Coldplay’s New Double Album is Here!
I am a huge fan of Coldplay – and yes, I will be sharing videos that show why – So these “Songs For Sunday” will look at their new album, and how I helped bring them to America!
Yes, I DID….first, let’s discuss this terrific new double album!
In a letter sent to fans in October, the band announced their eighth studio album would be a double album titled “Everyday Life”, and the song titles were posted in advertisements in newspapers in the UK, including Exeter’s Express & Echo – Chris Martin’s hometown!
The album is gorgeous, beginning with an instrumental song and moving across a wide range of musical influences and styles.
Here is the first video from the album – the title track “Everyday Life”:
To promote the release, the band performed the song live at sunrise and sunset in Jordan!
As UK’s The Telegraph said in their review:
“It is, as ever, heart-on-sleeve stuff, with all of Coldplay’s musical diversions bound together by Martin’s golden gift for melody, almost simplistically direct lyrics and emotive crooning. But, oh my goodness, you’d have to be made of sterner stuff than I to resist.”
How I Discovered Coldplay!
OK, I brought Coldplay to America, and here’s how it happened.
It all began when the band formed, recorded and released two Extended Play CD’s: “Safety” in 1998 and “The Blue Room” in 1999.
Coldplay achieved worldwide fame with the release of the song “Yellow” in 2000.
Here is the video for “Yellow:”
“Yellow” was from the album Parachutes, which was released that year in the UK – NOT America.
The Royal Family Connection!
Now, here is how Prince Edward was the catalyst for bringing Coldplay to America.
In 2000, I Executive Produced a ten hour miniseries on E! called “Royalty A – Z.” The other EP on the show? Prince Edward Wessex. It was a massive project that premiered in early 2002.
I flew to London many times during the long production of the show, and on every trip I spent time in London’s record shops, where I came across this:
As you can see from the sticker, it was an early single of “Yellow.” I fell in love with the song, bought the album when it was released in the UK, and told my music Producer at E!, Dave Adelson, that we should do a feature on the band.
He told me they didn’t have a US record deal and no one would know who they were, since the album was brand new…but I persisted and he featured the band – and the single “Yellow” – on his music report on E! News.
Two months later, ABC had the song on their “Yellow” primetime network promos…how did they know about a song that hadn’t even been released in the US?
Because we aired it on E! News!
Oh, and if you are wondering, Prince Edward was a polite, friendly and intelligent producing partner…yes, I have some stories, but I’m saving them for the book.
Ok, now back to the band:
Coldplay’s second album, “A Rush of Blood to the Head” in 2002 was named NME’s Album of the Year.
The gorgeous song “The Scientist” is on the album, with this video having been seen 781-MILLION times on YouTube!
Their next release, “X&Y” in 2005 was the best-selling album in the world!
Here’s the mega-selling song from the album, “Fix You”:
Their fourth studio album, “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” in 2008 was also the best-selling album in the world that year!
The album was named after a Spanish phrase that best translates into English as “Long live life”.
Here is the brilliant live performance of “Lost” featuring Jay-Z!
In 2011, the band released their fifth studio album, “Mylo Xyloto”, the UK’s best selling album of the year.
Here is the smash hit “Paradise” from the album:
Their sixth album, “Ghost Stories” was released in 2014 – a more moody, sedate collection of songs said to deal with Martin’s failing marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow.
As he said at the time in an interview:
“The idea of Ghost Stories, for me, was “how do you let the things that happen to you in the past – your ghosts – how do you let them affect your present and your future?” Because there was a time when I was feeling like they were going to drag me down and ruin my life, and the lives of those around me.”
Here’s the video for “Sky Full Of Stars” from the album:
The following year the band released their seventh album, “A Head Full of Dreams”, which included this massive hit, the title track:
The band continues to perform, as well as releasing live albums of those performances as well…hope you enjoyed this look at their history – and this wasn’t the only time I ran into Royalty in my job:
Yes, that is Prince Albert of Monaco, with me in the foreground…if you want to find out how and why I met him in a Tex-Mex bar in Cannes, click on my story here:
One last thing: Coldplay is just one of many British bands I love, all with a single word as their band name:
Doves, Oasis, Elbow, Keane, and yes, Athlete as well….if you don’t know them, here are a bunch of videos of them all!
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