X&Y is the third studio album by the British rock band Coldplay. It was released on 6 June 2005 by Parlophone in the United Kingdom, and a day later by Capitol Records in the United States. The album was produced by Coldplay and producer Danton Supple. It is noted for its troubled and urgent development, as well as Phil Harvey's brief departure from the band. Producer Ken Nelson was originally tasked with producing the record, however, many songs written during his sessions were discarded due to the band's dissatisfaction with them. The album's cover art is a combination of colors and blocks, which is a representation of the Baudot code.
The album contains twelve tracks and an additional hidden song, "Til Kingdom Come", which is listed as "+" on the disc label and inside the record's booklet. It was originally planned for American country star Johnny Cash to record it with lead singer Chris Martin, but Cash died before he was able to do so. The song "Talk" appeared in the track listing, although after it leaked online in early 2005 it was thought to have been downgraded to a B-side for the album's subsequent single releases.
X&Y was released after a considerable amount of global anticipation. Overall reaction to the album was generally positive and it was a significant commercial success, reaching number one in the chart of 32 countries around the world, including the United Kingdom (where it had the third biggest sales week in history at the time) and the United States (where it became Coldplay's first album to top the Billboard 200 chart). With over 8.3 million copies sold worldwide, X&Y was the best-selling album of 2005, accumulating over 13 million units as of December 2012. It spawned the singles "Speed of Sound", "Fix You", "Talk" and "The Hardest Part".
Label: Parlophone 07243 474786 1 1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Style: Acoustic, Pop Rock, Indie Rock
X1 Square One
X2 What If
X3 White Shadows
X4 Fix You
Y1 Speed Of Sound
Y2 A Message
Y4 The Hardest Part
Y5 Swallowed In The Sea
Y6 Twisted Logic
+ Til Kingdom Come