''Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends'' is the fourth studio album by English alternative rock band Coldplay, released on 11 June 2008 on Parlophone. The album was named after a Spanish phrase that translates in English as "long live life". Lyrically, the album contains references to life, death and war.
Recording sessions for the album took place during June 2007 to April 2008 and featured production by Jon Hopkins, Rik Simpson, Markus Dravs and Brian Eno. The album was the first to be produced by the latter. The band forced themselves to explore experimental styles, as Eno required every song on the album to sound different, and expanded their musical interests while recording ''Viva la Vida''. The band were wanting to make the album shorter than 42 minutes. As a result, the album is longer than the length they intended. Development of the album delayed the release date several times.
''Viva la Vida'' was released to critical acclaim and commercial success. Five singles have been released in promotion of the album; "Violet Hill" and "Viva la Vida" in May 2008, "Lovers in Japan" and "Lost!" in November 2008, and "Strawberry Swing" in September 2009. "Viva la Vida" became the band's first song to reach number one in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 72% from Metacritic. It won Best Rock Album at the 2009 Grammy Awards and was the best selling album of 2008. ''Viva la Vida'' was re-released on 25 November 2008 in a deluxe edition containing the original album and the ''Prospekt's March'' EP. The album and the ep sold 9 million copies altogether worldwide, and ''Viva la Vida'' has become the most paid-for downloaded album of all time.