A year after teasing they would be releasing a new album which could be their last, Coldplay has confirmed the release of the new album. On Friday (Nov. 6), the United Kingdom-based band announced that their seventh studio record, A Head Full of Dreams, will be released worldwide on Friday, Dec. 4. In addition to the release date announcement, the band has also posted the first single off of it; a track titled “Adventure of a Life.”
Listen to the sunny new song, which debuted on BBC Radio 1 and 2 on Friday, below.
Back in 2014, frontman Chris Martin had hinted that A Head Full of Dreams might just be the band’s final album. “It’s our seventh thing, and the way we look at it, it’s like the last Harry Potter book or something like that,” he explained to Zane Lowe at the time.
As for the recording process of the record, it appears that they headed directly to the recording studio after their last album, 2014’s Ghost Stories was released. That would explain why the tour circuit for that album only feature a few stops at very intimate venues. Unlike their last release, they also revealed that the sound will be a lot different. While Ghost Stories was melancholy in sound, A Head Full of Dream will be “more colorful, more joyful.”
“It’s the sound of us being free and happy and very grateful to be in our group,” Martin explained to radio show host Nick Grimshaw.
And if a sunnier sound wasn’t enough, the band announce the record will feature several guest vocalists. Artists like Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher, and Tove Lo will reportedly be featured on the album. Like with any artist who just released a new record, the band is planning to hit the road in 2016 in support of A Head Full of Dreams.