Prospekt's March

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Prospekt's March
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EP by
Released21 November 2008 (2008-11-21)
GenreAlternative rock
Coldplay chronology
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Prospekt's March

Singles from Prospekt's March
  1. "Life in Technicolor ii"
    Released: 2 February 2009[1]

Prospekt's March is the sixth EP by British rock band Coldplay, initially released on 21 November 2008 in Europe and Japan, and worldwide the following week.[2][3] It features several tracks left over from the studio sessions for Coldplay's fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.[4][5] It is also available in the deluxe edition of Viva la Vida.[6] This is their first EP since Remixes (2003).

The cover features Eugène Delacroix's original painting[7] Battle of Poitiers,[8] similar to the cover art featured on Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (which included another Delacroix-created painting, Liberty Leading the People). On 5 November, Coldplay offered an exclusive preview of the EP via their Facebook application[9] and through their website.[10]

There were two singles that anchored the EP. The song "Glass of Water" entered the iTunes Top 100 songs and went on to be performed live by the band on 4Music. "Life in Technicolor II" began its existence in the charts at No. 90 in the UK Singles Chart despite not being released as an official single. It was later confirmed to be the EP's first single.[1] It later peaked at No. 28 upon its physical release on 8 February 2009. The song was nominated at the 52nd Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Short Form Music Video.[11]

Recording and release[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[13]
Pitchfork3/5 stars[14]
The A.V. ClubB[15]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[16]
The GuardianMixed[17]
NME3/5 stars[18]

Throughout the recording of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Coldplay communicated to fans through their website, and some of the song titles were revealed during the recording. The name "Poppyfields" was first revealed in September 2007; in late October 2007, a message said that "Famous Old Painters" and "Glass of Water" had been written and were being considered for the album. "Prospekt's March" appeared for the first time in December of the same year; all the notes were signed by the pseudonym Prospekt, strengthening rumours that this would be the album's title. Those songs did not make it to the album's final track listing, so were featured on the Prospekt's March EP, except for "Famous Old Painters", which was never released.

In an interview for Coldplay's official website Chris Martin said that all the songs on the EP came very close to inclusion on Viva la Vida, and that they were "all part of the same family". In the same interview the frontman stated that the idea was always to put these songs out by the end of 2008.[19]

Track listing[edit]

Coldplay confirmed five songs for Prospekt's March on 3 October 2008, all of which had not been completed in time for Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.[2] The playlist was changed to eight songs on 5 October.[20] Six of the eight tracks are new recordings of the band.[21]

All tracks are written by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin, except "Lost+" co-written by Shawn Carter.

1."Life in Technicolor II"4:05
2."Postcards from Far Away"0:48
3."Glass of Water"4:44
4."Rainy Day"3:26
5."Prospekt's March/Poppyfields" (2:55/0:42)3:38
6."Lost+" (featuring Jay-Z)4:18
7."Lovers in Japan" (Osaka Sun Mix)3:58
8."Now My Feet Won't Touch the Ground"2:29
Total length:27:31
iTunes bonus video
9."Viva la Vida (music video)" (Anton Corbijn version)Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris MartinGuy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin4:08
Total length:31:39


Chart performance[edit]

On the Billboard issue dated 3 December, Prospekt's March debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 77,000.[22]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Prospekt's March was released on 24 November 2008 in the United States and Canada, one day earlier than expected.[24]

Country Date Format
United States 24 November 2008 CD, vinyl, 2CD (album+EP)
Canada 24 November 2008 CD
United Kingdom 24 November 2008 CD, vinyl, 2CD (album+EP)
Australia 22 November 2008 CD, (album+EP)
Argentina 9 December 2008 CD, 2CD (album+EP)
Brazil 3 December 2008 CD
Japan 21 November 2008 Digital
Japan 17 December 2008 CD
Japan 14 January 2009 CDx2 (album+EP)
Taiwan 28 November 2008 CD, 2CD (album+EP)
Taiwan 5 December 2008 Vinyl
Spain 25 November 2008 CD
Sweden 21 November 2008 CD
Germany 21 November 2008 CD
Austria 21 November 2008 CD
Switzerland 21 November 2008 CD
Belgium 21 November 2008 CD
Netherlands 21 November 2008 CD
Ireland 21 November 2008 CD
Italy 21 November 2008 CD, 2CD (album+EP)
Denmark 21 November 2008 CD, EP
Norway 21 November 2008 CD
Pakistan 21 November 2008 CD
Finland 21 November 2008 CD
South Africa 21 November 2008 CD


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  2. ^ a b Martin, Chris (3 October 2008). "Prospekt's March Tracklisting". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2008.
  3. ^ Martin, Chris (7 October 2008). "Prospekt's March Tracklisting". Archived from the original on 20 August 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2008.
  4. ^ Harris, Chris (2 September 2008). "Coldplay Will Issue EP of Viva La Vida Leftovers in December, New LP in 2009". MTV. Retrieved 3 September 2008.
  5. ^ Michaels, Sean (1 September 2008). "Coldplay confirm new EP and album". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 September 2008.
  6. ^ "Coldplay Announce Deluxe Edition of Viva la Vida". antiMUSIC. 8 October 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2008.
  7. ^ "1356 Battle of Poitiers, 1830, Eugčne Delacroix (1798–1863) photo – Brian McMorrow photos at". 15 August 2005. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  8. ^ Martin, Chris (14 October 2008). "Prospekt's March Artwork revealed". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2008.
  9. ^ "Glass of Water". Coldplay at Facebook. Retrieved 6 November 2008.
  10. ^ "Glass of Water". Retrieved 6 November 2008.
  11. ^ "Nominees And Winners". Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  12. ^ "Prospekt's March [EP] by Coldplay".
  13. ^ "Prospekt's March - Coldplay - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  14. ^ "Coldplay: Prospekt's March EP Album Review - Pitchfork".
  15. ^ Modell, Josh. "Coldplay: Prospekt's March EP".
  16. ^ Hoard, Christian (11 December 2008). "Prospekt's March EP".
  17. ^ Fox, Killian (23 November 2008). "Pop review: Coldplay: Prospekt's March EP". the Guardian.
  18. ^ "Coldplay - NME". NME.
  19. ^ "Chis Martin's Interview for". Archived from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  20. ^ Martin, Chris (5 October 2008). "Prospekt's March Tracklisting". Archived from the original on 22 July 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2008.
  21. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (6 October 2008). "Coldplay Preps EP With Jay-Z Guest Spot". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 7 October 2008.
  22. ^ Hasty, Katie (3 December 2008). "Kanye Edges GNR, Ludacris For No. 1 Debut". Billboard. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
  23. ^ "British album certifications – Coldplay – Prospekt's March". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 11 February 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Prospekt's March in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  24. ^ "Prospekt's March EP release dates update". Archived from the original on 15 March 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2009.

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