"I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry
Preceded by
"Let It Die" by Foo Fighters
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
30 August 2008 – 13 September 2008
Succeeded by
"Believe" by Staind
Preceded by
"It's Not My Time" by 3 Doors Down
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks number-one single
16 August 2008 – 23 August 2008
Succeeded by
"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
Preceded by
"The Time of My Life" by David Cook
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks number-one single
07 February 2009
Succeeded by
"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
Preceded by
"I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
4 October 2008 – 18 October 2008
Succeeded by
"Show Me Love 2008" by Robin S.

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Coldplay is an alternative rock band formed in Britain by Chris Martin, Jon Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion.

Contents

Lyrics

Parachutes (2000)

her i am and i take my time here i am and i wait in line always.. always..

Bones, sinking like stones
All that we fought for
Homes, places we've grown
All of us are done for

And we live in a beautiful world
Yeah we do, yeah we do
We live in a beautiful world

But on and on, from the moment I wake
'Till the moment I sleep
I'll be there by your side
Just you try and stop me
I'll be waiting in line
Just to see if you care, if you care

Oh, did you want me to change?
Well I changed for good
And I want you to know
That you'll always get your way
I wanted to say

Don't you shiver
Don't you shiver
I sing it loud and clear
I'll always be waiting for you

  • Spies

I awake to see that no one is free
We're all fugitives
Look at the way we live
Down here, I cannot sleep from fear, no
I said, which way do I turn
Oh, I forget everything I learn

That the spies came out of the water
But you're feeling so bad cause you know
Though spies hide out in every corner
But you can't touch them, no
'Cause they're all spies

  • Sparks

Did I drive you away?
I know what you’ll say
You say, “Oh, sing one we know,”
But I promise you this
I’ll always look out for you
That’s what I’ll do.

Your skin
Oh yeah your skin and bones
Turn into something beautiful
You know, you know I love you so
You know I love you so

I swam across
I jumped across for you
Oh what a thing to do
Cause you were all yellow

Oh no, I see
A spider web is tangled up with me
And I lost my head
The thought of all the stupid things I said

Oh no what's this?
A spider web, and I'm caught in the middle,
So I turned to run
The thought of all the stupid things I've done

I never meant to cause you trouble
And I never meant to do you wrong
And I, well if I ever caused you trouble
Oh no, I never meant to do you harm

A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

oh im gonna buy this place and see it burn took back the things it did to you in return oh.oh.oh he said im gonna buy a gun and start a war..♪♫

  • Politik

Give me one, 'cause one is best
In confusion, confidence
Give me peace of mind and trust
Don't forget the rest of us
Give me strength, reserve control
Give me heart and give me soul
Wounds that heal and cracks that fix
Tell me your own politik

Sing it please, please, please
Come back and sing to me
To me, me

Come on and sing it out, now, now
Come on and sing it out
To me, me
Come back and sing
In my place, in my place
Were lines that I couldn't change
I was lost, oh yeah
Oh yeah

Where do we go, nobody knows
I've got to say I'm on my way down
God give me style and give me grace
God put a smile upon my face

Where do we go to draw the line
I've got to say I wasted all your time
Oh honey honey
Where do I go to fall from grace
God put a smile upon your face yeah

I had to find you
Tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart

Tell me your secrets
And ask me your questions
Oh let's go back to the start

Running in circles
Coming up tails
Heads on a silence apart

Nobody said it was easy
It's such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard

Oh take me back to the start

The lights go out and I can't be saved
Tides that I tried to swim against
Have brought me down upon my knees
Oh, I beg, I beg and plead

  • Green Eyes

Honey you are a rock
Upon which I stand
And I come here to talk
I hope you understand

  • Warning Sign

A warning sign
You came back to haunt me and I realised
That you were an island and I passed you by
When you were an island to discover

Come on in
I've got to tell you what a state I'm in
I've got to tell you in my loudest tones
That I started looking for a warning sign

  • A Whisper

I hear the sound of the ticking of clocks
Who remembers your face
Who remember you when you are gone

I hear the sound of the ticking of clocks
Come back and look for me, look for me
When I am lost

  • A Rush of Blood to the Head

He said I'm gonna buy a gun and start a war
If you can tell me something worth fighting for
Oh and I'm gonna buy this place that's what I said
Blame it upon a rush of blood to the head

Honey, all the movements you're starting to make
See me crumble and fall on my face
And I know the mistakes that I made
See it all disappear without a trace
And they call as they beckon you on
They said start as you mean to go on
Start as you mean to go on

  • Amsterdam

Come on, oh my star is fading
And I swerve out of control
If I, if I'd only waited
I'd not be stuck here in this hole

Come here, oh my star is fading
And I swerve out of control
And I swear I waited and waited
I've got to get out of this hole

Live 2003 (2003)

"if the sky's gonna fall down let it fall on me..."


"If the soup is not piping hot, I can't eat it"

  • Soup Live 2003

X&Y (2005)

"Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you"


"Are you lost or incomplete?
Do you feel like a puzzle, you can't find your missing piece?
Tell me how do you feel?
Well I feel like they're talking in a language I don't speak
And they're talking it to me."

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2006–present)

  • Cemeteries of London

God is in the houses
And God is in my head
And all the cemeteries of London

I see God come in my garden
But I don’t know what he said
For my heart it wasn’t open
Not open

Just because I'm losing
Doesn't mean I'm lost
Doesn't mean I'll stop
Doesn't mean I'm across

Those who are dead are not dead
They're just living in my head
And since I fell for that spell
I am living there as well

Time is so short and I’m sure
There must be something more

  • Lovers in Japan

Lovers, keep on the road you're on
Runners until the race is run
Soldiers, you've got to soldier on
Sometimes even the right is wrong

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
Listened as the crowd would sing
Now the old king is dead, long live the king

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
Missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
Once you'd gone there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

Was a long and dark December
From the rooftops I remember
There was snow, white snow

Clearly I remember
From the windows they were watching
While we froze down below

When the future's architectured
By a carnival of idiots on show
You better lie low

If you love me
Won't you let me know?

  • Strawberry Swing

People moving all the time
Inside a perfectly straight line
Don't you wanna just curve away?
When it's such, it's such a perfect day
It's such a perfect day

Now the sky could be blue, I don't mind
Without you it's a waste of time
Could be blue, I don't mind
Without you, it's a waste of sky
Could be blue, could be grey
Without you I'm just miles away
Could be blue, I don't mind
Without you it's a waste of time

  • Death And All His Friends

No I don’t want to battle from beginning to end
I don’t want a cycle of recycled revenge
I don’t want to follow death and all of his friends

  • The Escapist (Hidden Track)

And in the end
We lie awake
And we dream
We'll make an escape

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Simple English

"Viva La Vida"
Single by Coldplay
from the album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
B-side "Death Will Never Conquer"
Released 25 May 2008
Format Digital download, CD
Recorded 2007–2008
Genre Baroque pop
Length 4:01 (Full album version)
3:45 (Radio edit)
4:04 (New edit)
Label Parlophone, Capitol
Writer(s) Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
Producer Coldplay, Brian Eno, Markus Dravs, Rik Simpson
Certification Platinum ABPD[1]
Coldplay singles chronology

"Violet Hill"
(2008)
"Viva la Vida"
(2008)
"Lost!"
(2008)
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends track listing
  1. "Life in Technicolor"
  2. "Cemeteries of London"
  3. "Lost!"
  4. "42"
  5. "Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love"
  6. "Yes"
  7. "Viva la Vida"
  8. "Violet Hill"
  9. "Strawberry Swing"
  10. "Death and All His Friends"

[[File:|Chris Martin sings "Viva La Vida" live|150px|thumb|right]] "Viva la Vida" is a song by the English band Coldplay from their album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. The album was released on 7 May 2008. It was the band's first number one single in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

Coldplay sung the song on The Simpsons episode, "Million Dollar Maybe".

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