Dismissing rumours that Coldplay were going to be taking a three year hiatus, front man Chris Martin has spoken to the Daily Star to set the proverbial record straight. 

"I've been writing songs and I'm so fired up about the band's future." Chris said, "I'm fortunate to do what I do and no way do I want to stop. This three-year break idea only came about because I said at a gig in Australia that we might not be back there for three years. That's probably true, but that's just how a world tour works. No chance are we taking a three-year break."

Having been going strong and almost non-stop since 1996 now, what keeps them fired up and making music? Well, according to Martin, it's charity that keeps them motivated and inspired. "If we don't work hard we make less money to give [children's charity] Kids Company. We're very spoiled and that's a constant motivator to keep going. Our work with the charity is ongoing. We just tried to buy a building for them near our studio in London, but got gazumped... It was probably Radiohead that outbid us."

Kids Company has been around as long as Coldplay and does some excellent work for the very deprived children living in Central London. The band's philanthropic efforts go beyond just their inspiration and they've always given 10% of their profits to charity, as well as being involved in a variety of mass charity events including Band Aid and Live 8. So, buy their next album, even if you think their music is rubbish, because you never know, you could save a kid. Who doesn't love a healthy dose of charitable capitalism?