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Heartbreak and hope

Coldplay’s latest album, Ghost Stories, has been hitting the headlines.

Crossing the Culture Rachel Helen Smith
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Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow in happier times | photo: PA

There are three reasons. 1. It has become the fastest-selling UK album of the year. 2. The band signed an exclusive deal with iTunes meaning that the album was not available on free music streaming websites like Spotify. 3. In an impressive publicity stunt, the band created an international scavenger hunt by hiding handwritten lyrics from the album in libraries across the world.