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Coldplay's 'Paradise' video features unicycling, adorable trunk jokes: Watch it here!

Coldplay’s music may not be for everybody (“We’re as hated as a band can be,” according to frontman Chris Martin in the story in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly), but their music videos tend to be universally transcendent.

While the new clip for “Paradise” (the second video from Coldplay’s forthcoming fifth album Mylo Xyloto) isn’t as visually inventive as “The Scientist” or even “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” it is overflowing with charm.

Charm, and elephant suits.

The story goes like this: An elephant breaks free from the zoo and makes his way back to his home on an African plain, where his fellow elephants wear glasses and jam out to Coldplay songs.

Along the way, he busks for change, rides a unicycle, and executes a number of funny trunk-related visual gags. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

Coldplay's Chris Martin on 'Princess of China' guest Rihanna: 'She's a much, much better singer than me'

There is still a week to go before the release of Coldplay’s fifth album, Mylo Xyloto, and earlier today the tune that will undoubtedly be the disc’s most talked-about made its way onto the Internet — though the band’s label, EMI, is consistently pulling the song down where they find it.

Back when the track listing was first announced, “Princess of China” immediately stood out, mostly because it contained the note “featuring Rihanna” right after it.

It isn’t the first time a voice that isn’t Martin’s has shown up on a Coldplay song (remember that version of “Lost!” that captured one of Jay-Z’s best freestyles over the piano solo?), but “Princess of China” is a pretty powerful departure for the band, as it not only invites RiRi along for the ride but also locks into something like an R&B groove (or at least the British swoop-rock interpretation of an R&B groove).

“She’s one of the top five singers in the world,” Martin told EW during a recent conversation about the new album (the results of which you can read in the current issue, on newsstands now). “While we were working on it, I was thinking, ‘I wish Rihanna was singing this.’ That was around the time of Rated R, when she was singing dark stuff like ‘Russian Roulette.’ I got nervous to ask [drummer] Will [Champion], because I knew he would say, ‘Well, we don’t really have guests on the records,’ but then I asked him and it was accepted as an idea. But the song itself was always asking for her. The process of getting her to sing on it took ages, but in my head I would have been very disappointed if anyone else had done it.” READ FULL STORY

Coldplay to livestream concert in Madrid

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Good news for Coldplay fans who don’t own private jets: If you can’t make it to their upcoming concert in Madrid, you’ll be able to watch it online.

Two days after releasing their new album, MYLO XYLOTO, the band will play Spain’s Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas arena and livestream the show globally at 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 26 here.

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Coldplay pay tribute to R.E.M. with cover of 'Everybody Hurts': Watch it here

With their deft ability to keep one foot in the underground and the other riding the mainstream wave, R.E.M. have served as a source of inspiration for hundreds of bands who believed they could start out small and gradually become stadium-fillers.

Though they’ve done it in a conflated period of time, Coldplay certainly followed that script, and R.E.M.’s breakup has clearly had a serious impact on frontman Chris Martin. During a concert on Saturday in Atlanta, only about 70 miles west of R.E.M’s hometown of Athens, Martin tipped his hat to his heroes with a cover of “Everybody Hurts.”

“One of our favorite bands of all time, for some crazy reason, have finished,” Martin announced from the stage, introducing his cover. “And it’s sad. Please don’t judge this cover version on its musical merits. See it for the gesture rather than its actual sound. This is just to show how much they meant to us.”

Check out his acoustic run through “Everybody Hurts” — which inspired quite the singalong in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park — after the jump. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, day one: Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, and Jay-Z

When you think about it, there’s really only one way to kick off a pop music festival: with the gyrating, electro, pulsing sounds of the Black Eyed Peas, of course.

The foursome opened the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last night with laser lights, a cadre of jailbird-themed backup dancers (in a word: divine), and one of their signature songs, “Boom Boom Pow.”

It’s almost needless to say, but the party-rocking vibe the show’s producers were no doubt hoping for coalesced perfectly, as the crowd spiraled into dancing through songs like “Just Can’t Get Enough,” “Don’t Stop the Party,” “The Time (Dirty Bit),” and the perfect set-ender: “I Gotta Feeling.” (Personally, I was hoping for “Shut Up,” but no one ever seems to be into that song as much as me.)

Of much interest — at least to me — was Fergie’s delightful getup, which included glittery knee-high boots and onesie, and fascinating, gold fingernail/cap things that contributed to her overall drag queen look. She was Vegas to a T! (Then again, she always kind of is.)

The tone was set from the first act: This show was definitely all about the hits, and the 12,000 fans in the audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena seemed to get just what they wanted. From top to bottom, the show was quite the Vegas production with huge screens flanking the stage, more than one confetti blast (the first one came at the almost-still-daylight time of 8:01 p.m., no joke), and, yes, Ryan Seacrest as host.

He first appeared after the Black Eyed Peas left the stage to introduce the show: “This weekend,” he said, in a trademark way that’s both overly dramatic and overly bombastic, “all roads lead to Vegas.” Well, all roads carrying the biggest pop stars, at least. And it was during this interlude that he announced something that made the crowd go completely wild: Lady Gaga—already confirmed to be performing during the festival—would appear on Saturday night with Sting. In two words: Instant death!

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Coldplay unveil new single 'Paradise': Hear it here

The march toward the most unpronounceable album of 2011 continues. Coldplay’s fifth proper album is called Mylo Xyloto and is set to hit store shelves on October 24.

Fans haven’t had to wait to hear the new material, as not only have songs popped up in the middle of festival performances and appearances on late night talk shows, but the band has gone ahead and released nearly half of the 14-track album already.

A handful of songs were released on an EP alongside the first single “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” and the band just pulled the curtain back on another single called “Paradise.” A kinder, gentler song than the more bombastic “Teardrop,” it still delivers a pretty powerful melodic punch. Give it a spin after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Coldplay announces title and release date for new album

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Coldplay has announced that their fifth album, Mylo Xyloto, will release in the U.S. on Oct. 25. In a message on their website, the band said the record will be produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson “with enoxification and additional composition by Brian Eno.”

In addition to standard digital, CD, and vinyl release, there will also be a special limited edition Pop-Up Album version, which includes a 12″ x 12″ hard cover book featuring graffiti pop-up art designed by David A. Carter, and exclusive photographs, excerpts from the studio diary, and content from the band’s personal notebooks.

Coldplay recently performed some of the new music from Mylo Xyloto at Lollapalooza. They also performed “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” the album’s first single, and another track from the record, “Charlie Brown,” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The next single, “Paradise,” is due Sept. 12.

More Coldplay:
On the scene at Lollapalooza, day one: Coldplay, Muse, and more
Coldplay debut new song, pay tribute to Amy Winehouse on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’
Coldplay’s ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ video: Watch it here!

On the scene at Lollapalooza, day one: Coldplay, Muse, and more

If Lollapalooza, with its 130 bands spread over three epic, deodorant-challenging days in Chicago’s mammoth Grant Park, is a marathon and not a sprint, Friday was its hope-you-carbo-loaded 10K kick-off.

Fans of chugging, red-meat rock– and Aerosmith obsessives (brothers Adrian and Tony Perry are the sons of Aero icon Joe Perry) — came out early for Boston boys TAB the Band; frontman Adrian told me that they recently spent time in the studio with Mark Neill, who co-produced the Black Keys’ Brothers. I like the Stones-y, jangling “She Said No (I Love You),” even though the title sounds uncomfortably like an After-School Special about date rape.

Next up: Electric Touch, a whammy-bar-friendly Austin outfit with a British frontman whose  black-jeans strut works melodically, if not always lyrically. Either way, the dude near me in the full-body blue spandex bodysuit with his cargo shorts all bunched up underneath seemed to have no reservations; he was extra-loving the “Blitzkrieg Bop” cover.

Reports say there are 90,000 showgoers expected this weekend, and approximately 45,000 of those seemed to be in attendance at Foster the People‘s set on the Sony stage. The L.A. breakouts’ indie-pop anthems — and faithful, slightly incongruous cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” — were swallowed at times by the field’s massive sprawl, though the kids didn’t let that stop them from some surprisingly civilized crowd-surfing during “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls),” “Helena Beat,” and “Pumped Up Kicks,” a.k.a. The Hit. (Don’t worry, “Houdini,” you are still my favorite.) Frontman Mark Foster seemed appropriately awed, recalling to the crowd his very recent days spent selling clothes and pulling coffee. Barista no more! READ FULL STORY

Coldplay debut new song, pay tribute to Amy Winehouse on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Coldplay know how to construct sweeping anthems, and they’re also pretty good at multi-tasking. Last night, they played a concert at UCLA (their first in the United States this year) that doubled as a benefit for the Grammy Foundation’s “Grammy in the Schools” program. On top of that, two of the evening’s tunes were broadcast on last night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

With typical Colplayian majesty, Chris Martin and his cohorts blew through a new song called “Charlie Brown” as well as a live rendition of the single “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.” Both sounded sharp and crisp (the band has been honing their chops on the road in Europe), and they look ready to blow away the masses who will gather this weekend in Chicago for Lollapalooza, where Coldplay will headline on Friday night.

Give a listen to both the live version of “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” and the new track “Charlie Brown” (both of which will appear on Coldplay’s still-untitled fifth studio album, out this fall) after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Robyn covers Coldplay's 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall': Listen to it here

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I thought Robyn’s cover of “Since U been Gone” was my favorite song cover the Swedish songstress had ever done, but then I heard her take on Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.”

Love is a strong word, but I don’t hesitate using it in this case. She gives the band’s latest hit what can only be described as “the Robyn treatment,” and it has left me in a state of synth-pop euphoria.

Could this cover (which she did for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge) be a hit for Robyn? I think so. Listen and weight in! READ FULL STORY

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