Coldplay's New Album Featured in The New York Times

June 01, 2008 2:10 AM

The New York Times has an article on Coldplay and their new album, "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends," today titled Coldplay Tries a Few New Things. The following is an excerpt from the article:

The first step toward finding new, less predictable ways to make music was setting up shop in their own studio, a former bakery in London that Mr. Martin described as "a beaten-up little place, down a drunken alleyway."

Mr. Buckland agreed about the impact the space has had on their work. "We've got a clubhouse, a space to be ourselves and not worry about anyone hearing any terrible music we make or hearing us argue," he said. "We havenít had that since 1998, when we were in my bedroom."

Topics covered in the article range from Chris Martin's tabloid status to the importance to keeping listeners and fans surprised to thoughts on one of the album's tracks, "42." The article is a great read, so definitely check it out.

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The String Quartet Tribute to Coldplay (Volume 2)

May 26, 2008 7:33 PM

I was sent an advance copy of The String Quartet Tribute to Coldplay (Volume 2), which is the sequel to the previous release from Vitamin Records. If you're itching for a new twist on Coldplay and Bluegrass isn't your thing, I'd highly recommend picking up a copy of The String Quartet Tribute to Coldplay (Volume 2).

Album Cover of 'The String Quartet Tribute to Coldplay (Volume 2)'

Vitamin Records is forgiven for their misspellings of "White Shadows" and "Amsterdam," which they've labeled "The White Shadows" and "Asterdam," respectively, if only because "The White Shadows" is one of the highlights of the release, in my opinion. Having recently gotten married myself, this collection of orchestral interpretations of Coldplay's songs strikes me as something Coldplay fans might want played at their wedding (during the procession, etc.).

Here's the full track list:

  1. Politik
  2. X&Y
  3. The White Shadows [sic]
  4. The Scientist
  5. Speed of Sound
  6. What If
  7. Moses
  8. Fix You
  9. The Hardest Part
  10. Asterdam [sic]
  11. Talk
  12. November (original composition inspired by the music of Coldplay)

This is a must-have addition to any Coldplay fan's collection, and if you haven't picked up the original release, The String Quartet Tribute to Coldplay, I'd imagine that one is just as good (I don't recall hearing it yet myself).

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Coldplay to Perform at 2008 MTV Movie Awards

May 18, 2008 11:30 PM

According to MTV News, Coldplay will perform at this year's MTV Movie Awards show:

Coldplay will take the stage live at the Gibson Amphitheater to perform the single "Violet Hill" from their first new album in three years, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. Released April 29, the song was downloaded more than 2 million times from the Coldplay Web site.

Mr. Gwyneth Paltrow (Chris Martin to his friends) and the rest of the band will no doubt be hoping to follow in the footsteps of already-classic MTV Movie Awards performances like the ones from Rihanna and Amy Winehouse at last year's telecast.

The show airs on MTV on June 1, 2008.

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World Tour Dates Announced

May 10, 2008 6:29 PM

Looks like Chris Martin's ready to work on Apple and Moses' college fund.

He and his Coldplay pals just announced the first batch of dates for their world tour in support of their upcoming fourth studio album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, which hits stores June 17.

After two free shows, London's Brixton Academy on June 16 and New York's Madison Square Garden on June 23, the easy-rocking Brits will kick off the paying portion of Viva La Vida on June 29 in Philly and target mainly arenas, along with the odd stadium and festival.

After the initial North American dates wrap Aug. 4 in Chicago, the band will jet to Japan for gigs in Osaka and Tokyo on Aug. 9 and 10. The second North American leg launches Oct. 20 in Montreal and ends Nov. 22 in Salt Lake City.

Fans can win tickets for the free London and Big Apple shows by registering at

The complete itinerary [is as follows]:

  • June 29: Philadelphia
  • July 2: Washington, D.C.
  • July 3: Hartford, Conn.
  • July 5: Detroit
  • July 6: Cleveland
  • July 8: St. Paul, Minn.
  • July 9: Kansas City, Mo.
  • July 10: Oklahoma City
  • July 12: Phoenix
  • July 19: Las Vegas
  • July 21: Sacramento, Calif.
  • July 24: San Jose, Calif.
  • July 27: Pemberton, British Columbia
  • July 29: Edmonton, Alberta
  • July 30: Calgary, Alberta
  • Aug. 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Aug. 3: Omaha, Neb.
  • Aug. 4: Chicago
  • Aug. 9: Osaka, Japan
  • Aug. 10: Tokyo
  • Oct. 20: Montreal
  • Oct. 21: Ottawa
  • Oct. 26: East Rutherford, N.J.
  • Oct. 29: Toronto
  • Oct. 30: Toronto
  • Nov. 3: Boston
  • Nov. 11: Atlanta
  • Nov. 18: Houston
  • Nov. 19: Dallas
  • Nov. 21: Denver
  • Nov. 22: Salt Lake City

Source: E! Online

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Coldplay Artist Theme on iGoogle

April 30, 2008 9:09 PM

Via the Official Google Blog today, I learned that Coldplay has contributed to a set of iGoogle artist themes which you can use to customize your very own iGoogle page. Coldplay's contribution is very colorful and artsy, and features some of the album artwork covered here previously. Be sure to check it out.

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