Coldplay - Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto Is A 'Blank Canvas'

Coldplay see their latest album 'Mylo Xyloto' as a "blank canvas".

The British band came up with the unusual name for their latest release - which they launched last week with a stunning gig in Madrid as part of the 'American Express Unstaged' livestream music series - so that fans and critics wouldn't have any "preconceptions" of what the sound would be like.

Jonny Buckland said: "It doesn't really mean anything, that's the main point, we made it up, we conjured it out of nothing and we like the idea of having something that has no context, people don't have any preconceptions about it. For us it's like a blank canvas, it's something to start afresh with."

Jonny also revealed the band - which also includes Will Champion and Guy Berryman - "felt freer" to experiment with this album than they ever have before.

He said: "I think making this record we felt freer than we've ever felt before. Part of that is to do with us having children and having different things in our life, part of it was working with Brian Eno again, he really inspires us to try new things and not be tied down by what we've done in the past so we really felt we could play any kind of music and have fun."

Frontman Chris Martin added: "We've just been experimenting like we've never done before. We've not been afraid to try lots of different things, we've worked with people and collaborated with people and we've just felt a great sense of liberation."


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If Music Was Chris Martin’s Saviour, Coldplay Turned Royal Albert Hall Into A House Of Worship 4270030 News

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.

With concert-goers close enough to reach out and touch the 37 year-old frontman, Coldplay went back-to-basics to centre the focus back on the music and away from the headline scandals and speculation.

It was an approach that seemed to work: "it was a treat to see the band in this comparatively intimate space," said The Telegraph's Adam Sweeting whilst The Guardian's Ian Sweeting was cynically observant of Ghost Stories, describing it as a "morose wallow in self-pity virtually bereft of the band's trademark majestic melodies and soaring choruses."

More: Chris Martin ditches Gwyneth Paltrow-inspired vegetarian diet.

"The gorgeously propulsive Clocks and God Put a Smile on Your Face re-emphasise that they may be much maligned but few, if any, stadium-filling bands routinely dream up such sublime, mercurial melodies," he decides.

Speaking to BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright's Big Show, Martin was philosophical about the period of his life that Ghost Stories emerged from. Revealing that music was "a life-saver," the frontman said "You can choose your paths in life, I find, when you get to a point where you're like 'I could either jump off a bridge or I could try and turn this around.'"

More: Chris Martin composing Prince Harry's Invictus Games.

"I'm sure lots of people have that in much harder instances. You just find the right tools [...] I feel so grateful. Especially over the last couple of years, music has been alchemising. I'm very grateful to be here. Every day is a blessing. That's how I feel," Martin said.

Coldplay Royal Albert Hall
Coldplay Went Back To Basics For An Intimate Show At The Royal Albert Hall.

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.

With concert-goers close enough to reach out and touch the 37 year-old frontman, Coldplay went back-to-basics to centre the focus back on the music and away from the headline scandals and speculation.

It was an approach that seemed to work: "it was a treat to see the band in this comparatively intimate space," said The Telegraph's Adam Sweeting whilst The Guardian's Ian Sweeting was cynically observant of Ghost Stories, describing it as a "morose wallow in self-pity virtually bereft of the band's trademark majestic melodies and soaring choruses."

More: Chris Martin ditches Gwyneth Paltrow-inspired vegetarian diet.

"The gorgeously propulsive Clocks and God Put a Smile on Your Face re-emphasise that they may be much maligned but few, if any, stadium-filling bands routinely dream up such sublime, mercurial melodies," he decides.

Speaking to BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright's Big Show, Martin was philosophical about the period of his life that Ghost Stories emerged from. Revealing that music was "a life-saver," the frontman said "You can choose your paths in life, I find, when you get to a point where you're like 'I could either jump off a bridge or I could try and turn this around.'"

More: Chris Martin composing Prince Harry's Invictus Games.

"I'm sure lots of people have that in much harder instances. You just find the right tools [...] I feel so grateful. Especially over the last couple of years, music has been alchemising. I'm very grateful to be here. Every day is a blessing. That's how I feel," Martin said.

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Coldplay Went Back To Basics For An Intimate Show At The Royal Albert Hall.

3rd July 2014 4170376
Mariah Carey Fails To Land Billboard No.1 as Coldplay Reigns Supreme 4231035 News

Mariah Carey was beaten to the Billboard 200 top spot this week after her record "Me: I Am Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse' entered at No.3 with 58,000. It matched the effort of the last non-holiday studio effort, 2009's Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, which debuted at No.3 with 168,000.

Mariah CareyMariah Carey Had To Settle for No.3

It was Coldplay's Ghost Stories that held onto the top spot for a second consecutive week, selling 83,000 to take overall sales to over 460,000. It makes it the sixth-largest-selling album of 2014, with the Frozen soundtrack way ahead with 2.5 million, according to Billboard.

More: read our full review of Ghost Stories

Coldplay beat out Brantley Gilbert's Just As I Am, which remained at No.2 with 65,000 (69 per cent). Essentially, Mariah - who collects her 17th Top 10 album - has done pretty well NOT to top the chart here, what with two week-old albums holding their spots. 

It's Carey's smallest opening for a non-holiday studio album since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. 

ColdplayColdplay Kept The No.1 Spot With 'Ghost Stories'

Chanteuse was originally earmarked for a March 2013 released but was then pushed to July 23, before being brought forward to May 6 and then finally May 27. The album's most recent charting single, You're Mine (Eternal), spent one week at No.88.

Elsewhere on the chart, Austin Mahone's debut EP The Secret is No.5 with 46,000 while the Now 50 compilation is a non-mover at No.6. Michael Jackson slips to No.7 with Xscape and The Black Keys' Turn Blue is at No.8 Crowder's Neon Steeple is at No.9 and Iggy Azalea rounds things out with The New Classic - which sold 18,000. 

More: Mariah Carey takes kids to the park in a ball gown

Mariah Carey was beaten to the Billboard 200 top spot this week after her record "Me: I Am Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse' entered at No.3 with 58,000. It matched the effort of the last non-holiday studio effort, 2009's Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, which debuted at No.3 with 168,000.

Mariah CareyMariah Carey Had To Settle for No.3

It was Coldplay's Ghost Stories that held onto the top spot for a second consecutive week, selling 83,000 to take overall sales to over 460,000. It makes it the sixth-largest-selling album of 2014, with the Frozen soundtrack way ahead with 2.5 million, according to Billboard.

More: read our full review of Ghost Stories

Coldplay beat out Brantley Gilbert's Just As I Am, which remained at No.2 with 65,000 (69 per cent). Essentially, Mariah - who collects her 17th Top 10 album - has done pretty well NOT to top the chart here, what with two week-old albums holding their spots. 

It's Carey's smallest opening for a non-holiday studio album since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. 

ColdplayColdplay Kept The No.1 Spot With 'Ghost Stories'

Chanteuse was originally earmarked for a March 2013 released but was then pushed to July 23, before being brought forward to May 6 and then finally May 27. The album's most recent charting single, You're Mine (Eternal), spent one week at No.88.

Elsewhere on the chart, Austin Mahone's debut EP The Secret is No.5 with 46,000 while the Now 50 compilation is a non-mover at No.6. Michael Jackson slips to No.7 with Xscape and The Black Keys' Turn Blue is at No.8 Crowder's Neon Steeple is at No.9 and Iggy Azalea rounds things out with The New Classic - which sold 18,000. 

More: Mariah Carey takes kids to the park in a ball gown

5th June 2014 4220866
Sam Smith's Debut Is 2014's Speediest Seller With No.1 Triumph 4225377 News

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.

More: Sam Smith ordered to curb partying ways.

The Bishop's Stortford-born star has had an incredible year after scoring his first number one single last May with Naughty boy's 'La La La.' The BBC's audience selected Sam to top their Sound of 2014 poll back in January before he went on to collect the Critics' Choice prize at the BRIT Awards. By then a household name, Smith cemented his explosion on to the scene with his second number one single, 'Money On My Mind.'

Watch Sam Smith perform 'Stay With me' live.

The 22 year-old British singer-songwriter has also recently made headlines after coming out as gay and revealing that his first album is about a man who he loved unrequitedly. "I've been treated as normal as anyone in my life; I've had no issues," the singer said, discussing his sexuality with The Fader. "I do know that some people have issues in life, but I haven't, and it's as normal as my right arm," he explained.

More: Sam Smith talks being gay, and a man who didn't love him back.

Upon the news of his album's chart success, Smith told the Official Charts Company: "It's amazing. I was a bit scared a few days ago because I knew that Coldplay's album had come out. I'm so happy!"

Coldplay may have slipped down to second place but the British rockers' latest album's performance remains strong and is now approaching 250,000 sales after adding 75,000 copies sold last week.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith Has Claimed Both Number One & A UK Charts Record This Week With His Debut.

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.

More: Sam Smith ordered to curb partying ways.

The Bishop's Stortford-born star has had an incredible year after scoring his first number one single last May with Naughty boy's 'La La La.' The BBC's audience selected Sam to top their Sound of 2014 poll back in January before he went on to collect the Critics' Choice prize at the BRIT Awards. By then a household name, Smith cemented his explosion on to the scene with his second number one single, 'Money On My Mind.'

Watch Sam Smith perform 'Stay With me' live.

The 22 year-old British singer-songwriter has also recently made headlines after coming out as gay and revealing that his first album is about a man who he loved unrequitedly. "I've been treated as normal as anyone in my life; I've had no issues," the singer said, discussing his sexuality with The Fader. "I do know that some people have issues in life, but I haven't, and it's as normal as my right arm," he explained.

More: Sam Smith talks being gay, and a man who didn't love him back.

Upon the news of his album's chart success, Smith told the Official Charts Company: "It's amazing. I was a bit scared a few days ago because I knew that Coldplay's album had come out. I'm so happy!"

Coldplay may have slipped down to second place but the British rockers' latest album's performance remains strong and is now approaching 250,000 sales after adding 75,000 copies sold last week.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith Has Claimed Both Number One & A UK Charts Record This Week With His Debut.

2nd June 2014 4214155
Coldplay Nabs Fourth Number One Album, But Did Spotify Play A Role? 4225372 News

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.

Chris Martin SingingColdplay scored their fourth number one album with Ghost Stories

When it comes to music streaming, I tend to dabble between either Rdio or Spotify -- both services of which I have subscriptions for. It basically boils down to whichever one is easier to open at the moment. I clicked Spotify to give Coldplay’s Ghost Stories a listen, because, well, why not. But it didn’t happen. Upon searching for the record, I, and everyone else were greeted with only the album’s three singles and a message: “The artist or their representative have decided not to release this album on Spotify. We are working on it and hope they will change their mind soon.” Coldplay isn’t picking on Spotify -- the album isn’t available on ANY streaming service. Confused and perplexed, I thought, “screw it,” and headed to iTunes to drop the $9.99 for the record’s digital version. Then I realized that I fell for their trap.

Coldplay PerformingColdplay decided not to put their new album on Spotify

It’s pretty brilliant, truthfully. Though the band and label still receive royalties from streaming services ($0.007 per stream, but when you’re a band whose latest single has 19 million streams on Spotify, you’re doing okay), streaming the album isn’t exactly contributing to those ever so important first week numbers. It’s a strategy that we’ve seen with Beyonce’s latest record and Taylor Swift’s Red -- both albums initially shunned the stream route, and all that was available were digital and physical copies for a period of time.

Both albums also landed at number one first week. Granted, both albums would have probably reached it anyway, but the point is that not having the album to listen to instantly might just push you to purchase it out of impatience, just like my situation with Ghost Stories. Is this going to become the new normal? What’s the point of paying for a streaming service if they’re not going to have some of the biggest releases of the year? At this point, it hasn’t gotten too out of hand. Coldplay, Beyonce, and Taylor Swift can all get away with this, but if the wrong band or artist tries getting some extra sales by giving streaming the axe, people just might not care to listen at all.

More: Coldplay breaks 2014 record with Billboard debut

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.

Chris Martin SingingColdplay scored their fourth number one album with Ghost Stories

When it comes to music streaming, I tend to dabble between either Rdio or Spotify -- both services of which I have subscriptions for. It basically boils down to whichever one is easier to open at the moment. I clicked Spotify to give Coldplay’s Ghost Stories a listen, because, well, why not. But it didn’t happen. Upon searching for the record, I, and everyone else were greeted with only the album’s three singles and a message: “The artist or their representative have decided not to release this album on Spotify. We are working on it and hope they will change their mind soon.” Coldplay isn’t picking on Spotify -- the album isn’t available on ANY streaming service. Confused and perplexed, I thought, “screw it,” and headed to iTunes to drop the $9.99 for the record’s digital version. Then I realized that I fell for their trap.

Coldplay PerformingColdplay decided not to put their new album on Spotify

It’s pretty brilliant, truthfully. Though the band and label still receive royalties from streaming services ($0.007 per stream, but when you’re a band whose latest single has 19 million streams on Spotify, you’re doing okay), streaming the album isn’t exactly contributing to those ever so important first week numbers. It’s a strategy that we’ve seen with Beyonce’s latest record and Taylor Swift’s Red -- both albums initially shunned the stream route, and all that was available were digital and physical copies for a period of time.

Both albums also landed at number one first week. Granted, both albums would have probably reached it anyway, but the point is that not having the album to listen to instantly might just push you to purchase it out of impatience, just like my situation with Ghost Stories. Is this going to become the new normal? What’s the point of paying for a streaming service if they’re not going to have some of the biggest releases of the year? At this point, it hasn’t gotten too out of hand. Coldplay, Beyonce, and Taylor Swift can all get away with this, but if the wrong band or artist tries getting some extra sales by giving streaming the axe, people just might not care to listen at all.

More: Coldplay breaks 2014 record with Billboard debut

2nd June 2014 4176148
A Week In News: Weed, Boobs, Ghosts, Guns...And A Wedding 4221156 News

Kim and Kanye Wed

The Wedding: Kim and Kanye got married last weekend. Kthxbai. It has been pretty hard to avoid but if you want to know more about their wedding, click here, get the goss on their weirdly un-Kardashian honeymoon, head here, or find out why Kim's brother Rob decided to skip the wedding here.

The Outrage: Seth Rogen has been forced to abandon his goofy bear act this week to stand up against Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday, who wrote a controversial column implying that the "frat-boy" style movies comedians Rogen and Judd Apatow produce could have fuelled Elliot Rodger's horrific mass shooting last week. Rogen and Apatow let Hornaday have it...and it wasn't even slightly funny. Read more.

The Haunting: Coldplay! Love or hate the melancholic English rockers but they've just broken 2014 chart records with their latest album, Ghost Stories. Read our review here. We're not going to mention the "C-U" phrase here, but it's pretty clear that lead singer Chris Martin's personal life has created the perfect conditions for the record to give fellow chart toppers Michael Jackson and The Black Keys a good scaring. Find out more.

Snoop Dogg

The Activist: Rapper Snoop Dogg may have raised a few eyebrows when he announced he was forming the charity No Guns Allowed to combat gun crime amongst youths but the 'Gin and Juice' star has stuck by his word and has rallied his fellow hip hop stars to take responsibility and be good role models in the wake of Elliot Rodger's mass shooting. He's pretty eloquent too - find out what he had to say on the matter at a recent press conference. And check out his Drake collab to promote the cause here.

The Drugs: Oh, One Direction. Consider your squeaky clean reputation tarnished all thanks to the irresponsible antics of Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik, who filmed themselves smoking weed whilst driving to a concert in Peru. Fans were upset but it was the racial slur that Louis used that could cost them dearly on their upcoming mammoth tour of the US. And find out why Harry Styles refused to fly with his careless pals.

The Protester: Scout Willis, daughter of Bruce, has taken to online activism by stepping out on to the streets of New York completely topless. Why? All is revealed here, but it has something to do with photo sharing site Instagram. Oh, and #FreeTheNipple indeed.

Eva Green

The Banning: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For saw one of their promotional posters banned this week because too much of Eva Green's boob was on show. Check out the sequel's trailer. The MPAA, the American board of movie classification found that they could see too much of Ms. Green's nipple to sign the poster off. Naturally, since the banning has had so much publicity, everyone has seen it anyway. You can too here.

The Panning: Sorry Seth Macfarlane, your new movie sucks. Or at least that's what critics are telling us. We were never expecting anything particularly highbrow from the Ted and Family Guy maker but the least he could do was put some quality jokes and gags in his latest comedy, which many reviewers have found distinctly lacking. Poop, sex, and slapstick deaths. Yep, it's a Macfarlane classic. Read our pick of the worst reviews here and decide for yourself by watching the trailer.

Video Of The Week - 'This Is Where I Leave You' Trailer: This Is Where I Leave You is an upcoming comedy adaptation starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, and Rose Byrne. Based on the Jonathan Tropper book, the movie centres on Judd Foxman (Bateman) who reunites with his siblings at their childhood home when their father dies. It's out in September. Watch the trailer here.

Kim and Kanye Wed

The Wedding: Kim and Kanye got married last weekend. Kthxbai. It has been pretty hard to avoid but if you want to know more about their wedding, click here, get the goss on their weirdly un-Kardashian honeymoon, head here, or find out why Kim's brother Rob decided to skip the wedding here.

The Outrage: Seth Rogen has been forced to abandon his goofy bear act this week to stand up against Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday, who wrote a controversial column implying that the "frat-boy" style movies comedians Rogen and Judd Apatow produce could have fuelled Elliot Rodger's horrific mass shooting last week. Rogen and Apatow let Hornaday have it...and it wasn't even slightly funny. Read more.

The Haunting: Coldplay! Love or hate the melancholic English rockers but they've just broken 2014 chart records with their latest album, Ghost Stories. Read our review here. We're not going to mention the "C-U" phrase here, but it's pretty clear that lead singer Chris Martin's personal life has created the perfect conditions for the record to give fellow chart toppers Michael Jackson and The Black Keys a good scaring. Find out more.

Snoop Dogg

The Activist: Rapper Snoop Dogg may have raised a few eyebrows when he announced he was forming the charity No Guns Allowed to combat gun crime amongst youths but the 'Gin and Juice' star has stuck by his word and has rallied his fellow hip hop stars to take responsibility and be good role models in the wake of Elliot Rodger's mass shooting. He's pretty eloquent too - find out what he had to say on the matter at a recent press conference. And check out his Drake collab to promote the cause here.

The Drugs: Oh, One Direction. Consider your squeaky clean reputation tarnished all thanks to the irresponsible antics of Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik, who filmed themselves smoking weed whilst driving to a concert in Peru. Fans were upset but it was the racial slur that Louis used that could cost them dearly on their upcoming mammoth tour of the US. And find out why Harry Styles refused to fly with his careless pals.

The Protester: Scout Willis, daughter of Bruce, has taken to online activism by stepping out on to the streets of New York completely topless. Why? All is revealed here, but it has something to do with photo sharing site Instagram. Oh, and #FreeTheNipple indeed.

Eva Green

The Banning: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For saw one of their promotional posters banned this week because too much of Eva Green's boob was on show. Check out the sequel's trailer. The MPAA, the American board of movie classification found that they could see too much of Ms. Green's nipple to sign the poster off. Naturally, since the banning has had so much publicity, everyone has seen it anyway. You can too here.

The Panning: Sorry Seth Macfarlane, your new movie sucks. Or at least that's what critics are telling us. We were never expecting anything particularly highbrow from the Ted and Family Guy maker but the least he could do was put some quality jokes and gags in his latest comedy, which many reviewers have found distinctly lacking. Poop, sex, and slapstick deaths. Yep, it's a Macfarlane classic. Read our pick of the worst reviews here and decide for yourself by watching the trailer.

Video Of The Week - 'This Is Where I Leave You' Trailer: This Is Where I Leave You is an upcoming comedy adaptation starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, and Rose Byrne. Based on the Jonathan Tropper book, the movie centres on Judd Foxman (Bateman) who reunites with his siblings at their childhood home when their father dies. It's out in September. Watch the trailer here.

30th May 2014 4187365
Coldplay Break 2014 Records With "Ghost Stories's" Billboard Debut 4219394 News

Coldplay’s sixth studio album “Ghost Stories” landed straight at No. 1 in the Billboard chart on its debut this week. The record sold 383,000 million had sold 383,000 copies in the week ending Friday, May 25, making this the best sales week for any album in 2014 so far. The previous record holder was Eric Church's "The Outsiders", which sold 288,000 in the week ending Feb. 16 (all figures calculated by Nielsen SoundScan, via Billboard).

Coldplay
The album's sales number were boosted by a promo deal with NBC.

In fact, “Ghost Stories” is the biggest seller since Beyonce dropped her surprise album last December, selling 617,000 in the week ending Dec. 15 (as an iTunes-exclusive). Barring Bey's smash hit, "Ghost Stories" also had the biggest digital debut since One Direction's "Midnight Memories" last year. Chris Martin and co. sold 245,000 in digital copies, or 64% of the album's total.

“Ghost Stories” was released last Monday, May 19 and it marks the fourth straight Coldplay album to debut at Number 1, after 2011’s Mylo Xyloto, 2009’s Viva la Vida and 2005’s X&Y. In Coldplay’s case, it literally pays to have a dedicated fanbase.

The “Ghost Stories” promotion was boosted by an NBC TV special on May 18 and a performance on The Voice on May 20 – all part of a larger promotional deal the band had with the NBC network.

The penultimate spot this week went to Brantley Gilbert’s third record “As I Am” with 211.000 copies sold, while Michael Jackson’s posthumous “Xscape” slipped to No. 3 with 67,000.

More: Coldplay - Midnight Single Review

Chris Martin
The album set the bar high for the rest of 2014.

Coldplay’s sixth studio album “Ghost Stories” landed straight at No. 1 in the Billboard chart on its debut this week. The record sold 383,000 million had sold 383,000 copies in the week ending Friday, May 25, making this the best sales week for any album in 2014 so far. The previous record holder was Eric Church's "The Outsiders", which sold 288,000 in the week ending Feb. 16 (all figures calculated by Nielsen SoundScan, via Billboard).

Coldplay
The album's sales number were boosted by a promo deal with NBC.

In fact, “Ghost Stories” is the biggest seller since Beyonce dropped her surprise album last December, selling 617,000 in the week ending Dec. 15 (as an iTunes-exclusive). Barring Bey's smash hit, "Ghost Stories" also had the biggest digital debut since One Direction's "Midnight Memories" last year. Chris Martin and co. sold 245,000 in digital copies, or 64% of the album's total.

“Ghost Stories” was released last Monday, May 19 and it marks the fourth straight Coldplay album to debut at Number 1, after 2011’s Mylo Xyloto, 2009’s Viva la Vida and 2005’s X&Y. In Coldplay’s case, it literally pays to have a dedicated fanbase.

The “Ghost Stories” promotion was boosted by an NBC TV special on May 18 and a performance on The Voice on May 20 – all part of a larger promotional deal the band had with the NBC network.

The penultimate spot this week went to Brantley Gilbert’s third record “As I Am” with 211.000 copies sold, while Michael Jackson’s posthumous “Xscape” slipped to No. 3 with 67,000.

More: Coldplay - Midnight Single Review

Chris Martin
The album set the bar high for the rest of 2014.

29th May 2014 4176148
Coldplay Score Their Sixth Number One Album and the Year's Fastest Seller With 'Ghost Stories' 4214811 News

It’s a double celebration for Chris Martin and Coldplay today, as Ghost Stories debuts in the number one spot of the UK album chart.

ColdplayColdplay on stage at Radio One's Big Weekend

Ghost Stories landing on means Coldplay are not only enjoying their sixth consecutive number one album, but now also have the fasted selling album of the year so far. Since last Monday, Ghost Stories has sold an impressive 168,000 copies, beating previous best seller Paolo Nutini’s Caustic Love which sold 109,000 in its first week in April. They’ve also managed to knock Michael Jackson’s Xscape down to the number two spot just one week after its release.

More: Read our review of Ghost Stories

It’s no real surprise that Coldplay have taken the number spot, as the band had so far sold over 11.1 million albums in the UK with their previous five albums. Their latest release sees singer Chris Martin reflect on his ‘“conscious uncoupling” from wife Gwyneth Paltrow, with the ‘break-up album’s’ reviews ranging from mixed to positive.

More: Chris Martin joins Kings Of Leon for Big Weekend gig

It tops off a successful weekend for the band who headlined the main stage at Radio One’s Big Weekend festival in Glasgow on Saturday night. They performed a set which mixed new songs with old hits and ended by leading the crowd in a chorus of ‘Fix You.’ Chris then hung around till Sunday where he joined Kings of Leon on stage to help out on guitar for 'Fans.'

ColdplayGhost Stories deals with Chris's break-up from Gwyneth

Also debuting in the chart this week was Oasis with their 20th anniversary edition of the seminal album Definitely Maybe, which took the number five spot. While reunited Beautiful South bandmates Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott entered at number three with their new album, What Have We Become. Singer Paloma Faith held on to her place in the top five with A Perfect Contradiction which dropped down one place to number 4.

It’s a double celebration for Chris Martin and Coldplay today, as Ghost Stories debuts in the number one spot of the UK album chart.

ColdplayColdplay on stage at Radio One's Big Weekend

Ghost Stories landing on means Coldplay are not only enjoying their sixth consecutive number one album, but now also have the fasted selling album of the year so far. Since last Monday, Ghost Stories has sold an impressive 168,000 copies, beating previous best seller Paolo Nutini’s Caustic Love which sold 109,000 in its first week in April. They’ve also managed to knock Michael Jackson’s Xscape down to the number two spot just one week after its release.

More: Read our review of Ghost Stories

It’s no real surprise that Coldplay have taken the number spot, as the band had so far sold over 11.1 million albums in the UK with their previous five albums. Their latest release sees singer Chris Martin reflect on his ‘“conscious uncoupling” from wife Gwyneth Paltrow, with the ‘break-up album’s’ reviews ranging from mixed to positive.

More: Chris Martin joins Kings Of Leon for Big Weekend gig

It tops off a successful weekend for the band who headlined the main stage at Radio One’s Big Weekend festival in Glasgow on Saturday night. They performed a set which mixed new songs with old hits and ended by leading the crowd in a chorus of ‘Fix You.’ Chris then hung around till Sunday where he joined Kings of Leon on stage to help out on guitar for 'Fans.'

ColdplayGhost Stories deals with Chris's break-up from Gwyneth

Also debuting in the chart this week was Oasis with their 20th anniversary edition of the seminal album Definitely Maybe, which took the number five spot. While reunited Beautiful South bandmates Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott entered at number three with their new album, What Have We Become. Singer Paloma Faith held on to her place in the top five with A Perfect Contradiction which dropped down one place to number 4.

26th May 2014 4176148
Chris Martin: 'Touring Is Too Expensive' 4205084 News

British rockers Coldplay have decided not to go on tour to promote their new album because hitting the road is now "too expensive".

Frontman Chris Martin wanted to launch a series of shows to coincide with the release of new record Ghost Stories this month (May14), but the singer is convinced putting on concerts has become too costly and they couldn't afford it.

He says, "We're not touring, no, not for this album. It is difficult. We'd like to have toured, but it is too expensive and it costs a lot of money to build, so we couldn't have afforded to go."

British rockers Coldplay have decided not to go on tour to promote their new album because hitting the road is now "too expensive".

Frontman Chris Martin wanted to launch a series of shows to coincide with the release of new record Ghost Stories this month (May14), but the singer is convinced putting on concerts has become too costly and they couldn't afford it.

He says, "We're not touring, no, not for this album. It is difficult. We'd like to have toured, but it is too expensive and it costs a lot of money to build, so we couldn't have afforded to go."

20th May 2014 4176148
Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' And The Five Best Breakup Albums Of All Time 4197719 News

Coldplay’s new album Ghost Stories has been released, to quite a mixed bag of reviews. When just three weeks after the album’s track listing had been announced Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow announced their “conscious uncoupling” we all had a pretty good idea what the tone of the album would be like. With tracks like “Another’s Arms,” “Always in my Head” and “Magic,” it became pretty self-explanatory that "Ghost Stories" was going to be a breakup album.

Coldplay Breakup Albums "Ghost Stories" focuses on the marriage breakup between Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow

Perhaps he was inspired to call the album “Ghost Stories” as some of these breakup albums have been the some of the most hauntingly heartbreaking albums ever released.

MORE: Coldplay's "Ghost Stories" infected with Chris Martin's martial woes, say critics

Abba “The Visitors” 1981

ABBA may have become best known for their dance-y disco tracks, but their final album “The Visitors” marked the split between married band members Benny and Frida. Songs like “When All Is Said and Done,” “Slipping Through My Fingers” and “One of Us” will go down in history as some of the most memorable breakup songs of all time.

Alanis Morissette “Jagged Little Pill” 1995

Morisette’s 1995 album sums up that whole feminist grunge movement of the 90s. The singer-songwriter’s most famous track, “Ironic,” is off the album, although the breakup song “You Oughta Know” has become a theme tune for the embittered and heartbroken. Definitely a hairbrush in the mirror song, although make sure you’re in a soundproof room, this would can get pretty loud and aggressive.

Amy Winehouse Breakup Albums Winehouse, who died in 2011, was known for her gritty form of jazz

Amy Winehouse “Back to Black” 2006

Winehouse’s magnum opus, “Back to Black” is jazzy, soulful and quintessentially Amy. Written when the late songstress was at her lowest ebb with drug-taking and troubles in her marriage to the unwholesome Blake Field-Civil, the album is gritty and frank. Amy never sugarcoated her lyrics, this album isn’t just one of the best breakup albums of all time, it’s one of the best albums, full stop.

Bon Iver “For Emma, Forever Ago” 2007

Suffering with mononucleosis and a broken heart, Justin Vernon spent three months alone in a cabin in Wisconsin. The product was “For Emma, Forever Ago.” Haunting and delicate, the album’s most famous track “Skinny Love” has become one of the most recognised songs of the past decade and was even covered by singer Birdy in 2011.

Adele Breakup Albums Adele's performance at the BRIT Awards is one of the most memorable performances of all time

Adele “21” 2011

Potentially the most famous breakup album of all time, Adele has become known as the queen of heartache. The album charts the split between Adele and her boyfriend who began seeing someone else as soon as the relationship finished. Adele’s performance of “Someone Like You” at the BRITs is one of the most memorable performances in the history of the award show, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

MORE: Adele suggest third album, "25," will be released in 2014
MORE: Read our review of Ghost Stories

Watch Adele sing "Someone Like You" live in her home
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Coldplay’s new album Ghost Stories has been released, to quite a mixed bag of reviews. When just three weeks after the album’s track listing had been announced Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow announced their “conscious uncoupling” we all had a pretty good idea what the tone of the album would be like. With tracks like “Another’s Arms,” “Always in my Head” and “Magic,” it became pretty self-explanatory that "Ghost Stories" was going to be a breakup album.

Coldplay Breakup Albums "Ghost Stories" focuses on the marriage breakup between Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow

Perhaps he was inspired to call the album “Ghost Stories” as some of these breakup albums have been the some of the most hauntingly heartbreaking albums ever released.

MORE: Coldplay's "Ghost Stories" infected with Chris Martin's martial woes, say critics

Abba “The Visitors” 1981

ABBA may have become best known for their dance-y disco tracks, but their final album “The Visitors” marked the split between married band members Benny and Frida. Songs like “When All Is Said and Done,” “Slipping Through My Fingers” and “One of Us” will go down in history as some of the most memorable breakup songs of all time.

Alanis Morissette “Jagged Little Pill” 1995

Morisette’s 1995 album sums up that whole feminist grunge movement of the 90s. The singer-songwriter’s most famous track, “Ironic,” is off the album, although the breakup song “You Oughta Know” has become a theme tune for the embittered and heartbroken. Definitely a hairbrush in the mirror song, although make sure you’re in a soundproof room, this would can get pretty loud and aggressive.

Amy Winehouse Breakup Albums Winehouse, who died in 2011, was known for her gritty form of jazz

Amy Winehouse “Back to Black” 2006

Winehouse’s magnum opus, “Back to Black” is jazzy, soulful and quintessentially Amy. Written when the late songstress was at her lowest ebb with drug-taking and troubles in her marriage to the unwholesome Blake Field-Civil, the album is gritty and frank. Amy never sugarcoated her lyrics, this album isn’t just one of the best breakup albums of all time, it’s one of the best albums, full stop.

Bon Iver “For Emma, Forever Ago” 2007

Suffering with mononucleosis and a broken heart, Justin Vernon spent three months alone in a cabin in Wisconsin. The product was “For Emma, Forever Ago.” Haunting and delicate, the album’s most famous track “Skinny Love” has become one of the most recognised songs of the past decade and was even covered by singer Birdy in 2011.

Adele Breakup Albums Adele's performance at the BRIT Awards is one of the most memorable performances of all time

Adele “21” 2011

Potentially the most famous breakup album of all time, Adele has become known as the queen of heartache. The album charts the split between Adele and her boyfriend who began seeing someone else as soon as the relationship finished. Adele’s performance of “Someone Like You” at the BRITs is one of the most memorable performances in the history of the award show, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

MORE: Adele suggest third album, "25," will be released in 2014
MORE: Read our review of Ghost Stories

Watch Adele sing "Someone Like You" live in her home
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16th May 2014 4176148
Coldplay - Ghost Stories Album Review 4193299 Reviews

Coldplay are obviously a band who need no introduction, with numerous hit singles since 2000's 'Yellow' and five successful albums of big, but sensible pop music that has gained them millions of fans around the world. So we can expect 'Ghost Stories' to be an album full of melody and huge choruses, right? Well, apparently not.

There's no avoiding the subject, but one can assume that this is a break-up album brought on by Martin's recent split with actress Gwyneth Paltrow. This could be a reason why the album leaves behind the safer Coldplay of old and finds the band exploring darker territory. Fans shouldn't be too shocked to hear the inclusion of electronic beats and beeps, given 2011's 'Mylo Xyloto''s use of colourful synths, but one will be surprised how cold the electronics are this time around.

From the moment 'Always In My Head' starts, you can tell that this is not the Coldplay we are familiar with, with choir samples that skip and the slightly jilted drums. There's a sense that Coldplay have taken influence from a few newer artists about at the moment, such as SBTRKT and Jamie XX, whilst 'Magic' has an electronic drum beat and guitar which makes it sound like it's straight from Warpaint's playbook. Vocalist Chris Martin demonstrates the power of his pipes with R&B style vocals, something else that will be new to Coldplay fans.

This brings us to 'Ink'; a deeply personal song with lyrics like, 'carving your name with my pocket knife' and 'all I know, is that I'm lost, whenever you're gone'. The instrumentation in particular stands out on this song with a minimal but memorable, slightly Africana beat.  

'Midnight' finds Coldplay's newfound electronic sound at its strongest, with help from Mercury nominated Jon Hopkins who has previously worked with the band on 'Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends'. 'Quiet as pins dropping' is how you'd describe the atmospherics on this track and some sophisticated auto-tune is detected in Martin's vocals. The bass increases halfway through and additional synths help elevate the song to something powerful. You can tell Hopkins is all over this if you're familiar with his work. 'Oceans' is clever in the way it works, with just one low and quiet synth key beeping at the same time throughout most of the song. It feels like listening to a submarine drift away on sonar, which can be interpreted as being symbolic of a lover leaving. 

In 'A Sky Full Of Stars', we get a snapshot of the Coldplay of old with some strong piano use, as well stabs at the synth that are poppier than the rest of 'Ghost Stories'. The song, however, manages to stay within the flow of the rest of the album, with Martin still sounding quite lost and heartbroken. 'O' closes the album and is mainly just piano and vocals; on the one hand, it ends the album fittingly with lyrics of acceptance like "fly on" and "maybe one day I can fly next to you" possibly meaning that Martin hopes to one day move on and be in the same place as his former partner. On the other hand, the song sounds dry and predictable compared to the rest of the daring album as the piano just sounds like too much of what you'd expect on a break-up song.

In summary, 'Ghost Stories' is a great achievement for Coldplay. They have a go at a sound that's new for them, and quite an underground sound at that; something that you wouldn't expect from such a huge band. They pull it off. It doesn't break any new ground for electronic music, but it establishes itself as a valid, sincere album of that genre and, given Coldplay's success, it may be a gateway into more niche music for many of their fans. 

3.5/5

Max Cussons

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