X & Y is the third studio album by English rock band Coldplay. It was the middle of 2005 published and followed after nearly three years the second album.

  • 4.1 Speed ​​of Sound
  • 4.2 Fix You
  • 4.3 Talk 4.3.1 CD single
  • 4.3.2 7 " vinyl single
  • 4.3.3 DVD single
  • 4.3.4 Dutch 3- CD set
  • 4.3.5 Australian CD single


As I worked on their previous albums Coldplay again with producer Ken Nelson. The production lasted 18 months. The album was recorded in eight different studios, including London, Liverpool, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The band processed on the album influences of Kraftwerk, David Bowie and Brian Eno. Overall, the album is electronic, but also catchy and unusual than its predecessors.


The album cover was designed by Tappin Gofton, who had already created cover for The Chemical Brothers. It is supposed to represent the album title X & Y in the commonly used in telegraphy Baudot code in the Murray - variant (CCITT -2). The colors have no meaning.

The two outer columns show the code for X ( 11101 ) and Y ( 10101 ), the two inside the escape code ( 11011 ) for the special character mode and - in modern terms - incorrect in a bit code for the ampersand ( 11010 ) However, the encoding of special characters was historically inconsistent. Since missing the switch back to letter mode ( 11111 ) before the Y, it should show up as special characters ( ' 6') and all the code thus be interpreted as X96.

The dashed dividing line is a throwback to the early Baudot code variant (CCITT -1), in which the 5 -bit codes were divided into 2- and 3- groups and with the middle and index fingers of the left hand and with the index, middle and ring finger of the right hand are entered.

On the covers of the respective four singles title was visualized in the same way as Baudot code. He can also be found in the booklet of the album again.

Title list

Bonus Track (Japan)

Tour Edition - Disc 2

In the Netherlands, Australia and Japan, the album was re-released as a 2- CD set. CD 2 contains the B-sides of singles Speed ​​of Sound, Fix You and Talk:


The single Speed ​​of Sound was released shortly before the album and made it straight into the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. The last British band, who had succeeded, were the Beatles.

After Fix You, the second single from the album, now the song Talk was released as a single, which contains a sample from Computer Love by Kraftwerk. In the accompanying video was directed by Anton Corbijn.

Speed ​​of Sound

Fix You


CD single

7 " vinyl single

DVD single

Dutch 3- CD set

CD 1

CD 2

CD 3

Australian CD single

The Hardest Part


The album was immediately after the appearance of a chart hit in the U.S. as well as throughout Europe. So far, more than 11 million copies have been sold of this album around the world. The IFPI said that X & Y was the best selling album worldwide of 2005.