Chris Martin doesn't care that people think Coldplay isn't "cool."
The "Magic" singer admits the group - also made up of Johnny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion - have never been seen as fashionable but after scoring the fastest-selling album of 2014 with Ghost Stories, they have proved they have longevity.
"We have never been the coolest thing or the most fashionable thing. Well, maybe for a period. It just feels like we're able to keep rolling and no-one really notices. I feel like every day we're given is a real blessing. I could not have asked for a more dreamy job," Chris, 37, said.
Although the band have had repeated success and toured the world, they realize that Coldplay may not last forever, according to the Daily Star newspaper. "If we're in that place in 10 years, that's amazing. But if we're not, that's okay," Chris said.
Coldplay is planning to release another album next year.
The "Paradise" hitmakers, whose new record Ghost Stories will be released next month and is a departure from their usual sound, are reportedly planning a more commercial follow-up album in 2015. "Ghost Stories is sort of a low-key release for Coldplay, if that's possible. It's their chance to try out some different ideas on a smaller scale before coming back next year with a more traditional record," a source said.
The band - featuring Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion - have been experimenting with their sound in a similar way to Radiohead and U2 did in the middle of their careers by recording more atmospheric tracks. "U2 did it with Achtung Baby and Zooropa. And it's no secret Coldplay have always admired Radiohead. They did a similar thing with their experimental Kid A album in 2000, returning a year later with sister release Amnesiac. It's that kind of idea," the source continued.
Madonna has topped Forbes' list of highest-paid musicians.
The 55-year-old singer is still the queen of pop according to the magazine, earning $125 million from June 2012 to May 2013 thanks to her sell-out MDMA Tour, miles ahead of her nearest rival Lady Gaga, who raked in $80 million. Rockers Bon Jovi and country singer Toby Keith were next, with Coldplay coming in fifth place.
Despite lackluster sales of her latest album, Madonna made her fortune from fans paying $100 a ticket to see her tour - which grossed $305 million - as well as from merchandise sales, a clothing line, fragrance and investments in companies like Vita Coco. This comes as little surprise, since Madonna had already been crowned the world's highest-earning celebrity by Forbes in August, with filmmaker Steven Spielberg, author E.L. James, radio personality Howard Stern and X Factor boss Simon Cowell rounding out the top five.
However, the magazine estimates Lady Gaga could easily top the highest-paid musicians list next year because her current earnings were affected by her hip injury, which forced her to cut her Born This Way Ball tour short. Had she completed the tour, she could potentially have made $200 million.
The Killers think that Coldplay will always be more popular than them. Frontman Brandon Flowers admits the British band is leagues ahead of his own in terms of becoming the next U2 and has resigned himself to the fact that he will never achieve the same level of popularity.
"We're a few steps behind Coldplay. There's no catching them now. I never felt we were chasing them and I'm not deflated, but they've just taken that," Killers frontman Brandon Flowers said. The 31-year-old singer is highly critical of the current rock scene, however, and said that in the eighteen months the "Mr. Brightside" hitmakers went on hiatus, the state of guitar bands got even worse and they all need to "get over" themselves and write songs that can compete with his own.
Coldplay have already started work on their new album.
The band's frontman Chris Martin says the group are working on tracks for the next LP, a follow-up to last year's Mylo Xyloto, and laughed off reports they were going to have a three-year break.
"I've been writing songs and I'm so fired up about the band's future. I'm fortunate to do what I do and no way do I want to stop. This three-year break idea only came about because I said at a gig in Australia that we might not be back there for three years. That's probably true, but that's just how a world tour works. No chance are we taking a three-year break," he said.
Coldplay will take a three year break from touring.
The British band's frontman Chris Martin made the announcement as they finished the Australian leg of their world tour in Brisbane on Wednesday, but admitted to some doubts about the hiatus. "This is the last big show for three years or so. I don't want to stop," he said.
The group have three dates left on their current world tour, including a concert at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on December 29 followed by two shows at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn although they have hinted they are already working on a new album.
Speaking about their last record, 2011's Mylo Xyloto, Chris promised fans the new release will be easier to pronounce: "The next one we're releasing is much easier to pronounce." When pressed further about what the next album will be called, Chris said, "I can't tell you that."
Coldplay, Pink Floyd and Kylie Minogue are to be dropped by their label.
Troubled British record company EMI is undergoing a takeover by Universal Music Group, and the European Commission ruled today it can go ahead on condition it sells off most of its smaller record labels.
Acts who will now find themselves without a parent label include David Guetta, Tinie Tempah, Gorillaz, Cliff Richard, David Bowie, Tina Turner and Duran Duran, who are all signed to Parlophone. Chrysalis - home to Depeche Mode and Moby - will also have to go, as will Mute, home to the Ramones and Jethro Tull.
One act EMI will be keep are The Beatles, a hugely lucrative band, who still sell millions of albums even though they split in 1970.
Coldplay closed the Paralympic Games last night. The "Paradise" group performed a 15 song set at the closing ceremony of the games at the Olympic Stadium in London.
The group took to the stage with "Us Against the World" before launching into one of their most recognizable anthems, "Yellow." Later in the set the band - Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion - were joined by Rihanna for their single "Princess of China." After her first guest spot they performed "Strawberry Swing" with The British Paraorchestra, before Rihanna returned for a rendition of her single "We Found Love."
Jay-Z will perform at the Paralympics Closing Ceremony.
The rapper is set to join Coldplay and his protege Rihanna at the event in London on Sunday after the British band's frontman Chris Martin approached him. "Jay-Z and Chris Martin are close friends so he helped to get the rapper on board. They are putting together a spectacular set list - one likely to include a duet. It's going to be one hell of a show and fans of both artists will be trying to get tickets. The Paralympics has exceeded all expectation and, like the rest of the world, Jay-Z has been blown away by their bravery and athleticism. This will be a concert like no other and a fantastic end to what has been the most successful Paralympics ever," a source said.
Speaking previously about the event, Chris said the band were "honored" to have been chosen. "Being asked to play at the closing celebrations for the Paralympic athletes in London is such a great honor for us. Kim Gavin and Misty Buckley are working hard to put on a spectacular Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony for the athletes and spectators in the stadium, and everyone watching around the world, and we are so happy to be involved," Chris explained.
Coldplay are struggling to make substitutions in their gig setlists because their performances have been "killer."
The "Paradise" hitmakers - Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Will Champion and Jonny Buckland - are experiencing a "good problem" during their US tour in that they are unsure where to make changes from gig to gig because each show has been a "total belter."
"The fellas are clearly having a properly great time - and the shows have been total belters as a result. San Jose were a pretty damn loud crowd. Perhaps it's been like this every night and I just spent more time with my earpieces out, taking it all in. They're most definitely in the zone right now. There have been tinkerings, though with some possible setlist additions in soundchecks. One of the Viva album tracks that only got a rare live outing has had a workout. I really hope it makes it back into the setlist, it's one of my all time favorite Coldplay live tracks (particularly the ending when Jonny goes off into full on guitar hero territory). They also played around with something from a long way back. It's all a sign of a band very much alive and enjoying themselves. The possibilities keep appearing left and right for great additions, but the set right now is so killer that it's tough to work out where to make substitutions. I'd call that a good problem to have," Coldplay's roadie revealed on their blog.
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