Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Coldplay Five video award nods

Coldplay are leading the field at the UK Music Video Awards.
The shortlist has been announced and the band's promos for Life In Technicolor II which saw them replaced by puppets and Strawberry Swing, featuring frontman Chris Martin as a superhero, have landed them five nods.
Also up for multiple awards at the event on October 13 are Oasis, Glasvegas and Prodigy.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Coldplay constantly watch audiences during gigs to refine song lists

English alternative rock band Coldplay constantly watch their audiences during concerts so that they can figure out which songs they are enjoying, and finally complicate their set list.
If the ‘Fix You’ hitmakers see people getting restless during certain songs, they axe the track from subsequent gigs.
“In some songs all you can look is a clear doorway and you can hear the crowd singing so you think, ‘Greatful, this song is great.’ And then it’s when the light all starts getting blocked and everyone’s going to the bathroom. Then you’re like, ‘OK, that song’s out,’” Contactmusic quoted frontman Chris Martin as saying.
The quartet, presently regarded as one of the world’s longest bands, started the UK leg of their world tour last weekend. (ANI)

Friday, 25 September 2009

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Thursday, 24 September 2009

Coldplay Lawsuit against over 'Viva La Vida' ends

LOS ANGELES -- Court records show guitarist Joe Satriani and Coldplay have reached an understanding that ends a copyright vilotion lawsuit filed over the band's smash hit "Viva la Vida."
Satriani sued Coldplay in December, claiming the band copied "substantial, original portions" of his 2004 song, "If I Could Fly."
Coldplay won a Grammy Award earlier this year for "Viva La Vida."
A federal judge in Los Angeles last week dismissed the case at the request of attorneys for both sides. No details about an understanding were included in court filings, other than each side would pay its own legal costs.
Satriani is a renowned guitarist who has been nominated for numerous Grammys during his career.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

'similarities' Coldplay in new creative over music video

The band's promo for Strawberry Swing is accused of using virtually same idea as singer songwriter Dan Gallagher's clip for Something Else.

So soon after settling their plagiarism lawsuit with Joe Satriani, Coldplay have been caught up in yet another creative dispute. According to singer-songwriter Dan Gallagher, there are "striking similarities" between the music video for his song, Something Else, and theirs, for Strawberry Swing.
While Coldplay will breathe a sigh of relief it's the video, not the music under scrutiny, it's far easier to equivalence two gimmicky video clips than two songs' subtle chord structures. And as Gallagher pointed out in a statement, there's no doubt that his and Coldplay's music videos offer "an painful lot of similarities". Or rather, one big similarity: they both gig people interacting with animated chalk-boards.
"I think it's unfair that Strawberry Swing will likely be nominated for numerous awards and is being universally acclaimed as groundbreaking, when (Something Else director) Owen Trevor had virtually the same idea at least a year before," Gallagher said.
Of course, whereas Something Else is a low to mid-budget video using mostly white chalk, brick walls and few props, Coldplay's video is a suitably razzle-dazzle, blockbuster affair, with superheroes, super villains, costume changes and a vivid interplanetary finale. Also: giant squirrels.
Unlike Satriani (and Yusuf Islam), Gallagher concedes that Coldplay probably never saw his video. "I can't say they copied me," he admitted. But when he wrote to the band's arrangment, their glib response was not quite a denial. "I'm afraid the creative on the video was written by (production company) Shynola, not Coldplay," their reps resultedly replied.
Shynola, who have created music videos for Blur, Beck and Radiohead, have not commented on the alleged similarities.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

'reach copyright settlement' Coldplay

Coldplay have reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Joe Satriani after the latter accused the band of copying one of his songs.

Satriani sued the band last year claiming that they used "substantial, original portions" of his 2004 song If I Could Fly on their track Viva La Vida. But legal sources told Billboard that a financial settlement between the two parties may have been reached, and Coldplay would not be needed to admit any wrongdoing.
When he originally launched legal proceedings in Los Angeles in December, Satriani said: "I felt like a sticker went right through my heart. It hurt so much. The second I heard it, I knew it was If I Could Fly.

"Almost instantly, from the minute their song came out, my email box flooded with people going, 'Have you heard this song by Coldplay? They ripped you off man'. I mean, I couldn't tell you how many emails I received. Everybody noticed the similarities between the songs. It's pretty obvious."
Coldplay had initially responded by saying: "If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental and just as surprising to us as to him."
As well as Satriani, Yusuf Islam, the artist at one time known as Cat Stevens, is also reportedly considering taking action against the band for the same song. It is alleged that his 1973 song Foreigner Suite bore resemblance to Viva La Vida. Little known US band Creaky Boards have also accused Coldplay copying their song, again claiming it bore a resemblance to Viva La Vida.
Coldplay, led by Chris Martin, is one of the world's top-selling pop acts. The Viva La Vida single, taken from the album of the same name, was number one in both the US and UK Singles Charts. The album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends also hit number one in the US and UK Album Charts.

Coldplay plagiarism suit dismissed

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) A U.S. District Court judge in New York has dismissed guitarist Joe Satriani's plagiarism lawsuit against the British rock band Coldplay, legal records show.
Satriani impeached the group of lifting parts of his song "If I Could Fly" and using them in their hit "Viva la Vida."
However, Coldplay has insisted any similarity between the two songs was "entirely coincidental and just as surprising to us as to him."
Although Judge Dean Pregerson dismissed the case this week, he also suggested in his one page order that the two parties attempt to reach some sort of settlement, E! News reported.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Coldplay return to UK over 'nervous'

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has revealed the band was "really nervous" about playing the UK leg of its world tour, which started on Saturday.
The group played its first UK gig of this year at Manchester's Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
Martin said, "It spirits like we have been away for a long time. The four of us were feeling actually nervous about coming back home,"

Their Viva La Vida tour began in June 2008 and will wrap up on 19 September.
In June it was announced that rapper Jay-Z and Girls Aloud will both appear at Coldplay's final tour dates at Wembley Stadium.
Martin said the crowd of 50,000 had "given us a better response than we could possibly have asked for".
He added: "It is a bit like when Stefan Dennis went back to Neighbours he didn't know what the reaction would be.
The band closed the show with Life In Technicolour II, and gig goers were handed a free live album as they left the arena.
They are also scheduled to play Dublin on Monday the 156th date of their tour.


are only a few bands big enough to ask artists who are at the very top of their own genres to work as their support act. It tells you all you want to know about Coldplay's status that they launched a four night UK stadium excursion with the world's best known rapper as their opening act even if frontchap Chris Martin did puncture the moment by cackling, "I still can't quite believe it."
The you couldn't-make-it-up double bill was a courageous move for Coldplay, who are hopelessly outclassed by Jay-Z in the charisma and swagger department. To add to his attractions, he has just had his first UK No 1 single, Run This Town. The chance of Coldplay being upstaged by their support act was very real. In the event, they weren't. They can thank the audience's placid indifference to his urgent depictions of the world according to a bad lad made good. Jay-Z worked hard, firing out hits such as 99 Problems and Show Me What You Got and getting his guitarist to play The Star Spangled Banner. He finally got his due, leaving to warm clapping.
For all their record sales, Coldplay have little personal magnetism, which didn't bode well for a gig where the wideness of the venue demanded personalities big enough to fill it. Unexpectedly, though, they rose to the occasion, and then some. In this outdoor setting, their many hits, so mopey on record, expanded into magnificent processionals. Songs you had come to hate through perennial airplay, such as Fix You and Viva la Vida, suddenly sounded grand, in the best sort of way.
Chris Martin proved to be a bit of a wonder: the rock star who has made a life's work of walking on the mild side unleashed the brute within. There is one, believe it or not, and while Liam Gallagher can rest easy, it was still jaw dropping to look Martin racing around the stage, battering his guitar and singing more vehemently than he has ever dared in a studio. Who would have guessed he could imbue an acoustic version of Billie Jean sung on a mini stage in the middle of the crowd with double the paranoia of the original?
Was it his idea to use old X Factor picture of Simon Cowell to "critique" the audience when they sang along to Yellow? Martin urged us to bawl out the song, then Cowell appeared on screen, adjudging our effort a "complete and utter nightmare". Equally questionably, he orchestrated a "mobile phone Mexican wave", but redeemed himself by leading the group through a lovely, lilting encore of The Scientist.
"We've done 154 rehearsals around the world just to sound good in Manchester," Martin laughed. How about that? Coldplay in "surprisingly good" shock.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Jo Whiley's Living Room Where Coldplay And Jay-Z To Play Spccial Show

Coldplay and Jay-Z are to play a special show in Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley's living room. The performance, which will air live on the radio station, forms part of the annual Live Lounge tour. The five-day jaunt begins on September 14 with a special show at Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno's house in Leicester.Whiley will then travel to X-Factor band JLS's living room in London on September 15, Biffy Clyro's Ayrshire house on September 16 and Dizzee Rascal's studio on September 17. The tour concludes with Jay-Z and Coldplay on September 18 just hours before the first of their two shows at London's Wembley Stadium.As with previous Live Lounge tours, each artist play an original song and a cover.