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"Everglow" is a song by British rock band Coldplay. It is the fourth track, promotional single and fifth single proper from their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams.[1] The song features uncredited guest vocals by Gwyneth Paltrow, who, at the time, was married to Coldplay's lead singer, Chris Martin.[2] The track premiered during Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show on 26 November 2015.[3] It was released as a promotional single for the album on 27 November 2015.[4]

"Everglow"
Coldplay Everglow cover.jpg
Single by Coldplay
from the album A Head Full of Dreams
Released11 November 2016 (2016-11-11) (single version)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2014–15
GenreSoft rock
Length
  • 4:43 (album version)
  • 5:01 (single version)
  • 3:48 (single version radio edit)
LabelParlophone
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Coldplay singles chronology
"A Head Full of Dreams"
(2016)
"Everglow"
(2016)
"Something Just Like This"
(2017)
Music video
"Everglow" on YouTube

On 11 November 2016 it was released digitally as the fifth single proper from the album, in a newly recorded stripped-down version inspired by Martin's unrehearsed solo performance of the song at the recent Glastonbury Festival.[5] This version ends with a sample of Muhammad Ali's 1977 speech in Newcastle upon Tyne.[6]

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Martin came up with the idea for the title of the song from a slang word he heard from a surfer. In an interview with Zane Lowe, he explained the origin of the phrase: "I was in the ocean one day with this surfer guy, who spoke just like you'd imagine a surfer guy to speak … This guy spoke like Sean Penn's character from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He was like, 'Yo dude, I was doing this thing the other day man, it gave me this total everglow!'"[1]

CompositionEdit

"Everglow" revolves around a heartfelt piano riff. The track is written in the key of C# Minor at 73 BPM and a chord progression that alternates between C#m-A-E-G#m7 and C#m-A-E-B.[7]

Live performanceEdit

The song was debuted during the iHeartRadio album release party of A Head Full of Dreams, on 19 November 2015. In June 2016, Coldplay performed at Glastonbury Festival and after introducing the band, Chris Martin announced they were going to play Everglow. Chris' piano was out of tune causing Martin to stop and do the song in a key down. The band later released a stripped back version of Everglow because of how much they liked the live performance.

Music videoEdit

An initial video directed by Joe Connor was filmed at the Eisstadion am Pferdeturm in Hanover on 30 June 2016, but was unreleased. This video was leaked online in 2017.[8] Another video filmed by Ben Mor, featuring Chris Martin performing the song on a grand piano, was released on 9 December 2016.

Track listingEdit

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Everglow"4:43
Digital download[9]
No.TitleLength
1."Everglow" (Single Version) (Radio Edit)3:47
2."Everglow" (Single Version)5:01

PersonnelEdit

 
The song features Martin's ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow.

Credits are adapted from A Head Full of Dreams liner notes.[10]

Coldplay
Additional musicians

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[35] Gold 40,000 
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[36] Gold 45,000*
Ireland (IRMA)[37] Platinum 15,000^
Italy (FIMI)[38] Platinum 50,000 
South Korea (Gaon)[39] N/A 278,078
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Gold 429,000[40]

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

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide 26 November 2015[a] Digital download Parlophone
11 November 2016 [9]
United Kingdom 24 November 2016 Contemporary hit radio [42]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Release as a promotional single.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Coldplay Debuts 'Everglow,' Featuring Gwyneth Paltrow". Variety.
  3. ^ "Listen to new song Everglow". Coldplay.com. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
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  5. ^ "New single version of everglow out today".
  6. ^ Reed, Ryan (November 11, 2016). "Hear Coldplay's Tender, Stripped-Back Version of 'Everglow'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "Everglow Chords". ultimate-guitar.com.
  8. ^ "Coldplay drehen Video in Hannover" (in German). Deutsche Welle. June 30, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Everglow - Single by Coldplay on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  10. ^ A Head Full of Dream (booklet). Coldplay. Parlophone. 2015. 1053933969.CS1 maint: others (link)
  11. ^ Ryan, Gavin (December 12, 2015). "ARIA Singles: Justin Bieber Takes Top Spot with 'Love Yourself'". Noise11. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Coldplay – Everglow" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Coldplay – Everglow" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
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  16. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201550 into search.
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  18. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Coldplay – Everglow". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
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  21. ^ "Chart Track: Week 48, 2016". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  22. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Coldplay – Everglow". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  23. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Coldplay" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  24. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Coldplay – Everglow" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  25. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  26. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single uke 52, 2017". VG-lista. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  27. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201550 into search.
  28. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Coldplay – Everglow" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  29. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Coldplay – Everglow". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  30. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Coldplay – Everglow". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  31. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  32. ^ "Coldplay Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  33. ^ "Coldplay Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  34. ^ "Hot Rock Songs – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  35. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Coldplay – Everglow". Music Canada. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  36. ^ "Danish single certifications – Coldplay – Everglow". IFPI Denmark. Retrieved January 17, 2018. Scroll through the page-list below until year 2018 to obtain certification.
  37. ^ "Irish single certifications – Coldplay – Everglow". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  38. ^ "Italian single certifications – Coldplay – Everglow" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved July 13, 2017. Select "2017" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Everglow" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  39. ^ "Gaon Chart: Online download (Foreign) – 2017 Year-End Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  40. ^ White, Jack (November 29, 2018). "Coldplay's Official Top 20 biggest songs on the UK's Official Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  41. ^ "British single certifications – Coldplay – Everglow". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 28, 2017. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Everglow in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  42. ^ "BBC – Radio 1 – Playlist". BBC Radio 1. November 24, 2016. Archived from the original on November 26, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016.

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