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Big News for Canada

March 22, 2005 6:30 PM

The Canadian segment of Capitol Music is reporting:

Canadian fans are about to get all the exciting details on the most anticipated album of 2005, Coldplay's X & Y! Canada's very own Inside Entertainment magazine is the first to run an in-depth interview with the band about the new album, for the April 2005 Issue. The band generously gave an unprecedented amount of time to the magazine resulting in a Cover Story featuring fantastic photos from Anthony Mandler and an incredible article from the magazine's guest editor, acclaimed journalist Nicholas Jennings.

Canadians love Coldplay as seen with the #1 debut of A Rush Of Blood To The Head, and it is clear that the band loves Canada too, by allowing us behind the scenes of the new album so early on. For this special Music Issue, Inside Entertainment magazine has even done an extra run of issues, as this will be the official magazine for the 2005 Juno Awards. Coldplay will also be signing 10 copies of the magazine to be auctioned off on eBay with all proceeds going to Make Trade Fair.

Although X & Y won't be out until Tuesday, June 7, fans will have this Cover Story and the release of the first single "Speed Of Sound" at radio to look forward to in April. Big news will be coming soon on what else you can expect from Coldplay in May...

Props to Kyle for sending this in.

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Early Tracklist Speculation

March 21, 2005 10:00 PM

Typically I try to limit my posts about rumors and speculation, but I found it a bit humorous that Sound-Check Music is already reporting a rumored tracklist for Coldplay's next album, X&Y.

The tracklisting they are reporting is as follows:

  1. Square One
  2. What If
  3. White Shadows
  4. Fix You
  5. X&Y
  6. Speed Of Sound
  7. A Message
  8. Low
  9. Letís Talk
  10. Swallowed In The Sea
  11. Twisted Logic

What's even funnier is that from all accounts I've heard, the song "Talk" (or "Let's Talk" in this case) has been nixed from the album by Chris Martin.

So will this tracklisting be on par with the actual release? My guess is no, but I'm sure we'll find out for sure in the coming months.

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Coldplay and Filesharing

March 21, 2005 8:13 AM

There's an interesting article on the topic of filesharing and how it relates to Coldplay over at Blogcritics.org. If you're at all interested in the effects filesharing has had on Coldplay in particular, it's worth a read.

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The Times Online Gives its Take

March 14, 2005 9:03 AM

"CHECK this out," said Chris Martin, towards the end of Coldplayís hour-long set. "We think itís f***ing great."

He was right: the song, entitled What If?, is almost certain to extend Coldplayís global franchise, sticking to the bandís patented formula of a tender, annoyingly sensitive verse, coupled with a chest-beating, falsetto chorus. Itís the kind of music that makes you want to a take a soulful walk across a blasted heath wearing an old school scarf.

Fans will enjoy working out whether the song is about Martinís dread of Gwyneth Paltrow leaving him, or about his fears of raising their daughter, Apple (at least the poor girl wasnít called iPod).

Given that Saturday's performance was only the second time that Coldplay had played its new material live, the musicianship was impressive.

They performed three other new songs, starting with the opener Square One – an anxious, brooding Prozac tablet of a song, with a Bono-style vocal and a bass line that could worry seismologists.

Martin probably feels that Coldplay is big enough to avoid U2 comparisons now, but the two new songs that followed, White Shadows and A Message, featured guitar lines that could have been written by The Edge in 1989. More worrying is the fact that the songs are not that different from anything on A Rush Of Blood To The Head.

Coldplayís music, however, tends to be accessible on first listen, while opening itself up further on repeated plays. Any nagging doubts about the new album were gone by the time Martin launched into the magnificent chorus of What If? Then, half way through the encore, came the new single, Speed of Sound. If thatís what the rest of the album sounds like, EMI has nothing to be nervous about.

Source: The Times Online

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Coldplay's New Songs Compared to 'Clocks'

March 13, 2005 11:27 PM

Coldplay unveiled five songs from its hotly anticipated third album, "X&Y," Saturday night at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre as part of a benefit for radio station KCRW. The night before, the U.K. group debuted the new songs during a surprise show at the city's intimate Troubadour club.

On first listen, Coldplay seems to be utilizing its 2002 smash hit "Clocks" as a launching pad for the new songs, several of which echo that track either in structure or feel.

The Chris Martin-led act opened the KCRW benefit with the new song "Square One," which the singer previously described as "designed to be played live." The energetic tune was marked by the lyric "You wonder if your chance will ever come / or if you're stuck at square one."

Like "Clocks," the chorus in "White Shadows" did not immediately arrive. But the payoff was large in the single "Speed of Sound," the most overtly Coldplay-ish of the new songs. The piano ballad "What If," the verses of which each begin with the title phrase, closed the main set.

Sprinkled in between the new tracks were such past favorites as "In My Place," "The Scientist," an audience-hushing "Sparks," the aforementioned "Clocks," "Politik" and the closer "Yellow," for which the house lights were turned on.

Coldplay will not return to the United States until an April 29 club gig in Las Vegas, the night before the band headlines the first day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

Backstage, KCRW music director Nic Harcourt saluted Coldplay for making a special trip across the Atlantic for the event. "I feel really blessed for a band of that stature to come back and play for us," he told Billboard.com. "It helps us continue to brand ourselves as a station that breaks great music."

Earlier in the evening, the crowd was treated to a surprise set from singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur, who opened the Troubadour gig on Friday. The event also featured performances from up-and-coming female rock trio the Like, U.K. rock act Aqualung, Latin rock act Cafe Tacuba, singer/songwriter Nellie McKay and the Blue Nile's Paul Buchanan, whose set included a cover of the Frank Sinatra-popularized "Strangers in the Night."

Source: Billboard

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