July 26, 2012 |
BMG Rights Management has raised its hand as a potential buyer for Parlophone Records, a boutique record label in Britain whose artists include Coldplay, Chemical Brothers and Sigur Ros, according to a music executive familiar with the discussions. BMG is the latest to express a desire to purchase any assets that Universal Music Group divests to secure the approval of European antitrust regulators for its proposed $1.9-billion acquisition of EMI. That deal would reduce the number of major record labels in the world to three from four.
April 21, 2014 |
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.
March 19, 2014 |
“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.
January 7, 2001 |
If you tuned in to ABC over the holidays, you probably heard this young British quartet's song "Yellow" playing behind the network's seasonal prime-time promos. Since such appropriation is no longer deemed harmful to a band's image, the potential exposure for Coldplay's debut album easily outweighed the risks for an act poised to follow fellow U.K. darlings Travis and Radiohead into either beloved-cult or superstar status in the U.S.
June 16, 2005 |
Downloading has been uplifting Coldplay. The British pop band's new album, "X&Y," topped the sales charts in the U.S. with nearly 740,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Significantly, 62,000 of those copies, or 8% of the sales, were downloaded from online music stores -- more than twice the previous record for first-week downloads. Most of those sales were at Apple Computer Inc.'
August 22, 2002 |
All cold and no play would make Chris a dull boy indeed, but that wasn't a problem at the El Rey Theatre on Tuesday. Translation: The English band Coldplay and its frontman, Chris Martin, confronted this year's career crossroads and came out all dripping sweat, flashing lights and rocking hard.
June 30, 2005 |
Coldplay's "X&Y" tops the nation's pop album charts for the third consecutive week after selling 186,000 more copies last week. That pushes the album's total sales to more than 1.2 million, probably enough to make the Top 10 on the midyear sales chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Midyear figures won't be released until next week, but 50 Cent's "The Massacre" is certain to be No. 1 on that tally.
March 11, 2014 |
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.
February 15, 2001 |
If the British rock band Coldplay were a movie, it would likely be co-billed someday in revival theaters with "You Can Count on Me." Like that warm and convincing film about a brother and sister's struggle to support each other, Coldplay's music speaks of life in ways that carry the poetry of truth.