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But the megastar wasn’t there to collect her trophies in person.
Adele dominated the BBC Music Awards on Monday night, taking home two of the top prizes.
The singer, who was unable to attend the ceremony, picked up the awards for song of the year, for ‘Hello’ and album of the year for 25.
Adele has won two BBC Music awards
Continue reading: Adele Scoops Two Top Gongs At BBC Music Awards
Beyonce later worked with the band on ‘Hymn For The Weekend’.
Appearing on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ Martin said they were "politely shown the door” after coming to her with an idea for a song.
Chris Martin has said Beyonce once turned down Coldplay for collaboration
The 2016 MTV EMAs are held on November 6th in Rotterdam.
Following her sweeping success at the Video Music Awards last month off the success of her current album Lemonade, Bey has been shortlisted for five awards at the annual EMAs. The American performer has been given the nod for Best Video for ‘Formation’, Best Female, Best Live Act, Best Look and Biggest Fans.
Justin Bieber has picked up five MTV EMA nominations, along with Beyonce
Continue reading: Justin Bieber And Beyonce Lead The MTV EMA Nominations
The Brits teamed up at the Hollywood Rose Bowl to perform a cover of The Purple One's 'Nothing Compares 2 U'.
The British host of ‘The Late Late Show’ also celebrated his 38th birthday at the gig on Sunday night (August 21st), as Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin presented him with a cake ahead of his actual birthday the next day.
James Corden performed a Prince song with Coldplay
Continue reading: Coldplay Invite James Corden Onstage To Play Prince Tribute
One very eager fan just couldn't keep their feelings for the Coldplay singer hidden during a show in Pittsburgh.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was taken aback by a fan during the band’s show in Pittsburgh, who explicitly asked the singer to have sex with them mid-show. Martin, who was formerly married to Gwyneth Paltrow, told the fan he’d have to take them for dinner first, adding that he felt like he was 15 again.
Chris Martin was propositioned during Coldplay’s recent Pittsburgh show
Martin was about to perform ‘Everglow’ from the band’s 2015 album A Head Full of Dreams, when one fan shouted: “F*** me Chris”. Taken aback Martin, who was sitting at his piano, responded: “It’s a lovely offer... I’d have to take you to dinner first, you know what I’m saying?”
The album was released as a tribute to the band who tragically died in a car accident in February.
Viola Beach are at number one in the UK Albums Chart this week with their self-titled debut album. The posthumous release comes six months after the band’s four members, Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin and their manager Craig Tarry were all tragically killed when their car fell from a highway bridge into a canal while on tour in Sweden.
Continue reading: Viola Beach's Debut Album Gives The Band Posthumous UK Number One
The 55 year old actor joined Chris Martin and co. on stage in New Jersey to perform 'Earth Angel' and 'Johnny B. Goode'.
The British rock giants invited Fox, 55, to join them during the second of their two gigs at the MetLife stadium in New Jersey on Sunday night (July 17th), where they performed ‘Earth Angel’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’, the two songs Fox performs in the prom-night scene from the cult film.
Michael J. Fox joined Coldplay on stage at the weekend
Coldplay paid tribute to the band during their Glastonbury headlining set.
On Sunday night Coldplay used their headlining slot on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to pay tribute to Viola Beach and give them the festival moment they never got to have. During their set, singer Chris Martin urged the crowd to send the band’s song ‘Boys That Sing’ “up the charts”, before playing it alongside a recording of the band.
The Coldplay frontman also thinks she’s the Frank Sinatra of our generation.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has found a unique why to describe Rihanna’s voice, by comparing it to a ‘beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste.’ Speaking to The Guardian, Martin praised the Barbadian singer’s rich vocals, saying she can turn ‘anything into gold’.
Chris Martin thinks Rihanna’s voice is like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste.
“She is the Frank Sinatra of our generation. She can turn anything into gold with that voice. Here’s the thing: if you speak to a good singing teacher about great opera singers, they will talk about consistency of tone."
The Muse frontman is prepared for anything when the band headline the Pyramid stage tonight (June 24).
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy is preparing for his band to headline Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage tonight, for the third time in their career. Bellamy says the band are ready for anything, including something going wrong on the night, saying Muse has learnt to “embrace the chaos” of huge live gigs.
Muse’s Matt Bellamy.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Bellamy said: "Really, the stage is not yours. There are so many components that are unpredictable and out of your control, so there is no one to blame if anything goes wrong, which it will.
Continue reading: Muse's Matt Bellamy: "Something Will Go Wrong During Glastonbury Set"
The band will perform at Kensington Palace on June 28th in aid of charity Sentebale.
Coldplay will perform in front of just 3,000 people next month at a charity event in the public gardens of Kensington Palace, in aid of Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale. Coldplay will be joined at the June 28th gig by acts including Laura Mvula and African-Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz.
Coldplay will perform at Kensington Palace on June 28th.
Sentebale was set up by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006, in memory of Harry’s mother Princess Diana. The charity aims to help vulnerable children in Lesotho and Botswana who are victims of extreme poverty and the countries’ HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Continue reading: Coldplay To Perform At Prince Harry's Charity Concert
Adele had previously admitted she was scared of the festival’s huge crowds.
Muse have invited their fellow Glastonbury headliner Adele to join them onstage during their Friday night slot, in a bid to help her overcome her nerves. Adele will headline the festival for the first time on the Saturday evening and has previously said she was scared of performing in front of the huge crowds.
Muse have invited Adele to join them on stage at Glastonbury to help overcome her nerves.
Speaking on Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show on Wednesday morning (April 13th), Muse frontman Matt Bellamy said: "The best thing for her to do would be to come the night before, watch us and come on and sing a song with us.”
The acts that will be joining Adele, Coldplay and Muse this year have been revealed.
Glastonbury has unveiled its first line-up poster for the annual festival, which will take place this year from June 22nd to 26th at Worthy Farm. The newly confirmed acts will join already announced headliners Muse, Adele and Coldplay, with a further 800 acts to be announced on a second poster in the coming weeks.
Continue reading: Glastonbury Festival Reveals First Line-Up Poster
The singer confirmed the rumours during a show in London.
Adele has been confirmed as the final headlining act for this year’s Glastonbury Festival, taking the Saturday night slot on the Pyramid Stage. The singer made the announcement during her sold-out show at London’s O2 Arena on Friday night, with the news later being confirmed by festival organisers.
Adele is the final headlining act for this year’s Glastonbury festival.
The Sun reports that Adele told the sold-out crowd: "Who's going to Glastonbury this year? See you there. I'll be there. I'll be headlining on the Saturday night this year.” Rumours had been swirling for weeks that Adele could be the final headliner, but the singer had previously said she was too scared of the big festival crowds.
Continue reading: Hello Glastonbury! Adele Is Your Final 2016 Headliner
Coldplay, Justin Bieber, One Direction and James Bay were the other big winners at the 2016 Brit Awards in London.
Adele dominated at this year’s Brit Awards, taking home four of the biggest awards of the night in addition to her show-stopping performance of new single ‘When We Were Young’ at the end of the evening.
The 27 year old Tottenham-born singer was named best British Female Solo Artist at the start of the ceremony, and her night only got better from that point onwards, as she also netted the Global Success Award, best British Single for ‘Hello’ and the evening’s most prestigious prize, best British Album for 25.
Adele’s acceptance speeches were among the viral moments of the evening, as she became increasingly lost for words as the evening went on. “To come back after so long away and be so warmly received means so much,” she said, “I got really lost for a while and I didn't know if I'd ever come back. For you all to be so kind to me is so nice.”
Continue reading: Adele Sweeps Brit Awards With Four Victories
Grohl had wanted to work with the late singer on a song for a movie.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has revealed that David Bowie rejected a possible collaboration between the two. In a video shot for Playboy, Grohl and bandmate Pat Smear take a tour around some of Bowie’s favourite L.A. haunts, sharing stories about the Thin White Duke along the way.
Dave Grohl was once rejected by David Bowie.
In the video Grohl and Smear reveal just how big Bowie superfans they really are, with Smear even recalling a time he ‘stalked’ the singer to a recording studio and picked up a cigarette he had tossed away. Grohl then told the story of the time he tried to work with his idol, but got a less than positive response.
The singer will go head-to-head with Pyramid Stage headliners Coldplay on the final evening of the festival
The eagerly anticipated Glastonbury 2016 line-up continues to unfold as PJ Harvey is announced as the Other Stage headliner on Sunday evening - facing Coldplay on the Pyramid Stage and complimenting Jeff Lynne’s ELO, performing in the Sunday afternoon ‘legends’ slot.
PJ Harvey will be taking to Glastonbury's Other Stage on the Sunday night
PJ Harvey will be taking to the muddy fields for her first Glasto performance in 12 years after she took to the stage at the iconic festival in 2004.
Coldplay received the Godlike Genius Awards, while The Lib
The ceremony, held at the Brixton O2 Academy in London, was hosted by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and also saw Yoko Ono win the NME Inspiration Award the day before her 83rd birthday. The Maccabees won Best British Band, edging out The Libertines and Foals, while the International Solo and Band prizes went to Taylor Swift and Run The Jewels respectively.
Yoko Ono arriving at the NME Awards on February 17th
Continue reading: Wolf Alice, Yoko Ono And Coldplay The Big Winners At The NME Awards
The British band were announced as the first headliners for this year’s festival earlier this week.
A petition has been launched on change.org in reaction to Coldplay’s headlining slot at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. But the British rock band need not worry about it yet, as the petition is actually a joke, meant to highlight the ridiculousness of the one started last year when Kanye West was announced as headlining the festival.
Do you want Coldplay to headline Glastonbury?
The petition, started by Felicity Martin, is titled ‘Cancel Coldplay's headline slot and get a rock band’. ‘Coldplay are an insult to music fans all over the world,’ the description reads. ‘We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment. Lets prevent this musical injustice now!’
Continue reading: Joke Petition Launched To Stop Coldplay From Headlining Glastonbury
The band announce billing with unambiguous Tweet.
The rumours are true! Coldplay have just been confirmed as the very first headliners for Glastonbury 2016 after months of speculation. Further line-up additions are yet to be announced but are expected to feed into public consciousness throughout the Spring. The gig will mark Coldplay's first and only festival date of the year.
Coldplay return to Glastonbury after 5 years
The 'Adventure of a Lifetime' singers will be headlining the legendary Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2016, with a confirmed date of June 26th; the Sunday. The show will be the band's fourth appearance at the UK event, having previously performed in 2002, 2005 and 2011. Their presence will be very much welcomed after the massive success of their 2011 set, which was subsequently voted Top Glastonbury Moment of all time on BBC Radio.
Continue reading: Coldplay Finally Confirmed As First Glastonbury 2016 Headliners!
Thanks to their Superbowl performance, ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ has topped the UK album chart, 10 weeks after its release.
Coldplay are this week’s number one in the UK album chart, after a 10 week wait. A Head Full Of Dreams has finally made it to the top spot in the album chart, following the British band’s Superbowl performance last weekend.
Coldplay are at number one with A Head Full Of Dreams.
A Head Full Of Dreams was released on December 4th 2015, when the world was still swept up in Adele fever, with 25 keeping the album off the number one spot. This week’s chart gives the band their seventh UK number one album, with all their studio releases now having hit the top spot.
Continue reading: Coldplay Finally Top UK Album Chart With ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’
The Queen Bey got the best reception of all the halftime spots at Super Bowl 50, but even more viewers were impressed with Lady Gaga's performance of the national anthem.
The 34 year old star briefly had the stage all to herself as she delivered a rendition of brand new single ‘Formation’, released just 24 hours before, with her backing dancers’ costumes seemingly heavily influenced by the armed rights group the Black Panthers, clad in black leather and berets.
Continue reading: Beyonce Steals The Show From Coldplay In Super Bowl Halftime Show
The video for 'Hymn For the Weekend' was filmed in Mumbai, India.
Coldplay and Beyonce have drawn accusations of cultural insensitivity and exploitation after they released the video for their new single, ‘Hymn For the Weekend’, which was filmed in a district of Mumbai.
The latest single from A Head Full of Dreams racked up over 21 million hits in the first four days after the video dropped, and it’s going to get much wider exposure when Beyonce joins Coldplay in performing the song at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on February 7th.
Beyonce teams up with Coldplay on the new single
Beyoncé is said to be ready to release her sixth studio album, but is letting Adele have her time in the spotlight with '25'.
Beyonce is reportedly all ready to release her sixth studio album and wants to take us all by surprise once again. According to The Sun, the only thing that’s been holding Bey back from dropping the record is Adele, as the ‘Drunk in Love’ singer is letting her have her moment with 25.
Is Beyonce ready to unleash a surprise album on us?
A music insider told the newspaper: ‘Beyonce has totally relaxed her schedule and pushed back her album, which is now complete and ready to go. It was wrapped up at the end of 2015 but she held off on a release as a code of honour to Adele, so their records didn’t clash.’
Continue reading: Beyonce Will Reportedly Drop Surprise Album When 'Adele Hype' Dies Down
After being sent the track Bowie bluntly told the band, ‘It’s not one of your best.”
Coldplay have revealed they were once rejected by David Bowie when they asked the legendary singer to appear on one of their songs. Speaking to the NME, the band said that Bowie bluntly told them ‘It’s not a very good song, is it?’ after singer Chris Martin wrote to him asking for a collaboration.
Coldplay were once turned down by David Bowie.
"Chris [Martin] once submitted a song to him with a note that said, 'Would you please sing on this song, because it's got this three-part thing,' and we had a sort of David Bowie–type character," drummer Will Champion told the NME.
Rihanna, Stephen Colbert and NFL analyst Jim Nantz all featured in the CBS promotional clip.
Rihanna has confirmed that she’ll performing live at the Grammy Awards next month, in the wake of a new promotional video short also teasing a possible guest appearance at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show.
TV network CBS released the clip to promote three key events they’re covering in February 2016 – the annual American football showdown, the Grammy Awards and the ongoing ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’.
Set on a computer-generated football field, it features the Barbadian-born singer facing off against NFL analysts Jim Nantz, James Brown and Phil Simms, while chat show host Colbert appears as a referee and tosses a coin. One side of the coin bears the Grammy Awards logo while the Super Bowl 50 emblem is seen on the other.
Coldplay's ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ wasn't enough to beat Adele’s ’25’.
Coldplay have failed to knock Adele off the top spot in the UK album chart, giving 25 its third week at number one. A Head Full Of Dreams is Coldplay’s seventh studio album, but is the band’s first not to debut in the top spot.
Adele’s 25 is still on top of the UK album chart.
25 managed to shift another 354,000 copies over the last seven days, giving Adele the highest third week sales for a chart-topping album since Take That’s The Circus, which sold 382,000 copies for its third week at number one in 2008.
Continue reading: Coldplay Fail To Knock Adele Off The Top Of UK Albums Chart
The final weekend of the reality show is packed with famous acts
After months of tense auditions, frantic boot camps and endless live shows - The X Factor final finally arrives this weekend (Sat 12 and Sun 13 December). And while the show has often limped through low ratings, it seems that Simon Cowell is pulling out all the stops for the last two shows.
Adele is a big coup for Simon Cowell's X Factor
In a bumper double-episode weekender, a whole host of famous acts will take to the stage during the Saturday show including a long-list of X Factor alumni such as last year’s winner Ben Heanow and previous runners up Little Mix who will duet with last year’s second place, Fleur East.
Continue reading: The X Factor Confirms Adele, Coldplay And One Direction For Final
Fans had been worried that there may be a long wait before they could stream Coldplay’s latest album.
Coldplay’s seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams will be available to stream on Spotify from this Friday (December 11th), it has been confirmed. The album was officially released on December 4th and is currently battling Adele’s 25 for the number one spot in the US and UK album charts.
Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams will be available on Spotify.
Fans has worried that there might be a long wait for the album to reach Spotify, much like their 2014 record Ghost Stories, which was withheld from the service for four months. Their previous effort Mylo Zyloto, took three months to reach Spotify.
Continue reading: Coldplay's 'A Head Full Of Dreams' Will Hit Spotify On Friday
Their promotional campaign for brand new album 'A Head Full of Dreams' will see them perform for millions at Super Bowl 50.
Coldplay will provide the headline entertainment during next year’s Super Bowl half time show, it has been confirmed, and the band themselves say they’re “excited and honoured and thrilled” to be given the responsibility.
Lead singer Chris Martin described it as the “greatest moment” in Coldplay’s career, as the band themselves revealed the news via their Twitter account. They also said that their show would reflect the past, present and the next 50 years ahead – marking the milestone of Super Bowl 50, which will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on February 7th, 2016.
Coldplay performing live in 2014
Continue reading: Coldplay Confirmed As Super Bowl 50 Half Time Headliners
The band’s seventh album ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ is released on December 4th.
Coldplay have confirmed details of their first world tour since 2012’s Mylo Xyloto Tour. The A Head Full Of Dreams tour will begin in March of next year, kicking of in Buenos Aires. The tour follows the release of the band’s seventh studio album, which drops on December 4th.
Coldplay have announced their A Head Full Of Dreams world tour.
The tour sees the band playing 20 stadium shows across 14 countries in Europe and Latin America. The dates include three UK shows in Glasgow, London and Manchester. Tickets for the shows will go on general sale November 27 at 9.30am, however a pre-sale will be held at 9.30am on November 26, for anyone who pre-orders the album on Amazon before midnight on November 23.
Continue reading: Coldplay To Embark On 'A Head Full Of Dreams World Tour' In 2016
The former couple's two children, Apple and Moses, both feature on 'A Head Full of Dreams', as do Beyonce and her daughter Blue Ivy.
They might have gone their separate ways with their legendary ‘conscious uncoupling’ over a year ago, but Chris Martin has given an illustration of his continued closeness to his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow by announcing that she provides guest vocals on Coldplay’s new album.
The former couple’s two children – daughter Apple, 11, and son Moses, 9 – also feature on the band’s seventh album A Head Full of Dreams, according to the singer, as well as Blue Ivy Carter, the 3 year old daughter of his celebrity pals Jay Z and Beyonce. Previously announced guest vocalists have included Beyonce herself, Noel Gallagher and Swedish chanteuse Tove Lo.
Chris Martin at the BBC Studios in November 2015
Coldplay and Madonna have also paid tribute to the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in the French capital.
U2 and Foo Fighters have both announced they’ve canceled scheduled gigs in the wake of the attacks in Paris on Friday evening. Foo Fighters will now no longer continue on the rest of their European tour, which was due to stop in the French capital on Monday (November 16th).
Foo Fighters have cancelled the rest of their European tour in the wake of the attacks in Paris.
A statement on the Foo Fighters’ official website read: "It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour.”
Continue reading: U2 And Foo Fighters Cancel Gigs Following Paris Attacks
The first BBC Music Awards ceremony has three big awards to give out
The inaugural BBC Music Awards will burst onto our screens this evening with a whole host of talent lighting up the stage. The event is offering three awards to the best in the music business including Song of the Year, British Artist of the Year and International Artist of the Year.
Sam Smith is in line to receive one of the first trophies from the inagural BBC Music Awards
Members of the public have been tasked with deciding who will claim the best song of 2014 and have been voting for one of ten possibilities which feature tunes from Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, Clean Bandit and Coldplay among others.
Continue reading: BBC Music Awards Ready To Take The Nation By Storm
Things seem to be running smoothly for Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin as Lawrence was once again there to support her new beau at his recent performance in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Lawrence at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay are the three contenders for the coveted show
The National Football League has taken the unprecedented step of asking potential performers at the Super Bowl Half Time show to ‘pay to play’. Traditionally, the NFL doesn’t pay those it selects for the highly desired spot. But this year, it has asked those artists on the shortlist – believed to be Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay – if they would be willing to donate a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the NFL, or some other type of financial contribution.
Katy Perry is one of the contenders for performing at the 49th Super Bowl next year
While this percentage is undisclosed, the request has met with a chilly reception from those artists’ representatives, according to insiders.
Continue reading: NFL Asks Super Bowl Half Time Acts To 'Pay To Play'
The Coldplay star has emerged from tough times to play an intimate London gig.
Chris Martin is a man saved; by music, that is. The Coldplay musician has endured a tough year plastered over the tabloids with his recently divorced ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow, propelled by the unforgivably grating 2014 buzzphrase, "conscious uncoupling."
In the midst of the gossip and gloom, Martin and his Coldplay bandmates released Ghost Stories, a melancholy album of electronica dabblings suffused with the inevitable emotional turmoil of a relationship breakdown. The British quartet brought their latest chart-topping record and a selection of other hits to London's Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday night for a stripped-back and intimate performance.
Inviting fans at the sold-out show to be as close as workably possible, Coldplay managed to make the gig feel a tenth of the size; an illusion helped by the seeming absence high vis-clad concert wardens, a photo pit or heavy onstage theatrics. Instead, the band placed an emphasis on the stripped back aesthetic to give a reassuring "calm after the storm" vibe.
Wow-ee.the pop newcomer shows some serious clout in the charts.
Sam Smith must feel on top of the world after his album, In The Lonely Hour, not only struck number one in the UK charts yesterday but was also revealed to be the year's fastest-selling debut of 2014 so far.
In The Lonely Hour has sold an impressive 101,000 copies over the last seven days and has managed to throw the alt rock titans Coldplay and their album Ghost Stories from the number one position. The news comes the week after Smith scored a number one single with his track 'Stay With Me.'
In The Lonely Hour may be the fastest-selling debut but it is also admirably the year's third quickest seller behind Ghost Stories and Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love.
Continue reading: Sam Smith's Debut Is 2014's Speediest Seller With No.1 Triumph
Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' debuted with the highest first week sales of 2014. Did not having the album available on Spotify play a role in its sales?
For a band that has been around for as long as Coldplay, you’d figure at some point they would be showing some signs of slowing down. After the first 18 years of my life, I can hardly walk up the stairs without losing my breath. However, the British rock quartet continues to find new ways to live healthy and reinvent themselves, and their new album, Ghost Stories, is no different: the band’s sixth full length debuted at number one on the Billboard charts this week with the biggest first week sales numbers so far in 2014.
Album sales may be down 15 percent versus the same week at this point in 2013, but that didn’t stop Coldplay for notching their fourth straight number one record. Oddly enough, Ghost Stories is actually the lowest first week out of all their number ones. It landed with 383 thousand sold, while 2011’s Mylo Xyloto moved 447 thousand, 2008’s Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends had 720 thousand, and 2005’s X&Y peaked at 737 thousand. Clearly, the industry ain’t doing too hot when the number ones are getting lower with each top debut, but Coldplay is still one of the biggest bands in the world. In fact, their trip to number one with Ghost Stories might just be the most impressive yet.
Coldplay scored their fourth number one album with Ghost Stories
Continue reading: Coldplay Nabs Fourth Number One Album, But Did Spotify Play A Role?
We take a look at what 2014 has in store for cinemas, consoles, iPods and TVs
2013 saw Iron Man 3 break the $1 billion club, Grand Theft Auto V smash sales records, Daft Punk permeate everyone’s summer playlists and Netflix redefine the term ‘binge watching’, not to mention a certain Walter White… It was a pretty startling year, and even though Breaking Bad had to say goodbye, there’s plenty to look forward to in 2014 for lovers of film, games, music and TV, and here are the highlights.
Breaking Bad defined a binge-ready, streaming-happy 2013, so what does 2014 hold?
Continue reading: Films, Games, TV And Music: What Does 2014 Have In Store?
Forbes' 25 Highest Earning Musicians threw up some sure surprises. But one 'Material Girl' has never fallen out of 'Vogue.'
Forbes Magazine have released their list of the 25 Highest Paid Musicians of the 2013, taking into account living artists' earnings between June 2012 to June 2013.
Beyonce Performing at the 'Made in America' Festival
The latest rich list was compiled from sources including Pollstar, the RIAA, Nielsen SoundScan, artists' managers, lawyers and many of the artists themselves. The figures are comprises of concert ticket sales, royalties, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals and other such business ventures.
Continue reading: The Highest Paid Musician 2013: 'Who's That Girl' At The Top?
Forbes releases its 25 Highest Paid Musicians list.
Madonna has emerged as the top earning musician of the year after she raked in £77m in ticket and merchandise sales, beating the likes of Lady GaGa and Bon Jovi who fell in at second with £49.6 m and third with £49m respectively.
The List Shows That Madonna Is Completely Loaded.
The veteran popstar, who is clearly still very much on her game, made this year's mega millions between June 2012 and June 2013, mainly thanks to her MDNA world tour, 'Material Girl' clothing line, perfume brand and merchandise sales, according to Forbes Magazine.
Continue reading: What Do Madonna, Lady Gaga & Bon Jovi Have In Common? Pots Of Cash!
Emeli Sande is among the nominees for two prizes at the Ivor Novello awards in May.
Emeli Sande may be adding to her growing list of accolades as she is newly nominated for two different awards at the 58th Ivor Novello awards.
Her UK number 2 hit 'Next To Me' is nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically as well as the Most Performed Work award. Competing in the former category is 'Laura' by Bat For Lashes and 'Two Fingers' by Jake Bugg while the latter category also sees nominations from Olly Murs' 'Dance With Me Tonight' and Coldplay's Paradise. Sande has previously received two Urban Music Awards, three BRIT, three MOBO awards and an ECHO Music Award among several others and she's definitely up for a chance in the Ivor Novellos as her nominated track was apparently the third most listened to track of 2012 - a pretty impressive achievement in itself, though not as impressive as the reception her number one debut album 'Our Version of Events' received!
Other artists nominated in two separate categories are Plan B with 'Ill Manors', which is up for Best Contemporary Song and Best Original Film Score, and Alt-J with 'Fitzpleasure' for Best Contemporary Song and 'An Awesome Wave' for Best Album. The awards ceremony will make its way to the Grosvenor House hotel in London later this Spring on May 16th 2013.
Albums of note… In 2013, the apparent year of the comeback, Depeche Mode made a mini-one of their own, with their first album in four years Delta Machine. Dave Gahan’s still at the vocal helm and the group still enjoy looking at the darker side of pop. Something they’re still doing with great success according to our writer Dom Gourlay, who surmised “'Delta Machine' is a worthy comeback that while not quite hitting the peaks conquered so magnificently by 'Black Celebration', 'Violator' and 'Songs Of Faith And Devotion' back in the day, still sits comfortably in the upper quartile of Depeche Mode's finest releases to date.”
Another gaining the love of Contactmusic this week is Josh Kumra who released his debut LP Good Things Come To Those Don’t Wait. Give he’s only about 20/21 himself, it seems like he’s taken the title of his album to heart, and this Sony release looks set to make him a star early on in his career. Our man Jim Pusey reckoned “At its heart, Good Things Come To Those Who Don't Wait is a solid singer songwriter effort. It elevates itself beyond that by successfully dabbling in a number of musical styles along the way, while ensuring that Josh doesn't ever sound out of his depth. Certainly one of his strengths is his voice, and he gives himself ample opportunity to showcase that here too.”
Group's second album A Rush Of Blood To The Head takes top spot
Chris Martin can rest easy. It wasn’t an April Fool’s joke. It turns out that Radio 2’s listeners really do hold his band Coldplay in higher regard that the likes of The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd. So much so, that they have voted the Coldplay album A Rush of Blood To The Head as their favourite of all time. Coldplay beat the likes of Keane, Duran Duran, Pink Floyd and Dido, who filled out the rest of the top five places.
The poll, according to BBC News, had been held to coincide with the BBC season The Golden Age of the Album and the station’s listeners voted on their favourite albums. The Coldplay album, released in 2002, sold over 2.8 million copies and included the singles The Scientist and Clocks. Jeff Smith, the head of music at Radio 2 said “Musicians such as Coldplay and Dido have struck a chord with listeners and are in good company in the top 10 alongside legendary bands like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, whose appeal remains undiminished after all these years.”
The Rolling Stones didn’t enter the chart until sixth place, with their 1971 album Sticky Fingers and The Beatles went in at eight, after The Pet Shop Boys, with Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Continue reading: Better Than The Beatles? Coldplay Top Radio 2 'Favourite Albums' List
Coldplay's third album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, has been named the nation's favourite in a poll compiled by Radio 2 listeners.
Coldplay's second album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, has been named the nation's favourite in a list compiled by the listeners of BBC Radio 2. The 2002 release was named the top album by DJ Jo Whiley, on air today (April 1) as part of the BBC's 'The Golden Age of the Album' series.
Coldplay's second album was celebrated by the BBC in poll announced today
After the first spot, the rest of the list continues to surprise as Keane's Hopes and Fears was named second on the list and Duran Duran's Rio at three. Usual 'best album list' compatriots Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles and Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd made it on to the list too, but peaked at 8th (Sgt. Pepper) and 4th (DSotM). The crowning of Coldplay's album as the nations favourite marks a successful couple of BBC lists for the group, after a Radio 6 poll recently named the song 'Clocks', taken from A Rush of Blood to the Head, the top track on it's list of 100 greatest songs of the last century.
Parlophone Records, the once legendary record label, has been bought by Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik and his Warner Music Group for £500 million.
Parlophone has the likes of Coldplay, Tinie Tempah and Blur on its roster and Blavatnik’s purchase makes him an even stronger power in the music game. Back in 2011 he bought the Warners group for £2 billion, and now he has all of Parlophone and other EMI assets that were put up for sale by Universal after they’d taken over the company. Parlophone’s roster also includes the likes of Ed Sheeran, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars and they’ll join the Warner roster, which owns back catalogues by Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac. They can add classic albums by David Bowie, Kraftwerk and Pink Floyd to that list.
There had been much controversy about Universal taking over EMI, which effectively made three major record labels – including Warner – become two. Ultimately it was agreed that Universal would avoid a monopoly if they sold off 30% of EMI’s assets in order for the takeover to go ahead, and its these which Blavatnik has taken control of. According to The Independent, Blavatnik said “This is a very important milestone for Warner Music, reflecting our commitment to artist development by strengthening our worldwide roster, global footprint and executive talent.”
Albums of Note... Deftly side-stepping the pitfalls of ‘second album syndrome,’ Everything Everything have stepped things up a notch with second album Arc, which looks set to raise their profile even further. They’ve retained their quirky dance geek sound, but this time around, the songs have a darker, more emotional sound. Where their debut was playful, a newfound intensity can be found on this follow-up. “Arc offers more drama and intensity than the playful-ness we heard on Man Alive, Everything Everything's 2010-released debut… each track stands in its own right; nothing is filler and Arc maintains interest throughout; it's a much more mature offering than Everything Everything's previous, particularly with the likes of the gentle, piano-backed 'The Peaks, which sensitively showcases their trademark falsetto vocals in an atmospheric setting.”
Paul Weller’s latest release, the ‘Dragonfly EP’ is described by our reviewer as a “victory lap.” The EP contains a number of unreleased tracks from the Modfather’s trilogy of experimental albums released in 2012. Described as “by no means essential for the casual fan,” the tracks contained herein are a step away from the sonic experimentation of the albums and are closer to his early solo days.“The Dragonfly EP is therefore well worth your time if you have any interest in Weller's more recent output. However, for the more casual listener, it may seem like it's business as usual for the Modfather. The 5 additional songs certainly deserve to be heard, and it's a welcome move that they haven't just ended up on the cutting room floor.”
Many of us know how hard it can be, keeping up with childcare and nursery payments whilst we go out to work. Spare a thought, then, for poor Jay-Z and Beyonce, who are shelling out a massive $1 million to rent a nursery space for Blue Ivy Carter at the Brooklyn Nets’ home ground, the Barclays Arena, in Brooklyn, New York. That’s a LOT of money to be paying for a nursery.
Oh hang on, we’ve just found that recent Forbes report. Apparently Beyonce and Jay-Z earned a staggering $78 million between them, in a 12 months period. Puts those nursery costs into perspective, really doesn’t it? This is no ordinary nursery of course. According to US Magazine, Jay Z rents a luxurious basement suite at the arena, which he has kitted out with plenty of toys for Blue Ivy. The basement space isn’t just a kids’ area, though. It seems to be something of an adults’ playground too; apparently the suite is “all glass with a champagne bar and TV screen. Jay lets friends use his digs when he’s not there,” a source told the magazine.
It might be a costly approach to childcare, but Beyonce and Jay Z do spend a lot of time at the Barclays Arena. Jay Z is a co-owner of its home basketball team and the couple are often watching their games there, or taking in a concert. Just recently, they were hanging out with Coldplay there on New Year’s Eve. Blue Ivy turns one on Monday (January 7, 2013).
When it comes to the live tour, it’s the veteran artists of the music scene that are still leading the way on ticket sales. Billboard revealed the highest grossing tours of 2012 recently and it was perhaps no surprise that the ageing Queen of Pop Madonna came out top of the list – the 53 year-old seems to have been on tour constantly this year.
Reuters reports that the music chart and stat compiler had her earning an estimated $228.4 million from her 80 plus shows performed during the year. She’s not quite done yet either, with a couple more shows in South America due this week. She’ll be delighted to have beaten her rival Lady Gaga, who is in sixth spot with takings of $124.9 million from her Born This Way Tour; it’s worth pointing out though that Gaga is only midway through the jaunt at the moment, and won’t wrap up touring until finishing in the US in March 2013.
The rest of the top five is full of well-established names; Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were second with $199 million from 72 shows, whilst Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters was third with $186 million. Cirque De Soleil made an appearance in fourth with their homage to Michael Jackson taking $147.3 million from 183 shows, whilst Coldplay were fifth with $147.2 million from 67 shows. The list was compiled from estimated gross ticket sales.
Ah, the Christmas album. Everyone thinks they know what Christmas is about; it's about massive presents and force feeding, but really, in its essence, the festive season is about hurriedly compiled albums chocked with bad covers and even worse originals. To help organize proceedings, we're taken the liberty of formulating come handy categorisations that best describe the concept of Christmas Album. Enjoy.
The Creepy: Merry Christmas, Baby by Rod Stewart (2012) - Classics by the gruff voiced classic songster. It includes collaborations with: David Foster, Cee Lo Green, Mary J. Blige, and Chris Botti. You can grab it for $11.88, but why do that when you can get the special edition for $39.99!? Ooh Merry Christmas, Baby.
The Youthful: Now That's What I Call Today's Christmas! by Now Today's Christmas, Justin Bieber, Train, Coldplay and Norah Jones. Young people don't care about Cliff Richard and Rod Stewart, they like ipods, The X-Factor and falling over. This is the album for them!
Coldplay live CD/DVD Cover
Albums of Note... Coldplay’s Live 2012 album shows a band far more at ease with themselves than their previous live release, from 2003. The Live 2012 package includes both blu-ray and CD. The footage is punctuated by behind-the-scenes interludes and these excerpts showcase each band member’s enthusiasm for their live shows as well as revealing how the material from Mylo Xyloto evolved over time and culminated with them band playing to a vast stadium audiences across the globe. “Live 2012 includes some nice musical moments... the low-key piano intro to 'Yellow', a guest appearance from Rihanna during 'Princess Of China', and the stripped back intimacy of 'Us Against The World'. All of the other elements of big choruses and sing-along's spanning the entire Coldplay back catalogue are present and correct… and Chris Martin's voice seems to have found a renewed strength to cope with the massive venues the band now fills.”
Coldplay's new Live 2012 release is far from a way to cash in on the platinum success of Mylo Xyloto, despite a release date suspiciously close to Christmas. While the more cynical members of the record buying public may not view Coldplay as being 'cool', even they couldn't deny that Live 2012 is somewhat of a triumph.
The overall package is a masterclass in how to entertain millions of people with arena rock at its best. Even the band themselves admit that this is the first time they've toured without worrying about what people think. Both the Blu Ray and accompanying CD demonstrate that, thereby creating a companion piece to Mylo Xyloto that adds context to that record rather than just re-treading the hits in a live setting.
Comparing Live 2012 with Coldplay's similar package from 2003 also reveals a band that's now less awkward and self-conscious. The most interesting moments here are actually not to be found in the concert footage itself, but rather in the behind the scenes interludes that punctuate the performances. Each band member has an opportunity to reveal not only their enthusiasm for playing live around the globe, but also their perspective on the different elements that have made up the tour. These short vignettes include details of how the Mylo Xyloto artwork evolved and how they tried to translate that to a live setting with audience members wearing glowing wristbands. This peek behind the curtain is beneficial as it makes the gig footage from 3 different stops on the tour (including their most recent Glastonbury headline set) more engaging.
Continue reading: Coldplay - Live 2012 Album Review
It’s a mixed bag for UK albums, as the release schedule starts to slow in preparation for the big race for the Christmas sales market. This week, Jake Bugg toppled Mumford & Sons from what looked to be a pretty comfortable reign at the top of the albums chart. But can he stay there for a second week or do any of this week’s releases have what to takes to shift him?
The strongest competition for Jake will be coming from across the pond, in the shape of the fourth studio album from Taylor Swift entitled Red.
She performed on the X Factor results show here last weekend and her last album, 2010’s Speak Now reached number six. Her profile has increased considerably since then, though – thanks in no small part to her contribution to the Hunger Games soundtrack. If anyone can shift Bugg from the top spot, we reckon it’s Taylor.
Mumford and Son’s second album, Babel is the fastest selling album of the year, in the UK and the US. A report from The Guardian today reveals that Babel sold 159,000 copies in its first week on sale in the UK and landed itself at the top of the UK albums chart in the process. In the US, they sold a staggering 600,000 copies and also topped the Billboard album chart in the States as well.
As if that wasn't enough success for Mumford And Sons to achieve in one week, the band have also beaten Spotify’s record for the number of streams from an album in a single week. Spotify users reportedly streamed “around eight million listens” from the record in its first week of release, beating the previous record by ‘a factor of three.’ Spotify’s chief content officer, Ken Parks told Billboard that one in every 10 Spotify users in the United States streamed a track from Babel last week. These results have somewhat quashed the popular theory that streaming services have a detrimental effect on CD sales.
Some major bands, such as Coldplay, have withheld their album releases from Spotify during the first week of release, fearing that it will impact negatively on people purchasing the album. Daniel Glass of the Mumford and Sons’ US label Glassnote commented “Spotify is a huge form of exposure, and they're not stealing…It's retraining people to buy music through streaming services. Could we be getting better compensation? Yes, but I'm not going to hold it back from them. That's old thinking.”
Universal won clearance Friday to take over EMI, but with a few provisos to the deal, reports the Associated Foreign Press.
European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said Universal Music agreed to part company with some of the biggest-selling acts in the business including Coldplay, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Cliff Richard, to get the deal approved, but perhaps the biggest loss will be French house music producer and DJ David Guetta. They will now acquire the talents of The Beatles, who EMI claim have all-time sales at more than a billion records and huge online revenues continuing. They also benefit from Katy Perry and Robbie Williams "to icons like The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Genesis and Bob Seger," owner French group Vivendi said in a statement. The deal "will benefit the artistic community and music industry," it added.
The decision to merge the two musical superpowers wasn’t without it’s complications, with some bodies concerned that it would create too much power over the terms it sets for digital platforms such as Spotify and Apple's iTunes that distribute music direct to consumers. “Competition in the music business is crucial to preserve choice, cultural diversity and innovation," Almunia said in a statement earlier. "In this investigation, we have paid close attention to digital innovation, which is changing the way that people listen to music." Basically, it’s worth loads and loads of money.
Over a decade since the release of their debut studio album, Parachutes, Coldplay are undoubtedly one of the biggest bands in the world. When you reach the level that Coldplay have powered up to, there's huge interest in everything that you do; the rumour mill works overtime, the pressure to continue to deliver is immense and there's massive anticipation surrounding everything that you release. So, if you are going to churn out an album, you pretty much have to make certain it's a damn good one. After a nigh on three year wait for its completion, Mylo Xyloto has finally landed complete with whiffs of the past, leaps to the future and even a perhaps unlikely collaboration with Rihanna; it is to be hoped that it's a grower.
Definitely not lacking in ambition, Mylo Xlyoto opens with its title track; not so much a track but more 43 seconds of atmospheric guitars punctuated by twinkling glockenspiel in the vein of a pre-gig instrumental introduction of sorts. The track build to launch into 'Hurts Like Heaven', a confident, fast paced, up tempo track with driving drums powering the usual Coldplay mix of lead guitar melodies lilting over a blend of rhythm guitar and bass, with Chris Martin's vocals in from the off; then, with their most recent pre-album single, 'Paradise', Coldplay step outside of their comfort zone and into and electro-flavoured new territory. 'Paradise' opens with a minute long string-laden introduction, but when the beat eventually kicks in, it really does kick in with an almost dub step swagger; the track has much more of a commercial leaning to it than anything by Coldplay that has preceded and almost verges on club territory with its swaggering chorus. Coming out of the chorus, 'Paradise' is again characterised by a catchy 'ooh' hook reminiscent of 'Viva La Vida', before the track plays into a much calmer piano and vocal intro.
Continue reading: Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto Album Review
Leigh Francis, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Guy Berryman and Grosvenor House - Leigh Francis aka Keith Lemon London, England - The Q Awards 2011 held at Grosvenor House hotel - Arrivals Monday 24th October 2011
Jamie Oliver, Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Coldplay, Jools Oliver and Madonna Monday 24th August 2009 The house of Jamie Oliver and Jools Oliver who purchased the house next door to theirs to create a super house. Work is now being carried out on the property of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and actress wife Gwyneth Paltrow, after the couple purchased the house next door to turn the building into one house worth a whopping £7 million. Paltrow is following the lead of pal Madonna who spent £6 million purchasing her neighbouring property last year. London, England
Coldplay Saturday 14th March 2009 The 'Sound Relief' music festival at the Sydney Cricket Ground held simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne to raise funds for victims of the recent Australian bushfires
With Chris Martin now dating Gwyneth Paltrow, he decided that Coldplay could no longer perform his ballad to a former love.
Coldplay will not be playing their live favourite, 'Green Eyes', as frontman Chris Martin wrote it about a previous love and now it offends his current girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow. Martin and Paltrow have been dating since 2002, so now the track about a former girlfriend has been replaced with the newer song 'Moses', which Martin has written specially for his 'Se7en' star girlfriend.
While giving a concert in Australia on Wednesday 16th July 2003, and had to explain to the 150 people attending all about his decision to drop 'Green Eyes' from their live set list. He discussed the decision, by saying that: "It's not about the right person. It's like an old pair of trousers, it doesn't fit."
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