Landmark Debut for 'Speed of Sound'
April 29, 2005 11:40 PM
Coldplay became the first British band since the Beatles to score a single debut in the U.S. top 10 songs on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, the music magazine said on Friday.
The single, "Speed of Sound," opened at No. 8 on the chart, which ranks sales and airplay, making Coldplay the only other U.K. band besides the Beatles to register such a hit.
The Beatles first graced the U.S. chart in the week of Sept. 14, 1968 when "Hey Jude," the Beatles' first single on their own Apple imprint, entered the chart at No. 10, according to Billboard.
A year later, the Beatles' "Get Back" also opened at No. 10. In 1970, the Beatles' "Let It Be" became the highest Hot 100 debut at the time when it bowed at No. 6.
The Beatles' "Free as a Bird" debuted at No. 10 in 1995.
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A New Video and New Shows
April 27, 2005 5:55 AM
As the release date for Coldplay's X&Y draws closer, the band's day planner must be close to overflowing with dates for video shoots, secret concerts and television appearances. Then again, you'd think the super-successful band would have secretaries by now...or at least a few BlackBerry devices.
The whirlwind of activity actually began last weekend, when Coldplay holed up on a Los Angeles soundstage to shoot a video for X&Y's the first single, "Speed of Sound." Details were hard to come by, but it is known that the clip was helmed by Mark Romanek, famous for stark videos like Jay-Z's "99 Problems" and Johnny Cash's "Hurt," and shooting took place on several large sets equipped with huge LED light displays.
Seemingly minutes after they wrapped production on the video, Coldplay were logging on to their Web site to announce a handful of "buzz gigs" throughout North America. The first three shows are May 4 at the Fillmore in San Francisco, May 6 at the Metro in Chicago and May 11 at the Kool Haus in Toronto. Tickets for the San Fran and Chicago dates go on sale this weekend.
The shows add to Coldplay's rapidly expanding North American itinerary, which already includes shows in Las Vegas on April 29, the Coachella festival the following day and the HFStival in Baltimore on May 14. According to a spokesperson at Capitol, there is an additional buzz gig scheduled for May 13, but details on where it will happen could not be confirmed.
It is known that Coldplay will hit New York the week of May 16 for a host of gigs, including an appearance on a yet-to-be-determined "major television program." On May 16, the band will tape an episode of VH1's "Storytellers" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the following night Coldplay will perform at the Beacon Theatre. Tickets for either show are not available to the public, though you can get tickets to both (plus a bunch of other stuff) if you sign up for the "Coldplay V.I.P. Big Apple Travel Package," on Coldplay.com. Total cost: $1,395.
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X&Y Hooplah Roundup
April 21, 2005 10:39 PM
With the release of Coldplay's 3rd album imminent, Coldplay news is coming in left and right from all over the place. Here's a quick roundup of some of the things that have been flying around the 'net today.
antiMUSIC is reporting that the first single off of X&Y, "Speed of Sound," has shot to #1 on all 15 of Apple's iTunes Music Stores worldwide. Among the 15 countries represented are the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada. This just shows that Coldplay fans across the globe are chomping at the bit for new music from their favorite band.
In the typical "end of the world" type of reporting that seems to follow Coldplay wherever they go, Stereoboard is reporting that X&Y may be the band's final album if it is as successful as the previous two. They quote Chris admitting "It'd be nice to just leave it as the trilogy, y'know?"
And finally, The GATE offers good news to the band's Canadian following. They are reporting that tickets go on sale tomorrow for a Toronto show at the Kool Haus on May 11th. Tickets are $30 and there is a 2 ticket limit.
Without a doubt, I'll be posting more here very, very soon. So stay tuned!
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Coldplay to Close Out SNL
April 21, 2005 8:59 PM
Apparently US Weekly is reporting in their latest issue that Coldplay will be the musical guest on the season finale of SNL. Lindsay Lohan is scheduled to host. The episode is slated to air on May 21st. Set your VCRs...I mean, TiVos!
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X&Y Lyrics Now Available
April 20, 2005 11:36 AM
Back when recordings of Coldplay's recent KCRW show showed up online, I spent some time coming up with some very preliminary lyrics for the songs that will be on X&Y. If you are a member of the discussion forum then you already know this.
Now that "Speed of Sound" has been released to radio (and is available on iTunes), compiling the lyrics for that particular track has been made a heck of a lot easier. Drew was kind enough to send in an interpretation, and other than a few minor modifications, I have used it on the brand-spanking new X&Y page. You'll find the other lyrics there too.
As always, if you disagree with the lyrics or hear something different, feel free to share your findings either with me or in the forum.
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