The Hardest Part
"The Hardest Part" is the fourth single from Coldplay's 2005 album, X&Y. The song was released to UK radio and download sites on 3 April 2006 and was released internationally on CD in Europe, Japan, Canada, and Australia in May and June 2006. The international version of the single was made available in the UK on 19 June 2006. In France and the French speaking portions of Belgium and Switzerland "What If" was released instead of "The Hardest Part", and a Belgium commercial CD featured the same B-side, "How You See the World" recorded live at Earls Court.
Like the previous single from X&Y, "Talk", had been a tribute to Kraftwerk, "The Hardest Part" was intended by Coldplay as a stylistic nod to R.E.M.. In fact, according to the band, they felt "The Hardest Part" resembled R.E.M.'s 1991 hit "Losing My Religion" so much that they almost left it off the album.
The music video for "The Hardest Part" was shot on 3 March 2006 in St. Petersburg, Florida at a yacht marina. The video is similar to Weezer's video for Buddy Holly, in that uses a clip from a short-lived 80s program "Attitudes" on the Lifetime network, and has the band digitally inserted. The band essentially plays beside a stage where an 84-year-old lady and her 25-year-old male friend put up an incredible act of athleticism, despite her age. Actress Linda Dano, who played "Felicia Gallant" on the soap opera Another World, is also featured via the Attitudes footage. The video was directed by Mary Wigmore. Another version of the video features a cameo from Chris Martin's father, Anthony Martin, but was never broadcast. It premiered on Wednesday, 22 March at 11:05 p.m. on Channel 4 in the UK.
On the U.S., "The Hardest Part" entered Billboard's AC chart, peaking at #37. It's being played on Triple A radio, reaching #18 on the Radio & Records Triple A chart.
In Peru the single was a modarate hit compare to previous singles peaking at #49.