Category: Coldplay

Coldplay debuts new single 'Paradise'


Coldplay has further whetted fans' appetites for its highly anticipated fifth album, “Mylo Xyloto,” by debuting the set's second single, “Paradise.”

The piano-heavy track, which Coldplay premiered on its website Monday morning, falls in line with the stadium-sized pop rock the British band is known for. Like most things Coldplay, it sticks within a very specific sonic realm; it's immediately identifiable as a Coldplay song; Chris Martin croons about a woman longing to escape her life for paradise, and it features one of the band's instantly sticky choruses. 

“Paradise” is the follow-up to summer single “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.” 

Coldplay will further tease the album at the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 23. 

“Mylo Xyloto” was produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, “with enoxification” (yes, their word) and additional composition by Brian Eno. Pop tart Rihanna also lent her vocals to a track on the album, “Princess of China.” Fans can currently preorder the album on the band's website.

Check out the track below:


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-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: Coldplay. Credit: The Funstar.

Last night: Coldplay covers Amy Winehouse at L.A. Tennis Center

Coldplay at the Tennis Center

For such a middle-of-the-road rock band, Coldplay sure is polarizing. To some, they're the catchiest, warmest, most comforting band on the planet, whose endlessly singable choruses, magnetic personalities and easy structures are a testament to the beauty of Shaker simplicity. To others, each lonely Chris Martin wail is an argument for punk rock in its most brutal form as a way to wash away the gooeyness. And for this latter group, there's no more fitting venue in the city for the band than the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

A performance to benefit the Grammy Foundation and sponsored by two phone companies (the coverage at the tennis club was great!), Coldplay gigged in Westwood on Wednesday in advance of its  Lollapalooza performance Friday in Chicago, and offered a set of its sing-along classics and new music from its forthcoming, as-yet-untitled fifth studio album -- as well as a cover of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab."

Coldplay performs at the LA Tennis Center

What was the crowd like? Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel captured it perfectly when he jumped onstage to introduce the band for a forthcoming episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Coldplay was definitely multitasking the launch of the new album on Wednesday night): "There are a lot of white people here. It makes me nervous," he said, to huge laughter and applause from the Grammy supporters and lucky Coldplay fans who filled the outdoor stadium.

Click on for a snippet of "Rehab."

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Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood, Sting tapped for iHeartRadio Music Festival

Billed as "the biggest live music event in radio history," the two-day festival, set for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in September, also features Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj and Kelly Clarkson.


Though summer has already had its fair share of big-ticket, multiday festivals, Clear Channel is kicking off fall with what it's billing as "the biggest live music event in radio history."

The radio conglomerate on Monday announced the lineup for the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, and the roster for the two-day festival, set for Sept. 23 and 24 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, is quite the who’s who among Top 40.

Night 1 features performances by Coldplay, Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas, John Mayer, Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars and Jane's Addiction. While Night 2 has Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Kenny Chesney, Nicki Minaj, Rascal Flatts, Kelly Clarkson, David Guetta, Sublime with Rome and special guest performances by Sting and Usher.

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EMI artists and songwriters launch charity for Japanese disaster relief

Ebay_2 Artists and songwriters from the EMI roster have teamed up to raise funds to aid the Red Cross in its continued efforts to provide relief from the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March.

Starting Tuesday, music fans can go to eBay and bid on more than 200 goodies from artists such as Coldplay, Norah Jones, Katy Perry, Gorillaz, Iron Maiden, the Beach Boys, David Guetta, Lady Antebellum, the Chemical Brothers, Depeche Mode, 30 Seconds to Mars, Daft Punk, Keith Urban and the Beatles, among others.

The auction is split into two phases, with the first running from Tuesday until April 15. The second phase will take place April 11-21.

Items up for grabs include Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin’s jacket from the 2010 "Viva La Vida" world tour, a pair of vintage speakers from Abbey Road’s famous Studio 3, the Beastie Boys’ Japanese MTV award and a signed limited-edition lithographic Depeche Mode print.

Also on the auction block is a 1987 Ferrari 412 as featured in Daft Punk’s film "Electroma," Perry’s cupcake trampoline from her current "California Dreams" world tour, a limited-edition Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Schwinn bicycle, a signed guitar from Jones, the MacBook used by Guetta to create the demos for "One Love," framed hand-written lyrics from Brian Wilson and a limited-edition Gorillaz lithograph signed by Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn.

"Japan has been one of my favorite countries to visit, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this disaster," Jones said in a statement. "I'm so glad I can be part of this fundraising effort, along with the EMI family."

All the funds raised will be used toward Japanese Red Cross disaster relief efforts, and the EMI Group has promised to match a portion of the total.

More info can be found on the charity's eBay site.


Gwen Stefani donates $1 million for Japanese disaster relief

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: Chris Martin’s jacket from the 2010 "Viva La Vida" world tour. Credit: Courtesy of EMI Group

Live review: Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit

Neil Young and Co. give the kids a great show, and Young gives his fellow performers a great example.


Reporting from Mountain View, Calif. - The direct impact of Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts is as plain as the joyful faces of the special-needs school's students, many of whom watch each year from an onstage riser placed right behind the performers.

Those faces were often captured by the video cameras that were otherwise trained on the stars of this year's shows, which got underway Saturday at Shoreline Amphitheatre just north of San Jose with unplugged sets by No Doubt, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Jimmy Buffett, Sheryl Crow, Monsters of Folk, Fleet Foxes, Wolfmother and Gavin Rossdale. Adam Sandler was scheduled to take over Buffett's slot as the only change on Sunday's lineup.

In a fairly understated way, Young and his wife, Pegi, the event's co-organizer, have a school of their own going in this show, one that trains newcomers in service to a cause higher than merely entertaining fans, and how to go about it with class and humility.

"Thanks for being here," Neil said when he finally took the Shoreline stage just before midnight on Saturday. His succinct statement applied as much to the other musicians as to the crowd, which appeared close to filling the 22,000-capacity amphitheater.

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Bridge benefit: Chris Martin goes Coldplay-ful


Coldplay's Chris Martin was in a particularly playful mood for his band-less set at the first of this weekend's two Bridge School Benefit Concerts on Saturday.

Martin, dressed ultra casual in jeans, a T-shirt and black-and-white-striped stocking cap, said,  "A lot of people are probably wondering, 'Why is that guy wearing such a stupid hat?'

"It's proof that now matter how rich and famous you become, it doesn't matter: You still can't shave your own head. Especially when you've got two major concerts to do two days later."

He never did remove it, leaving fans to guess whether he was teasing them.

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Bridge benefit: There 'comes a time' for Neil Young


Neil Young just kicked off the 23rd Bridge School Benefit this weekend in Mountain View, just north of San Jose.

After Young's wife, Pegi, introduced the Bridge School students, including their son, Ben, Neil Young offered the title number from his 1978 album "Comes a Time." He was joined by three members of the Dennis Alley Wisdom Dancers, a Native American troupe that provided a brief cleansing ceremony to set a spiritual tone for the evening.

On a balmy night with the sun setting behind the hill at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Young played acoustic guitar and harmonica for the event that traditionally runs 100% unplugged.

This year's lineup also includes No Doubt, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Buffett, Adam Sandler, Fleet Foxes, Monsters of Folk and Wolfmother.

It was the start of what figures to be six hours of music for what's become one of the pop music community's most respected benefits. Proceeds from the two-day event benefit the Bay Area school for special needs children.

--Randy Lewis

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Photo credit: Randi Lynn Beach / For The Times

Gwen Stefani now comes with a free hot dog


Who says the monolithic ticket-lords aren’t paying attention?

With the current economic climate taking an increasingly larger bite out of the concert business bottom line, Live Nation has been offering No Service Fee Wednesdays, when concert-goers can buy tickets to select shows without incurring those painful service fees that often discourage potential buyers from pressing the “send” button on expensive ticket orders.

On July 8, Live Nation will add even more incentive with All-In-One pricing for lawn tickets on Wednesdays, which throws in parking, a hot dog and a soda (on top of no services charges) all for only $29.99. Finally, the recession is working for fans of live music. There’s no word on a vegetarian option for those free hot dogs, though.

Tickets for the first edition of All-in-One Wednesday” (which includes shows from Blink 182 and Coldplay) go on sale at 12:01 a.m. PST on July 8 at Other concerts affected in the L.A. area include No Doubt (Aug. 4), Rock the Bells (Aug. 8), Toby Keith (Aug. 15) and more, including all shows at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. 

-- Scott T. Sterling

Photo: Gwen Stefani. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

New year rising: Bob Mould on his new record and a busy 2009

Boblive2 2009 is shaping up to be Bob Mould’s kind of year. The former Hüsker Dü front man has a busy few months ahead of him, with teaser tour dates (including a solo acoustic show at the Hotel Café and a recently announced Coachella slot with his full band) culminating in the release of his new solo record, "Life and Times," due April 7.

“I got plenty going on right now,” he said last week via phone from his home in Washington, D.C.

No kidding. 

The singer-songwriter is writing a memoir, co-hosting a string of dance parties as a DJ in D.C., New York and San Francisco, not to mention playing a high-profile engagement at San Francisco’s Noise Pop festival later this month.

“I’m 55,000 words into the book right now,” he said of his forthcoming autobiography, which he is working on with Michael Azerrad.

“But what’s been taking up most my time [lately] is the Blowoff parties.”

Some casual Hüsker Dü fans might be surprised to know that Mould, along with collaborator Richard Morel, has been co-hosting parties under the name “Blowoff” in multiple cities over the last few years. Mould will DJ at four Blowoff parties this month alone, most of them on the East Coast.

On March 2, Mould will play an intimate local engagement at the Hotel Café (limited tickets go on sale today via the venue’s website), where he will play a set heavy on new material from “Life and Times.”

Songs off his latest solo work will likely translate nicely at the Cahuenga Avenue club, as most are guitar-driven offerings very much in the vein of his first solo record, “Workbook,” which was released 20 years ago this year.

“When I sat down and starting writing ‘Life and Times,’ I really wanted to try and get back to that deeper spiritual place [where I was with 'Workbook'] to write from that template,” he said.

“If the stories aren’t there, it’s pointless because it really has to have those stronger stories with a deeper spirit... it’s a really cool record, it moves by really quickly and it feels like a complete album.”

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U2 gets charitable with new Christmas recording


U2 has put a holiday spin on its inaugural contribution to (Red)Wire, the new digital magazine and music subscription service launched this month to help combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

The group has recorded a shimmering version of prog-rock hero Greg Lake’s 1975 holiday offering “I Believe in Father Christmas.”

In the shadowy, back-lighted video, which can be viewed at U2’s website. Bono sings Lake's impassioned plea over the Edge’s jangling electric guitar lines, which incorporate the main melodic motif of Prokofiev’s “Lieutenant Kije.” All the while, bassist Adam Clayton plunks single notes and drummer Larry Mullen pounds mallets on a floor tom.

Money from the (Red)Wire monthly subscription fee of about $5 is split between HIV/AIDS relief efforts and royalties to the artists whose music is featured. Other musicians who have signed on to contribute tracks to the effort include Coldplay, Elvis Costello, Jay-Z, Sheryl Crow, Death Cab for Cutie, Keith Urban, R.E.M, Faith Hill and Ziggy Marley.

--Randy Lewis

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Photo credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times


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