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"Adventure of a Lifetime" is a song by British rock band Coldplay. It was released on 6 November 2015 as the lead single from their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams (2015).[4][5]

"Adventure of a Lifetime"
Coldplay, Adventure Of A Lifetime, Artwork.jpg
Single by Coldplay
from the album A Head Full of Dreams
Released6 November 2015
FormatDigital download
Genre
Length
  • 4:24 (album version)
  • 3:43 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Coldplay singles chronology
"Miracles"
(2014)
"Adventure of a Lifetime"
(2015)
"Hymn for the Weekend"
(2016)
Music video
"Adventure of a Lifetime" on YouTube

"Adventure of a Lifetime" reached number seven on the UK Singles Chart and number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached the top 20 in a number of countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

Contents

ReceptionEdit

Writing for Idolator, Bianca Gracie and Robbie Daw rated the song 7/10 and 8/10 respectively, stating that the song is "incredibly vibrant in an almost childlike, blissful way that gives such an energetic rush" and that it is "the best Coldplay single in seven years".[6] Rolling Stone ranked "Adventure of a Lifetime" at number 41 on its year-end list to find the 50 best songs of 2015.[7]

Music videoEdit

The official music video was directed by the band's long-time collaborator, Mat Whitecross. It was released on 27 November 2015. The concept for the video was hatched after Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and British motion capture expert/actor Andy Serkis met on a plane and discussed ideas. It took about six months to make the music video.[8]

SynopsisEdit

The CGI animated video features a group of chimpanzees that come across a Beats Pill speaker under a pile of leaves. The primates then discover the power of music and form a band that resembles the band members.

The video begins with a similar layout with Coldplay's 2011 music video, "Paradise". As it opens, four chimpanzees (played by the band members) are sitting in a forest. The opening verses begin after a chimpanzee (played by Jonny Buckland) find a portable speaker under a pile of leaves while it's playing the song. Another chimpanzee (played by Chris Martin) listens to the music and calls the rest of the group (played by Guy Berryman and Will Champion) to gather. It then slaps its chest and jumps to a path inside the forest alone.

The character sings the song and swings on the willow tree vines. Then, the four chimpanzees dance together during the chorus. After the chorus, they find an electric guitar, a bass and a drum set. The chimpanzees bang on the instruments before they realize their proper use. The characters play the instruments and form an "ape band". A hat is added on Buckland's character and an earring is added on Berryman's character after they have formed a band.

During the bridge of the song, the band is surrounded by other chimpanzees (also played by themselves). The rest of the video features the dance movements of the other chimpanzees and the performance of the ape band. At the end of the video, Martin's character climbs up to a tree and overlooks the view of the forest which also features some Indian temples, a reference to the Indian inspiration of the associated album, A Head Full of Dreams.

Background and productionEdit

According to The Guardian, the video was shot at The Imaginarium, where the reboot series of Planet of the Apes and parts of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens were filmed.[9][10]

Hannah Clark, the producer of the video commented, "As creatures go, chimps are one of the more difficult to animate. Not only are they quite human in their movement, but they are covered in hair. Add to this that we had no backgrounds shot, and we were asking an awful lot of any post-collaborator." The band's faces were covered in a special, reflective and light-catching make-up that allowed the computers to appropriately interpret the video feed and create renders of the chimpanzees' characters. The band members weren't playing real instruments, but similarly-shaped objects that enabled creation of realistic body positions.[9]

The animation, visual effects and motion design of the video was carried out by Mathematic – a Paris-based production company. Mat Whitecross filmed the band using a special camera. Each of band members also wore a head-mounted camera system that was configured into a three camera solution. The camera systems provided multiple video streams from which the production team was able to recreate 3D points.[9]

ReleaseEdit

A 15-second teaser named "#AOALvideo November 27" was uploaded on the band's official YouTube account on 12 November 2015. The teaser consisted a short excerpt of the video, behind-the-scenes video and animated video of the single artwork. The geometric pattern and the representative pattern of the album, Flower of Life appeared at the end of the teaser.

The music video was uploaded on the official page of the band at 8:00 a.m. (UK time) on 27 November 2015. On 29 November 2015, the video was uploaded on the official YouTube account.

In other mediaEdit

  • On 29 December 2015, the song was made available as downloadable content for the music video game Rock Band 4.[11]
  • In 2017, the song was heard over a promo for the launch of season 2 of the Teletubbies revival series on CBeebies in the UK, in time of the show's 20th anniversary.[citation needed]

Track listingEdit

Digital download[12]
No.TitleLength
1."Adventure of a Lifetime"4:24
Digital download (Radio Edit)[13]
No.TitleLength
1."Adventure of a Lifetime" (Radio Edit)3:43
Digital download (Matoma Remix)[14]
No.TitleLength
1."Adventure of a Lifetime" (Matoma Remix)4:11

PersonnelEdit

Credits are adapted from A Head Full of Dreams liner notes.[15]

Coldplay
Additional musicians

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[83] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[84] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[85] 2× Platinum 160,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[86] Platinum 60,000^
France (SNEP)[87] Gold 66,666*
Germany (BVMI)[88] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[89] 4× Platinum 200,000 
Mexico (AMPROFON)[90] Gold 30,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[91] Platinum 30,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[92] Gold 10,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[93] 2× Platinum 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[94] 2× Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[95] Gold 10,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[97] 2× Platinum 1,220,000[96]
United States (RIAA)[98] 2× Platinum 2,000,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States 5 November 2015 Digital download Parlophone [99]
Germany 6 November 2015 [100]
United Kingdom [101]
Germany 4 December 2015 Digital download (Radio Edit) [102]
United Kingdom [103]
Germany 5 February 2016 Digital download (Matoma Remix) [104]
United Kingdom [105]
United States [106]
United States 9 February 2016 Contemporary hit radio Atlantic [107]

See alsoEdit

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