Entries tagged with: Coldplay
STREAM: Amadou & Mariam - Sabali (produced by Damon Albarn) (MOV)
STREAM: Amadou & Mariam - Welcome to Mali (MOV)
Back on November 21st I asked, "What is the best album of 2008?" In that post I listed the top ten albums according to Metacritic's aggregated critic-rating statistics. At the time, The Bug held the number one spot for his album "London Zoo".
Amadou & Mariam's Welcome to Mali was released on November 17th in the UK and hadn't even been listed on Metacritic yet. It appeared on the site a week or two after that, and it in turn knocked The Bug down to the number two spot. To this day "Welcome to Mali" holds the title of best rated album of 2008... even though it doesn't come out in the U.S. until March 24, 2009.
In June A&M will visit our country again, to give us some more of their great live shows...
The singer Mariam Doumbia and her husband, the guitarist/vocalist Amadou Bagayoko, have been making music together since they first met and fell in love at the Institute for Young Blind People in Bamako, Mali's capital, three decades ago. Over the last few years, they have achieved remarkable critical and popular acclaim in Europe and North America.Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for a June 8th headlining date at Webster Hall in NYC. Last time they were here was for All Points West.
Amadou & Mariam are especially beloved for their live shows - they recently performed in the Africa Express event that was part of the BBC Electric Proms festival; the concert also featured Johnny Marr, The Magic Numbers, Damon Albarn, and Hard-Fi as well as numerous African artists. They will be headlining a Spring tour and will be opening for Coldplay in July.
All dates below...
AC/DC @ The Izod Center (more by Ryan Muir)
If anyone had any doubt that touring is where the money is in the music business, a quick look at the top Moneymakers for 2008 should hammer the point home.I hope Kanye West can handle being below The Jonas Brothers (and Lil Wayne). The whole list below...
Regardless of genre, retail sales or radio play, each of the 20 acts on Billboard's Moneymakers list toured in 2008. (Taylor Swift mostly opened for Brad Paisley but doesn't get credit for that revenue). For almost all of them, touring generated the most revenue. And in a year when recorded-music sales declined yet again, many earned more at the box office than ever before. [Billboard]
FORBES: Then what are the challenges for the next five to 10 years?The interview, done by Forbes in light of the Ticketmaster/Live Nation deal, goes on to discuss Radiohead, U2, festivals, ticket prices, Coldplay, The Jonas Brothers, and Katy Perry.
AEG's Randy Phillips: In 2009 and 2010, our biggest challenge is the economy. I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. I put two tours on this year--Britney Spears and Taylor Swift--and they both blew out. However, at some point this massive unemployment is going to bite us. I think it's going to happen around June or July, when we start to put tickets on sale for the summer. We're trying to determine what level of staffing and overhead we need for a decreased business model. That's the biggest short-term challenge.
FORBES: What about long term?
Randy Phillips: My biggest concern honestly past the economy is where the headliners of tomorrow are going to come from. That's scary. The record industry has so many of its own problems in terms of sales of music and how to make money on it, so they're not really breaking acts at the rate we're used to. At some point, supply and demand is going to catch up to us. The sweet spot in touring going forward is going to be the 5,000- to 7,000-seat theaters. I think the consumer would rather spend more money on something that means something to them in a more intimate setting.
The Walkmen @ Masonic Temple in December (more by Natasha Ryan)
"We live in scary times. Sure, we might wonder how that inane Southern California woman is going to feed fourteen mouths, but what about the family whose breadwinners lost their jobs, and now have not only no money to pay the mortgage, but feed their kids?In related news, Live Nation and Ticketmaster announced plans to merge.
No one seems to care about those people. Everyone's too selfish. I've got mine, fuck you. But what if you suddenly don't have yours anymore?
You used to sell ten million records, now you can't even sell two. Those damn pirates! But those pirates are real people. Who overpaid to hear one good track on a CD. They've got no sympathy for you. And they may overpay to see superstars once, but not forever. The Stones don't sell out anymore. Nor does Springsteen, not even Madonna. The printed grosses are high, but that's because of the inflated ticket prices.
Is the concert industry headed for a fall? Just like the recorded music industry?" [Bob Lefsetz]
Most of the bands in this post recently announced a tour, or an update to their previously announced tour, and did not include a NYC-area date. All of them below...
TMZ can confirm that Chris Brown just entered an LAPD station, where he turned himself in to police.Radiohead did show up the Grammys, as did an even MORE pregnant M.I.A.. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss took best album (for an album that came out on indie label Rounder Records). Video of Radiohead and M.I.A.'s performances, and a list of all winners (including Daft Punk) below...
Chris is being investigated by the LAPD for an alleged domestic violence felony battery that occurred early this morning near Hancock Park in L.A. Police officials said earlier today they may arrest Brown when they found him. Well, now they know where he is.
According to the female victim -- who cops refuse to identify -- she and Chris got into an argument which turned violent. Cops say when they arrived to the scene, Brown had split, but the woman had "visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker."
Brown and his girlfriend Rihanna were together earlier last night, attending Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party -- and both canceled their scheduled performances at tonight's event.
Brown is currently being interviewed by detectives. [TMZ]
Kings of Leon @ Madison Square Garden - Jan 29, 2009 (spochat)
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...
Nic Harcourt's Top Ten Albums of 2008
1. Adele - 19 (XL Recordings/Colombia)That kind of scary list is via KCRW WHERE NIC (mostly) NO LONGER WORKS...
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)
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.It was announced only a day or two earlier that the LA Times' parent company, Tribune Co, went bankrupt.
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...
Adele was on Jimmy Kimmel (in LA) last night. Video below...
Krallice in Brooklyn (more by Leia Jospe)
Ryan Adams' Top 9 Albums of 2008
Testament, The Formation of Damnation (Nuclear Blast Americ)That list via Filter. Ryan Adams' next NYC show is at MSG with Oasis on December 17th. All dates below...
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)
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.
"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."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...
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]
A noted guitarist has sued members of Coldplay, claiming the band's smash hit "Viva La Vida" copied parts of one of his songs.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...
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]
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
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.
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...
Coldplay @ MSG (more by Ryan Muir)
Details on getting into the upcoming private performance are below...
Apollo Heights @ Citysol day 1 - June 26, 2008 (by Paul Bachmann)
Coldplay @ Rockefeller Plaza (Today Show) - June 27, 2008 (by Paul Bachmann)
today in NYC
* FREE STUFF
* Al Green @ Carnegie Hall
* Patton Oswalt @ Carolines
* Jeffrey Lewis @ Sound Fix
* Indian Jewelry @ Glasslands
* Times New Viking @ The Whitney
* Peter Murphy @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Love Cats @ Highline Ballroom
* Harry & the Potters @ Bowery Ballroom
* AA Bondy & Delta Spirit @ Union Hall
* Talib Kweli @ Museum of Natural History
* The Warlocks & Blacklist @ Mercury Lounge
* Japanther, NinjaSonik AND waterfalls on a boat
* Pwrfl Power, Tickley Feather & Bears @ Death By Audio
* Belaire, Adventure, Mussels & Jeffrey Lewis @ Cake Shop
* Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Titus Andronicus, the So Glos & Devon Williams @ Knitting Factory
* Cold War Kids, Elvis Perkins in Dearland & Sam Champion in Prospect Park
* A Place to Bury Strangers, King Khan & the Shrines, Black Acid @ SS Seaport
photos by Ryan Muir
Christy Turlington (and opener Ed Burns) enjoying Chris Martin @ MSG
Actresses Charlize Theron and Kirsten Dunst joined supermodel Helena Christensen in the 10,000-strong audience.Coldplay played a free show at Madison Square Garden in NYC last night (June 23, 2008). More pictures and stuff below...
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]
The Cure @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
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.
ALSO, The Police are playing MSG.
ALSO, Coldplay rescheduled a bunch of dates, so their latest ones are below...
KEEPING UP WITH THE RADIOHEADSStevie Wonder is very cool. Sigur Rós are currently streaming their whole new album.
"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]
Rilo Kiley @ Terminal 5 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Shellac @ Primavera 2008 (more by Kate Pedatella)
M83 @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Bao Nguyen)
today in NYC
* Comedy @ Southpaw
* The Homosexuals @ Trash
* Eric Clapton @ Jones Beach
* DJ Vadim instore @ Halcyon
* Broken Spindles & Bell @ Union Hall
* The L Magazine's New Music Festival
* comedians and Neko Case at Southpaw
* an Irish band for free in Bryan Park
* Lightspeed Champion & TMOT @ Union Hall
* Orba Squara and many others @ Living Room
* The Presets & Walter Meego @ Bowery Ballroom
* Lightspeed Champion & Flowers Forever @ Maxwell's
* Black Lips, Gringo Star & Titus Andronicus @ Market Hotel (moved from Ridgewood Temple)
* Mixel Pixel, Violens, Chairlift & Project Jenny Project Jan @ Mercury Lounge
* Radio 4, The Cloud Room, Cassettes Won't Listen & Foreign Islands @ Le Royale
"Dance" post coming in a second.
We added a lot more shows to the free NYC calendar today.
Some not-free shows went on sale today.
Simian Mobile Disco's gear was ruined on a plane this past weekend.
Coldplay played Kimmel. Videos below....
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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.....
They also announced more tour dates today. Those are below...
"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.Brian Eno has also been busy working with David Byrne.
"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.
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]