It was released in as the third single from their sixth album, Ghost Stories The band co-wrote and co-produced the song with Avicii and received production assistance from Paul Epworth , Daniel Green and Rik Simpson.
A music video for the song was directed by Mat Whitecross and was released on 19 June According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes. The track has been described as "[falling] in line with the synth-heavy soundscapes of ' Midnight ', but with more danceable flavor".
The studios were both originally constructed for work on their two previous studio albums, 's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends and 's Mylo Xyloto. In addition to producing the track, he was also asked by lead singer Chris Martin to play and record the piano parts.
However, Martin later stated in a BBC Radio 1 interview with Zane Lowe that he felt that he had "cheated" on the band by asking Avicii to play the piano instead of playing it himself. It would feature the radio edit of the song, as well as the three bonus tracks from the deluxe version of Ghost Stories : "All Your Friends", the title track "Ghost Story" and "O Reprise ", sold by Target.
The extended play was available worldwide, with the exception of the United States, as the deluxe version of the album was only available in the U. The EP was released on 29 June Multiple figures such as angels with wings like of the Ghost Stories artwork, buildings such as a church , and objects such as a maze and a chair, also alluding to those in the Ghost Stories artwork, are depicted encased in a three-dimensional star chart.
Carl Williott of Idolator gave the track a positive review, stating: "Quite honestly it sounds more like a Zedd or Avicii offering than a Coldplay one, and it's certainly the loudest and most joyful cut we've heard from the album so far".
Consequence of Sound 's wrote the song "starts off as a heartfelt piano ballad before flourishes of pounding electronics take over the chorus" and noted that it "falls in line with the synth-heavy soundscapes of 'Midnight', but with more danceable flavor.
Within 24 hours of its iTunes release, the track had sold , units worldwide,  peaking at number one in 86 countries on the iTunes Store Charts. In Australia, the song reached number two on the ARIA Charts ,  their highest-charting single since 's " Viva La Vida ",  and became one of their three highest-charting singles in the country. On the issue dated 21 May , the song reached number ten on the Billboard Hot , making it their third top 10 hit and first since their number-one single " Viva la Vida " in The official music video was directed by Mat Whitecross and the shooting took place on King Street in the inner Sydney suburb of Newtown , on 17 June At the beginning of the video, Coldplay 's lead singer, Chris Martin , walks through Sydney's streets dressed as a one-man band , singing the first verse of the song.
Then he reaches the other members of the band also dressed as one-man bands and, together, they play the instrumental refrain. Martin is then seen walking through the street, without the other members, while he sings the second verse. At the end of the video the band reunites in a square, singing and playing the final part of the song with a crowd of fans.
While Martin is singing the final part, many paper-made stars are blown into the square. An alternate music video leaked onto the internet in late However, snippets from the alternate video can be seen in the first video,  playing on the TVs in a shop's showcase, proving the former video is a scrapped version. The band, when performing the song before the release of the "A Sky Full of Stars" single, would routinely ask the audience not to record their performance of the song, in an attempt to prevent the song from leaking ahead of its release.
Despite their intentions, the song was leaked after their performance of the song during the opening night of their Ghost Stories Promotional Tour at E-Werk in Cologne , Germany on 25 April YES NO.
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