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Coldplay offer free download of new single Violet Hill

Advertising executives' favourite band, Coldplay, are set to release their new single Violet Hill as a free download. The song is taken from the band's forthcoming album Living La Vida Loca, er sorry, Viva La Vida.

Fans will be able to download the song free from 12:15 BST via www.coldplay.com for a week. Viva La Vida is set for general release on 16 June and, according to the BBC, will have a 'Hispanic influence'.

Genius is an overused term nowadays, but if anyone is deserving of the tag it's Coldplay's singer and poet Chris Martin. He's one of the most gifted lyricsmiths of his or any generation.

Martin's texts seamlessly combine the complexity of Pynchon with the psychology of Dostoevsky. Who could ever the unforgettable lines: "Do you feel like a puzzle, you can't find your missing piece?" and "You're in control, is there anywhere you wanna go?"

Who knows what lyrical delights Martin and Coldplay will serve up tomorrow in Violet Hill? We really really cannot wait.

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