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Experts decode Coldplay's album cover art
Updated: 2005-06-10 10:51

Is Coldplay trying to tell us something with that multicolored symbol on the cover of their new album? Cubelike images adorn the packaging, both on the cover and the liner notes, of "X&Y," the British band's much-anticipated third album that was released Tuesday.

Lead-singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin, gestures to fans outside MuchMusic in Toronto, Monday, May 9, 2005. Aside from MuchMusic, Coldplay visited The Edge 102.1, a local rock radio station, where they performed two new songs live in front of a frenzied crowd. [AP]

New Music Express asked a number of top art experts to figure out what the geometric figure on the cover means.

They've concluded that it's a 19th-century telegraphic code known as the Baudot Code, or The International Telegraph Code Number One. It was used in teletype machines in the late 1800s.

So, what does it say on the album cover? It says, appropriately enough, "X and Y." The rainbow colors are there just to make it pretty.

A message on the back of the liner notes says, "Make Trade Fair." The band is politically active, and lists several Web sites in the liner notes at which fans can get involved in global affairs.

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