Coldplay and Green Day Top MTV Europe Awards
November 03, 2005 10:25 PM
According to Billboard, Coldplay and Green Day topped this year's MTV Europe awards with two trophies a piece:
Coldplay and Green Day were the big winners tonight (Nov. 3) at the 12th MTV Europe Music Awards, held at the Atlantic Pavilion in Lisbon.
Coldplay won best song for "Speed of Sound," the first single from its third Parlophone album, "X&Y," as well as best U.K. & Ireland act. Green Day took the best rock act honor, while its enduring Reprise album "American Idiot" won best album. Both acts performed at the show.
Be sure to read the article for all the details.
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Coldplay to Team Up with Anton Corbijn
October 29, 2005 2:50 AM
As of this writing, Coldplay's X&Y has sold more than 2.2 million copies in the U.S. alone, in a stealth manner befitting a band whose lead singer makes his political statements via pieces of tape on his fingers.
Coldplay might not be the flashiest rock act in the world, nor the most headline-grabbing or controversial, yet they've still managed to achieve massive worldwide success, mostly because they are none of those things. But that could change in an instant, thanks to the video for their new single, "Talk," directed by photographer-to-the-stars Anton Corbijn, who's so famous that he didn't even have to approach Coldplay — they approached him.
"I have turned down a few previous requests from Coldplay to do a script for their songs, but I liked this song and had an idea straightaway, so that was enough for me to go on," Corbijn said. "It is always the idea and the song that counts, not the size of the band. I just as happily work with [songwriter/abstract artist] Joseph Arthur, for instance, as with a big band. The only redeeming factor in that sense is that I know the video from the big band will get MTV airplay."
The flashy Corbijn — who's directed memorable clips for the likes of Nirvana ("Heart Shaped Box") and Depeche Mode ("Enjoy the Silence") and recently helmed the Killers' "All These Things That I've Done" video — will shoot the "Talk" clip in London during the first week of November, in between Coldplay's gigs in Oslo, Norway, and Stockholm, Sweden.
For clues to what fans can expect from the video, Corbijn said to look no further than his past. With him, what you see is generally what you get. And though he was a bit hesitant to divulge actual details about the "Talk" clip, he was more than happy to take all the credit for them.
"Well, it is black and white, and slightly strange, as is often the way in my videos, I guess. It will have a certain B-movie feel to it, but I cannot say more than this for now," he explained. "I always come up with the ideas — except for Nirvana's video — but usually there is some input from the artist. Generally, people come to me for the whole trip, if you like. Whether that is good or bad, I cannot say, but that is what happens."
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Coldplay's Lyrics to Improve?
October 24, 2005 9:18 PM
Coldplay have promised fans that the lyrics on future albums will get much better.
Chris Martin has spoken openly about his disappointment with the lyrics on their first three albums, and ensured fans that they are "about to get brilliant."
Speaking with Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2, Martin revealed: "One thing we're working on is our lyrics. They're about to get brilliant.
"I don't want to go on about what we're about to do but we're about to get a lot better and part of that is lyrically."
Martin also revealed that the band were working on new material, and the process was causing him some stress: "I can't sleep at the moment, 'cause we're working on new stuff," he said.
Coldplay are currently touring Europe, where they return this Wednesday for a gig in Belgium.
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Coldplay Take Home 3 Digital Music Awards
October 24, 2005 9:15 PM
Coldplay did well at this year's Digital Music Awards, according to Net Music Countdown:
Coldplay was the big winner at the 2005 BT Digital Music Awards held in London last week.
The "Speed Of Sound" band took home awards in three categories including Best Digital Campaign for the band's album "X&Y" and the People's Choice Award for best official web site. Coldplay.com was also voted the Best Digital Music Community.
The site also notes, however, that The Gorillaz took away the biggest award of the night, the award for Artist of the Year.
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Coldplay Concert Photos
October 23, 2005 3:34 PM
Just in case you're going through withdrawals after Coldplay's amazing U.S. tour this summer, Peter was nice enough to send in a link to his Flickr photoset of Coldplay performing in Virginia at the end of last month. Be sure to check it out, and leave a comment and thank him if you can!
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