Crack the Puzzle

April 08, 2005 7:37 AM

Coldplay's long-awaited third album, to be released on June 6, will appear in a sleeve that looks like a computer game, similar in appearance to New Order's "floppy disk" sleeve for Blue Monday. The artwork of colours on a black background contains a secret code that fans are invited to crack.

X&Y, the follow-up to the multi-million-selling A Rush of Blood to the Head, had many of its initial songs and recording sessions scrapped. In particular, the song Talk, which samples Kraftwerk's Computer Love, was leaked on to the internet and then abandoned before a new version was added to the album at the last minute.

Article continues "It was going great until someone said, 'That should be the single,'" lead singer Chris Martin told NME. "We freaked out and scrapped it. But now it sounds great."

Coldplay will play an intimate, MTV-broadcasted London show the day before the CD release, then tour.

Source: The Guardian

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Coldplay Playing Low-Key Shows in Europe

April 07, 2005 9:29 PM

NME is reporting the following:

The band are currently playing a series of low-key dates to road test their new album, and last night appeared in Amsterdam at the Melkweg venue (April 6).

According to fans at the show, the band took the opportunity to premiere a selection of songs from their new album 'X&Y' for the first time, including the title track, 'Low' and 'Till Kingdom Come.'

Other new songs which were played at their recent shows in LA were also played, including set opener 'Square One,' forthcoming single 'Speed Of Sound' and the ballad 'What If.'

They are also reporting a setlist from the show, and it is as follows:

  1. Square One
  2. Politik
  3. Speed Of Sound
  4. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
  5. Warning Sign
  6. X&Y
  7. Yellow
  8. Low
  9. The Scientist
  10. Til' Kingdom Come
  11. Clocks
  12. What If
  13. In My Place
  14. A Message
  15. Amsterdam

I'd love to hear from anyone who was able to make it to the show. If I hear any more details, I'll be sure to post them here, as always.

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Tour Update

April 05, 2005 2:59 PM

As many of you know, Coldplay is currently planning a tour in support of their soon-to-be-released album, "X&Y."

As is to be expected, the shows are selling out fast. For instance, Soul Shine is reporting that this year's Glastonbury Festival sold out in record time (under 3 hours). Coldplay will be playing that show the weekend of June 24-26, along with other acts such as The White Stripes and New Order.

If you're interested in keeping up on the latest known Coldplay tour dates, I recommend taking a look over at Pollstar, which always seems to have the latest tour information.

It's going to be an exciting summer for Coldplay fans!

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X&Y Tracklisting and Cover Released

April 04, 2005 6:07 PM

The Official Coldplay Site has unveiled both the album cover and tracklisting for Coldplay's next album, X&Y.

The tracklisting will be as follows:

  1. Square One
  2. What If
  3. White Shadows
  4. Fix You
  5. Talk
  6. X&Y
  7. Speed of Sound
  8. A Message
  9. Low
  10. The Hardest Part
  11. Swallowed in the Sea
  12. Twisted Logic

The album cover can be seen in its colorful glory here.

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Noel Gallagher Disses and Compliments Chris

March 25, 2005 10:46 PM

According to Volume 10, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has both dissed and complimented Chris Martin regarding his recent donation to the band Embrace, saying "I don't know what the f**k he's doing writing songs for Embrace – but Chris can write a song."

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