As expected, the new Coldplay album was #1 across the country this past week, selling some 700,000 plus units! DAYAM! Those are some strong numbers. The British boys are big superstars indeed. The title of the album is Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, and I was surprised to find out the inspiration for the title. Apparently, they took the Viva la Vida motto from a Frida Kahlo painting. Y'all know that Frida Kahlo was one kickass Mexican painter right? She was one tormented soul, but a masterful artist with some of the most interesting and colorfully morbid works in art history. She was madly in love with the famous muralist Diego Rivera who cheated on her constantly, and Frida would often seek refuge with other lesbian/bisexual women. Frida also suffered a terribly painful back injury that left her suffering for the rest of her life. Although Coldplay uses a work of art depicting the French Revolution on their new album, the title Viva la Vida comes from this painting of watermelons by Kahlo, who ironically painted this while lying in her deathbed! To celebrate life despite all its pain is quite remarkable:
Word is, the late handsome studmuffin Heath Ledger is brilliant as the Joker in the new Batman film. They're talking Oscar-worthy? WOW. I hope this praise isn't all due to his legendary status now that he's died.
I'm so glad the weekend is here. So very glad.