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Kings of Leon @ Madison Square Garden - Jan 29, 2009 (spochat)
Kings of Leon

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has revealed that people often mistake him for singer James Blunt or an insurance salesman. The singer said a woman who works next door to the band's Bakery recording studios in London is convinced that he is a door-to-door salesman. "She asked me the other day if I was in insurance," he told XFM. "And if it's not insurance or a lawyer, it's another singer. "The other ones I get are James Morrison and James Blunt and I always say, 'Yep!' because you should never disappoint somebody." Martin joked that he would rather be confused for Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill. "If I could sing like that I'd be massive," he said. [Gigwise]
The Whigs opened for Kings of Leon at the sold out show at Madison Square Garden in NYC last night (1/29). KOL's setlist below...

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Adele

Nic Harcourt's Top Ten Albums of 2008

1. Adele - 19 (XL Recordings/Colombia)
2. Mates Of State - Re-Arrange Us (Barsuk)
3. Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (Capitol)
4. Ting Tings - We Started Nothing (Columbia)
5. The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely (Warner Bros)
6. The Broken West - Now or Heaven (Merge)
7.Dandy Warhols - Earth to the Dandy Warhols (World's Fair)
8. Duffy - Rockferry (Mercury)
9. Tilly and The Wall - o (Team Love Records)
10.Emiliana Torrini - Me and Armini (Rough Trade)
That kind of scary list is via KCRW WHERE NIC (mostly) NO LONGER WORKS...
Los Angeles, Calif., (December 10, 2008) - LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine today announced the selection of Nic Harcourt as Editor at Large, Music & Culture. Beginning February 8, 2009, in LA's January/February double Oscar issue, Harcourt will contribute a monthly column inspired by his love of music and the culture of Southern California.

Harcourt has been hailed as the most influential DJ in America and ultimate music tastemaker because of his uncanny ability to forecast trends and identify emerging talent. His innovative approach will now provide LA readers with unparalleled insight into the always evolving music and culture hemisphere through his monthly "Listen Up" columns, which will feature a hand-selected playlist, his picks for upcoming local concerts, shows and/or events and Q&As with emerging artists...

It was announced only a day or two earlier that the LA Times' parent company, Tribune Co, went bankrupt.

Adele was on Jimmy Kimmel (in LA) last night. Video below...

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Krallice in Brooklyn (more by Leia Jospe)
Krallice

Ryan Adams' Top 9 Albums of 2008

Testament, The Formation of Damnation (Nuclear Blast Americ)
Krallice, Krallice (Profound Lore)
The Killers, Day and Age (Island Records)
The Smiths, The Very Best of The Smiths (Rhino)
Metallica, Death Magnetic (Warner Bros.)
Mariah Carey, E=MC 2 (Island)
Coldplay, Viva La Vida (Capitol)
Fleet Foxes, Sun Giant EP (Sub Pop)
Ihsahn, Angl (Candlelight)
That list via Filter. Ryan Adams' next NYC show is at MSG with Oasis on December 17th. All dates below...

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Amazing Stories

With the greatest possible respect to Joe Satriani, we have now unfortunately found it necessary to respond publicly to his allegations. If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him. Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write or have any influence on the song Viva La Vida. We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavours. Coldplay.

Coldplay

"I felt like a dagger went right through my heart. It hurt so much," Satriani says. "The second I heard it, I knew it was [my own] If I Could Fly."

As it turned out, Satriani wasn't the only one who noticed the similarity between If I Could Fly and Viva La Vida.

"Almost immediately, from the minute their song came out, my e-mail 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 e-mails I received.

"Everybody noticed the similarities between the songs. It's pretty obvious. It's as simple as that - when you listen to a song and you say, 'Wow, that's a real rip-off.'"

What makes the situation especially painful for Satriani is that If I Could Fly isn't just any song. It's a composition he'd been laboring over for well over 10 years before he recorded it.

"I started writing it on the Flying In A Blue Dream tour back in 1990. But because of the way I write, sometimes songs take a while, as this one did. In 2003 I started demoing it in earnest. I played it on the acoustic guitar on a demo so I could sing the melody, then I demoed it on electric to get the sound. And the performance turned out to be so spontaneous, so right and so emotional, that it wound up being a keeper."

..."That was the intent all along," he says. "It was a love letter to my wife, Rubina - a simple, direct expression of feeling.

"That's what really hurts about this whole thing. That I spent so long writing the song, thinking about it, loving it, nursing it, and then finally recording it and standing on stages the world over playing it - and then somebody comes along and plays the exact same song and calls it their own."

"Coldplay didn't want to talk about it. They just wanted this whole thing to go away." Joe Satriani... [the interview continues @ Music Radar]

So now Joe is suing. Watch a video comparison of the songs in question HERE. Watch a video comparing Satriani's guitar solos to Kirk Hammett's below...

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Joe Satriani

A noted guitarist has sued members of Coldplay, claiming the band's smash hit "Viva La Vida" copied parts of one of his songs.

The copyright infringement lawsuit by Joe Satriani was filed Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles.

The 52-year-old claims Coldplay copied "substantial, original portions" of his 2004 song, "If I Could Fly." The Coldplay hit, which was nominated for a Grammy this week, has topped charts around the world and been used to sell iPods in commercials. [AP]

Lawsuits suck, but I can't help thinking the idea of Joe Satriani suing Coldplay is awesome. And this is the second time Coldplay have been publicly accused of ripping off the same song from someone. The first, as you may remember, was NYC's own Sidewalk Cafe regulars the Creaky Boards, who, became YouTube-famous after posting a video comparing Coldplay's song to theirs. Joe didn't make a video, but someone else did for him. Watch both of them below...

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Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Coldplay

Of all things to do yesterday/Sunday (October 26), the day after he got no sleep for 5 straight CMJ days in a row, Kyle went to NJ to see/shoot Coldplay who were playing their first of two shows in a row at the venue formerly known as Continental Airlines Arena.

Coldplay also performed in NYC during CMJ - a private TV show taping - at Hammerstein Ballroom. Their last, semi-proper NYC show was the free one they did at MSG.

Duffy, who played her own CMJ show at Webster Hall during the week, helped guarantee the show would be even more boring opened for Coldplay last night. More pictures (but none of Duffy) below...

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Coldplay @ MSG (more by Ryan Muir)
Coldplay @ MSG

Details on getting into the upcoming private performance are below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Christy Turlington (and opener Ed Burns) enjoying Chris Martin @ MSG
Coldplay @ MSG

Actresses Charlize Theron and Kirsten Dunst joined supermodel Helena Christensen in the 10,000-strong audience.

The New York event was the band's third free show, following gigs in London and Barcelona, to promote new album Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends.

They gave away thousands of tickets through their website - although some were said to be changing hands for up to $800 a pair on eBay. The title track, Viva La Vida, has given the band their first ever number one single in both the US and the UK. Its popularity has been boosted by its use as the soundtrack to an iTunes advert. [Telegraph]

Coldplay played a free show at Madison Square Garden in NYC last night (June 23, 2008). More pictures and stuff below...

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The Cure @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
The Cure

It's all about MSG lately. Love them or hate them, there is/was....Iron Maiden, Tom Petty, R.E.M. (last night), The Cure (TONIGHT), Coldplay (Monday), and Pearl Jam (Tuesday and Wednesday) - all right after one another. And all that coincided with the announcement that My Morning Jacket are playing that venue too which coincided with My Morning Jacket's Radio City show tonight. Radio City is also where where the Cure are playing tomorrow (note: Radio City & MSG are owned by the same company).

The big difference between Coldplay and all those other shows is that Coldplay tickets were free...to those who were able to "win" them. If you weren't able to win them, I've got one more chance for you. One person who emails BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Coldplay) will be selected and awarded a pair of free tickets to the free show.

In other Coldplay news, Brooklyn's Creaky Boards are now really famous, and Santogold will soon be more famous, you can stream Coldplay's new album, and tickets for their NJ show go on sale Saturday.

ALSO, The Police are playing MSG.

ALSO, Coldplay rescheduled a bunch of dates, so their latest ones are below...

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Coldplay and Madonna

Robyn is playing All Points West and then touring with Madonna. Santogold is performing at Summerstage and then touring with Coldplay. All dates below....

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Coldplay

KEEPING UP WITH THE RADIOHEADS

"What Radiohead did [releasing the album In Rainbows as a pay-what-you-like download] was great. They had that freedom because they were out of contract. We didn't. I know being on a major label is meant to be antiquated, but we're fine with it. We're trying to keep pace with the idea of free content, though. We gave away [the album's first single] "Violet Hill" with NME and as a free download.

"Next month we're doing free concerts in London, New York and Barcelona. And on the album, tracks five and six are two songs but show up as one, so you can download two songs for the price of one. That was inspired by the 'buy one get one free' promotions at KwikSave, where I once worked."

IS CHRISTY MOORE COOL?

"I always thought that if you were a 16-year-old and liked Coldplay you'd keep it quiet. We aren't cool and never will be. But I hope after this album, 16-year-olds will feel proud to like Coldplay. The best gig I've ever been to was by John Williams, who wrote the music for Jaws and Star Wars. I also love Stevie Wonder and Christy Moore. Are they cool? The best bands in the world today are probably Arcade Fire and Sigur Rós. I think Coldplay is only the seventh best in the world." [Brian Boyd talks to Coldplay's Chris Martin]

Stevie Wonder is very cool. Sigur Rós are currently streaming their whole new album.

Coldplay

Congratulations you're a winner of a pair of tickets to the free Coldplay show at Madison Square Garden on June 24th 23rd, 2008!!

Now we need some more information so we can mail your tickets. Please click the link below and finish the form with your address information.

Where are my seats located? You will find out when you get your tickets in the mail.

People have been getting their free Coldplay tickets. Did you get yours? Did you want them?

P.S. Coldplay are also playing the Today show. More tour dates HERE.

B-52s

The Today show hosts free outdoor "concerts" at 7:00am on Fridays at Rockefeller Center in NYC. This past Monday (Memorial Day) was the B-52's who have a new album out called Funplex. The bizarro-world videos from that performance and interview, and the rest of the 'TODAY Toyota Concert Series' 2008 summer schedule below.....

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Free Tickets

As previously reported, Coldplay are playing a free show at Madison Square Garden in NYC on June 23rd. Get your free tickets now (or sign up for a "chance of winning" them to be more specific).

They also announced more tour dates today. Those are below...

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Vivalvida

"Violet Hill," the first single from Coldplay's upcoming album, Viva La Vida, will be available as a free download from the band's website (http://www.coldplay.com) for one week beginning Tuesday, April 29th, at 7:15 a.m. EDT - a full week before it goes on sale at digital retailers. Viva La Vida will be released in North America on June 17th.

"Violet Hill" also debuts on radio this Tuesday. On the same day, Coldplay will post preliminary details on its website regarding the band's upcoming free show:

June 23rd New York, NY Madison Square Garden

Please check http://www.coldplay.com beginning April 29th for details on how to win tickets. As this is a free show, no tickets will be available for purchase. Coldplay will also be playing a free show at Brixton Academy in London, England on June 16th.

Viva La Vida was produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs. It is the follow-up to the immensely successful X&Y, which has sold 10 million copies worldwide since its release in 2005.

Brian Eno has also been busy working with David Byrne.

Coldplay

Brit band Coldplay is the preferred music choice to send us off to sleep at night, a survey has found.

The clean cut rock band fronted by Chris Martin topped a poll of artists lulling Britons into slumber.

The dulcet tones of James Blunt, Snow Patrol, Take That and Norah Jones completed the "kip parade" top five according to a study undertaken by Travelodge. [UK press association]


Richard Ashcroft "Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft's third solo album, 'Keys to the World,' will see belated North American release March 21 via Virgin. The set has been out since last month in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at No. 2 on the country's album chart. The single 'Break the Night With Colour' peaked at No. 3 on the U.K. singles" [Billboard]

Richard is touring with Coldplay from March 20 - April 6th. That includes their March 25th NJ show. There's no Coldplay show on March 29th, so Richard is stopping by NYC to play Webster Hall with David Ford. Tickets are on sale.

David Ford also plays the Living Room on March 31st. All Richard+Coldplay AND David Ford dates below....

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"The veggie voters have spoken, and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin have been selected as PETA’s 2005 “World’s Sexiest Vegetarians,” narrowly edging out a host of other veggie Valentinos and Venuses, including David Duchovny, Reese Witherspoon, Joss Stone, Avril Lavigne, Joaquin Phoenix, and Prince, as well as previous winners Tobey Maguire, Andre 3000, Josh Hartnett, Alicia Silverstone, Natalie Portman, and Shania Twain." [PETA] (thx Neuman)

"Forget the album charts or the hard fought ‘Biggest Band In The World’ title, some of the world’s most famous musicians, including Thom Yorke, Chris Martin and Anthony Kiedis, are up against each other for the title of World's Sexiest Vegetarian."

Coldplay vs. Radiohead for World's Sexiest Vegetarian
Last year Andre 3000 (Outkast) and Alicia Silverstone won

Gothamist Interviewed Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (who I'm listening to in my headphones as I write this)
Gakwer says the Bloc Party show at Webster Hall last night was full of "retarded NYU kids." (I sold my tickets to go to LOA)
Gakwer notes that the NYTimes made it OK for journalists to hate Coldplay. (They'll never beat U2 now)
Rolling Stone has a video for Spoon's "I turn my camera on." (via Chromewaves via Catbirdseat) (good song, stream the whole album)

BonoChris Martin as Rocky

Just kidding! But maybe he will after he reads this statement from Chris Martin: "U2 can be beaten. For me it's no different from the film Rocky. You study your opponent. And I regard them as opponents." (from One Louder)

Previously...
More busting on Coldplay | New Album Stream | Crazy Frog
Coldplay Wants to be Better Than Mozart
U2 vs Coldplay... continued | X&Y
U2 vs. Coldplay | NYC Small (& Big) Shows Wrap-Up