True Love

Coldplay, Davide Rossi

About True Love

"True Love" is a song by British rock band Coldplay for their sixth studio album Ghost Stories, where it appears as the fourth track. It was released by Parlophone as the third single from Ghost Stories on 14 August 2014. The band co-produced the track with Paul Epworth, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, while American record producer Timbaland provided additional drums. The song's main instrumentation consists in heavy rhythms, dancing synths and wallowing strings. It also features a guitar solo. Lyrically, "True Love" talks about heartache and how the protagonist can't bear the pain of losing his lover. The song's lyrics were addressed to be about Martin's divorce from his wife Gwyneth Paltrow, a recurrent theme on the whole album. Martin has claimed that "True Love" is the band's favorite track it has ever written. The song garnered acclaim from music critics, who commended the song's raw honesty and its lyrics, which were seen as haunting and painfully truthful. Commercially successful in Belgium and the Netherlands, "True Love" did not chart on the UK Singles Chart. The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who also directed the "Magic" video. It was shot in Los Angeles, choreographed by Blanca Li and centres around a tale of two ballet-loving outsiders, played by Martin and Canadian actress Jessica Lucas. 


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For a second, I was in control
I had it once, I lost it though
And all along the fire below would rise

And I wish you could have let me know
What's really going on below
I've lost you now, you let met go but one last time

Tell me you love me, if you don't then lie, oh lie to me

Remember once upon a time, when I was yours and you were blind
The fire would sparkle in your eyes and mine

So tell me you love me, if you don't then lie, oh lie to me
Just tell me you love, if you don't then lie, oh lie to me
If you don't then lie, oh lie to me
And call it true, call it true love
Call it true, call it true love

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Coldplay are a British Alternative Rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London. After they formed Pectoralz, Guy Berryman joined the group as a bassist and they changed their name to Starfish.Will Champion joined as a drummer, backing vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, completing the line-up. Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed themselves "Coldplay" in 1998, before recording and releasing three EPs; Safety in 1998, Brothers & Sisters as a single in 1999 and The Blue Room in the same year. The latter was their first release on a major label, after signing to Parlophone. more »

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10 facts about this song

Album Origin
"True Love" is a song by the British rock band Coldplay from their sixth studio album, "Ghost Stories" which was released in 2014.
The song falls under the genre of alternative rock and synth-pop.
"True Love" can be seen as a reflection of the emotional turmoil that lead singer Chris Martin was experiencing due to his separation from his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow.
Unique Video
The music video for "True Love" features Chris Martin and actress Jessica Lucas dressed as two large inflatable figures. The video received a nomination for Best Art Direction at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
Coldplay performed "True Love" at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in July 2014 for the first time.
Famous Director
The music video for "True Love" was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, a renowned music video director who has also directed music videos for artists like Madonna, Lady Gaga, and U2.
While the song itself received a lukewarm reception from critics, the music video was generally praised for its unique concept and representation of isolation.
Chart Performance
In the US, "True Love" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. In other countries like Japan, Australia and France, it also made appearances on different charts.
Backstage Contribution
Swedish musician Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, contributed to the song as he re-arranged its strings section.
"True Love" was written by Coldplay and produced by the band alongside Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson.

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