New Studio in the Works

October 21, 2006 10:58 PM

Coldplay are in the process of buying a London property they plan convert into a state-of-the-art recording studio.

The building in Hampstead will also double as an office for members of the band's staff.

The group will use the property as the base for the recording of the follow up to 2005's 'X&Y'.

Earlier this year Will Champion said: "We're trying to find somewhere we can set up and work from. In all of these years working together we haven't had an HQ, our own studio or anything like that. We want somewhere where we can hole up and see what happens."

Source: NME

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Will Opens New Building at Southampton University

October 10, 2006 11:59 PM

Coldplay's drummer, Will Champion, returned to his hometown of Southampton to open a new archeology building at Southampton University recently. This is Hampshire has all the details, including the contents of Will's speech and an explanation of why the opening holds special meaning to him.

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Review: Lullaby Renditions of Coldplay

October 10, 2006 9:49 PM

I received a copy of Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Coldplay a couple weeks ago (thanks, Jon!) and I've listened to it quite a bit since then. If you're a Coldplay fan and you're interested in interesting takes on the band's music, I'd say this is one of the best renditions of Coldplay I've heard (other than the band itself, of course). The album features lullaby versions of Coldplay hits such as "Clocks," "Yellow," "The Scientist," and "Trouble" that would be great for babies to listen to, but are just as fun for adults. If I had to choose between this album and the bluegrass tribute album I reviewed last year, I'd pick the lullaby album, hands down.

I've added a link to the top of the sidebar of this site so you have a convenient way to head on over to and check out the tracklist and some of the other Rockabye Baby releases (I bet the Radiohead version is pretty cool, too).

Anyway, if you don't own this yet and you call yourself a Coldplay fan, you should. So what are you waiting for? Check it out.

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No 5-Year Hiatus Afterall

October 02, 2006 8:17 PM

I hate to say 'I told you so...'

From MTV News:

It looks like reports of Coldplay's demise - to parenthood, of all things may be greatly exaggerated.

That's according to a spokesperson for Capitol Records, who on Monday (October 2) spoke with MTV News to dispel reports of Coldplay's "five-year hiatus" to concentrate on their families.

"The band is enjoying a much-deserved break, which I think everybody already knows," Ambrosia Healy wrote in an e-mail to MTV News. "No, there isn't a self-imposed 'five-year hiatus.'"

Healy's e-mail was in response to reports on various news sites and Coldplay message boards early Monday. The reports came just two weeks after Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman welcomed his first daughter, Nico, which made him the third member of the band to become a father (drummer Will Champion and his wife had their first child in April, and frontman Chris Martin has two children with actress Gwyneth Paltrow).

The new baby - coupled with the fact that Coldplay have no touring or recording plans on the horizon - had fans wondering if they'd have to wait until 2011 to hear the follow-up to the band's triple-platinum X&Y.

While those fears are unfounded, Healy made it clear that fans shouldn't be looking for a new album in the immediate future, either.

"There isn't a timetable for them recording the follow-up to X&Y," Healy continued. "They're enjoying not having a plan at the moment. Isn't that what a break is all about?"

But I told you so ;)

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Jay-Z Collaboration Becomes Underground Hit

October 01, 2006 10:07 AM

Coldplay singer Chris Martin's singing on a new Jay-Z track will not make it to the rapper's new album, but the song has become a New York club sensation.

Life Style Extra reported that a sample of the as-yet-unnamed track has met with great success in the city's expansive club scene, but will not be featured on Jay-Z's upcoming "Kingdom Come" album.

A source confirmed that the melding of the two musical sensations was simply an experiment for the two singers and represented a bit of fun between the two stars.

"Jay taught him a verse and he was recorded doing about a minute of it." the source told Life Style Extra of the Coldplay front man.

"It's not for Jay's album, it's just a bit of fun," the source added. "Chris loved it and had a laugh holding the microphone like a rapper and grabbing his crotch while he was rhyming."

Source: United Press International

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