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X&Y is Album of the Year

December 02, 2005 2:50 AM

Coldplay's X&Y has been named the best album of 2005 in a list compiled by British rock magazine Q.

The group's third album topped the charts in 28 countries.

Gorillaz's Demon Days came next in the Q ranking, followed by Employment by Kaiser Chiefs and the Oasis release Don't Believe The Truth.

Tracks from the top albums - Oasis' The Importance of Being Idle, Coldplay's Fix You and Kaiser Chiefs' I Predict A Riot - were named singles of the year.

Coldplay were named best act in the world at the Q Awards in October.

Source: BBC News

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Hear 'Talk' on CSI

November 30, 2005 7:29 AM

When detective Danny Messer investigates another crime scene on "CSI: NY" Wednesday night, more than a deadly dose of reality will ring in his ears. Series star Carmine Giovinazzo's phone will sound to the tune of Coldplay's next single. It's part of a cross-promotional agreement between CBS and Capitol Records.

The call will come in during a key scene, after which viewers will be offered the opportunity to purchase the ringtone of the song "Talk" for their cell phone.

In addition to the ringtone, "Talk" also will serve as background music during a later scene in the broadcast. The track is taken from Coldplay's "X&Y" album, which debuted at No. 1 in 32 countries when it was released in June. The album has sold 2.3 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

CBS will run a message instructing viewers how to obtain the ringtone, which will be available exclusively for one week through major wireless carriers and eventually on CBS.com. The $2.49 product is in Realtone format, meaning it is an actual clip from the band's original recording rather than a tonal reproduction.

Earlier this year, Coldplay teamed with Cingular to debut the new track "Speed of Sound" as a ringtone before the song hit radio stations and before the release of "X&Y."

Source: Reuters

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'Gravity' on 'Talk' Single

November 17, 2005 9:10 AM

Coldplay are to release a live version of Gravity as a b-side on their single Talk which is due out on December 19th. Gravity, which was originally penned by Chris Martin, was a big hit for Embrace in 2004 and launched a major comeback for the Yorkshire band.

Talk is the third single to be taken from X&Y, the year's second biggest selling album in the UK.

Source: albumvote

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Almost Acoustic Xmas

November 17, 2005 9:07 AM

Some of the biggest names in modern rock, including Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Coldplay, the White Stripes, System Of A Down and Korn, have signed on for Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM's annual Almost Acoustic Xmas show.

The event takes place December 10-11 at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk.

The first night will feature NIN, System Of A Down, Korn, Fall Out Boy, Thrice, Rise Against and Avenged Sevenfold. The next evening will boast performances by Depeche Mode, the White Stripes, Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Death Cab For Cutie, Nada Surf, Hot Hot Heat and the Bravery.

Tickets for night one are already on sale; night two tickets go on sale Friday (November 18) at 6 p.m. PT.

Source: Reuters

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2006 Tour Dates Announced

November 13, 2005 7:26 AM

Coldplay knew that news of their upcoming North American tour would spread quickly across the Internet — they just had no idea how quickly.

On Monday they launched TalkTheTour.com, a Web site that — in addition to hyping their brand-new single, "Talk" — also serves as a fan-driven promotion for the second round of North American dates on their Twisted Logic Tour.

Aside from giving fans the chance to win a phone call from frontman Chris Martin (and a host of other prizes), TalkTheTour.com was also intended to be a unique, grass-roots way of announcing shows: For every 33,000 hits the site received, Coldplay would reveal a tour date, which, in theory, meant that the itinerary would unfold over the course of a week or so.

But by Wednesday (November 9), less than 72 hours after the site went live, more than half of the tour's 24 stops had been revealed thanks to the 500,000-plus hits the site had already received.

So in response to ... well ... the overwhelming response, Coldplay's label, Capitol, hastily assembled a press release that not only announced the tour but also took the mish-mash of dates available on TalkTheTour.com and assembled them into one, easy-to-read itinerary (minus, sadly, two rumored "secret" shows). They were also good enough to give it to MTV News first, and even spilled the beans on the opening acts: Fiona Apple on the first half of the dates, and Richard Ashcroft on the second half.

Coldplay tour dates, according to Capitol Records:

  • 1/25 - Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
  • 1/26 - Vancouver, BC @ GM Place
  • 1/30 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
  • 1/31 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
  • 2/1 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
  • 2/3 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • 2/19 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
  • 2/20 - Omaha, NE @ Qwest Center
  • 2/22 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
  • 2/23 - Louisville, KY @ Freedom Hall
  • 2/25 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
  • 2/26 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
  • 2/27 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center
  • 3/2 - Washington, DC @ MCI Center
  • 3/4 - Orlando, FL @ T.D. Waterhouse Centre
  • 3/5 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Pavilion
  • 3/20 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
  • 3/22 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
  • 3/25 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
  • 3/26 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • 3/30 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
  • 4/3 - Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
  • 4/4 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
  • 4/6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center

Source: MTV News

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