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Six Feet Under

June 27, 2005 10:21 PM

Six Feet Under fans probably recognized the background music during Nate Fisher's birthday party on tonight's episode. That's because the Fishers and friends were listening to Coldplay's latest single, "Speed of Sound."

In related news, "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (the song, not the album) is featured on Volume 2 of Six Feet Under's soundtrack, according to Net Music Countdown. Look for Radiohead's "Lucky" to appear on the compilation as well.

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Coldplay a Guilty Pleasure?

June 26, 2005 12:30 PM

In his article in The Northwest Indiana Times, writer Tim Shellberg has called listening to Coldplay's latest album, X&Y, a "guilty pleasure."

Huh?

You can read it in context by reading his article, Columnist warms up to Coldplay.

If you disagree with what he's written, you could always, say, send him an email?

It might even be a guilty pleasure ;)

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Coldplay at Glastonbury 2005

June 26, 2005 12:11 PM

Glastonbury fans declared Coldplay's festival headline slot a huge success on Saturday as the group cemented their position as Britain's biggest band.

The 90-minute set included a cover of Can't Get You Out of My Head by Kylie Minogue, who pulled out after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

One of the most memorable festivals of recent years ends on Sunday with Basement Jaxx topping the line-up.

The Saturday headline slot is one of music's most prestigious gigs and the Pyramid Stage field was packed for Coldplay's show.

"I was at U2 last week and I think that [Coldplay] was loads better," said Stuart Hutchison, 24, from Bristol.

He said: "I was expecting it to be good but it was 200% better than I thought."

Terry O'Sullivan, 24, from Twickenham, London, said he did not usually go to live music events but was impressed by Coldplay.

"I've never been to anything like this before, but I loved it," he said.

Emma Skakle, 20, also from Bristol, said singer Chris Martin was "really chilled out but not too pretentious".

Martin paid tribute to Kylie Minogue, who is recovering after undergoing surgery in Australia.

"Everyone's paid to see Kylie as well, so shouldn't we salute absent friends?" he said before launching into a version of her number one hit.

Martin adapted some of his own lyrics for Glastonbury, singing about "mud up to your knees" in Politik and turning a line in Everything's Not Lost into: "If your tent gets lost."

He praised fans for "waiting around in this crazy weather", adding: "We appreciate it more than you imagine."

Martin also thanked Michael Eavis by writing the festival organiser's name on his knees.

His only mention of Make Poverty History and the G8 summit was a brief comment about next week's Live 8 concerts, hitting out at "all the people who are cynical about it".

Source: BBC News

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Coldplay Hangs On to #1 Spot

June 24, 2005 6:54 PM

USA Today is reporting that X&Y has held on to the #1 spot on the Billboard music chart for another week:

Coldplay's X&Y sold 323,000 copies its second week, a 56% plunge but strong enough to keep its No. 1 post in Billboard and fend off a pair of formidable debuts. The Foo Fighters' In Your Honor enters at No. 2 with 311,000 copies, the band's biggest sales week to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Backstreet Boys bow at No. 3 after selling 291,000 copies of Never Gone (not quite up to 2000's Black & Blue, which sold 1.6 million its first week).

For more on the Billboard chart results this week, be sure to read the article.

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X&Y Debuts at #1

June 15, 2005 12:48 PM

British band Coldplay shot to the top of the pop-music charts Wednesday as its latest album, "X&Y," logged first-week U.S. sales of more than 737,000 copies and also hit No. 1 in 21 other countries.

The band's record label, EMI Group Plc, said the strong debut for Coldplay's highly-anticipated third studio set marked the biggest opening so far this year for a rock album, which should come as good news for the company.

Last month, EMI reported lower annual profits for its fiscal year ended March 31, citing the delayed release of "X&Y" and a record from another band, Gorillaz.

Nevertheless, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin, who is married to Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, has made clear he had little concern about how the band's fortunes affect his label's bottom line.

"I don't really care about EMI," he told Reuters at a recent appearance in Manhattan. "I think shareholders are the great evil of this modern world."

"X&Y" tallied sales of 737,294 copies its first week in the United States. It also sold 464,000 units in Britain, making it the second-biggest album debut ever in that country and the biggest U.K. seller so far this year, EMI said.

Oasis holds the record for the highest first-week album sales in Britain, with 1997's "Be Here Now," which opened with U.K. sales of 696,000 units.

The record company said that in addition to the United States and Britain, "X&Y" has topped the charts in at least 20 other countries.

"X&Y" marks the band's first collection of new music since its breakout 2002 release, "A Rush of Blood to the Head," which sold about 3.7 million copies in the United States alone, according to EMI.

"Rush of Blood" and the band's 2000 debut LP, "Parachutes" both earned Coldplay Grammy Awards for best alternative-music album. Coldplay is due to open a two-month North American tour on August 2 in Toronto.

EMI shares ended 2 pence higher, or just under 1 percent, on the London stock exchange Wednesday at 259 pence.

Source: CNN

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