June 14, 2004 9:04 PM
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has penned the upcoming single from U.K. rock act Embrace. "Gravity" will be the lead track from Embrace's as-yet-untitled new album, due Sept. 13 internationally via Independiente. No North American release plans have been announced; the group has not issued an album in the region since its 1998 debut, "The Good Will Out."
"Gravity" was written for potential use by Coldplay, but as Martin explains, "we thought it sounded far too much like [Embrace] for us, but not too much like them for them, so I asked [lead singer] Danny [McNamara] if he wanted the song and that was that."
"There was no out and out love song, something there'd always been in the past" McNamara says. "You could say there was a 'Gravity'-shaped hole waiting to be filled."
The 10-track set was produced by longtime Embrace collaborator Youth. "We couldn't make a better album if we had another 100 years," says McNamara. "I don't know how we are going to follow it, maybe we never will. I can't imagine us ever doing better than this."
Embrace will return to the live stage with a Sept. 3 performance at London's Shepherds Bush Empire.
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'2000 Miles' Tops in the UK
June 02, 2004 6:18 PM
Reuters is reporting that legal downloads in Britain have reached the half-million mark, thanks to heavy interest in bands like Coldplay, OutKast and others.
According to the report, Coldplay's "2000 Miles" edged out OutKast's "Hey Ya" as the best-selling download overall. As always, Coldplay is a force to be reckoned with.
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Live Aid II Merely a Myth
June 02, 2004 12:31 AM
It looks like the London Sun totally screwed up their facts when they published that their will be a Live Aid II next year. Yesterday, Bob Geldof said the story wasn't true and today, U2's Bono has also denied the article naming him one of the organizers.
Before a meeting in Dublin yesterday for the EU, Bono told reporters "At this point there are no plans for a Live Aid 2".
The Sun ran an article over the weekend stating both Geldof and Bono would be involved in a 20th Anniversary performance of Live Aid but Bono suggests it wouldn't go anywhere near solving the problems of Africa. "Right now we're after billions, not millions (needed). A Live Aid 2 would help, but it wouldn't fix the problem."
Geldof also denied the story in an official statement saying "I told the Sun this afternoon it was not true. This only serves to undermine the concerted efforts of those concerned with the tragedy of poverty in Africa."
The newspaper claimed Radiohead, Coldplay and Oasis would take part in the show but we now know that is not going to happen.
Source: Undercover Media
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Live Aid II
May 31, 2004 3:33 PM
According to Chart Attack, U2's Bono is planning Live Aid II, and Coldplay is one of the bands already slated to help out:
Plans for Live Aid II, the follow-up to the massive 1985 music festival designed to ease Third World debt, are now in the works. Bono is taking the reigns on the project, with British rockers Robbie Williams, Sir Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Coldplay, Oasis and Radiohead already on board.
Look for more on this as information becomes available.
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A Brand New Coldplay.com
May 24, 2004 9:40 PM
I received notification tonight, as I'm sure many of you did, that the Official Coldplay Website has been redesigned with a new look and many new features. Many of the new features are only available to "In My Place" members, so if you're not a member yet you should be sure and sign up. They are also offering the ability to change the look and feel of the site (they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery) and to store, view and listen to your favorite Coldplay media.
The most exciting piece of the new offering, though, is covered in their email as follows:
Alongside this new content we have also snuck a camera into the studio where the guys have been working on the new album and you can see the webcam clips from this now. There are 4 available and we will be adding more each week.
Hopefully this is as exciting to you as it is to me. For quick access to the in-studio footage, login to "In My Place" and see the "video" section.
We apparently have another E-Zine on the way as well, so now is as exciting a time as any to be a Coldplay fan. Head on over to coldplay.com to be one of the first to check out the new site and its features.
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