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Is Mylo Xyloto Coldplay's last ever album?

Posted by The Widow on August 11, 2011 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Mababasa ang buong lathala dito.

COLDPLAY released the details of their fifth album yesterday - then hinted that it may be their last.

The cyptically named Mylo Xyloto will go on sale on October 24 with the next single, Paradise, out on September 12.

Frontman Chris Martin said the album, which has a sleeve covered in graffiti, could draw a line under the band's stellar career.

He told Billboard magazine: "I always feel like each record is our last, but at the moment I'm at the stage where I really mean it.

"I just can't imagine how we would do another one because we've thrown everything into this one.

"I feel proud of our band. We're just so grateful and very driven. How long that will last, I don't know."

For now they'll focus on Mylo Xyloto, which is released a week after Noel Gallagher's debut solo album. That should spark a decent chart battle.

Worringly, in a not posted on the Coldplay website, the band explained how to say the title. It read: "P.S. It is pronounces MY-lo XY-letoe."

They didn't have to do that with Parachutes.

Roadie #42 - Blog #132

Posted by vicoplay on June 4, 2011 at 2:59 PM Comments comments (0)

#42 reports back from the first show of the festival run

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We all meet up around noon to head over to the first festival show. Coincidentally, it's the exact time that the new single breaks cover and hits the radio waves for the first time.


Everyone wanders into the lounge with different news: "They gave it a rewind - so good they played it again straight away"; "Twitter has gone absolutely berserk"; "I can't even get on the fan sites they're so busy - one of them is completely down".


It's a bit of a Team Coldplay gathering, with various management folks, some EMIs - even producer Markus Dravs is here to visit his homeland for a couple days.


The band, of course - the eye of this very hurricane - float in looking oblivious to anything going on at all. They are focused on the job in hand, namely playing a blinder of a festival show to get us off the blocks.


It's kind of a strange thing going back to doing huge shows after such a long gap. You know that this once felt very comfortable and familiar, but you feel one step removed from it, as if perhaps you shouldn't really be here. It's a little like revisiting your old school classroom several years after you took off the tie for the last time.


I imagine that the "slightly unfamiliar" vibe wasn't just limited to us folks. There was a fair chunk of new material tonight - a whole six songs of it - only one tune of which anyone in the audience stood any chance of having heard before.


The new stuff, though, is well received and people are clearly very excited to be hearing fresh work. It’s inevitable that brand new tunes receive an “attentive listen”, whereas the familiar chiming chords of the Viva intro ignite the place like a firework. It’s a brave and necessary move, though. Festivals particularly, could easily be a time to load the bomb bay with hit after crowd-pleasing hit to ensure rapturous applause throughout - putting yourself in the best light in front of the maximum number of people.


There would be an underlying weakness in that, though - like you’re admitting that all your best stuff is behind you and it’s those songs from years past that people are really here for. But this band is not a greatest-hits act yet. They are still striving to produce their finest and most potent work.


Given the way Jonny lets rip in HLH, I’d say that’s just what they’re doing.



Another point of note comes during UATW. Chris begins alone on acoustic guitar. Will joins him at the tiny pump organ and chimes in on backing vocal - earning him quite the hugest cheer I’ve ever heard for a simple harmony. The fact that it’s a tune nobody in the field has ever heard before seems somehow to make the response more genuine. Definite moment...


Obviously, all the favourites are present, correct and kicking plenty of the proverbial. The most glorious production moment is a completely unplanned one in Fix You. As the mobile phones get held aloft, Chris asks for all of the stage lights to be killed. Suddenly it’s just the sea of little blue lights and the song. Nothing else - and really, what else do you need?


The set closes with Every Teardrop… and it’s completely evident that it’s a great festival tune. It’ll be interesting actually, to see how the audience response changes as this song drills its way into the public conscience. I’m expecting each show to see it greeted more and more rapturously until it gets the same treatment as the Clocks piano riff or the Viva strings.


Overall, you couldn’t ask for a more solid first night. There are a million tweaks to make, a whole load of things that’ll slip into place, but for now it feels a little less like we’re visiting an old haunt and a lot more like we’re back where we belong…



Full Coldplay.com now available on mobiles

Posted by The Widow on February 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM Comments comments (0)

So you can check the Exhibition Room and wotnot

Good afternoon. We thought you'd like to know that the full Coldplay.com website is now available on your mobile phone. If you go to www.coldplay.com on your phone's browser, it will still automatically load our simplified mobile site, but if you scroll to the bottom you'll see an all-new "enter full Coldplay.com" option, allowing you access to the desktop site. That way, you'll be able to see things like that day's Exhibit (although, unless your phone has Flash - which, for instance, iPhones don't - some areas of the site will not work).


Here endeth the technical announcement.



Oracle on Tour!

Posted by The Widow on February 18, 2010 at 8:23 PM Comments comments (0)


Find out all about Coldplay's trip to Latin America, via the Oracle


Good evening. We're very pleased to announce that the Oracle will be heading out to Latin America with Coldplay for the duration of the band's upcoming tour.That means, for three weeks, the Oracle will be answering yourquestions about the tour: be they regarding the venues, the crew, thecatering, the production or, if you're lucky, the backstage gossip.


Thisis your chance to find out those things you've always wanted to knowabout the Coldplay touring machine - so get over to the question form and start asking...



A whole lotta Coldplay-shaped puppets

Posted by The Widow on February 15, 2010 at 10:07 PM Comments comments (0)

All of the puppet pictures added to the Post section

Good evening. We've spent today going through all of the old pictures of the Coldplay-shaped puppets and adding them to galleries in the Post section. Click here to journey with them through Australasia, Asia, North America and Europe.


Will the puppets be jetting off to Latin America? Well, let's just say we saw them reading a Spanish phrase book the other day...



Coldplay On 'Hope For Haiti Now': 'Everyone's Got Their Part To Play'

Posted by Kino on January 23, 2010 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (1)

LONDON — In 2002, Coldplay's Chris Martin went to Haiti. What he saw there — proud-yet-poor people facing overwhelming odds — has remained with him ever since. And it's made watching the footage streaming out of the earthquake-ravaged nation over the past few days even more difficult.


"I went there to do a project with Fair Trade, so I was on about 15 farms in Haiti, and Port-au-Prince, these places you're seeing on the news," Martin said. "Sometimes when you see things like this on the news, there's an easy disconnect, because you think 'Well, I've never been there, I'm never going there, someone else will sort it out.' But when you've been there, it's a little bit more real."


So, when the organizers of tonight's "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon reached out to Martin and his Coldplay mates, they were more than ready to help out.


"When something that terrible and tragic happens, you have to play to your strengths, to do anything you can to help," Martin said. "We're useless on the ground, as it were. So the best thing we can do is what we do. It's the same as if you're a shop assistant: you go on the Internet and donate. Everyone's got their small part to play on this."


Which is why, as Martin and drummer Will Champion went to great lengths to point out, it doesn't matter if you've ever been to Haiti or not. Everyone can relate to the suffering and immense recovery facing the Haitian people. And everyone can do their part to help.


"When someone mentions that there's been a disaster or something awful, your mind always downplays how bad it is, and it's not until you actually see images, desperate images, that you can understand," Champion said. "It's terrifying. And then it hits you. I have children, so to see pictures of the children, it's too much. It should be too much for anyone."


Visit www.HopeForHaitiNow.org or call (877) 99-HAITI to make a donation now!


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"Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Wyclef Jean, Bono, The Edge and Jay-Z will lead the all-star line up of performers for Friday night's "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon. More than 100 stars have signed on to help raise funds for the MTV Networks-sponsored show, which will benefit the victims of last week's devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake on the impoverished island.


Several one-of-a-kind collaborations will highlight the event, including a hookup between U2's Bono and The Edge with Jay-Z and Rihanna in London and a jam featuring Kid Rock, Keith Urban and Sheryl Crow in Los Angeles; like all the night's performances, the collabos will be available for download on iTunes for 99 cents the next day.


Also appearing in New York with Wyclef and Springsteen will be Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Sting, while the Los Angeles show will feature performances from Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Timberlake, Stevie Wonder and Taylor Swift.


Jean, a native of Haiti, George Clooney and CNN's Anderson Cooper will appear on the show, which will be broadcast from New York, London, Los Angeles and Haiti and feature more than 100 of the biggest names in film, television and music with testimonials and answering phones. The two-hour program will air commercial-free across ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT on Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The special will also air on PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4,Centric, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, Epix, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health and Planet Green, as well as Canada's CTV, CBC Television, Global Television and MuchMusic. It will also air internationally on BET International, CNN International, National Geographic and MTV Networks International, available in 640 millionhomes worldwide. "Hope for Haiti" will be the first U.S.-based telethon airing on MTV in China. Facebook and Twitter are the official social media partners who will help to drive donations and tune-in to the telethon.


All donations will directly benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef's Yele Haiti Foundation. Facebook and MySpace have signed on as official social-media partners to help steer viewers to the telethon and drive donations.


Additionally, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and United Nations World Food Programme have joined the list of relief organizations that will benefit from the show, with proceeds to be split evenly among each organization's individual Haiti relief funds. "Hope For Haiti Now" willbe the most widely distributed telethon in history, internationally and across media platforms, including live streaming globally on sites including YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, MTV.com, and Rhapsody and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and FloTV.


On the red carpet at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards, George Clooney revealed how the global fundraiser came together. "You guys started it," the actor said. "The first call I made was to Judy [McGrath, MTVNetworks' chief executive]. She said, 'Yes, everybody will do it, everybody's in' and that they were thinking of doing it too. They got the ball rolling and we got every single network after that. So congratulations to you!"


Before the telethon airs, Clooney wanted to remind young people that there are MTV's "Hope for Haiti" telethon, airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET. "


Coldplay, Jay-Z join Haiti telethon

Posted by Kino on January 20, 2010 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Coldplay, Jay-Z join Haiti telethon

For Friday’s Hope for Haiti telethon, Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Shakira, Rihanna, Bono and The Edge will take part in the event, it was reported Wednesday.

Meantime, Canadian celebrities will be announced Thursday at noon for a domestic TV special, airing on many Canadian channels on Friday before the telethon.

Dave Matthews Band, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Sting, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and many others are also slated to perform on the telethon, which will be co-hosted by George Clooney in Los Angeles, Anderson Cooper in Haiti and Wyclef Jean in New York City.

In addition, Jay-Z has collaborated with Bono, The Edge and producer Swizz Beatz on a new benefit song which will supposedly go on sale via iTunes shortly.

“Last night we wrote a song,” The Edge told Ireland’s 2FM. “Bono got a call from a producer, Swizz. He and Jay-Z wanted to do something for Haiti ... So, Bono came up with the phrase on the phone, and last night we were here, we wrote a song — finished, recorded, and sent it back to them. So that might be the next thing you hear from us!”

Swizz Beatz Twittered about the song over the weekend, writing: “Me, Bono, Hova have something to say about Haiti. Stay tuned. I told you I was working on something amazing for Haiti. They need us!”

The two-hour Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief airs commercial-free at 8 p.m. EST on Friday on most major TV networks, including CBC, CTV, Global, MTV and MuchMusic.

Canadian celebrities taking part in Canada For Haiti — a one-hour,commercial-free special airing immediately before the New York telethon, on Friday at 7 p.m. EST — will be announced Thursday at noon. Cheryl Hickey, Ben Mulroney and George Stroumboulopoulos will play hostto Canada For Haiti, which will air on the above-mentioned stations.

Performances from the New York event will reportedly be available for purchase on iTunes beginning Saturday. All proceeds raised will benefit Oxfam, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef’s YéleHaiti Foundation.

The Caribbean island nation was devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12, along with a 6.1 aftershock Wednesday.


Would you like a letter with a Coldplay stamp?

Posted by The Widow on January 7, 2010 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Good evening. We visited our local post office earlier and bought some of the new Coldplay stamps.Very nice they are too. Now, we thought it'd be nice to send one of you a letter using a Coldplay stamp, post-marked with today's issue date.(It won't be signed by the band or anything, just us.) So, the 42nd person to email [email protected] with their full postal address will be sent the letter/stamp. Hurry, the last post goes in about 40 minutes...


UPDATE: Crikey, that was a bit bonkers - we had morethan 1,700 emails in 30 minutes (a stamp-ede, perhaps?). The 42ndperson to send us their address was Kirstin from Ocoee in Florida, USA. Congratulations Kirstin, your letter from Coldplay.com with Coldplay stamps is now in the postbox and on its way (in fact, it needed 3 stamps with you being on the other side of the Atlantic). Thanks very much for taking part folks. That was fun.



Clearout Sales raises big total

Posted by The Widow on January 1, 2010 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Good morning - and happy new year! The End of Decade Clearout Saleof Coldplay memorabilia and instruments reached its conclusion yesterday evening amid some frantic last-minute bidding. We're very pleased to reveal that the final total raised by the auction is an amazing £251,482 (which is roughly €284k / $407k). That included six items which sold for more than £10,000 - including Jonny's beloved Viva guitar, which was the top-priced item, at a whopping £15,000. The money will all go towards Kids Company's incredible work with children and young people in London.


The text messages were flying around last night and it's fair to say that the band are just as excited/grateful/amazed by the enormous total as Kids Company are. A huge thanks to everyone who bid and helped make the Clearout Sale such a success.


Kids Company are currently contacting all the winning bidders with info about payment and delivery costs etc, with dispatch of the items due to begin on Monday (January 4th).




Gabriella Cilmi beats Coldplay to most played song of 2009

Posted by The Widow on December 22, 2009 at 7:52 AM Comments comments (1)

Girls Aloud, Duffy, Take That also feature in PRS For Music list

mababasa ang buong lathalain dito.

Gabriella Cilmi's 'Sweet About Me' has been named the most played song of the year by music royalties body PRS For Music.


The track, which was first released in June 2008, beat the likes of Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida', Girls Aloud's 'The Promise' and Take That's 'Shine' and 'Greatest Day' to the title.


Moloko's 'The Time Is Now' also makes an appearance, going in at Number Three in the list. The 2000 track has been played on Sky Sports regularly this year.


The Top 10 most played songs of the year are:


1. Gabriella Cilmi - 'Sweet About Me'

2. Coldplay - 'Viva La Vida'

3. Moloko - 'The Time is Now'

4. Duffy - 'Mercy'

5. Take That - 'Shine'

6. Girls Aloud - 'The Promise'

7. Jordin Sparks - 'No Air'

8. The Script - 'The Man who Can't be Moved'

9. Take That - 'Greatest Day'

10. Jennifer Hudson - 'Spotlight'


PRS For Music has compiled the list from data taken from the number of plays and performances online, live, on TV and radio in the past year.


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