Coldplay Currently Dominating the Last.fm Charts
June 21, 2008 4:24 PM
Thanks to this week's release of the band's new album, "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends," Coldplay is currently dominating the charts over at Last.fm. You'll find them at the top of the Top Artists Charts and tracks off of the new album take up 8 of the top 10 spots on the Top Track Charts. Radiohead is the only other band in the top ten, with "Nude" and "All I Need" coming in at spots #9 and #10, respectively. For whatever reason, I can't find "Life in Technicolor" (kind of makes sense) or "Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love" (doesn't make sense to me at all) anywhere on the charts.
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Quick Week of Release Update
June 16, 2008 6:52 AM
Since it's the week of the release of Coldplay's fourth studio album, there's obviously a lot to talk about. Let's quickly get updated on some of the stuff that's going on around the web this week.
First off, the San Francisco Chronicle has a review of "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" that doesn't go so far as the MTV review I posted about a week ago, merely suggesting that the new album isn't much of a departure from previous albums and allowing that that very fact will keep die-hard Coldplay fans happy.
A band named Creaky Boards has accused Chris Martin of stealing the melody of their song "The Songs I Didn't Write" for "Viva La Vida," which the band alleges sounds a lot like their own tune. The band claims they first recorded a demo in March of last year, which is months before Chris Martin ever came in contact with the Brooklyn-based band. You can read all about the band's claims over at NME.
The Guardian and a few other sites are reporting that BBC Radio 4 interviewer John Wilson, in an interview he did with Will Champion and Chris Martin, managed to get Chris to get up and leave the interview after pressing the issue of whether or not the new album was morbid. Head over to The Guardian for more on that exchange.
Finally, according to TechShout, a downloadable 3-song pack of Coldplay tracks will become available for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock on June 19th. The pack will include Coldplay songs "Violet Hill," "Yellow" and "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" and will be available for both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
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MTV: Coldplay's New Album is Bipolar
June 08, 2008 9:00 AM
MTV's review of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends is now available online, and essentially labels the album as "bipolar" while revealing that the album will be liked by pretty much everyone. The following is an excerpt:
Who's going to like Coldplay's new record? Everyone who liked their previous records, which is to say pretty much everyone on the planet. Blog snobs? Check (they'll begrudgingly admit to liking Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head). Sorority girls? Yep (huge fans of "Fix You," think Chris Martin is hot). Business guys who love to cut loose on the weekend? Count them in (saw band at rock-radio fest, own iPod because of "Viva la Vida" commercial). The Coldplay army is massive and loyal. They will follow you to the ends of the earth. And buy, buy, buy -- no matter what.
Though a little hard to follow because its thesis is that the album is a little hard to follow, the review is definitely worthy of a read, so be sure to do that.
If you want something a little lighter to read, you can also check out one MTV blogger's recollection of sharing lunch with Chris Martin before the MTV Movie Awards.
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Triple M's Australian Exclusive with Coldplay
June 03, 2008 10:13 PM
Jason from Triple M in Australia wrote in to let us know that they'll be airing an "Australian exclusive" with Coldplay this coming Friday. In Jason's words:
This Friday we premiere Australia's only interview with Chris Martin. Filmed in the band's new studio The Bakery, Martin and the lads talk extensively about the new album.
For more information, including photos and videos from the interview, head on over to the Triple M website.
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Song with Kylie Minogue Dropped from New Album
June 03, 2008 1:26 AM
Rock band Coldplay has decided to drop Australian pop star Kylie Minogue's song Luna from their album because it was too hot.
Kylie's track didn't make the final cut for Viva La Vida. Coldplay's lead singer Chris Martin revealed that Minogue's singing was too sexy for the album, which is beautiful but more serious.
He said, "At this point we cannot be that sexy. The song is called Luna and Kylie is particularly brilliant on it. It will be on a record that we will put out in 2009, some time at the end of next year. It will be track nine, I imagine."
Martin is already making plans to record another album.
He added, "It will neatly wrap up things for the end of the decade, then I don't know what we'll do."
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