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COLDPLAY

Album Review: BBC Radio 1 - Live From London (2015)

When you ask pop-stars to cover other pop-stars hits or perform unique renditions of their own songs, you get some truly special pieces of music. BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge captures this magic, and as well as broadcasting it, they also place the gems onto a CD so the greatness can be forever immortalised. The two-disc compilation features not only the biggest hits of 2014 but also the standout musicians of the year. From rising stars like Hozier and James Bay to the greats like Coldplay and Kasabian - BBC Radio 1 have got you covered.

Single Stream: Coldplay "Miracles" (2014)

Recorded for the upcoming film Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, mega band Coldplay have delivered one of their characteristic uplifting, melodic jams in the form of "Miracles". It's fairly standard Coldplay, with a stadium-sized chorus that hordes of people will be singing along to at shows, but the familiarity doesn't take away from the magic.

the AU interview: Aluna Francis and George Reid of AlunaGeorge (London) talk Beyonce, Melbourne music and Beyond The Valley!

Skills for days and vibe that pays, Aluna Francis and George Reid melt together with an uncanny unison. The dynamic duo are brazenly putting a spin of their own on incandescent electro pop. Over the years, AlunaGeorge have steadily ascended with their standout R&B laced electronica, teaming catchy melodies with simple, but incredible production.

ARIA Award nominees and Fine Arts winners announced in Sydney today!

Winners and more nominees for the 2014 ARIA Awards were announced at the official event in Sydney this morning, with some of Australia's best performers and their teams recognised for their work over the past year. The winners of the Fine Arts and Artisan Awards were announced at the event, with the slew of nominees for the November ARIAs unveiled. the AU congratulates all involved - there have been some truly stellar records produced over the past year, as well as the development of some great live bands who are getting just recognition!

The 50th Max Sessions featuring Coldplay will be screened on Foxtel on August 9th.

Does anyone remember when that British band came by Sydney last month? They caused a racket walking down King St in Newtown and spread confetti anywhere? Then had the audacity to only do one Australian show?! Of course, you do, if you were anywhere in the vicinity of a television, radio, computer or mobile device when Coldplay was recently in the country, fresh off the back of their smash album Ghost Stories, a conscious uncoupling and a well-overdue bout of Australian sing alongs. The band's special MAX Session which was filmed the night before their only show in Sydney last month now has a screening date for Foxtel owners, you can tune in on August 9th.

Kylie Minogue surprises Coldplay fans at their intimate Enmore Theatre performance in Sydney.

After their 14 track set at The Star for MAX Sessions and performing in the streets of Newtown, tonight Coldplay performed their anticipated concert in front of a capacity 2,400 crowd at the Enmore Theatre not far from where the video was filmed earlier in the week. And just when we thought they couldn't give Sydneysiders anything else extra special - out came Kylie.

New Music Video: Coldplay "A Sky Full of Stars" (2014)

It's been a big week for Coldplay fans in Sydney this week, with the infinitely popular UK band first shooting a music video in Newtown with hundreds of adoring fans heading down for an impromptu performance up and down king street; then you had an intimate concert at The Star for Max Sessions; and then there was one of the few performances they are doing for Ghost Stories at Enmore Theatre. While fans around the globe expressed their envy, Sydney siders reveled in Coldplay fever.

Photo Gallery: Coldplay - 50th MAX Sessions - The Star Event Centre, Sydney (18.06.14)

Performing to a more intimate crowd than usual, Coldplay played at The Star Event Centre last night marking the 50th MAX Sessions. The special television event 50th MAX Sessions: Coldplay premieres exclusively on Foxtel's MAX channel Saturday August 9 at 7.30pm. Belinda Dipalo was there to bring you these photos.

Live Review: Max Sessions ft. Coldplay - The Star Event Centre (18.06.14)

UK superstars Coldplay have returned to Australia for the first time since 2012's massive Mylo Xyloto stadium tour, this time for a short promotional run following the release of follow-up LP Ghost Stories (out now), the widely acclaimed record that has become known as lead singer Chris Martin's break-up record. Indeed, it's a deeply personal album, following Martin's widely publicized "conscious uncoupling" with wife Gwyneth Paltrow.

Coldplay performing special set to celebrate the 50th MAX Sessions in Sydney!

If you missed out on tickets for the Coldplay show at Sydney's Enmore Theatre in June, then this is your ONLY other chance to see the English band perform when they're in Australia. Coldplay will be celebrating with FOXTEL and MAX on June 18th, where they will be performing as part of the 50th MAX Sessions.

Album Review: Coldplay - Ghost Stories (2014 LP)

It's near-on impossible to listen to Coldplay's latest record without thinking of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow's recent 'conscious uncoupling'. Ghost Stories is possibly one of the most indulgent heartbreak records I've come across in a while and while I don't particularly care for the tabloid aspect of the Martin/Paltrow divorce, this album makes me want to give Martin both a hug and a slap upside the head to get him out of whatever funk he was in at the time of writing these tracks.

Coldplay to play a one-off showcase at Sydney's Enmore Theatre.

As the band release their anticipated new album Ghost Stories, UK group Coldplay are set to return to Australia for a one-off promotional performance at Sydney's Enmore Theatre on June 19th. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday, May 20th with a pre-sale at 2pm on Monday May 19th.

Album News Weekly: 5 May 2014

In This Issue: Some big album announcements in here this week, particularly from our pals in the UK. Kasabian have announced their new release, Coldplay are busy hiding things in libraries around the world, Manic Street Preachers have got some music coming out soon as well. Also Santana has a new one out, along with rock legends Mastodon. On home soil Kim Churchill has signed to Warner Music and is releasing a new record soon, and there's heaps more in here!

Single Stream: Coldplay "Magic" (2014)

As the internets goes crazy with the announcement that the parents of baby Apple are separating, let's bring it back to the music here on the AU. Suprising us all with the announcement of a forthcoming sixth LP, Coldplay have released two fresh tracks off Ghost Stories, due May 19. The latest one – "Magic" – is a minimalist R&B inflected track which only hints at their signature stadium rock sound. A refreshing direction for the band, let's wait and see how the rest of the album sounds. Listen to "Magic" here:

Album News Weekly: 11 March 2014

In This Issue: So this week it’s a little... big. Some massive announcements have just come through. Coldplay are releasing a new record, along with Band Of Skulls. Back on home soil Mia Dyson and a new Byron act Toy Boats are dropping new records. Back again overseas and Swedish pop singer Lykke Li is releasing a new one, and Lune is also dropping a record. Plus there’s tons more in here, so have a read!