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Coldplay's "Violet Hill" Single Will Be Free For A Week

Coldplay will make "Violet Hill," the first single from their forthcoming Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, available as a free download on their website for one week starting at 7:15 a.m. EST on Tuesday.

The single will become a conventional digital release that you'll have to purchase from online retailers on May 6.

To further promote the new album, Coldplay will perform free shows at London, England's Brixton Academy on June 16 and New York City's Madison Square Garden on June 23. Details on how to win tickets will be available on the group's site.

The Brian Eno and Markus Dravs-produced Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends will be released in North America on June 17. You can check out the cover art — which features a defaced version of French artist Eugene Delacroix's 1830 painting, Liberty Leading The People —

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Coldplay Download Freebie Proves A Hit

Lars Brandle, London

Coldplay's free download offering proved to be no shrinking violet when it went live on the band's Web site today (April 29).

The site slowed to a halt soon after new song "Violet Hill" -- which has a harder, more experimental sound than previous Coldplay releases -- was made available just after midday U.K. time.

After several attempts, Billboard managed to obtain a copy of the track, the first from the upcoming album "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends." The Web site asks for the user's email and postcode details, after which an automatically-generated email is sent to the downloader's inbox.

The email contains a link to the free MP3, which pops-up on the desktop within a zip-file. The URL apparently expires in six hours.

EMI could not be immediately reached for comment.

The track will get a conventional paid-for digital release on May 6, ahead of the album's release June 12.

"Violet Hill" was given its world exclusive first airing on Jo Whiley's BBC

Radio 1 show today, with Coldplay's Chris Martin on hand. During his lunchtime conversation with Whiley, Martin revealed that the band would also play a free concert in Barcelona, Spain, but did not disclose the venue or date of the gig.

As previously reported, the band will support the album with free shows at London's Brixton Academy on June 16 and Madison Square Garden in New York on June 23.

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I hated their last album. This new song is ok, it' not bad but it lacks something, it could be better with a better guitar solo. There's a couple of tracks from the album in the internet already, they're not exactly great but at least it seems it would be a more diverse album.

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