I’VE been banging on about Coldplay’s hotly anticipated new album for a while and couldn’t wait to see what they’d come up with as they officially unveiled Music Of The Spheres last night.
But while I’d banked on clever artwork and a stylish theme, as per their previous outings, the band’s love of reinvention has gone further than I could have imagined.
Cover art for their ninth album, which will be released on October 15, reveals a 12-song track list, which includes lead single Higher Power and imminent release Coloratura — out this Friday ahead of another single in September.
But the boys are likely to cause a headache for Spotify and co after ditching words for the names of five of the tracks and instead giving them emojis as titles.
The songs are represented by a planet, the Earth, a heart symbol, some stars and the infinity symbol.
And in a handwritten note from the band, frontman Chris Martin, guitarist Jonny Buckland, bass player Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion — plus creative director Phil Harvey — the boys revealed the record has been produced entirely by Max Martin, the pop supremo behind Britney Spears, among other big names.
The message added: “Thank you for listening, or coming to shows, or any way we have met through music.”
And in a nod to the record’s extra-terrestrial theme, the band said: “Everyone is an alien somewhere.”
The decision to use emojis as track names comes after Chris previously revealed the band had considered the idea but hit resistance from label bosses and the streaming giants.
He had said: “We’re trying to have the first album ever with some tracks that are just called emojis. But it’s proving tricky because of all the service providers. Some of them say, ‘You can’t do that’.
“You literally have ten million songs in one box. Let us have a picture of an apple for a song, or something like that. So that’s in negotiation.”
I guess I now know who won that battle.
Raye shuts 'dor
RAYE has split from Polydor to go independent after slamming the label last month.
The Brit Award nominee had ranted on Twitter that record bosses insisted she had more hits before they would let her release a full album.
Now the singer, whose collaboration Bed, with Joel Corry and David Guetta, is the year’s biggest-selling song from a British female artist, has quit Polydor after seven years on it’s roster.
She tweeted: “I am very grateful to them for giving me a graceful, smooth exit to start my next chapter as an artist.”
Good for her.
DJ to be honoured
DJ legend Pete Tong will be honoured at the Music Industry Trusts Awards for his outstanding contribution to music and broadcasting.
The Radio 1 star’s career spans more than 30 years and will be celebrated during the gala ceremony held in aid of the Brit Trust and Nordoff Robbins at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on November 1.
The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Glasto organiser Michael Eavis have won the award in the past.
Britney fights back
BRITNEY Spears’ new lawyer has vowed to “move aggressively” to end the conservatorship which has seen dad Jamie control much of her life for the past 13 years.
Mathew Rosengart was brought on to her team last week and is already making plans to free her.
He said from Los Angeles: “My firm and I are moving aggressively and expeditiously to file a petition to remove Jamie Spears unless he resigns first.”
For the first time, the singer was allowed to choose who represented her after court-appointed attorney Sam Ingham quit in the wake of her explosive account last month slamming the conservatorship.
Now it is looking more and more likely that Britney finally will be freed.
Fame is 'gross'
TONES and I is preparing to step away from the spotlight because fame makes her feel “gross”.
The singer, real name Toni Watson and best known for Dance Monkey which spent 11 weeks at No1 in 2019, said she plans to write for other people.
She told Australian radio: “I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be Tones and I. Realistically, I’m going to give myself another four years then I want to be a songwriter.
“As soon as my mental health isn’t wanting to do this, I’m stopping. I’m not pushing through this, I want to be happy.”
Kylie launches sorbet
KYLIE Minogue looks extra sweet here after launching her own sorbet.
The Can’t Get You Out Of My Head singer posed in a green dress against a picture of a garden hung on a brick wall in the photo which she shared on Instagram.
And despite being 10,500 miles away Down Under, she is still working hard on launching her sweet treat in London.
The luxury sorbet is flavoured with Kylie’s own range of rosé wine, which she released last year, and is being sold for a brain-freezing £10 a pot at gourmet deli Colette in Chelsea, near to her West London home.
She has been living in her native Melbourne since the end of December, avoiding the UK lockdowns – then being caught in the Australian ones.
Kylie is welcome back any time – especially for her long-awaited Disco tour.
HAILEY Bieber has shut down speculation she and her pop star husband Justin are having their first child.
He has been vocal in his desire to start a family but model Hailey was quick to insist that’s not on the cards right now after he shared a photo of them on Instagram with the caption: “Mom and dad.”
Fans assumed it was a tease and commented: “Baby on the way?” and: “Wait what? MOM AND DAD?!”
But Hailey wrote: “I think u should maybe change this caption to Dog Mom and Dad before anyone gets it twisted.”
Gary's back on track
GARY Barlow has put the brakes on his bid to become the new Joe Wicks after admitting that, like me, he put on weight in lockdown.
The Take That singer had been posting bootcamps and training tips on social media, but is worried about misleading his fans.
He said: “Recently I’ve felt a bit more responsibility around social media so I’ve specifically not been posting any fitness or nutrition stuff because I don’t want to be influencing people for the wrong reasons.
“I make music and I sing and I write but I’m not a professional in fitness and nutrition. It’s not easy losing weight and it gets harder when you get older.
“I’m probably a little heavier than I usually am, but I’m really not bothered about it right now.
“I just feel like I need a bit more healthy food, I’ve definitely come off the tracks a little bit. Although me ‘coming off the tracks’ is really nothing to shout about.”
Kate's shocky horror show
KATE Beckinsale looked in fine form in this patterned short suit at the Los Angeles premier of Jolt.
But her character in the film isn’t quite as cool, calm and collected. In fact the concept sounds ridiculous.
Kate plays a bouncer with a temper so furious she keeps it in check with an electrode-lined vest.
But after her first love is killed, she goes on the rampage to seek revenge – and police are quickly on her tail.
We all need a good laugh right now, but this action comedy, out this Friday on Amazon Prime, doesn’t sound like it will lift my spirits.
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