October’s Key Events: Odd Future, ‘Ides of March,’ & Coldplay

October 3—The seven-piece installation “Cy Twombly: Sculpture” ends at the MoMA, where the late, great artist trades his brush for his bare hands. October 5—Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, about the imagined cancellation of Glee, premieres on FX. October 7—Ides of March, a political drama starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney, is released today. We’re guessing they’ve got the female vote.

October 11—Former BlackBook intern Ryan Adams releases his new album, Ashes & Fire. We always knew he had potential! October 13— Belvedere Vodka mixology seminar at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in Orlando. October 14—Get ready for Trespass, starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman as a married couple who battle against home invaders and forehead paralysis. October 15—Chromeo, Cut Copy, and Dizzee Rascal play the Treasure Island Music Festival, where the only pirates are outside scalping tickets. October 16—Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, starring [ALSO] George Clooney, closes the New York Film Festival with a gala screening at Alice Tully Hall. October 19—OFWGKTAPTFNYC, or: Odd Future plays Terminal 5 in New York City. October 21—The directors of Facebook spooker Catfish go from creeper to creepy when they release Paranormal Activity 3. October 22—Portraits by the artist as an old man: Your last chance to see Bob Dylan’s painting exhibition, “The Asia Series,” at the Gagosian in New York City. October 25—Attention all Coldplay Goop-ies! The Brit rock gods release their fifth studio albums Mylo Xyloto. October 28—Out of sync, but In Time. Justin Timberlake’s sci-fi thriller is released in theaters today. October 29—Learn the difference between a Maybach and Margiela, when Kanye West and Jay-Z play Philips Arena in Atlanta. October 31—Based on calculations, the United Nations says the world’s population passes seven billion today. Not if a razor blade hidden in an apple can help it!

Coldplay Releases New Single “Paradise,” Rihanna Confirmed as Only Guest on Album

The June single “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” was the first from Coldplay’s upcoming fifth album, Mylo Xyloto (October 24). Three months later, Chris Martin and company are back with their latest, “Paradise,” which sounds like the kind of crescendo-filled Coldplay tune that you prefer to belt out from a mountaintop overlooking a lush valley. The full tracklist has also been revealed, confirming Rihanna as the only guest appearance across the 14 songs.

Ri-Ri will appear on the track “Princess of China.” It should be interesting to hear her vocals over that signature Coldplay sound. Extra points if it’s more symphonic than “All of The Lights,” although there probably won’t be any side boob included in the video.

Listen to “Paradise” below.

Coldplay Samples ‘I Go to Rio’ on ‘Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall’ Single

“Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” is the first single from Coldplay’s untitled fifth album, and for this one, the boys took it back to 1976 with a sample of Peter Allen’s hit “I Go to Rio,” and maybe back to 1990 with some inspiration from the Sacados’ “Ritmo De La Noche” (which also sampled “I Go To Rio”). The sonic similarities to Viva La Vida, Coldplay’s last album, are noticeable, and the naysayers have already weighed in, but isn’t this just the kind of triumphant schmatlz we expect from Coldplay?

There’s a good dose of electric guitar, lots of singing about lights, the expected euphoric chorus, and a great one minute-ish guitar ride at the end. While Allen receives a writing credit for the song, it’s unclear whether Chris Martin and crew officially sampled the Sacados 90s dance track, but fans sure seem to think that they did.

In summary, Coldplay’s first single is another summer-ready Coldplay single that most people will love, or just love to hate. If you’re one of the lovers, they’ll be taking this one on the road for summer music festivals.

“Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”

“I Go To Rio”

Another Haiti Earthquake Disaster: Simon Cowell’s Star-Studded Charity Single

It’s not that bashing celebrities who “lend their efforts” towards Haiti earthquake relief is suddenly trendy. It’s that someone has to call out crocodile tears. With all sorts of disasters–natural and man-made–wreaking havoc across the globe, maybe A-listers shouldn’t just piggyback on the latest media-friendly calamity to ravage the world. As we’ve already learned, philanthropy is a ruthless game of one-upmanship. And issuing competing charity singles obscures the plight of those who have lost their homes, family members or gone missing. There’s already one crappy charity single in the works, so why make another one? There’s also the question, why do people have to be duped into buying a piece of substandard pop in order to help the cause?

(‘DiggThis’)It’s a fact of life that massive star power equals massive mediocrity. Too much celebrity tends to make any charity effort bulky and soggy. Precedents: This milquetoast remake of “Walk This Way” and “We Are the World”.

And from the man who’s mostly to blame for foisting “Bleeding Love” upon the world, there’s no reason to believe that “Everybody Hurts” won’t suck entirely when performed by all of these musicians: Elton John, Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, Susan Boyle, JLS, Miley Cyrus, Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams, Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Joe McElderry, Take That, Mika, James Blunt, Cheryl Cole, Westlife, Coldplay, James Morrison, Paolo Nutini, Leona Lewis, Florence and the Machine, Take That, and others. But the most charitable part of this? R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has confirmed that he’s waiving all royalties of this charity single’s sales. For a man that still cares about his musical integrity, that’s impressive.

But before you think that Cowell’s acting purely out of the goodness of his heart, take note: Lewis, Boyle, Burke, McElderry, and Westlife are all artists signed onto Cowell’s record label. Cole, meanwhile, sits alongside Cowell as a judge on X Factor. No matter their intentions, this is a sweeping gesture of goodwill that will show returns in massive publicity. The bigger question: What is Cowell trying to say with the song choice of “Everybody Hurts”? “Get over it, Haiti. Everybody hurts. Everybody suffers a 7.0 earthquake once in a while. But then you have to move on!”

Post-Solange: Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis, & Other Unlikely Covers

Yesterday, we knew nothing about Beyogaga and it was “Sol-Angel this!” and “Hadley St. Dreams that!” Then heads exploded as Solange gave The Dirty Projectors a slick makeover. In a vain bid to extend Solange’s mission of fipster goodwill into a wave of good news for the superlative popstrel that’ll still be relevant by the time next week rolls around, here’s an obligatory trend piece! No, not one about rock-and-roll types legitimizing pop songs/”Single Ladies”, rather the exact opposite. Because irony for irony’s sake is so passé. With pop stars, it’s about self-awareness as a device in furthering careers. It’s about bringing music to the masses. It’s about saving lives. Too far? Fine, fine. In any case, a round-up of some recent exemplary rock covers that pop stars have performed for some reason or another.

In true fashion, Leona Lewis reduces Snow Patrol’s “Run” to a bland ballad that sits pretty next to “Bleeding Love” and “Happy.”

Girls Aloud has incorporated their version of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag” into their live tours.

Meanwhile Kelly Clarkson performs White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” In addition to that, she also serves up a Alanis Morrissette/Kings of Leon combo and her spin on this Black Keys tune.

In a previous life, the Sugababes covered the Arctic Monkeys’ “I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor” for the NME set. And last week, they gave Florence & the Machine’s “Rabbit Heart” a whirl.

And of course, Lady Gaga performs Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”

Jay-Z, Coldplay Offer Beastie Boys Tributes at APW

Exciting few days of music for New York. At a down-low Diesel party Thursday night, Kanye, the Clipse, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, The Roots, and Cobra Starship all rocked the same house, and it was free, with an open bar. On Friday night, The National, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Jay-Z — filling in for the Beastie Boys, who are on hiatus until Adam Yauch can recover from health issues — brought the house down as the headliners for the first night of All Points West, what’s now clearly the East Coast’s version of Coachella. Saturday’s lineup, capped by My Bloody Valentine and Tool, was slightly underwhelming (question: should MBV play venues that large?). Sunday, Coldplay reportedly killed it, charming even the most jaded hipster into enjoying “Yellow.” But the two moments this weekend will probably be remembered for were the tributes to the fallen/rescheduled Beasties.

The first was Jay-Z’s on Friday night: as a looming red clock counted down to something, anything, buzz started to build at the stage. At 0:00, the opening lyric of “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” came over the speakers (“NO. SLEEP. TIL.”), Jay-Z walked out in a leather jacket, and more or less tore the place down.

Jay-Z tore through Adam Yauch’s verse (“Born and bred Brooklyn – U.S.A. / They all me Adam Yauch – but I’m M.C.A. / Like a lemon to a lime – a lime to a lemon / I sip the def ale with all the fly women …”) before launching into his own Brooklyn tribute, “Brooklyn (Go Hard).” Some chose to see it as a thinly veiled shot at New Jersey, where the festival was held, in addition to a tribute to M.C.A., which, if true: hysterical, but that probably wasn’t the import. Either way, it was nice to hear about a guy who by no means has to pay tribute to those who came before him doing so. Jay-Z could’ve done far more of his own material instead of giving the Beastie Boys air time, or dipping through a Michael Jackson tribute during “Izzo.” It’s not the first time he’s done so, either: Jay-Z commonly pays tribute to The Notorious B.I.G., as well as Tupac, as evidenced by the Fade to Black documentary chronicling his Madison Square Garden performance. Or maybe he just wanted to play a rock show for the almost entirely rock festival; he closed with the Linkin Park-remixed version of “Encore” and put on a show with a full band, sans crews of hype-men, or the 20 ridiculous guest-spots that normally line a big live hip hop performance. For the most part, it was just Jay-Z, rocking out. Impressive.

Closing out the weekend were friends of Jay-Z (and Kanye West) Coldplay, who also — again, by no means needed to, but did — an acoustic cover of the Beasties’ classic “Fight For Your Right,” which strangely, bizarrely, unbelievably seems to work. Watch Chris Martin work his magic:

What’s amazing about Martin’s effort is (A) he won over a crowd that (B) wasn’t stunned by the aesthetic ballsiness of Coldplay covering a Beastie Boys song (Chris Martin saying “your mom threw away your best porno mag” is in and of itself a thrill distinct from the rest of the performance) from Licensed To Ill, and (C) he took it fairly seriously, and put some practice into it before performing it. It wasn’t jokey, and that’s what was truly nice about it. Coldplay also covered “Billie Jean,” but we can’t find video of the All Points West version (yet), so here’s one from a performance a few weeks ago:

A good cover not only adds to/distinguishes itself from the original song, but it also shows the common ground between the cover-er and the cover-ee. If one thing was made evident by the Beastie Boys’ absence, it’s not only that they were missed, but that they — in some way — informed so many of the acts there in one way or another, as evidenced by the pretty solid tributes they were given.
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All Points West Hangover: What We Learned from Liberty City

All Points West, and all of its muddy, stylish, musical glory, has ended. What’s left of Liberty City can only be described as a term Chris Martin coined during his closing set: “a mud jacuzzi.” It’s only the second year for the young festival, and already we’ve witnessed vast improvements, including more booze options, interesting sponsor gimmicks, and a continued growth in lineup quality. I could sit here and wax poetic on the Rita’s Italian Ices, Twix breaks, the H & M golf ball shaped tent, feeling at one with nature (and whatever else was in the sludge) and basic spiritual awakenings, but I’ll let other concert goers who also got down and dirty, do the dirty work.

Ben Barna Who were you most excited to see? Jay-Z. Best performance? Jay-Z. Perks to having a VIP ticket? I didn’t have a VIP ticket, but the media pass got me backstage, partly I think, because security just didn’t care enough to stop me. Most memorable part of the festival? Eating Karen O’s leftover salad. Beers. Food. Reasonably priced? No. $6 for a slice of pizza and $7 for a small cup of bud is in no way reasonable. Thankfully, $7 for a pint of Smirnoff is. Worst thing about commuting to the park? Nothing. The ferry ride was much cheaper this year and very convenient. What needs to improve for next year? Just the lineup!

Eiseley Tauginas Who were you most excited to see? Arctic Monkeys. Best performance? The Ting Tings. Worst performance? My Bloody Valentine. The sound system sucked on the main stage for this performance. I think I busted an eardrum and I wasn’t even relatively close to the stage. Most memorable part of the festival? People went nuts during Tokyo Police. Great crowd response. Also, people watching. More goth freaks this year. Strangest festival fare? Butterfly Fries. They were not fries at all! It was a giant plate of potato chips. Best festival food? Chicken fingers. I’m a traditionalist. Worst thing about commuting? The ferry line on the way back (but we skipped, because I was backstage like a baller). Did go out after? Tried to go to Frying Pan, to keep the “I’m on a boat” energy- post-ferry, but almost fell asleep at the bar. What they improved on from last year? Beers! Seven beers rather than five like last year. Also, it was easier to locate APW volunteers and staffers to ask questions. Last year I walked around for what seemed like hours wondering, “Who works here?” What needs to improve before next year? The “designated drinking area”. Ridiculous.

Cayte Grieve Who were you most excited to see? Jay-Z. Best performance? Coldplay. I felt like I really connected with the audience, and I felt like the band really connected with us. Surprisingly good show? Silver Sun Pickups. Their show was great, but the mosh pit that broke out for them made it especially wonderful. It set the mood for the rest of the day. What surprised you overall about the festival? That it was even better in the rain. It was way too hot on Saturday. Friday was just a muddy shit show. Sunday was a nice mix. Beers. Food. Reasonably priced? I sussed out some good deals. The vegetarian lo-mein was only $4. But then again, who eats Chinese food at an outdoor festival? Meanwhile, I expected the beers to be more expensive than $7. Perks to buying a VIP ticket? When I arrived solo on Sunday, there was a 45 minute wait to get in. With the black wristband, I got to breeze right in. Most memorable part of the festival? Karen O. She’s just magic to watch. I rocked out harder than I did for anything else. Also, Coldplay’s cover of Billie Jean, and Jay-Z’s freestlye. Worst thing about the commute? Does the ferry have to be so expensive every day? They should sell a 3 day pack. Did you do anything before? Baogette Did you do anything after? The novelty of being covered in mud was just too much fun, so we decided to go to fancy places. We had a martini at Delmonico’s although it was pretty much closed. One night we went to Hudson Bar and Books. What needs to improve before next year? More sponsors. I found the free Twix, free American Spirits, and the cool H & M tents to be a refreshing way to break up the day- and it made the products memorable.

Kids Singing Coldplay Better Than Coldplay Singing Coldplay

Are you ready for the most magical way to begin your week possible? Seriously, be ready. Now: using a chorus of children in creating a pop music smash hit is one of the dirtiest tricks in the book (jokes about The Jonas Brothers aside). But we suggest Chris Martin and the rest of Coldplay actually take a lesson from the children of New York’s PS22: rather than team up with Kanyeezey, you need to throw a track down with these guys. Video of the chill-inducing Coldplay cover is below. If you hate happiness, puppies, or anything that remotely resembles the brilliant innocence of kids just generally kicking ass, turn away now.

See! We told you you’d like it. Apparently, Martin and Co. have actually heard the cover, and they’re not the only ones who know about the awesomeness that goes down at PS22; Tori Amos is a fan, as are Marcia Gay Harden, Perez Hilton, and Matthew Modine (seriously, the site’s kind of a trip). Anyway: happy Monday! Seriously! Good week!

Kylie Minogue Dances, Iron Maiden Wins, Coldplay Loses at Brits

Somewhere, someone must’ve penned a parable about how truly outrageous it is that faraway parts of the world as so well-connected to other faraway parts of the world. Aha! Here it is. Anyway, that’s probably why here in America, the Brits, even in the untelevised-during-primetime-hours glory, are a more exciting prospect than the Grammys — even considering the latter’s baby mama rapping royalty, though both ceremonies are regarded as dowdy and also-ran on their home turfs. Anyway, here’s a rundown of who went home crying, who went home with boring trophies, and an obligatory Kylie Minogue reference.

Who went home crying? Coldplay. Unlike their Grammy victory, they scooped up no awards. I suppose you could say Coldplay was frozen out of the Brits. Wait, someone already did.

Obligatory Kylie Minogue reference. Meanwhile Coldplay collaborator Kylie Minogue was her cheery self, miming along to an eight-year-old pop song as a pair of cross-dressing comedians joined her onstage.She later said, “I just think it is the most hilarious thing and the best ever way ever to start the Brits.” I guess setting the bar low helps when something more exciting happens. Also, Minogue hosted the proceedings and changed her dress six times during the show.

Who went home with boring trophies? Mostly Duffy and Kings of Leon. Although Katy Perry did snag one for being the best pop star who is neither a man nor a British citizen. Also, Girls Aloud won one for this single which they later performed, complete with an introduction from Kylie. It was probably enough to make any of the Iron Maiden fans, tuning in to see their idols collect a prize for Best Live Act, go gay. No doubt upon securing his win for the same prize as Katy Perry, but for a man, Kanye West was most likely pittering in an update to his blog from his mobile in the form of, “LOL I WON.” There were some other victors too.

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