4th Studio Album
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo may seem an unlikely inspiration for a British band, but she was apparently Coldplay leader Chris Martin's muse when it came to naming the band's fourth album.
The title? Viva La Vida ("Long Live Life"). According to Rolling Stone magazine, Chris Martin chose it after seeing the phrase on a painting (of watermelon!) by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo -- a woman who endured disease, disabilities and chronic pain for much of her life. "She went through a lot of shit, of course, and then she started a big painting in her house that said 'Viva la Vida,'" Martin says. "I just loved the boldness of it."Hate the name? Well, as the father of two kids named Apple and Moses (with actress mama Gwyneth Paltrow), Chris Martin has been there and done all that. "I've been through this before -- naming something or someone and everyone saying that â€˜That's a terrible name,'" he admits. "But then saying, â€˜Well, fuck you, that's what it's called, and I'll be proved to be right eventually.'" When he thought up Viva la Vida, Martin says he was was "kind of annoyed" because he would now have to convince the world that the name rings true. "It just felt right," the singer says.So do you have the song "Livin' la Vida Loca" running through your head? Ah, you're not alone. "Everyone thinks it comes from Ricky Martin, which is fine. I have absolute respect," Martin says of the ever more unlikely inspiration.Viva la Vida will be released in the US on June 17th -- but the Brits get it a day earlier. Some preliminary song titles for the Coldplay album include Violet Hill, 42, Strawberry Swing, Death and All His Friends, Chinese Sleep Chant, Life in Technicolor and Reign of Love.
Here is the original Viva La Vida by Frida Kahlo: