Coldplay have only gone and done a Beyonce, releasing a surprise new track at midnight, Ulaanbaatar time. Said track, somewhat unsurprisingly given the context, is called “Midnight.”
Presumably from the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, the track is something of a departure from the anthemic festival sing-a-longs the band have become known for and represents the band’s first output since 2011′s Mylo Xyloto.
Not only that, but the five plus minute track bears more than a passing resemblance to Bon Iver, featuring tinkly electronics, the closest Chris Martin has ever come to sounding like an ambient robot, and a steady build to a synthy chorus.
“Midnight” came with a melancholic black-and-white video, directed by Mary Wigmore, who made the band’s “The Hardest Part” video clip and is also the godmother of Martin’s and actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter, Apple.
No word yet on whether or not “Midnight” actually is the first single off the band’s new album yet, or who produced it, but fingers crossed we’ll all find out soon.
The band’s last studio effort, Mylo Xyloto, was released in October 2011 and went on to sell over eight million copies worldwide.
Since then, Coldplay have remained relatively quiet. In September of last year, the group revealed their track “Atlas”, which was taken from the soundtrack to the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and in December 2013, they played a surprise intimate show at a pub in Somerset where they treated attendees to tracks including “Yellow”, “The Scientist” and “Paradise”.
Coldplay are set to appear at this year’s South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. The British band will perform on the first night of iTunes Festival at SXSW, the first time the music provider has brought its own festival to the US event. Coldplay will play live as part of a bill which also includes Imagine Dragons on March 11th at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre.
Apple is bringing the iTunes Festival to the South-by-Southwest (SXSW) festival this year.
Running five nights, from March 11th to March 15th, 2014 at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, the current lineup includes Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, and ZEDD, with more yet to be announced. If these five are anything to go by, the remainder of acts will be similarly massive, but suitably different. (Is anyone else thinking Outkast, because I am thinking Outkast.)
“The iTunes Festival in London has become an incredible way for Apple to share its love of music with our customers,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services in a statement. “We’re excited about the incredible lineup of artists performing and SXSW is the perfect place to debut the first iTunes Festival in the US.”
Back in September, in addition to the material up for sale on iTunes, the London version of the festival received its very own channel on Apple TV, allowing remote fans to enjoy the shindig from the comfort of their own home. Apparently, this will also be an option for those who can’t make it to Austin for the party.
All five nights of the iTunes Festival will be available to enjoy for free as a live and on-demand stream via the iTunes Store on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC (or should that be iPC?) Performances can also be seen in the iTunes Festival app on any iOS device.
According to SXSW’s website, those who are already registered for the music portion of SXSW will be able to enter a draw in an attempt to win tickets to the iTunes Festival shows.
At the iTunes Festival in London over 400 artists have performed in front of more than 430,000 fans and tens of millions more online.
“We’re pleased to announce that, on Monday, 31 December, Coldplay will round off a memorable year by performing a very special co-headline show with Jay-Z at Barclays Center, Brooklyn,” read a statement on Coldplay’s website. The statement also notes that, “This will be the second time in two years that Coldplay has celebrated the new year with long-term friend and collaborator Jay-Z, the band having shared the bill with him at a Las Vegas concert in 2010. More recently, Jay-Z performed onstage with Coldplay at the spectacular London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony.”
Coldplay also will play the Barclays center the previous night, December 30 without Jay-Z. The night before that they will play Uncasville, Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Naturally 7 will open this pair of shows.
The Brooklyn shows will mark the first time Coldplay has performed in New York since September 2005.
The Barclays Center just opened in September of this year, but is already attracting some major concerts – in fact, Jay-Z opened the venue with an eight-night stand. Barbara Streisand and the Rolling Stones will perform at the arena in the coming months, as well.
The Rolling Stones had previously announced two shows at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. as part of a mini-tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary, but it was recently revealed that the group also will play Barclays Center on December 8 as part of “The Stones – 50 and Counting” tour.
The arena is also home of the Brooklyn Nets NBA team (of which Jay-Z is part owner). Starting in 2015, the New York Islanders NHL team will also make the venue their home. The team currently plays at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, New York.
Capping off a successful year last week with three Grammy nominations, Coldplay has announced their first North American tour in nearly three years. The trek will consist of 21 dates beginning in Edmonton, Alberta on April 17. The tour will continue through August 11, ending in St. Paul, Minn. During the intervening dates, the band will hit most major markets in the United States, including Boston, Washington, Philadelphia and Atlanta, with the notable exception of New York. Included in the tour, the band also will play two shows at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles May 1 and 2. After the final Los Angeles date, there will be a nearly two month long break before the band resumes the tour again on June 22.
At the Grammy nomination ceremony, held November 30, it was announced that the band is nominated for the rock performance award and the rock song award for the single “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.” The group’s song “Paradise” was also nominated for best pop duo/group performance. Both songs are off the band’s most recent alum, Mylo Xyloto, which was released on October 25 in the U.S. That album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling nearly 500,000 copies during its first week of release. In fact, the album landed in the number one spot for album charts in 17 countries around the globe.
Coldplay current is on tour in Europe, and will continue going around the continent through the end of the year, with no shows scheduled between the first of the year and the North American tour. Fans can, however, get a preview of the shows as the band is playing the first ever Austin City Limits New Year’s Eve special. During a rare 90-minute version of the show, the concert will be broadcast on PBS stations starting at 11 p.m. December 31.
Coldplay will withhold its newest album, Mylo Xyloto, from all music subscription services. The move will prove somewhat unprecedented for a major artist working today.
Released in the United States on Tuesday, October 25, the release will mark the first time one of the biggest selling artists in the world opt not to make their music available on all music streaming sites, which include Spotify, Rhapsody and Mog. Other artists have taken more limited steps to restrict access to such sites, such as Adele, whose number one album 21 is not available on Spotify, but can be found on many other streaming sites.
Though Coldplay’s representatives have not directly responded to the issue, the band’s record label, EMI, commented on the absence in a statement to CNET, who reported the issue on the Wednesday after the album’s release, in a statement that read, “We always work with our artists and management on a case by case basis to deliver the best outcome for each release.”
The move seems to be in response to the small royalties per song play paid to the artist by these services, which can be as low as 0.015 cents per play on Spotify and is 0.91 cents on Rhapsody. In a guest editorial on Billboard.biz, Rhapsody president Jon Irwin argued that though those rates do “seem awfully small,” they are better than the zero dollars an artist receives for pirated music, and will build up revenue over time since payments are recurring, instead of the one time royalty paid after the purchase of an album.
Another album released Tuesday that was also withheld from streaming services was Tom Waits’ Bad As Me. Notably, the album had been streaming in its entirety on the “First Listen” section of the NPR website before the release date, which requires no subscription at all. After the release, however, the stream was disabled.
Coldplay has kept a relatively low profile since releasing ‘Viva la Vida’ three years ago and the supporting tour that subsequently followed. Maybe Chris has been at home watching Gwyneth strut her stuff on ‘Glee.’ Perhaps the band was playing back the track “Viva la Vida” for the thousandth time trying to figure out how Joe Satriani came up with his rather inexplicable copyright infringement suit. Regardless of how the boys from the UK have been whittling through their time, it seems you can’t keep a good band off the road as they look to fuel their addiction for massive crowds and bombastic beats.
Coldplay released the single “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” back in January as a small taste to show the promise of the upcoming curiously titled album ‘Mylo Xyoto’ that hits shelves October 24. While a full tour to support the album is still materializing for locals outside of the Europe, Coldplay decided to hit the festival circuit this summer to test drive the new material and see if fans embraced the new songs as tightly as their well-worn favorites from the past.
Last night saw them take the headlining spot at Atlanta’s welcomed revival of the Music Midtown festival, and what a sight it was. 55,000 hungry fans packed the lawn at Piedmont Park after a day stuffed with high caliber acts like Young the Giant, the Black Keys, Cage the Elephant and Manchester Orchestra. While the warm-up acts certainly outdid themselves, you could tell Coldplay was the act everyone was here to see.
The band took the stage at 9:15 as the energy bottled up from the screaming fans was like a Mentos in a Diet Coke bottle. It has been far too long since their last visit to the ATL. Chris Martin and company wasted no time launching into their set giving the crowd another glimpse at the forthcoming ‘Mylo Xyoto’ with the song “Hurts Like Heaven.” It was a solid track that helped the band serve up a handful of teasers tracks from the new album during their 80-minute set. I’m going to go out on a limb here to say I think they’ll sell a few copies of this one.
The night’s setlist was a scattershot of tracks from the band’s growing catalog of work. Staples like “Yellow,” “The Scientist” and “Clocks” were unquestionable crowd pleasers while they didn’t neglect to throw in a few deeper cuts like “Everything is Not Lost” and “Politik” for the dyed in the wool fans. They did their best to spread the wealth though it would have been nice to get a fuller look at the new album. If nothing else, it gives us all a chance to visit them at Philips Arena when they surely pass through in 2012.
Coldplay’s stage show certainly didn’t disappoint. Chris Martin alternated between bouncing around the stage, cozying up to the piano and sharing a few laughs with guitarist Jonny Buckland. The light show showered the tightly packed crowd as huge inflatable balls kicked through the wave of hands. They even capped the evening with bursts of fireworks just to make sure the right notes got their proper emphasis.
Chris Martin commented on how much he loved being back in Atlanta and seemed to back it up in earnest with a stirring tribute of “Everybody Hurts” for the recently split Athens-based R.E.M. Martin also used Ray Charles’ beautiful “Georgia on My Mind” as a fitting transition between songs as the night wrapped to a close.
I’ve seen Coldplay more than a half dozen times at this point from the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. to a community college gymnasium in Charlotte, but this is the first time I’ve seen them outdoors in the festival element. They seemed to reveal in it, giving them perhaps a freedom that arena shows don’t necessarily afford. Coldplay played a great set that whetted the appetite for their upcoming album while still reminding us why we all fell in love with the band all those years ago. Chris Martin and the boys still got ‘it,’ and it was nice to see them bring their deep passion for music back to Atlanta
Look for our continued coverage of Music Midtown tomorrow as we feature takes on Young the Giant and the Black Keys performances.
Coldplay has announced information regarding several arena gigs that will be performing later in the year in support of “Mylo Xyloto,” their new album.
Following this summer’s headlining stints at T In The Park and Glastonbury, the band will be performing a short series of gigs beginning on December 3 at Glasgow SECC.
After that they will visit O2 Arena in London and MEN Arena in Manchester.
On September 23 at 9 am tickets will be going on sale for the shows.
It was announced last week that Coldplay is going to perform at Children In Need Rocks this November in Manchester.
Chris Martin and company already have confirmed that “Mylo Xyloto,” their fifth album, is being released on October 24.
Also it’s been confirmed that “Princess Of China,” a track off the new album, will feature vocals from Rihanna.
“Mylo Xyloto” follows “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends,” their 2008 set which had sales of nine million worldwide copies.
On October 24 “Mylo Xyloto,” the fifth album from Coldplay, will be released in several different special edition formats.
On Coldplay’s official website the band posted: hi everyone. Our new album is finished. We hope everyone is well and that you like the album.
The new set follows “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends,” their 2008 album that topped the charts in the UK and sold more than 1.2 million copies. Former collaborators Rik Simpson and Markus Dravs produced the new album.
According to a recent press release Brian Eno, the renowned producer and former collaborator of Bowie’s, contributed additional composition and enoxification.
Several different formats of “Mylo Xyloto” are being released. The vinyl 180 gram edition includes a poster that is 12” by 36”. A hardback book comes with the “Pop-Up” version of the album and contains David A. Carter graffiti art designs.
The artwork for the CD is a continuation of the colorful trend that “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” their recent single, showcased along with the band’s latest live shows.
On September 12 “Paradise,” a trailing single, will be released.
The new iHeartRadio Festival is being billed as radio history’s biggest ever live music event (whatever that means). Organizers have pulled all the stops out to deliver a lineup that is loaded with many of the music industry’s biggest stars.
Steven Tyler, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas, Nicky Minaj, Coldplay and Lady Gaga are among the artists scheduled to appear at the I Heart Radio inaugural festival, scheduled to take place in Las Vegas at MGM Grand on September 23-24. Joining them on the bill will be John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Rascal Flatts, David Guetta, Jennifer Lopez and Kenny Chesney, among others.
Organizers have promised that as the summer runs on more artists will continue to be added. Hosting the event will the always busy Ryan Seacrest. The show will be streamed live via mobile devices and online at iHeartRadio.com as well as across all websites of radio stations owned by Clear Channel.
For those wanting to attend the event in person, liking iHeartRadio at Facebook will give fans the first chance at tickets. On Saturday at 1 a.m. the pre-sale will end. The general public sale will start at 1 pm that same day via Ticketmaster.com.
Since it is a radio fest, listeners are being given lots of opportunities for winning free trips to Las Vegas by Clear Channel to attend the event. Visit iheartradio.com for more information.
Music Midtown, from 1994 through 2005, brought big name music acts such as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan and Foo Fighters into downtown Atlanta. Then growing competition from Bonnaroo, that little festival based in Tennessee, as well as the tropical storm in 2005 that ravaged that year’s festival, caused Music Midtown organizers to cancel the 2006 event and it has yet to return. Until now, that is.
The Black Keys and Coldplay will be headlining a revamped Music Midtown in a one day version of the event at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on September 24. Other confirmed acts scheduled to appear include The Postelles, Mona, The Constellations, Young the Giant, Manchester Orchestra, The Joy Formidable, Band of Skulls and Cage the Elephant.
One day passes will be going on sale starting July 16 and will cost $55. In addition, VIP packages will be available. Visit the festival’s website at musictown.com for full ticketing information.
In a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution interview Peter Conlon, a co-founder of Music Midtown said, we’ve decide to scale down the festival’s approach. We need to once again build up our core audience. Basically we want to build the acts to entice people to come out and really enjoy the music. However organizers still are looking to add a single-act Friday night concert onto the event.