Coldplay announces new album

After last week's out of nowhere release of Midnight, Coldplay has announced a new album, Ghost Stories, out May 19th.  The first "proper" single is Magic.

Ghost Stories track listing is but a scant 9 songs, but 3 additional tracks are available on the Target exclusive album.  Midnight left me nonplussed because it was such a departure from their usual sounds, but Magic is decidedly Coldplay.  Sure, the drum sound is new, but the rest is all business as usual for the guys.  

Since there hasn't been much new album news lately, I wonder if they were trying to beat U2 to the punch.  It seems so to me.  Both bands were close to release dates, but U2 had already been performing Ordinary Love and released Invisible as a freebie during Super Bowl weekend.