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Two of the most anticipated album releases of 2015 could finally be on the way.
New reports indicate that eagerly awaited albums by Adele and Coldplay are set to be released in the autumn, with both being labelled “Must-Hear Fall Albums” on the new front cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
The latest issue of the rock monthly suggests that both albums will drop before 2015 is out. Adele’s 21, the fourth-biggest selling album in British chart history as well as a multi-platinum chart buster around the world, was released back in 2011. Its follow-up – which will continue the age theme and be titled 25, according to the most recent reports – has been shrouded in secrecy. But Billboard reports that her record label, XL, is gearing up for a November release.
Adele is reportedly going to release her third album '25' in November
Continue reading: New Adele And Coldplay Albums Due For Release In The Next Few Months?
Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Pearl Jam and Beyonce will be among the performers at the free-ticket event next month in New York.
The Global Citizen Festival, which was launched in 2012 as part of 15 year campaign to end extreme poverty worldwide by 2030, made the announcement via its website on Thursday morning (August 13th).
Salma Hayek, Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington and Deborra-Lee Furness, Jackman’s wife, have also been confirmed as emcees for the free-ticket event which takes place in Central Park on September 26th this year.
Continue reading: Hugh Jackman Among Hosts Of Global Citizen Festival 2015
UK albums and singles generated approximately $2.75 billion in world sales last year.
One Direction and Ed Sheeran led a record breaking year for British artists in 2014, who had five of the top 10 best-selling albums worldwide. More than one in seven albums sold worldwide last year were by British artists, giving them a record 13.7% share of the global market.
One Direction’s Four was the highest selling British album of 2014.
One Direction led the way with Four, which was the biggest-selling album by a UK artist in 2014, with 3.2 million in global sales. The boyband came in second over all and were only beaten by Taylor Swift’s 1989 which sold six million copies worldwide.
One irate ticketholder started an online petition shortly after the announcement on Monday night, which has already attracted 10,000 signatures.
Love him or hate him – and it really is one or the other, it seems – Kanye West at Glastonbury story has certainly got people talking about him more than ever before. While some are hailing the decision to make him the Saturday night headliner at the legendary festival, many others were left dismayed and even angry at the booking.
One disappointed ticketholder even went as far as to create an online petition at Change.org, just a few hours after Monday’s (March 16th) announcement. Neil Lonsdale, a lucky ticketholder for the 2015 festival, has attracted over 10,000 signatures for his petition as of Tuesday evening.
Kanye West has proven to be a divisive choice for Glastonbury headliner
Ed Sheeran tops a list filled exclusively with home-grown talent in what has been a superb year for British pop.
It’s been a very good year for British music! For the first time ever, the top ten best-selling albums of 2014 in the UK consists exclusively of home-grown artists.
According to figures compiled by the BPI, the British music industry’s trade body, British artists have enjoyed huge dominance in the charts over the last twelve months. The top spot was taken by a clear distance by Ed Sheeran with his second album X, which is currently sitting at the Number 1 spot in the weekly charts for the twelfth non-consecutive week.
Ed Sheeran was the biggest-selling album artist of 2014, with 1.7 million copies of X sold
Continue reading: British Artists Dominate UK's Top 10 Albums Of 2014
Coldplay have announced their seventh studio album - but will it be their last?
Coldplay's Chris Martin has confirmed that the band are recording their seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams, whilst hinting that it could be the group's final. During an interview with Radio 1's Zane Lowe, Martin compared the album with the final book in the Harry Potter franchise, inferring that, although JK Rowling has never ruled out more books, it remains unlikely given Harry's story came to a natural conclusion.
Chris Martin has announced Coldplay's seventh studio album, Head Full of Dreams
"We haven't told anyone this. We're making an album called 'A Head Full of Dreams'. We're right in the middle of it and because it's you (Zane Lowe) and Radio 1, this feels like, Ok I'll tell you!"
Continue reading: Coldplay Recording "Final" Album - Consciously Uncoupling?
The music streaming service released its 'Year In Music' feature which breaks down your personal tastes and tells you what the world was listening to.
Hello, musical magpies: ever wanted to know which artist or genre is your favourite? Well, Spotify’s 2014 ‘Year In Music’ feature can categorically prove that to you.
The music streaming service has been running its end-of-year feature for a while now, but the 2014 edition is its most thorough incarnation yet. It displays the top genres you listened to over the course of the year, suggesting some top playlists for each of those, as well as your top five artists, albums and playlists.
For added geekiness, the service will also break down your listening habits by geographical origin, how much time you spent using Spotify overall and on what device, and even on which days of the week.
Real music fans, prepare to rejoice as Pink Floyd become bigger than One Direction. Sort of.
It's frustrating for any musical connoisseur that carefully manipulated pop reigns highest on most music charts, but it looks like psychedelic legends Pink Floyd could beat One Direction on Amazon's most pre-ordered albums list with their final release 'The Endless River'.
The band, whose last album ten years ago entitled 'The Division Bell' became a worldwide number one, managed to easily overtake Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' as most pre-ordered album of 2014 and now their new record may be held up as the most pre-ordered of all time - a title currently held by One Direction's 'Midnight Memories'.
Continue reading: There's Hope For Us Yet! Pink Floyd Likely To Beat One Direction
Taylor Swift is joining NBC's 'The Voice' as an advisor, taking up the position Chris Martin left vacant last season.
Taylor Swift at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in September.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Joins 'The Voice' As Guest Advisor
'Ghost Stories' tour kicks off in September in Las Vegas - will Jen be there?
All the hot gossip over the last few weeks has had it that Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is romantically involved with actress Jennifer Lawrence. More fuel has been added to that bonfire with the rumour that Lawrence will be joining the band on their upcoming US tour.
Coldplay’s new tour to promote recent sixth album Ghost Stories will be briefer than previous ones, only stopping at a handful of major cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Lawrence has some free time in her schedule as her two new movies – Joy and X-Men: Apocalypse – are currently in the pre-production stages.
Continue reading: Jennifer Lawrence To Join Chris Martin On Coldplay Tour?
Mariah Carey had to settle for No.2 on the Billboard chart as Coldplay conquered all.
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 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.
Continue reading: Mariah Carey Fails To Land Billboard No.1 As Coldplay Reigns Supreme
Things got a little seedy in this week's colourful canvas of celebrity happenings.
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.
Continue reading: A Week In News: Weed, Boobs, Ghosts, Guns...And A Wedding
Nearly two decades into their career, Coldplay have somehow managed to stay relevant.
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).
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.
Continue reading: Coldplay Break 2014 Records With "Ghost Stories's" Billboard Debut
Chris’s ‘Ghost Stories’ of Gwyneth lead to Coldplay topping the UK album chart.
Coldplay 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.
Coldplay's new album charts Chris Martin's split from wife Gwyneth Paltrow. Does it have the heartbreak factor to join our five best breakup albums?
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.
"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.
Continue reading: Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' And The Five Best Breakup Albums Of All Time
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.
Continue reading: Coldplay - Ghost Stories Album Review
Has Chris Martin's personal life influenced his band's new record a little too much?
The release of Coldplay's sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, is imminent. We already know that the British indie rockers have embarked on a sleeker, more electronic sound for their new record thanks to singles 'Midnight' and 'Magic' but must turn to early critics to find out the verdict on the entire nine song collection.
The Release Of Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Is Just Around The Corner.
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on whether you take the view that all publicity is good publicity), the new album will land at a time that is a little too close to the very public "conscious uncoupling" of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow.
Chris Martin and Coldplay dedicated 'Fix You' to Mick Jagger in New York.
Coldplay's Chris Martin dedicated a rendition for Fix You for the grieving Rolling Stones man Mick Jagger during a show at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. "It's for Mick Jagger," Martin told the crowds, just days after a memorial was held for Jagger's longtime girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott.
Coldplay Dedicated 'Fix You' To Mick Jagger
According to Rolling Stone, the service was held at Manhattan's St Bartholomew's Church and attended by the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Martin Scorsese, Julianne Moore, Meg Ryan, and Jagger and Scott's family and friends.
Continue reading: Coldplay Turn To Restorative Powers Of 'Fix You' For Mick Jagger
Coldplay extended a tribute to Sir Mick Jagger at a show earlier this week.
Coldplay spread the love to fellow rocker Mick Jagger Rolling Stones on Monday. During Coldplay’s show in New York City on Monday, May 5, Chris Martin seemed to give his condolences to The Rolling Stones frontman over the death of his partner L’Wren Scott. Scott, who committed suicide in March, had dated Jagger since 2001. From the stage, Martin simply said: “This is for Mick Jagger.”
The song, which includes lyrics like: "When tears come streaming down your face/ When you lose something you can't replace/ When you love someone and it goes to waste/ Could it be worse?" made for a pointed tribute to the tragedy.
Martin stuck up for his fellow musician.
Continue reading: Coldplay Unveil New Song, Pay Tribute To Mick Jagger At NYC Show
Whatever it was that we were expecting from Coldplay's upcoming album, it certainly wasn't this. The first single from 'Ghost Stories' entitled 'Magic' felt like standard Coldplay material with its gentle guitars, gritty rock vocals and memorable melody, but on the release of second single 'Midnight', all that seems to have been stripped right back.
The surprise is immediate as it kicks off with a gently paced guitar and synth lull, and from then on we are taken on a totally unexpected ambient journey. It's not that we thought Coldplay couldn't do the dreamy, atmospheric thing, it's just that such minimal guitar use wasn't something we expected to experience as strings are kind of a Coldplay staple. Bringing further (pleasant) surprises was the addition of a vocoder in their instrument collection, which made Chris Martin's distinctive vocals feel echoed and effortlessly immersive.
Most of the song feels like an ever building crescendo, taking its time to add various new layers such as the mellow piano and more and more drawn-out vocals, altogether accumulating into this fantastic cinematic vibe before the synth and a measured rhythm takes over and turns it into more of a dance number.
Continue reading: Coldplay - Midnight Single Review
It was another successful year for Sports Relief
Coldplay have got in on the whole Spots Relief shebang by donating a hefty sum to Jo Whiley’s walking challenge, putting £260k toward the Radio 2 DJ’s running task. And lead singer Chris Martin has gone and joined The (American) Voice. Busy times.
Jo Whiley does her bit for charity
Many big stars have been exerting themselves physically in the name of charity, with Davina McCall’s effort sapping everything the presenter had. Jo said: "I have loved my challenge. It has had some highs and lows." It has truly been one of the most amazing experiences ever, but everything was worth it for Sport Relief.”
Continue reading: Coldplay Donate Big Money To Sports Relief, Chris Martin Joins The Voice
The Brit rockers shared new songs from their upcoming 'Ghost Stories' album.
Last night, Coldplay took to the stage at Texas' South by Southwest Festival where they debuted new material from forthcoming album Ghost Stories alongside well-worn favourites. Support acts London Grammar and Imagine Dragons were big enough names for the crowd to pick out songs from each that they recognised but the former had the air of "evidently nervous musicians still working out how to feel comfortable commanding an audience," according to The Guardian's Tim Jonze.
Coldplay Played A Triumphant Comeback Show At SXSW Last Night In Austin, Texas.
Whereas Imagine Dragons "threw the kitchen sink at the audience in an attempt to make that vital emotional connection." Luckily for Coldplay, such effects come almost too naturally to the British rockers who seem to soundtrack every wedding first dance, graduation party, or Olympic triumph.
Continue reading: Coldplay Debut New Album Material At Lauded SXSW Comeback Show
Coldplay's new album 'Ghost Stories' hits early summer.
Perennial British rockers Coldplay have announced their sixth album; it’ll be called Ghost Stories, the first single will be called Magic and it will be released on 19 May via Parlophone/Atlantic Records.
The Coldplay boys pick up their 2012 Brit Award
Pre-orders for Ghost Stories – the band’s follow up album to Mylo Xyloto released in October 2011 – have already shot up to second place on iTunes behind the highly anticipated new album from Pharrell Williams’ G I R L, which currently holds the top pre-order slot.
Here's 10 of our must-see emerging international artists for South by Southwest 2014.
South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) is widely known as THE festival for emerging musical talent with artists both established and up-and-coming flocking from around the globe to Austin, Texas to offer the musical experience of a lifetime to eager festival goers. Having begun in 1987, the weekend event has seen some exciting acts, virtually all of which have shot to international recognition since their slot on the SXSW bill - and very deservedly.
It's a huge opportunity for fledgling bands across the world with such a vast line-up that takes over the whole of Austin for over a week. Unlike most festivals were an artist has to be signed or at least have an agent to feature in the line-up, SXSW does a great job at embracing unsigned talent. The weekend even sees dozens of secret gigs dotted around the city as no-one is ever quite sure of who is and who isn't playing. Prince, Arcade Fire and Jay-Z are just a few of many who have surprised and delighted event goers with their unexpected appearances, so make sure you keep an eye out this year. For now though, we're excited to give you ten top acts from across the planet that are well worth your time this March.
Continue reading: 10 Upcoming International Acts You Should Watch At SXSW 2014
Coldplay dropped surprise track 'Midnight' with only a cryptic tweet as prior warning.
Coldplay have taken a leaf out of Beyoncé's book and released a surprise single with no warning or promotional work. The British rock band dropped the single 'Midnight,' as well as a music video which was launched on their YouTube page.
Coldplay dropped 'Midnight' with no prior warning
The four-piece first hinted that they were going to release some new material with a cryptic tweet, which read, "Something new at 0:00 in Ulaanbaatar #midnight PH."
Coldplay pull a "Beyoncé" and y'know what, it's not bad at all.
Coldplay have suddenly and unexpectedly released a brand new single, 'Midnight,' and accompanying music video which launched on YouTube today. The first signs of an announcement came when the British band wrote the cryptic tweet "Something new at 0:00 in Ulaanbaatar #midnight PH," seemingly referring to the capital city of Mongolia.
Coldplay Have Pulled A Beyoncé, Releasing New Single 'Midnight' Unexpectedly.
It didn't take fans long to work out how to research time zones to learn when to check Twitter again for more news from the band. Sure enough, a couple of hours afterwards, the band tweeted: "Here is the video for our new song, Midnight. http://youtu.be/BQeMxWjpr-Y " and lo! the people were given 'Midnight,' Coldplay's new single.
The veteran pop star earned most of her money through touring
Forbes have once again compiled their yearly list of highest earning celebrities in every possible respect and the winner for highest earning musician in 2013 is a very familiar face indeed: Madonna. The Queen of Pop came out on top despite tough competition and the fact that she didn't really create or release any new music in 2013. Call that staying power.
Madge earned big through her touring and business ventures
According to the magazine, Madge earned most of her money over the last year through touring, with her 'MDNA' tour grossing $305 million in total since it was launched, earning the singer a cool amount in the process. Her other major sources of income has been royalties, her clothing line and the launch of her new fragrance, Forbes revealed, putting her total earnings for the past 12 months at an estimated $125 million.
Continue reading: Madonna Tops Forbes' List Of Highest Earning Musicians In 2013
The Coldplay frontman was not at his best at the Hotel Café but a warm performance meant it didn't matter.
Oops! Chris Martin Messes Up Coldplay's Most Famous Song.
The 36 year-old can be seen in our video settling down behind his piano to applause and beginning to play the first few bars of what is arguably his band's most famous song, 'Clocks.' However, he hits a wrong note and rather than styling it out and carrying on he stops playing.
Continue reading: Chris Martin Messes Up 'Clocks' Twice During LA Solo Show [Video]
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