Coldplay Announces 'Ghost Stories' Release Date, Drops New Single 'Magic' (Audio)

10:35 PM PST 03/02/2014 by Lars Brandle, Billboard

The British band's sixth album, and first for Parlophone/Atlantic, will arrive May 19.

Coldplay has quietly unveiled "Magic," the first single from their anticipated new album release Ghost Stories.

The album, the British band's sixth, will arrive May 19 via Parlophone/Atlantic Records. Fans who preorder Ghost Stories will receive an instant download of the new single, which can be streamed at YouTube.com/coldplay.

News of Coldplay's new album release comes a week after the outfit dropped the atmospheric track "Midnight" and its trippy clip.

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"Magic," like "Midnight," is a more introspective production that veers well away from the radio-geared, stadium-rock works that helped make Coldplay a household name.

Ghost Stories is the Chris Martin-fronted group's first album since 2011's Mylo Xyloto. In August of last year, the band released "Atlas" from the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

A deluxe edition of the Ghost Stories CD, featuring three bonus tracks, is available exclusively from Target at Target.com/coldplay.

Coldplay will support the album with a headline slot on the opening night of the inaugural U.S. iTunes Festival at SXSW on March 11. The performance will be streamed live and on-demand worldwide for free via the iTunes Store.

See the track listing and listen to "Magic" below:

1. Always In My Head
2. Magic
3. Ink
4. True Love
5. Midnight
6. Another's Arms
7. Oceans
8. A Sky Full Of Stars
9. O

This article first appeared on billboard.com.

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