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July 6, 2003
I'm just writing to commend Robert Hilburn on his excellent article on Coldplay. First, I am completely obsessed with Coldplay and was in the second row at its Hollywood Bowl concert, so you can imagine my delight at discovering Hilburn's fantastic article while enjoying my morning cereal. He presented Coldplay in a glamorous yet truthful and informative light and I really appreciated it. Haley Bloomingdale Pacific Palisades Funny that The Times would praise Coldplay for its sincerity in the same issue that dissed Rooney for its lack of irony (Record Rack, June 29)
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April 21, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Good news for bummed-out disco fans. Mere days after Giorgio Moroder announced that he'd canceled a planned May 10 gig at the Hollywood Bowl -- a show that would've paired the groundbreaking Italian beatmeister with Nile Rodgers and Chic -- he unveiled a sweet new remix of Coldplay's "Midnight" on Monday. The producer's lengthy reworking, which climaxes in a surging synth fantasia complete with robot voices, adds some verve to Coldplay's rather sedate original, one of nine songs slated to appear on the English band's upcoming "Ghost Stories" album.
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February 25, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Coldplay is heating up. A week after Apple announced that the English band would headline the opening night of its upcoming iTunes Festival, Coldplay on Tuesday released a new song, "Midnight. " It's a woozy, low-key ballad with heavily processed vocals by frontman Chris Martin that strongly recall the work of Bon Iver; indeed, that band probably could've snuck "Midnight" onto its self-titled 2011 album without anyone noticing. The track hasn't been officially described as a taster from a new Coldplay record, the group's follow-up to 2011's "Mylo Xyloto.
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April 7, 2014 | By August Brown
Coldplay's new single is called "Magic," but its video is more inclined to the dark arts. In the just-released clip, singer Chris Martin plays a couple of roles -- a scheming husband to magician Ziyi Zhang (of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" fame) and her lovestruck assistant. While the song is a future-leaning bit of drum machine minimalism, the video has a flapper-noir feel straight from the silent era, with lots of knife-throwing and wounded glances.  The black-and-white clip was shot by acclaimed music video director Jonas Akerlund, who has done videos for U2, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2013
The first track from the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be Coldplay's "Atlas" and will be released Aug. 26. This will be the first original song the group has recorded for a movie. "I have great respect and admiration for Coldplay, and we are thrilled with how well they have connected to the themes and ideas within the film," director Francis Lawrence said in a statement. "Their unwavering passion and excitement for the project elevated the collaboration even further, and we can't wait to share this music with audiences around the world.
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November 2, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Coldplay will issue its first concert film/live album in nine years, the band announced Friday. “Live 2012” will arrive Nov. 19 on CD/DVD, and the release is taken from the band's acclaimed Mylo Xyloto world tour, which concludes in Australia at the end of the month. The set also includes footage from shows at Paris' Stade de France, Montreal's Bell Centre and last year's headlining performance at Glastonbury Festival. Before hitting stores, the film will have a one-off run in theaters at special screenings on Nov. 13. EMI/Parlophone and Arts Alliance Media teamed up with Screenvision to distribute the film to U.S. cinemas.
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September 6, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Coldplay is back -- and it feels awfully lukewarm. The English band on Friday released "Atlas," its contribution to the latest "Hunger Games" film, "Catching Fire," which is set to hit theaters Nov. 22. It's the group's first new music since 2011's "Mylo Xyloto" album and, according to a statement, marks the first time Coldplay has recorded an original song for a movie. But if that description primes you for something pretty exciting -- not an unreasonable reaction, in spite of what millions of Coldplay haters might say -- "Atlas" doesn't really deliver.
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March 3, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
First, there was "Midnight"; now there's "Magic. " After surprise-releasing a so-so new song last week that suggested frontman Chris Martin had been bro-ing down with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Coldplay dropped another fresh tune on the Internet late Sunday, one that has Pop & Hiss considerably more excited about what appears to be the English band's new direction. "Magic" is billed as the official lead single from "Ghost Stories," Coldplay's sixth studio disc, due May 19. The album will follow up "Mylo Xyloto," which came out in 2011.
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November 12, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Superstar rapper Jay-Z and British pop band Coldplay continue to pledge their mutual appreciation for  one another. While a sort of "Watch the Mylo Xyloto" mash-up collaboration remains simply a dream among fans, Jay-Z and Coldplay will ring in the new year at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. It's simply the latest high profile concert to get booked at the new arena. After many rumors, it's now confirmed that the Rolling Stones will also perform at the Barclays Center. The band, celebrating its 50th anniversary, has set a Dec. 8 date at the home of the Brooklyn Nets.
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April 29, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Setting the stage for the arrival of Coldplay's new album, "Viva la Vida," the British group is making the first single, "Violet Hill," available for free download for one week starting today and has announced free concerts in London and New York City around the time the album comes out June 17. The shows will be June 17 at Brixton Academy in London and June 23 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets will be available through a contest on the band's website, which also will be the platform for downloading the single before it's available from digital retailers on May 6. The new album, the follow-up to Coldplay's multi-platinum 2005 collection, "X&Y," is widely considered one of the year's biggest releases and was produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Well, this is awkward. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her musician husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, bought a house in Malibu for $14 million, then they turned around and announced their "conscious uncoupling. " Uncoupling papers will no doubt eventually reveal who gets the John Lautner-designed home, which is set on a secluded acre of land and surrounded by tropical landscaping. The forward-thinking architect designed such structures as the octagonal Chemosphere house in Los Angeles and the poured-concrete Elrod Residence in Palm Springs.
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March 19, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“The Voice” is getting yet another dose of pop star power. NBC's hit singing competition show has recruited Coldplay's Chris Martin to serve as a mentor. Martin isn't jumping into one of the plush, red spinning-chairs occupied by Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher or Shakira (who are subbing for Christina Aguilera and the recently departed Cee Lo Green). But he will serve as a key advisor, mentoring the artists on the superstar coaches' teams. Martin's new role will be seen during the series' latest format switch.
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March 11, 2014 | By Todd Martens
There's good news and bad news if you're interested in, say, seeing Lady Gaga in Austin, Texas, on Thursday.  First, the bad news. To secure entry into the concert, which is sponsored by a snack food company and part of the South by Southwest festival and conference, one must complete any number of social media stunts. The good news, however, is one doesn't need to be in Austin to watch the concert at all.  Lady Gaga's Thursday night appearance at the relatively intimate Stubb's BBQ -- if a venue with a capacity of just more than 2,000 can be considered intimate -- is only one of many South by Southwest music events that will be available online.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
A Top Dawg is on top of the Billboard 200. Schoolboy Q, part of the Black Hippy rap crew signed to L.A.'s Top Dawg Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on Wednesday with "Oxymoron," the first of his three albums to be released by TDE in partnership with Interscope Records. The disc sold 139,000 copies in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan, enough to score Top Dawg its first No. 1 album. In 2012, Schoolboy Q's Black Hippy bandmate Kendrick Lamar debuted at No. 2 with "good kid, m.A.A.d city," which went on to sell 1.2 million copies and earned a Grammy nomination for album of the year.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
First, there was "Midnight"; now there's "Magic. " After surprise-releasing a so-so new song last week that suggested frontman Chris Martin had been bro-ing down with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Coldplay dropped another fresh tune on the Internet late Sunday, one that has Pop & Hiss considerably more excited about what appears to be the English band's new direction. "Magic" is billed as the official lead single from "Ghost Stories," Coldplay's sixth studio disc, due May 19. The album will follow up "Mylo Xyloto," which came out in 2011.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" just won't let it go. The soundtrack to Disney's hit animated feature returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, marking its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the album chart. Driven in part by the success of the single " Let It Go " -- which is up for an Oscar on Sunday for original song -- "Frozen" sold 89,000 copies in the week that ended Feb. 23, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Those five weeks are the most for any soundtrack since 1998, as Billboard's Keith Caulfield reports . That's the year "Titanic," with Celine Dion's smash " My Heart Will Go On ," occupied the top spot for 16 straight weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Coldplay has become the first British act in more than a decade to reach the top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart with "Viva La Vida," the first single from the group's new album. The single logged 246,000 digital copies sold, which pushed it into the No. 1 slot, according to Billboard. The album, "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," was released Tuesday and is also expected to top the national album chart when those figures are finalized next week. The Spice Girls' "Wannabe" was the last single from a British group to hit No. 1, in early 1997.
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August 6, 2011 | By Marcus Leshock, WGN Feature Reporter
While you were losing your mind at Girl Talk (more on that later), one of the world's few remaining megabands took to the Bud Light stage on the north end of Grant Park. Coldplay opened with a wild laser light show. It didn't last long enough for some, a guy near me kept yelling MORE LASERS! when the band slowed things down towards the middle of their set. Call me whatever you want, music experts - I'm a Coldplay fan. There's something about their music that connects with me. Unfortunately I was working yesterday, so I couldn't camp out as close to the stage as I would have liked.
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February 25, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Coldplay is heating up. A week after Apple announced that the English band would headline the opening night of its upcoming iTunes Festival, Coldplay on Tuesday released a new song, "Midnight. " It's a woozy, low-key ballad with heavily processed vocals by frontman Chris Martin that strongly recall the work of Bon Iver; indeed, that band probably could've snuck "Midnight" onto its self-titled 2011 album without anyone noticing. The track hasn't been officially described as a taster from a new Coldplay record, the group's follow-up to 2011's "Mylo Xyloto.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Todd Martens
When the 2013 Oscars opened in February, host Seth MacFarlane declared that the show had a theme. The Academy Awards, MacFarlane said, would be celebrating the marriage of film and music. Though such a thesis may have been obscured by the ensuing song-and-dance number that commemorated toplessness in cinema, it was, at least, a noble cause. After years of being an also-ran, the Oscar original song category received a full five nominations. Selections ranged from the too big to ignore (Adele's theme from "Skyfall")
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