Mylo Xyloto (2009–2012)
The band finished recording the new album in mid-2011. When Martin and Champion were interviewed by BBC Radio and asked about the album's lyrical themes, Martin replied "It's about love, addiction, OCD, escape and working for someone you don't like."When asked whether or not their fifth album would be out by the summer, Martin and Champion said that there was plenty of work to be done before releasing it. They confirmed several festival appearances before its release date, especially a headlining spot in the 2011 Rock Werchter, Glastonbury Festival, T in the Park, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Rock in Rio, and Lollapalooza festivals.
In an interview on 13 January 2011, Coldplay mentioned two new songs to be included on their upcoming fifth album, "Princess of China" and "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall". In a February interview, Parlophone president Miles Leonard told HitQuarters that the band were still in the studio working on the album and he expected the final version would appear "towards the autumn of this year".
On 31 May 2011, Coldplay announced that "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" was to be the first single for the fifth album. It was released on 3 June 2011. The band also presented five new songs at festivals during the summer of 2011, "Charlie Brown", "Hurts Like Heaven", "Us Against the World", "Princess of China" and "Major Minus".
On 12 August 2011, Coldplay announced via their official website that Mylo Xyloto is the new album title, and that it would be released on 24 October 2011.On 12 September the band released the second single from their upcoming album Mylo Xyloto entitled "Paradise". On 23 September 2011, tickets for Coldplay's European tour officially went on sale. Demand proved to be very high with most venues selling out in seconds.Mylo Xyloto was released on 24 October 2011, to mixed to positive reviews, and topped the charts in over 34 countries.
On 19 October 2011, Coldplay performed songs at Apple Inc.'s private memorial event for Steve Jobs, including "Viva la Vida", "Fix You", "Yellow" and "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall".On 26 October their "Amex Unstaged" concert at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid, Spain, was streamed by YouTube as a live webcast directed by Anton Corbijn. On 30 November 2011, Coldplay received three Grammy Award nominations for the 54th Grammy Awards which took place on 12 February 2012 in Los Angeles, and the band performed with Rihanna at the ceremony.On 12 January 2012, Coldplay were nominated for two Brit Awards.On 21 February 2012, they were awarded the Brit Award for Best British Group for the third time.The album was the best-selling rock album in the United Kingdom, selling 908,000 copies.The album's second single, "Paradise", was also the best-selling rock single in the UK, selling 410,000 copies.At the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on 6 September, "Paradise" won the award for Best Rock Video.Mylo Xyloto has sold over 6 million copies worldwide.
Coldplay headlined the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic games on 9 September 2012, where they performed alongside other artists including Rihanna and Jay-Z.To tie in with their performance at the closing ceremony, the group gave permission for bands who were participating in the Bandstand Marathon the opportunity to perform their 2008 single "Viva La Vida" to celebrate the end of the games.
In October 2012, the music video for Coldplay's song "Hurts Like Heaven" was released. The video was based on the story of Mylo Xyloto, a boy who grew up in tyranny ran by Major Minus. The fictional comics entitled "Mylo Xyloto" will continue on the story portrayed in the music video when the series is released in early 2013.
A concert documentary film titled, "Coldplay Live 2012," chronicles their tour in support of the Mylo Xyloto album. The film premiered theatrically for one night only, 13 November 2012, and will be released on CD and home video on 19 November 2012.
On 21 November, after a concert in Brisbane, Australia as part on the group's Mylo Xyloto Tour, Coldplay hinted they are set to take a three year break from touring.Coldplay are scheduled to perform two shows with Jay-Z in the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, on 30 December and New Year's Eve, and are also set for a number of concerts in Latin America in February 2013.Speaking to Australian radio station 2dayfm, Chris Martin revealed that their next album: "is much easier to pronounce.
Coldplay's frontman Chris Martin once proclaimed the band's music as "limestone rock" in comparison to "hard rock".The band's music has been called "meditative" and "blue romantic"; it "on their emotions" and Martin "endlessly examine his feelings".Martin's lyrical wordplay has been called feminist, similar to Andrew Montgomery of Geneva
The tone of the band's first studio album, Parachutes, was described as melodic pop with "distorted guitar riffs and swishing percussion" but also being "exquisitely .