Coldplay Backing Off Oasis Showdown?

July 06, 2005 11:09 PM

Coldplay have reportedly changed the release date of upcoming single Fix You to avoid direct competition with Oasis' The Importance of Being Idle.

A source told the Star: "Coldplay have moved Fix You back to a September release because their current single Speed of Sound is still getting such great airplay on the radio.

"I'm sure they are aware that Oasis were due to release on the same day, but that probably didn't affect their decision."

Another interpretation is that it is to avoid a clash such as that between Oasis and Blur in 1995 with Roll With It and Country House respectively.

Source: Digital Spy

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#1 Run Ends for X&Y

July 06, 2005 11:05 PM

MTV is reporting that X&Y has finally been knocked off the #1 spot on the Billboard chart this week:

In a way, history repeats itself on the next Billboard album sales chart. After three weeks of ruling record sales, Coldplay have been overthrown, and it took a honky-tonkin' American country legend George Strait to end the British band's reign over the albums chart.

Somewhere Down in Texas, Strait's newest offering, claims the chart's #1 spot, moving close to 245,000 copies its first week out. Strait's latest shelves Coldplay's run at the top, jostling the rockers' X&Y two spots to a fourth-week #3 finish; X&Y netted sales of more than 140,000 this time around, according to the latest SoundScan data.

United State of Atlanta, the fifth album from Hotlanta party rap duo the Ying Yang Twins, also bested X&Y in this week's record-sales showdown, opening as Billboard's new #2, thanks to debut-week scans of more than 201,000. The Ying Yangs were predicted to chart high, having crafted one of the nation's biggest radio singles in "Wait (The Whisper Song)."

For the full rundown on this week's chart toppers, be sure to read the article.

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Watch Video Clips from Live 8

July 05, 2005 7:31 PM

As part of their exclusive partnership with Live 8, AOL Music has video downloads up for part of Coldplay's performance. The performances of "Fix You," "In My Place," and "Bittersweet Symphony" with Richard Ashcroft are all available at AOL Music's Coldplay page.

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'Fix You' Video Shot at Bolton Gig

July 05, 2005 7:14 PM

Coldplay shot the video for their forthcoming single "Fix You" last night (July 4) at the end of their gig in Bolton.

As the band closed their 95-minute set at the Reebok Stadium singer Chris Martin surprised the crowd by announcing that TV cameras were in the venue to film their next video and he urged the audience to act as extras for the shoot before the four-piece performed the track twice.

Despite poor weather conditions and a 15-minute delay at the start of the show owing to severe traffic problems, it turned out to be an eventful night for Coldplay who also sang "Happy Birthday" to an audience member.

The band kicked off proceedings with "Square One" from "X&Y" before Martin praised his fans by changing the lyrics in "Politik" to "thanks for waiting for us in the rain...I think we've got the best fans in the universe."

They went on to play a similar set to their recent Glastonbury performance with the exception of the Kratftwerk homage "Talk" and album track "What If."

Martin was in good spirits throughout the show, particularly when he spotted a blow-up dummy in the crowd early on and joked: "That's incredibly distracting but quite arousing. When you're away from your family you've gotta take anything you can get," before he backtracked and added: "Get rid of it, it's fucking terrible."

During "Till Kingdom Come" he also forget the words at one point and said: "Sorry I fucked that up. Thank God that wasn't Live 8."

Coldplay complete their UK tour tonight with a second show in Bolton.

"Fix You" is expected to be released as a single later this summer.

Source: NME

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Use iTunes and Win a Trip to See Coldplay

July 05, 2005 7:10 PM

Apple is giving away a trip to see Coldplay live (among many other cool prizes) as they approach their 500 millionth download:

A little over two years after launching the iTunes music downloads service, Apple today said that it is counting down to 500 million sold songs. As part of the countdown, the company is giving away iPod mini and an iTunes gift card for 50 songs to the iTunes customer who purchases the winning song at each 100,000 interval. The person who downloads the 500 millionth song will win the grand prize – 10 iPods of their choice to share with family and friends, an iTunes gift card for 10,000 songs and an all-expense paid trip for four to see Coldplay on their world tour.

More information is available over at Tom's Hard News.

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