But when the band began lining up headlining dates on summer festivals (Glastonbury, T in the Park, etc.), fans interpreted that to mean that Coldplay were also readying their fifth full-length for release, meaning that a brand-new album should be only a few months away.
Of course, that optimism was dashed when a well-informed member of Coldplay fansite Coldplaying.com posted that the album had been pushed back until October, writing, "I can confirm the change of plans in the Coldplay camp regarding the schedule[d] release of LP5, originally before summer. Hope people can wait until October."
Given that this particular member had, in the past, seemed to have been privy to some top-secret Coldplay information (he/she claimed to have heard "Violet Hill," the first single off the band's Viva la Vida album, two weeks before the song premiered, and wrote about it in shockingly accurate terms to prove it), word of the October release quickly began spreading as chapter and verse amongst Coldplay fans.
The only problem? According to a spokesperson for the band, there is no release date for Coldplay's new album, nor has there ever been one.
"A release date has not yet been set for Coldplay's next studio album," that spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to MTV News.
Coldplay are currently working on the new album with frequent collaborators Brian Eno and Markus Dravs. Last month, frontman Chris Martin told BBC's Radio 1 the album is a "thinly veiled account of what happens within the group," but added that it's not entirely about interpersonal conflict.
"[It] also has a lot of uplifting stuff," he said. "It's supposed to be about life, the good stuff and the bad stuff. Everything."
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