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Rolling Stone Exclusive: Coldplay's New Album Title Revealed

March 18, 2008 3:38 PM ET

Coldplay's fourth album, due out on June 17th, 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." Check back later this week for the full report from Coldplay's studio sessions for Viva la Vida, and for more insight into some songs that are slated to appear on the record, click here.

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