Coldplay Hard at Work on 5th Studio Album

December 10, 2009 3:04 PM

It looks like Coldplay are already hard at work on their follow-up to "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends:"

Coldplay are holed up in a dilapidated north London church crafting a new album.

The fellas only finished their latest leg of their gruelling world tour in September but they are back at the coal face again.

And the fans who worshipped at the altar of last album, Viva La Vida, will be glad to hear super producer Brian Eno is back on board, masterminding a brave new direction for the group.

Frontman Chris Martin is concerned the band are being seen as a huge stadium act and totally inaccessible for their loyal fans.

So he has devised a plan with rock deity Eno and bandmates Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion to record a stripped-down, more acoustic collection in the eerie church.

It's a big step away from their old HQ, The Bakery in London's Primrose Hill, which has played a huge role in their sound to date.

A source said: "The band are keen to make hay while the sun shines.

"They have hit a rich vein with their songwriting and feel more creative than ever. Chris had wanted to record a new album while they were on the road but it was just too much.

"They have this work ethic while the going is good to just keep working as hard as possible."

Guitarist Jonny wed girlfriend Chloe only last month. But the source added: "Jonny has thrown himself into the new album, as have all the boys. The results are really exciting so far.

"Chris is determined not to be seen as a huge commercial rock juggernaut, filling stadiums and cashing in.

"This is the plan to keep them as close to their fans as possible."

The band aim to release the album next year, a lot earlier than anyone expected - not least their label EMI.

They have only one more album to deliver before they can move elsewhere, which will cause a huge stir in the industry.

Chris plans to test the songs early in 2010 on their closest pals by inviting them to the church to hear them live.

The band will then record "as live" in the church, then aim to do a tour of smaller venues for fans to hear the new stuff.

The late James Brown was known in music circles as the hardest working man in show business, but these boys are doing everything they can to take the title from the Godfather Of Soul.

Source: The Sun.

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Happy 31st Birthday to Will Champion

July 31, 2009 7:11 PM

Coldplay's drummer, Will Champion, turns 31 years old today. Happy birthday, Will!

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Leaked Coldplay Demos Available to Download

July 31, 2009 12:47 AM

Just caught this over at Stereogum:

Old Coldplay Demos Leak - Chris Martin's early piano versions of songs for the Viva La Vida sessions found their way to the internet this weekend, including a nascent take on the lovely "Lovers In Japan." Hear the nine-song set with a zip of MP3s here.

Someone has also put the songs up on zSHARE, where you don't need to provide an email address in order to download.

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Chris Martin to Lend His Voice to a Simpsons Episode

July 27, 2009 2:24 AM

According to Hollywood Insider, Chris Martin's will be one of several celebrity voices on the upcoming 21st season of The Simpsons:

The Simpsons has added more celebrity guest voices to season 21: has learned that Coldplay frontman Chris Martin will lend his vocal cords to an episode this winter in which Homer wins a million-dollar lottery and hires the band to play a concert just for Bart and him. "When Bart goes to the bathroom, Coldplay has to stop," notes Simpsons exec producer Al Jean.

For more on the other celebrities lined up for the season, head on over to Hollywood Insider.

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Download Coldplay's Free Live Album, "LeftRightLeftRightLeft"

May 15, 2009 7:59 AM

Coldplay has released a new live album, "LeftRightLeftRightLeft," for free today. They'll be giving it away at all their upcoming shows. If you're like me and tried to download it from the official download location without any luck (they appear to be suffering from massive load on their web server), you can also get the album from Mininova, using your favorite BitTorrent client (I recommend uTorrent).

So what are you waiting for? Go get it!

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