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Coldplay Offers EP Online to Aid Katrina Victims

September 15, 2005 8:16 PM

Coldplay is releasing a few odds and ends as a digital EP in another music-industry-related way to help hurricane victims.

The band put a digital EP, Fix You, onto iTunes today. The collection gathers the title track, taken from its latest, X&Y (Capitol). It pulls "The World Turned Upside Down" from the vaults, where it's been stashed since the X&Y sessions, as well as a couple live tracks ("Pour Me" [sic] and "Fix You"). All proceeds from the sale of the downloads will be contributed to the Red Cross' Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

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Tampa Show Postponed

September 15, 2005 8:13 PM

Blaming a lead singer with a severe respiratory infection, popular Brit-pop band Coldplay postponed Wednesday night's show at Ford Amphitheatre just a few hours before show time.

"The band is attempting to reschedule the performance on a date to be announced," read a statement from Clear Channel, owners of Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa. "Fans are urged to hold onto their tickets as the existing tickets will be honored for the rescheduled performance."

At a Tuesday concert in Miami, frontman Chris Martin complained of cold symptoms and even credited a West Palm Beach physician for nursing him into singing shape, according to the Miami Herald.

Coldplay has a history of canceling shows due to illness. In 2001, the band scrapped the tail end of a U.S. tour when Martin and bassist Guy Berryman complained of the flu.

A Coldplay spokesperson at Capitol Records confirmed the cancellation and said, "Chris lost his voice." No other information was available at press time.

Ticketholders are urged to go to www.cellardoor.com or www.fordamp.com for more information.

Coldplay is on a world tour in support of new album X&Y, its third consecutive album to go multiplatinum. The 28-year-old Martin has made headlines lately as much for his personal life - he's married to actor Gwyneth Paltrow, with whom he has a daughter named Apple - as his professional one.

Source: St. Petersburg Times

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Coldplay Breaking More Records

September 13, 2005 9:27 PM

Coldplay, Radiohead and Pete Doherty have helped make War Child's Help: A Day in the Life the fastest-selling download album ever.

More than 100,000 tracks have been downloaded since its internet release on Friday.

Twenty-two tracks, including Boy George and Antony and the Johnsons' cover of John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War Is Over), were put on the web within 24 hours of being recorded last week for the charity, which will use the funds to help children in war zones.

All the songs are available at Warchildmusic before its CD release on September 26.

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Coldplay to Tour in the Spring

August 27, 2005 5:14 PM

Coldplay's ongoing Twisted Logic tour is doing huge business at the box office in North America, but the U.K. group already has its sights set on a return engagement.

After the December 20 close of a European tour, Coldplay will return to North America in February for an arena tour that will run through mid-April, the group told Billboard.

The current tour is proving as successful as Coldplay's third Capitol album, "X&Y," which in 11 weeks has sold 1.9 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Source: Reuters

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Coldplay Already Thinking About Next Album?

August 22, 2005 8:17 PM

X&Y has been out for only two months, but it seems Coldplay are already thinking about their next CD, with Chris Martin explaining in an interview that he want things to get a lot darker in the future. Ohhhhh scary.

Speaking to the Chicago Sun Times, Chris Martin has explained his intentions to make Coldplay's next album – the band's fourth - a much more disturbing proposition than its predecessors.

When asked what it was like working with legendary Roxy Music keyboardist and Bowie and U2 collaborator Brian Eno, Martin downplayed his involvement, but confessed it has influenced the possible future sound of the band.

"Well, working with Eno is really kind of an overstatement," Martin explained, "He came in for one evening. The reason why it's good to have him on the record sleeve is that a lot of the music he wasn't there for was sort of inspired by the records he made 10 or 20 years ago. His presence adds a bit more to it, and also knowing about the way he works.

"This is all stuff I think we're about to embrace. We learned an awful lot making the last record, and hopefully we'll put it into practice if we ever go into the studio again. I want to get fast, dark and heavy, with no pianos.

"Not necessarily heavier in terms of Metallica, just a bit more powerful."

So there you go, the next Coldplay albums could sound very different to their next single ‘Fix You' which is released on September 5 on Parlophone/EMI Records.

Source: XFM Online

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