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Timbaland Rumored to be Involved with Coldplay's New Album

March 24, 2007 8:08 PM

I was about to report that hip-hop producer Timbaland will work on Coldplay's next album, but after reading an article at NME I'm not so sure that's accurate. It sounds more like the band will meet with the producer to talk about their next album and see if working together makes sense. Once the rumor dust settles, so to speak, I'll post here again with a more definitive update.

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More Details Emerge on Coldplay's Next Album

March 05, 2007 12:59 AM

Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin said Sunday his band is working on a new album featuring what he called a quintessential song that everybody should hear "before we die."

Martin and his band spoke hours before the final concert of a Latin American tour that took them to Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.

The band said it plans to return to the studio after a two-year hiatus to record an album that will have a different sound from "X&Y," which has sold more than 2 million copies since it was released in 2005.

"I think for a long time people felt like we were a band in black-and-white, and now we feel like because we have this incredible job, now we can do whatever we like and try all kinds of new things," Martin said.

He added that the record will include what could be Coldplay's best song yet.

"In order for us to get excited about a new album, we have to have one song that we feel like everybody has to hear...before we die, otherwise we'll be terribly depressed," Martin said. "So luckily with this new record we're going to make, we have that one song."

"I can't tell you about it, but it's basically genius," he joked.

Martin, who celebrated his 30th birthday on a Mexican beach last week, also said he is proud of Coldplay's activism to raise awareness about free trade practices around the globe and support poor farmers in developing countries.

Martin is a spokesman for the British aid group Oxfam's "Make Trade Fair" campaign, and Oxfam volunteers provide information on free trade and distribute petitions at Coldplay's concerts.

The singer said he has hope for the future with less than two years left in President Bush's term. "I think we're all excited, everyone in the world is excited about the American elections next year," he said. "Sometimes it's easy to give up all hope."

Source: ABC News

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Happy 30th, Chris!

March 02, 2007 8:44 AM

Chris Martin, who was born on March 2, 1977, turns 30 years old today. Happy birthday, Chris!

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Latin American Tour Kicks Off

February 15, 2007 12:09 AM

As reported earlier, Coldplay Latin American tour kicked off today in Chile. They'll play a gig there tomorrow and the next day as well. According to The Santiago Times, some fans in Chile might be a bit upset about the ticket prices:

The world famous British rock band Coldplay is now in Chile, but the three scheduled concerts in Santiago on February 14, 15, and 16 will largely be a privilege for Chile's rich. The tickets, which start at US$80 for general admission and go up to US$160, remain out of reach for most Chileans in a country where the average monthly salary is only US$500 a month.

According to the article, when asked about the high ticket prices, Chris Martin responded with the following:

We just found out how expensive they are and would like to say we are sorry. We didn't know beforehand. The tickets of course could not have been extremely cheap because we are playing smaller venues here, but the price is a little embarrassing. When you are a famous band, a lot of things happen that you don't know about.

Other than ticket prices, though, the article has some additional information about some of the sights the band plans to take in while they're down there. Be sure to check it out.

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Coldplay May Work with Timbaland on New Album

February 07, 2007 12:46 AM

Coldplay is considering joining forces with superproducer Timbaland on their next album, EW has exclusively learned.

''It would give me a new energy; it would take me to a whole other place,'' Timbaland told EW on Tuesday. ''[Coldplay] are so talented, it would help me as a person. Working with them would be great. It's about the music - not clothes or jewelry, just pure passion for music.''

Monique Idlett, who handles publicity for Timbaland's Mosley Music Group, told EW that Timbaland plans to meet with the band in April to discuss their follow-up to 2005's triple-platinum X&Y. Idlett said initial conversations have suggested that Timbaland might produce a substantial part of the new album.

The producer's interest in Coldplay comes as no surprise. Last month, Timbaland told Billboard.biz that the band was high on his hypothetical list of future musical partners. ''It takes a lot to really excite me,'' he said then. ''But I am excited about Coldplay.'' In a 2003 interview with MTV News, Timbaland described Coldplay as ''the only [artist] I'd like to do a song with.''

Representatives for Coldplay declined to confirm or deny Timbaland's participation. On Jan. 26, avant-garde icon Brian Eno (U2, Talking Heads) told BBC Radio 4 that he has agreed to work on Coldplay's next album. The band's representatives told EW on Monday that Eno will co-produce, and that recording has yet to begin.

Working with the British rockers would be the latest genre-hopping move for Timbaland, who rose to fame as a hip-hop and R&B beatsmith but conquered the pop charts last year, producing multiple hits for Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake.

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin reportedly sang on a Timbaland-produced track for Furtado's 2006 album Loose, but Furtado has said that Martin's vocals were removed at the request of his label. Martin later produced and sang on a song from Jay-Z's comeback album Kingdom Come, and will reportedly appear on the first single from Kanye West's upcoming album Graduation.

Idlett denied rumors that Martin would be contributing to the producer's March 27 solo debut, Timbaland Presents Shock Value, which is expected to include cameos from guitar-centric acts including Fall Out Boy, She Wants Revenge, and the Hives.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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