Fans snap up band's new single in first 24 hours

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Coldplay’s first new single “Violet Hill”, taken from their fortcoming album Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends has been downloaded for free by over 600,000 fans in the 24 hours since it was made available at 12.15pm yesterday (April 29).

The single, which is available as a free download from coldplay.com for one week only, was downloaded 300, 000 times in the first 12 hours.

The single will be released as a paid-for digital single and on CD next Tuesday (May 6), prior to the album, their follow-up to 2005’s X&Y, being released on June 12.

A 7-inch vinyl version of the single is also to be given away with the issue of NME that comes out on May 7. The vinyl will be backed with “A Spell A Rebel Yell”, a song that wll not be available anywhere else.