Coldplay to postpone all touring plans until it’s ‘environmentally beneficial’

A new album from Coldplay means a brand new tour is on the horizon…right?

Nope. Not at all.

On Thursday (Nov. 21), the Brtish band revealed that they will not embark on a tour in support of their new studio effort until they can reduce their environmental impact.

During a recent interview with BBC News, frontman Chris Martin made the surprising announcement.

“We’re not touring this album. We’re taking time over the next year or two to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial,” the singer explains to the publication.

“Our next tour will be the best possible version of a tour like that environmentally. We would be disappointed if it’s not carbon neutral.”

He continues: “The hardest thing is the flying side of things. But, for example, our dream is to have a show with no single-use plastic, to have it largely solar-powered. We’ve done a lot of big tours at this point. How do we turn it around, so it’s not so much taking as giving?”

It’s quite an ambitious feat, but when you’re one of the biggest bands in the world, nothing is ever really that impossible.

Coldplay is set to release their eighth studio album, Everyday Life, this Friday (Nov. 22). The long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams was previously revealed to be a double album, one side titled Sunrise and the other titled Sunset.

To coincide with the album’s release, Coldplay previously announced that they will join forces with YouTube Originals for two exclusive performances.

Titled “Coldplay: Everyday Life – Live in Jordan,” the event will stream live from Jordan on Nov. 22, the day of the album’s release.

The quartet’s performance will be divided into two sessions; Sunrise and Sunset. The Sunrise album will be performed at 4 a.m. GMT, while Sunset will take at 2 p.m. GMT. The full stream will be available here.

Earlier this week, the group unleashed two more songs from the forthcoming record, “Daddy” and “Champion of the World.”

Coldplay share snippet of new song ‘Guns’

Coldplay is ready to get serious about gun control on their latest single.

On Wednesday (Nov. 6), the British band released a 30-second teaser from their upcoming new single “Guns.” Getting in touch with their inner Millennials and Gen Z-ers, the group took to Instagram to give fans a sneak peek at the new track.

Unlike its predecessors, “Guns” finds the foursome going in a folkier direction, a departure from the bubbly-fun sound of their previously released songs.

Listen to the 30-second snippet above.

“Guns” will join “Orphans,” “Arabesque,” and title track “Everyday Life” on Coldplay’s eighth studio album, Everyday Life. The upcoming release will be divided into two parts; Sunrise and Sunset.

Everyday Life is the long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams. Since then, Coldplay has released several EPs, including Kaleidoscope, Live in Buenos Aires, and Global Citizen-EP 1.

Everyday Life is due out Nov. 22 through Parlophone/Atlantic Records. Pre-orders are currently available for purchase and include several bundles to pick from, including CDs, vinyls, cassettes, and digital formats. The double record will reportedly have a runtime of 53 minutes.

To coincide with the album’s release, Coldplay previously announced that they will join forces with YouTube Originals for two exclusive performances. Titled “Coldplay: Everyday Life – Live in Jordan,” the event will stream live from Jordan on Nov. 22, the day of the album’s release.

The quartet’s performance will be divided into two; the Sunrise and Sunset. The Sunrise album will be performed at 4am GMT, while Sunset will take at 2pm GMT.

For fans who would like to be part of the broadcast, Coldplay just revealed how you can do that. All you need to do is watch this video and follow the direction.

See. Simple.

Watch: Coldplay share their bubbly music video for ‘Orphans’

We guess we can officially classify this past week as “the return of Coldplay.”

On Friday (Oct. 25), the British band kept their promise and unveiled the music video for “Orphans,” the first official single from their upcoming studio album.

The four-minute music video begins with a transcript of interaction and focuses on frontman Chris Martin as he sits on the steps of a building strumming away at his guitar. After a bit, the footage changes to incorporate the other members of the band.

The clip seems to follow the foursome as they perform the song in different locations. We watch them in the recording studio, in a garden, on the beach, and in a room that looks like it has seen better days.

For most of the video, the band is joined by a dance troupe who dance, cheer and have an all-around good time as the music plays on.

Watch the Mat Whitecross-directed music video for the song above.

Earlier this week, Coldplay confirmed the release of their new studio album. Titled Everyday Life, the record will be split into two sections; Sunrise and Sunset. “Orphans” can be found on the Sunset portion.

Everyday Life is the long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams. Since then, Coldplay has released several EPs, including Kaleidoscope, Live in Buenos Aires, and Global Citizen-EP 1.

On Thursday (Oct. 24), the foursome unveiled the 16-song tracklisting for the forthcoming studio effort. As if that wasn’t enough, they also unleashed the audio for “Arabesque,” which can be found on the Sunrise album.

Everyday Life is due out Nov. 22 through Parlophone/Atlantic Records. Pre-orders are currently available for purchase and include several bundles to pick from, including CDs, vinyls, cassettes, and digital formats. The double record will reportedly have a runtime of 53 minutes.

Before releasing the much-anticipated record, Coldplay will take the stage at “Saturday Night Live” for the sixth time. The quartet will take over the sketch comedy show’s stage on Nov. 2 the same day “Charlie’s Angels” star Kristen Stewart is set to host.

Listen: Coldplay return with ‘Arabesque,’ ‘Orphans’

It looks like the joke is on all of us because Coldplay just released not one, but two new songs from their forthcoming studio album.

On Thursday (Oct. 24), just a few hours after the tracklisting for their eighth studio album was released, the group premiered two songs from Everyday Life. The first track is titled “Arabesque” and is featured on Sunrise while the second song is titled “Orphans” and can be found on Sunset.

Both tracks were produced by The Dream Team. “Arabesque” features vocals from Stromae and horns by Femi Kuti and his band.

“Arabesque” can be streamed above while “Orphans” can be found here.

A 7-inch vinyl featuring both tracks is currently available for purchase through Third Man Records.

To coincide with the release of the two singles, Coldplay has also announced that the official music video for “Orphans” will be released tomorrow (Oct. 25) at 8 a.m. EST, so keep an eye out for that.

Everyday Life is the long-awaited follow-up to the group’s smash 2015 record, A Head Full of Dreams. Since then, they have released several EPs, including Kaleidoscope and Live in Buenos Aires.

Everyday Life is due out Nov. 22 through Parlophone / Atlantic Records. Pre-orders are currently available for purchase and include several bundles to pick from, including CDs, vinyls, cassettes, and digital formats. The double record will reportedly have a runtime of 53 minutes.

Before releasing the much-anticipated record, Coldplay will take the stage at “Saturday Night Live” for the sixth time. The quartet will take over the sketch comedy show’s stage on Nov. 2.

Coldplay unveil ‘Everyday Life’ tracklisting via newspapers across the world

Leave it to Coldplay to continue unveiling crucial details about their new studio album on the down-low.

On Thursday (Oct. 24), word got out that the British band had released the complete track listing for their upcoming double album, Everyday Life. Instead of releasing the news with pomp and circumstance like many musicians tend to do, Coldplay decided to go in another direction and publish the list via the classifieds section of Wales’ Daily Post.

The blink-and-you-may-miss-it ad features the name of the album at the top of the ad and two columns to represent the two albums (Sunrise and Sunset) and their corresponding tracks.

Sunrise will include tracks such as “Sunrise,” “Church,” “Trouble in Town,” “BrokEn,” “Daddy,” “WOTW/POTP,” “Arabesque,” and “When I Need a Friend.” Sunset will feature songs such as “Guns,” “Orphans,” “Èkó,” “Cry Cry Cry,” “Old Friends,” “Champion of the World,” and the record’s title track “Everyday Life.”

For those who were on the fence about the validity of the ad, guitarist Jonny Buckland quickly confirmed that it did come from the band and that he had a personal connection with the Daily Post.

“I once had a holiday job at the Daily Post, placing photos of houses for sale. I wasn’t very good at it,” Buckland tweeted from the band’s Twitter account.

The Daily Post wasn’t the only newspaper to feature Coldplay’s latest announcement. According to Rolling Stone, Exeter’s Express and Echo, Melbourne’s The Age, Chinese-language paper Sin Chew Daily, and France’s Le Monde all featured the same ad.

The band’s decision to unveil Everyday Life‘s tracklist via the classifieds should not come as much of a surprise as it did.

In the letter sent to fans earlier in the week, Coldplay told them that “in the classifieds, you might write ‘double album for sale, one very careful owner.’ One half is called ‘Sunrise,’ the other ‘Sunset.’”

And take to the classifieds they did.

Everyday Life is the long-awaited follow-up to the group’s smash 2015 record, A Head Full of Dreams. While they have released some EPs in that time —Kaleidoscope and Live in Buenos Aires— a full album was never part of the plan.

No word on when fans can expect the first single off the double release.

We’re guessing this means we should probably start looking at the classifieds section of our local newspapers…we may get a link to a new song.

Coldplay to return with ‘Everyday Life’ in November

Is this just a “head full of dreams,” or does Coldplay really have a new album coming out next month?

Well, it looks like it’s definitely the latter.

On Monday (Oct. 21), the British band announced plans to release not one, but two albums next month. Titled Everyday Life, Coldplay’s long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams is due out Nov. 22 through Atlantic Records.

According to the group, the new record will be divided into two, giving fans a double album experience. The first half of the studio effort will go by “Sunrise,” while the second half will be titled “Sunset.”

The announcement comes after fans began to receive letters in the mail from the foursome.

In the letter, the band reveals that “for the last 100 years or thereabouts, we have been working on a thing called Everyday Life.”

The note continues: “In the classifieds, you might write ‘double album for sale, one very careful owner.’ One half is called ‘Sunrise,’ the other ‘Sunset.’ It comes out 22 November.”

To coincide with the reveal, the group also unleashed a cryptic, 15-second black-and-white video on Instagram and Twitter. The snippet features an old-school, 1900s-esque photograph of the group as well as some instrumentals in the background, and concludes with the date November 22, 1919, scrawled across the screen.

We have the feeling that it’s their way of driving home the point of working on this record for the “past century.”

If that wasn’t enough, posters of the photograph have reportedly been popping up across the globe. Some fans in Brazil found one of the posters near a metro station in São Paulo.

No. Seriously.

Everyday Life is the long-awaited follow-up to the group’s smash 2015 record, A Head Full of Dreams. While they have released some EPs in that time —Kaleidoscope and Live in Buenos Aires— a full record was never part of the plan.

No word on when fans can expect the first single off the double release.

Pharrell Williams, David Guetta, Los Unidades lead ‘Global Citizen’ EP

Pharrell Williams, David Guetta, Los Unidades, and African musician WIZKID are some of the artists to be featured on the upcoming Global Citizen EP 1 album. On Tuesday (Nov. 27), international advocacy organization Global Citizen announced plans to release a four-song record at the end of the week. Due out this Friday (Nov. 30), the EP will be released in partnership with United States-founded Atlantic Records and United Kingdom-based Parlophone.

In conjunction with the surprise album announcement, the first single from the record was released. Titled “E-Lo,” the song is performed by Pharrell Williams, Jozzy, and Los Unidades aka Coldplay under a new moniker. Watch the Nelson Mandela-inspired lyric video for “E-Lo” above.

Pre-orders for Global Citizen EP 1 are currently available here. All pre-orders come with an instant download of “E-Lo.”

Proceeds from the forthcoming release will go directly to Global Citizen’s campaigns and advocacy efforts to end extreme poverty as well as assist in areas such as gender equality, education, water, and sanitation.

Global Citizen’s veer into the music world is not at all surprising since the project is headed by Coldplay’s Chris Martin who also curates Global Citizen’s annual live music festival.

“For hundreds of years, we have witnessed the power of music in bringing people together to drive activism and demand change,” said Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans.

“We are thrilled to release Global Citizen EP 1 with new songs from these incredible artists who stand with us in the fight to defeat extreme poverty, and we are extremely grateful to Dave Holmes, Parlophone Records and Atlantic Records for their dedicated partnership and support as we demand to see an end to extreme poverty by 2030.”

Coldplay manager Dave Holmes adds: “It was a real honor to help further the Global Citizen movement by putting together this release alongside Chris and Parlophone. We’ve ended up with so many incredible performers, and we’re all extremely proud of the finished EP. May it be the first of many.”

The EP will arrive a few days before this year’s Global Citizen Festival set to take place on Sunday, Dec. 2 in Johannesburg, South Africa. This year, the festival will honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Martin, Williams, WIZKID, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, , Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, and Usher will all perform at this year’s event.

GLOBAL CITIZEN EP 1 TRACK LISTING:

1. “Rise Up (feat. Nelson Mandela)” – Stargate
2. “E-Lo (feat. Jozzy)” – Los Unidades & Pharrell Williams
3. “Timbuktu (feat. Stormzy & Jess Kent)” – Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades
4. “Voodoo (feat. Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Danny Ocean & David Guetta)” – Stargate & Los Unidades

Lady Gaga, The Killers, Coldplay to cover Elton John for new tribute albums

 

Elton John may be saying farewell to his own yellow brick road with a massive final world tour, but don’t think that’s the only thing the iconic performer is giving fans before his final curtain call. On Thursday (March 15), it was announced that John will be releasing a huge 26-track double disc featuring covers of some of his iconic tunes. The records, which have been titled Revamp and Restoration, will feature artists from the pop, rock, and country genres of music putting their own spin on some of John and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin’s biggest hits.

Revamp will feature a collection of predominately pop and rock artists covering some of John’s hits such “Tiny Dancer” (Florence + the Machine), “Candle in the Wind” (Ed Sheeran), “Your Song” (Lady Gaga), “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” (The Killers), and many more.

In a press statement, John reveals that he created a list of artists that he wanted to commission to work on the Revamp side of the double disc.

“On Revamp, I wrote out a wish list of people that I would love and asked them and to my surprise, most of them said yes, and we have quite an astonishing eclectic crew.”

As for Restoration, the second album, John explains that it was all about Taupin and what he wanted.

“God, we have so many great artists doing our songs, it’s quite incredible. Restoration was Bernie [Taupin]’s project and he’s a huge country fan. He came up with an astonishing list of country performers, both new and legendary.”

Unlike Revamp, Restoration will feature all country music artists. The record will bring together some of the newer faces of country alongside some classic country musicians. Current stars like Little Big Town, Marren Morris, Miranda Lambert, and Kacey Musgraves will join the likes of Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Rosanne Cash on the record.

For many of the artists featured on the records, this will not be their first time working with John and Taupin. Back in January, musicians including Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus, Alessia Cara, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and Lady Gaga took part in CBS’ special Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute. The show was put together by the Recording Academy to honor both John and Taupin for their contribution to the music world.

Revamp and Restoration currently has a tentative release date of April 6.

The covers album comes a few months after John announced his final massive outing for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The multi-year, 300-show excursion will kick off this fall after he wraps up his Las Vegas residency.

For now, the complete tracklisting for both Revamp and Restoration can be seen below.

Revamp Tracklisting:
1. “Bennie and the Jets” – Elton John, P!nk, Logic
2. “We All Fall in Love Sometimes” – Coldplay
3. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” – Alessia Cara
4. “Candle in the Wind” – Ed Sheeran
5. “Tiny Dancer” – Florence + The Machine
6. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” – Mumford & Sons
7. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” – Mary J. Blige
8. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Q Tip feat. Demi Lovato
9. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – The Killers
10. “Daniel” – Sam Smith
11. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” – Miley Cyrus
12. “Your Song” – Lady Gaga
13. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – Queens of the Stone Age

Restoration Tracklisting:
1. “Rocket Man” – Little Big Town
2. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – Maren Morris
3. “Sacrifice” – Don Henley and Vince Gill
4. “Take Me to the Pilot” – Brothers Osborne
5. “My Father’s Gun” – Miranda Lambert
6. “I Want Love” – Chris Stapleton
7. “Honky Cat” – Lee Ann Womack
8. “Roy Rogers” – Kacey Musgraves
9. “Please” – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton
10. “The Bitch is Back” – Miley Cyrus
11. “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” – Dierks Bentley
12. “This Train Don’t Stop” – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris
13. “Border Song” – Willie Nelson

Listen: Coldplay gets ‘Hypnotised’ with new song

Coldplay may have warned fans a few years back that their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams, may be their final, but it doesn’t look like the group is going to let that warning come to life any time soon. On Thursday (March 2), the British band celebrated vocalist Chris Martin’s 40th birthday by releasing another new song from their upcoming Kaleidoscope EP. The new track is titled “Hypnotised.” The six-minute, Mary Wigmore-directed lyric video is beautiful and matches the mellowness of the new track. Watch the lyric video for the new song above.

“Hypnotised” marks the second “single” from the band’s upcoming EP. Earlier this week, they debuted another song titled “Something Just Like This” which features EDM-superstars, The Chainsmokers. “Hypnotised” and “Something Just Like This” are two of the five tracks featured on Kaleidoscope which is set to hit stores on June 2 through Parlophone Records. Kaleidoscope  will reportedly be the sister release to A Head Full of Dreams.

In support of the new EP, the band is currently in the middle of their lengthy “A Head Full of Dreams” world tour. Earlier this week, it was announced that the four-piece would be one of four acts set to hit the stage for the inaugural Global Citizen Festival Hamburg. Coldplay will join the Chainsmokers, Ellie Goulding, and Herbert Grönemeyer on the bill for the one-day event set to take place on July 6. For more information about the Global Citizen Festival or how to become involved, head on over to their website here.

Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, The Chainsmokers to headline Global Citizen Festival Hamburg

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The first annual Global Citizen Festival Hamburg has been announced and some big names are set to his the stage this summer. On Tuesday (Feb. 28), the international advocacy organization announced that Coldplay, The Chainsmokers, Ellie Goulding, and Herbert Grönemeyer would headline the one-day event. The musicians will invade the Barclaycard Arena in Germany on July 6 to perform at the free-ticket concert series.

The concert is set to happen the day before the 2017 G20 Summit where world leaders will gather to discuss Global Goals for Sustainable Development. For those wanting to see the show, a total of 9,000 free tickets will be given out to fans who demonstrate a passion for activism. To be considered for the free tickets, potential attendees need to sign up on Global Citizen’s website, take action, and then enter the raffle to get tickets. Considerations will begin on March 14.

In addition to the music, concert-goers or “Global Citizens” will meet up prior to the event to demand that leaders attending the summit agree to address issues of education, health, development, and the refugee crisis.

“It is truly inspiring to see so many people come together and take action, participating in these essential conversations, and holding world leaders to account,” Ellie Goulding said in a press statement. “After joining the Global Citizen Festival on stage in New York last summer, I am incredibly excited to continue the journey of sustainable future free of extreme poverty by performing in Hamburg.”

This will mark the first Global Citizen Festival to take place in Europe. Over the past six years, there has been a festival in the United States and in 2016, the festival made its debut in both Canada and India. For more information about the music festival or how you can make you voice heard, head on over to Global Citizen’s website here.