X&Y Top-Selling Album of 2005

March 31, 2006 7:40 AM

Scotsman is reporting that Coldplay's X&Y was the top-selling album in 2005:

Coldplay's "X&Y" was the top-selling album of the year with more than 8 million copies sold, followed by Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" and rapper 50 Cent's "The Massacre."

For more on the year in review, be sure to read the article.

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Coldplay to Headline Isle of Wight Festival

March 08, 2006 10:47 PM

Coldplay and the Foo Fighters will headline this summer's Isle of Wight music festival.

The Foo Fighters, now in their eleventh year, will take to the stage on 10 June and Coldplay will close the festival on 11 June.

Other bands who will perform at the three-day event include Primal Scream, Editors, Lou Reed and Maximo Park.

The festival was revived in 2002, more than 30 years after the island's legendary 1960s events.

Placebo, Goldfrapp, The Rakes, Richard Ashcroft and Dirty Pretty Things are also confirmed for this year with more artists due to be announced.

Up to 35,000 revellers attended the festival on each day last year, when the likes of Travis, REM, Roxy Music, Razorlight and Faithless were on the bill.

The first Isle of Wight festival took place in August 1968. Jefferson Airplane were the only major act to appear, but lesser known acts included Arthur Brown, and T-Rex.

The following year was more ambitious and saw Bob Dylan, The Who, Joe Cocker and Free wow the crowds.

But the festival became a victim of its own success - nearly a million people, many without tickets, descended on the island to see the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Joni Mitchell.

The promoters decided enough was enough until the festival staged a comeback four years ago.

Source: BBC News

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Coldplay Turns to Fans to Film

March 06, 2006 7:29 AM

Coldplay is getting set to make a concert video, putting cameras in the hands of fans to film a two-night stand in Canada.

Coldplay lifts the idea from The Beastie Boys, who passed out handheld cameras to fans to shoot concert footage for its Awesome! I Fuckin' Shot That!. Similarly, Coldplay will scrimp on camera-operator fees and union dues, and have its fans shoot amateur footage of two shows, March 22 and 23 in Toronto's Air Center.

Where The Beastie Boys loaned cameras to fans, Coldplay lays the hype on thickly for its shows. Fans must enter a sweepstakes by sitting through episodes of Entertainment Tonight Canada then logging onto a website and answering questions. Winners will have the chance to help Coldplay shoot a concert DVD for its X&Y (2005, Capitol).

The Beasties' video is slated to screen this month at the South By Southwest Film Festival.

Source: Aversion

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Coldplay Already Talking About Next Album

February 24, 2006 10:49 PM

Coldplay have an album's worth of new material and are planning to set up their own HQ in London to record it - despite tabloid reports they're hoing to split.

After sampling Kraftwerk on last single 'Talk' the band are set to take their approach to recording.

Inspired by the German group's Kling Klang studio where no outsiders are allowed, Coldplay are planning to build their own London studio to record the follow-up to 'X&Y'.

Their third album was recorded in various studios across the world, an experience the group aren't in a hurry to repeat. However, one thing is for sure, despite Chris Martin's claims at the BRIT Awards the group would move out of the limelight, any suggestion of a split is untrue.

Coldplay have been working on new songs during soundchecks on their 'Twisted Logic' world tour - meaning they have an album title and songs ready to record.

"We'll have a month here and a month there - we'll think about writing and where we want to go to next," Will Champion told NME.COM. "We're trying to find somewhere where we can set up and work. In all these years we haven't got a HQ, our own studio or anything like that. We want somewhere where we can sort of hole up and see what happens."

Bassist Guy Berryman said that the group feel inspired to experiment more with their new songs. "I don't want to generalise it and say 'We're going to become electronic' because I don't think we are going to become truly electronic," he said. "I think there's going to be elements of lots of things. It's hard to say, all the ideas are just spinning around inside my head and I've got a lot of new toys to play with. I always like our next record to be a bit harder sounding. Not rock harder just edgier. We'll always have melody."

On 'X&Y' many of the songs didn't feel right to the band until they locked themselves away, just four members, and hammered them out live. This is a lesson Coldplay have learned for album four.

"In the same way that we had loads of songs ready when we went in to do the last record and the record before, we're at that stage now where we've got songs," Champion explained. "I think they will need a lot of work, we need to learn how to play them. We've learnt from mistakes on the last record in terms of the idea that it's most important for us to play the songs together and to have them as live as possible."

Coldplay's next single is likely to be 'The Hardest Part', released in April.

Source: NME

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Speed of Sound Becomes One Billionth iTunes Download

February 23, 2006 6:31 PM

"Thanks a billion," says Apple's iTunes website.

Speed of Sound by Coldplay was the 1,000,000,000th song downloaded through the iTunes Music Store, and Alex Ostrovsky receives the prize for being the buyer of the billionth song legally sold.

Alex will get a brand new iMac, ten fifth-generation 60GB iPods, and $10,000 in iTunes store credit: a great prize for doing nothing more than buying from their store. In addition to those prizes, Alex will get a scholarship to the Jilliard School of Music in New York.

Apple Computers left a little note to the readers of Apple's website. "Music lovers like you in 21 countries around the globe have purchased 1 billion songs from the iTunes Music Store, and for helping us reach this massive milestone in digital music history, we'd like to thank you."

CEO, Steve Jobs also had something to say on the matter of the 10-digit download. "I hope that every customer, artist and music company executive takes a moment today to reflect on what we've achieved together during the past three years, over one billion songs have now been legally purchased and downloaded around the globe, representing a major force against music piracy and the future of music distribution as we move from CDs to the Internet."

iTunes currently accounts for approximately eighty percent of all legal music downloads, however, only six percent of the music-sales market: CD sales are still strong, but new mediums are growing immensely, and can only be expected to continue.

Source: BetaDot

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