Published Aug 21, 2008Coldplays Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends may barely be two months old, but already reports are circulating that the band could have a new album out within a year. The Viva sessions with Brian Eno were reportedly so "incredibly fruitful that Chris Martin and company recorded way more material than one LP could handle, a source from Coldplays label EMI told the Telegraph. "The majority of the follow-up is already in the can, though they will have to go back into the studio at some point to add a few more songs, the EMI source said.
The source went on to speculate that the band may rush the new "surprise album to free themselves from their label obligations and effectively becoming free agents, much like former EMI artists Radiohead and Paul McCartney did. "Standard industry contracts tend to be for six albums, so if they provide some kind of compilation after their next album they will be free agents and able to renegotiate their contract or head out on their own," the source said.
Martin has given a bit of weight to all this in a previous interview when he discussed how a collaboration with Kylie Minogue didnt make it onto Viva La Vida, saying "It will be on a record we will put out in 2009."