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September 23, 2004 7:18 PM

Coldplay are "one receded inch" away from finishing their third album, Chris Martin has told

In his only magazine interview this year, Martin revealed details of the band's hugely anticipated third album. He also spoke about his surprise appearance at last week's Make Trade Fair show (September 14) where he appeared onstage with REM to sing 'Man On The Moon'.

Martin said that singer Michael Stipe has inspired him to write a song as good as their classic 'Losing My Religion', but the pressure inside the studio to follow-up the hugely successful second album 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head' is "immense".

He told "We're under an immense amount of intense pressure in the studio...We're working all the time because it's so important. We can't f&$# it up. We'll see, we'll see, but I'm the last person to ask about our new record through because of the perspective I have."

Last year Martin famously told NME.COM he was going to go away and "re-invent the wheel" for their next record. However, now recording is almost done, he is slightly more pragmatic about his ambitions.

He continued: "I think people will be a bit sick of us by the time we come back. By the way, that whole 'wheel' thing I said, that was just post-gig excitement! We're just trying to redesign it, not reinvent it. We're one receded inch away (from finishing). When my hair's gone back another inch, I know we'll have finished our album."

For the full interview, see this week's NME, out today (September 22).

Source: NME

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Chris Martin and REM

September 15, 2004 10:00 PM

The following comes from BBC News:

Coldplay singer Chris Martin joined US band REM on stage at the climax of Oxfam's Make Trade Fair benefit show in Hammersmith, London, on Tuesday.

The British star joined REM's Michael Stipe on vocals for Man on the Moon during their "surprise" headline set.

The event also featured Jamelia, The Thrills, actress-turned-singer Minnie Driver and comedian Ricky Gervais.

Coldplay have been big supporters of Make Trade Fair, which calls for reform of world trade laws to reduce poverty.

"I was introduced to the idea of fair trade because I'm a massive Coldplay fan, so I'd like to thank Chris Martin," Stipe told the crowd.

Visit BBC News for the rest of the article (no additional Coldplay content).

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'Dry Your Eyes' Featuring Chris Martin

September 14, 2004 5:37 PM

For those of you who, like me, have been digging around the far corners of the Web trying to find the recently leaked version of The Streets' "Dry Your Eyes" with Chris Martin singing the chorus, look no more.

Thanks to a link over at, I was able to track down a RealAudio file of the song, available from the local radio station here in Seattle, 107.7 The End.

Have a listen.

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Chris a Surprise Guest?

September 14, 2004 5:19 PM

NME is reporting that Chris Martin is rumored to be a surprised guest at tonight's Make Trade Fair benefit:

Chris Martin is the rumoured surprise guest at tonight's (September 14) Make Trade Fair benefit show.

REM are the headline band at this year's Oxfam benefit at London Hammersmith Apollo, with the bill completed by The Thrills, Razorlight , Jamelia, Minnie Driver and Ricky Gervais. The show will be compered by Dermot O'Leary.

All day, rumours have been circulating about whether Martin will appear at the show. Organisers remain tight-lipped, but Martin is in London where he has been putting the finishing touches to the third Coldplay album.

Meanwhile, rumours abound that Martin will collaborate with either Jamelia on the Martin-penned "See It in a Boy's Eyes" or with REM.

Read the article for more details.

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Chris and Gwyneth's New Home

September 03, 2004 5:16 AM

According to The Mirror, Chris and his wife Gwyneth Paltrow have purchased Kate Winslet's old house:

Gwyneth, 29, and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, 27, have bought Kate Winslet's old place in North London for £3.73million.

The couple have ordered a 5ft security wall, huge iron gates and major alterations inside and out.

For more on the story (but mostly mindless banter), read the article.

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