Single Switcharoo

October 16, 2002 12:27 AM

As many of you might have noticed, I have been mentioning the upcoming release of Coldplay's 2nd single off of 'A Rush of Blood to the Head,' 'The Scientist,' for quite some time now. It appears, however, that the band has decided to go a different route over here in the U.S. According to MTV and other sources, people at the band's U.S. label have decided the song doesn't pack enough punch, and have therefore decided on 'Clocks' as the next single. I've seen no word yet on whether the b-sides will remain the same or be different as well. Hopefully I'll be able to confirm something soon.

When asked about the meaning of some of the lines in 'Clocks,' Chris Martin said "I reckon everybody in the world questions whether they're useful to the world or not. Some people think they're doing marvelous things. Hitler thought he was doing great things for the world, and yet we'd all say, 'No, no, no, he was doing terrible things.' Some people would say that Coldplay is a great thing for music and the world. Other people would regard us as the devil incarnate, so of course it's always a conflict."

More good news on the recognition front tonight, as Coldplay has been nominated for two Q awards. Ananova reports that the band is up for "Best Act in the World Today" and "Best Album." The awards will be handed out in north London this coming Monday.

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Touring Continues

October 13, 2002 8:25 PM

There's a lot of hype right now in the the Coldplay newsgroup. People have been raving about the band's recent shows. In one post about their recent gig at Newcastle, a fan exclaimed "they rocked the house down." Another fan remarked "they were brilliant, Chris's voice was superb," in regards to their Birmingham show.

There's an article up over at Halifax Daily News that mentions Chris' guest appearance on Ron Sexsmith's new album. You can read that article by clicking here.

I've received word from the folks over at Coldplay's Official Website that they will be adding a special section to their site next week called "In My Place." The section will be dedicated to Coldplay fans, and will contain the following content:

  • Access to exclusive audio and video material
  • Access to a % of pre-sale tickets for certain shows and tours
  • A monthly email ezine
  • Exclusives downloads and full concert streams
  • First viewing of all new official videos and tracks
  • Instant email notification on all big Coldplay news first
  • Official Coldplay Members chat room
If you're already a registered member of the site, consider yourself already a part of the new feature. If not, though, be sure to sign up because it looks like it's going to be a great thing for Coldplay fans to be a part of.

The official site has also launched a player called "Coldplayer" that features some of the songs/artists that the members of Coldplay are fond of. You can check that out by visiting

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Coldplay Ruling the Web

October 11, 2002 9:52 PM

Coldplay is this week's top Alternative Rock act on the Web and is number 1 on the NMC Alternative eChart. Coldplay's album A Rush Of Blood To The Head is a hot seller and the single "In My Place" is getting good streaming.

Linkin Park drops to number 2 on the Alt eChart from lasts week's top spot.

Rest of the top five: System Of A Down is number 3, Red Hot Chili Peppers is number 4, and Puddle of Mudd remains at number 5.

eCharts measure sales and streaming on the Web.

Source: Net Music Countdown

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Justin Timberlake? Huh?

October 11, 2002 9:49 PM

American superstar Justin Timberlake has revealed he wants to record a hit with Devon singer Chris Martin.

The 21-year-old singer told Radio 1 he was a big fan of Coldplay, fronted by Exeter University graduate Chris Martin, and would like to work with them.

The former boyfriend of Britney Spears was in the country to promote his new solo single but does not appear to have much chance of teaming up with the band.

The group is touring and Chris Martin, from Whitestone, near Exeter, is reportedly "extremely busy" at the moment.

Justin Timberlake appeared on Scott Mills' breakfast show on Radio 1 earlier this week.

He said: "I would love to work with Chris Martin. I'm so upset I'm not going to be here when they play in London this month.

"I've never seen a Coldplay show. Both albums are timeless to me already."

But a spokesman for Coldplay said: "I had not heard what he said but I am sure Justin Timberlake can have a successful career without the help of Coldplay.

"They are currently on tour and are too busy to consider this at the moment anyway."

Coldplay's second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, went straight to the top of the charts after it was released last month.

Source: Express & Echo

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The World is Counting on Coldplay

October 10, 2002 9:20 PM

This comes from an article at Yahoo! News titled "World Music Sales Spin Lower:"

"Global music sales spiraled 9.2 percent lower in the first half of 2002 but the battered music industry is holding out for a second-half revival led by Elvis, Coldplay and Shakira."

To read more of the article, click here.

There's some interesting information about the new single, too. The following was taken from LAUNCH:

Coldplay's "The Scientist" is the follow-up to "In My Place" from the band's A Rush Of Blood To The Head. The track is slated to arrive at radio the week of November 4.

Guitarist Jonny Buckland told LAUNCH that the song was put together very quickly and he knew singer-songwriter Chris Martin had a hit from the start. "The most fun tracks to record are the ones that come quite quickly, you know, and come together quickly. 'The Scientist' was one of those. Chris wrote the melody and the piano part in an afternoon one Sunday and I heard it and I thought it was amazing. And the next day we went in and recorded it straight down, first take pretty much and then we arranged it and within two days it was recorded and done."

Coldplay's A Rush Of Blood To The Head has reached gold status for sales of 500,000 copies as certified by Recording Industry Association of America. The band is currently touring back home in the U.K.

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