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Somehow, Coldplay has managed to continue their successful musical reign for a long and hard 20 years in the industry. Not many bands can say the same.
A Head Full of Dreams begins with a recorded conversation between director Mat Whitecross and Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin. Whitecross asks if Martin has seen the film yet and he responds with, “I trust you. You make the movie you want to make about us.” That right there is a testament to who Chris Martin is at his core; an artist who understands art more than anything else in the world. He feels too much and might be a workaholic, but in the end, it’s rewarding enough to say it was all worth it. When you’re standing on a stage in a stadium full of millions of people singing your diary back at you, it’s worth it.
Fans are swiftly whirled back to the humble beginnings. Videos and photos of all four band members with greasy hair, braces, and maybe a little bit of the freshman 15 grace the screen as we start to see the formation of Coldplay. All these guys had one thing in common; music was their passion. It was clear from the start that Martin would be the engineer behind the machine, as we saw through intense meetings, long studio sessions, and exuberant on-stage performances. But, there’s no doubt each member found their footing in a band that would soon become an international phenomenon.
Whitecross dug into the backstory of several songs/albums and all the bumps along the way. He says, “For me, it’s a story about love and friendship.” We see Beyoncé singing her part in the joyous “Hymn For The Weekend” in Chris’ son’s bedroom which he made into a makeshift studio for the day. Martin is also shown banging out the first couple chords of the timeless and heartbreaking “Fix You” and “The Scientist”. Not only did we see hit songs come to life, but also the impact they had on the band going forward. I might be biased in saying this, but to me, Coldplay has never made a bad album. Different? Yes. Experimental? Absolutely. But bad? Nope. Not a chance. While discussing the A Head Full of Dreams tour, Martin says he doesn’t care if people call the album “hippie nonsense”, to him it’s an important record that combined all of their favorite things (his kids, ex-wife, and other admirable artists appear on the album). Pride in his work is something Martin took a long time to achieve.
Through the acoustic and simple Parachutes, the experimental Viva La Vida, the emotional Ghost Stories, the uplifting and hopeful A Head Full of Dreams, and so many other albums, fans truly see the evolution of a band growing older and even more talented and in love with their craft.
Martin always says “this album could be our last” but it never really is. They don’t know when the end will come, but maybe it’s better that way.
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Recently, the pop star has been quite vocal on social media regarding her upcoming fifth album. Through fan questions and her own snippets, here’s what we know so far.
- She’s already played it for Republic Records and celebrated with champagne after (that’s gotta be a good sign).
- There will be no collabs on the album.
- The album MIGHT be called thank you, next
- We might hear the album before the end of the year
- The new material will also be featured on her upcoming Sweetener tour
- She says thank you, next “is kinda the exact opposite of knew better but…you’ll see.”
- Ariana made the album in 2-3 months
- Another song on the album is called “Needy”
- Some lyrics for “Needy” include “tell me how good it feels to be needy”
- The album won’t have an intro
- “Thank you, next” will be the last track on the album
- She says track one will “be your favorite”
- “Thank you, next” is about Pete Davidson amongst other past flames. Ariana says, “I’m so … fuckin…. grateful for my ex… tis far from a diss track… it’s the opposite”
Listen to “thank you, next” below:
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After the success of her collaboration with EDM producer/DJ Zedd (“Happy Now”), this Alabama native continues to shows off her vocal prowess on a bonus track off her album, Dragon Mentality.
“In the dead of the night, in the heart of my chest, you hide” Duhé sings in a raspy punchy pitch. “Savior” has a heavy melodic sound to it. Hip-hop-esque backbeats and diverse vocal runs make this song as powerful musically as it is lyrically.
Poetic lyrics shed light on the meaning of saviors. Duhé spoke about the song saying, “Savior is a song about the bonds that keep us together – we save each other every day… when we can help each other we must, when we can love each other we must, we will save us in the end.”
Listen for yourself below: