Coldplay and Oxfam have teamed up to make a new crowd-sourced video for an acoustic version of their track ‘In My Place’ that will be part of a campaign to combat land grabs.
Land grabbing is the practice of banks, individuals or governments buying huge plots of land in poor countries for profit, which is damaging to those who live there, who can end up without a home or livelihood. The video seeks to highlight this issue by showing the sense of being out of place.
Fans have been asked to submit video or photo footage by March 20 for the chance to be included in the video. Coldplay’s music video and film director Mat Whitecross will stitch the best of the footage together to make the final cut.
“People are being asked to move something favourite, personal or familiar from their home to somewhere it doesn’t belong. Alternatively, they could do something personal, everyday, familiar that they’d usually do at home, in totally the wrong place.” The video will launch in April when The World Bank has its Annual Spring Meeting and aims to encourage people to take action and try.
Meanwhile, Coldplay recently spoke out about the closure of the iconic London gig venue The Bull & Gate. Writing a letter to a local London newspaper, the band stated “Long live the Bull. We’ll always be grateful.” [Source]
Coldplay have admitted that “a bit of recognition is wonderful” after collecting their eighth Brit Award.
The British band beat Muse and Mumford & Sons to win best live act at the event.
“We’re always pleased to come to these things and to win is amazing,” said drummer Will Champion when interviewed backstage after the ceremony.
“We feel that we’ve worked very hard at our live shows so to get a bit of recognition is wonderful.”
Coldplay started experimenting with giving the crowd at their shows digital wristbands that flash in time to their live music in October 2011.
Since then the Xylobands have become an integral part of the Coldplay live experience.
Will Champion felt their latest Brit win also honoured their wider creative team.
He said: “It’s a great thing because we’ve been able to use things made by exceptional people – people like Jason Regler who invented the wristbands that we use. Read full article.
Coldplay have suggested that their next album will be more stripped-back.
The group spoke about plans for what would be their sixth studio record backstage at the Brits on Wednesday (February 20), after picking up the prize for ‘Best Live Band’.
Asked about new material by Radio 2′s Jo Whiley, guitarist Jonny Buckland said: “There is a theoretical album [in the works].”
Drummer Will Champion went on to say: “Me and Jonny have been going into the studio just noodling; we go in and noodle for an hour and then go get a cup of tea or coffee! No, there’s rumblings [of a new album].”
When Whiley proposed that Coldplay’s next project could be more stripped-back and acoustic, Champion replied: “Yeah, that might be nice, actually. There’s only so far you can go without becoming pompous and a bit overblown.”
Champion added to BBC Newsbeat that the band’s latest sessions are sounding “absolutely dreadful”, adding: “[It's] garbage, abstract, avant-garde nonsense. So you shall never hear of it, even if we released it you’d never hear it.” [Source]
The band were due to play a run of already postponed dates starting next week in Chile
Coldplay have cancelled their South American tour.
The band were due to play a number of dates starting next week in Chile, but the shows have now been pulled “due to circumstances beyond our control” say the ‘Mylo Xyloto’ group. The dates were already postponed from last year.
Coldplay posted a message to fans at their website, coldplay.com, it read:
Dear friends in Latin America, We’re sad to say that, due to circumstances beyond our control, we’re unable to reschedule the postponed ‘Mylo Xyloto’ tour dates in 2013. For this we’re very sorry. It may seem small consolation now but we’ll definitely have your corner of the world at the front of our minds when the time comes to do it all again. Thank you for your incredible patience and support.
Late last year, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin revealed that he had begun work on their next album.
Martin told the Daily Star: ”I’ve been writing songs and I’m so fired up about the band’s future.”
He added: ”I’m fortunate to do what I do and no way do I want to stop.”
Coldplay have promised fans that the title of the album will be easier to pronounce than 2011′s ‘Mylo Xyloto’. Chris Martin told Australian radio station 2dayfm: “The next one we’re releasing is much easier to pronounce.” [Source]
Coldplay’s hit Clocks has been voted the best song of the last 10 years.
The track topped a poll by British radio station BBC Radio 6 Music to name the top 100 tracks of the past 10 years, ahead of Arctic Monkeys’ I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.
Coldplay star Will Champion says of the honour, “This is extraordinary. We’ve been listening to 6 Music since it started and I feel like our band’s career and this station have grown up in parallel. This top 10 is amazing – what an amazing 10 years of music… We all said not bad for a song that hasn’t got a chorus.”
More rock groups make up the rest of the top five – Elbow came in third with One Day Like This, ahead of Bloodbuzz Ohio by The National in fourth place and The Killers’ Mr Brightside at five.
Other songs in the top 10 include The Flaming Lips’ Do You Realize?? and Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails track Hurt. [Source]