Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams”

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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.  

AG5: Thank You, Next

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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.

  1. She’s already played it for Republic Records and celebrated with champagne after (that’s gotta be a good sign).
  2. There will be no collabs on the album.
  3. The album MIGHT be called thank you, next
  4. We might hear the album before the end of the year
  5. The new material will also be featured on her upcoming Sweetener tour
  6. She says thank you, next “is kinda the exact opposite of knew better but…you’ll see.”
  7. Ariana made the album in 2-3 months
  8. Another song on the album is called “Needy”
  9. Some lyrics for “Needy” include “tell me how good it feels to be needy”
  10. The album won’t have an intro
  11. “Thank you, next” will be the last track on the album
  12. She says track one will “be your favorite”
  13. “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:

Q&A with Sam Mazza!

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As an avid Paramore fan who follows various fan accounts, shares/retweets videos and art by fans, it finally came to my attention that Sam Mazza exists and she might be my new best friend. Being a HUGE Paramore fan and also a HUGE music lover, Sam decided to start a podcast called “Rebel Hearts” where she focuses on women in music. MY CUP OF TEA!

Sam describes this podcast saying, “I have taken on sexism, issues in the LGBTQA+ community, and pretty much everything in between, while also playing music by bands that are either lesser known, underground, or just really good. I wanted to create something I didn’t see yet, something that made people feel included while also educating the best I could, and showing off some great music I hope will maybe help someone discover their new favorite band.”

I reached out to Sam asking her about the inspiration behind this podcast, her love for music (and Paramore), and more!

First of all, tell me about how your love for music began and what inspired you to focus on women in music?

“I was involved in a project in early 2017 centered around feminism. As the project went on, I realized I knew nothing while my business partner steered the ship and I felt lost and frustrated. It lasted a few months, after that I decided to take what I learned from that project and apply it to something I loved and was confident about. I saw the movie “The Runaways” and went out and bought the book it was based on which was singer Cherie Currie’s memoir “Neon Angel” and just fell in love with the idea of women who weren’t afraid to be aggressive and go against what people thought women could do. I then saw the Kathleen Hanna documentary “The Punk Singer” on Netflix that really opened up a lot for me and the podcast was solidified after that.”

How your podcast began (inspirations, necessary steps, etc.)

“Well the name came from a line in the script for the movie “(500) Days of Summer” where director Marc Webb wrote “pretty girls with Rebel Hearts are in high demand” which I was getting tattooed a few years ago but didn’t have enough money and the guy who was going to do it made fun of it and was not respectful about doing it what so ever… lol. I liked doing it [the podcast] which is something I didn’t realize I would, and I just kind of figured it out as I went along. Women in this industry inspire me everyday and it makes me so proud to be a woman when I see bands like Bully, Punch (R.I.P.) or Gouge Away just up there with these killer aggressive vocals and taking names.”

The rise of the self-love movement and how you feel the music scene has impacted that

“Well first of all: can’t relate. Second, I think with certain albums and songs coming out about mental health, it’s opened up a conversation for people to either talk about their issues or seek help and in turn has helped them love themselves or at least like themselves a little bit more. Being honest with your audience helps them feel included and part of it, and I think that’s all anyone wants to feel.”

Your love of Paramore, why and how?

“Paramore was a band that fell into my lap while I was still devoted to Panic! At the Disco and at the time, other than Avril Lavigne, I personally didn’t see a girl up there on a stage just killing it. I know we’ve had plenty to look up to, but I was growing up in the early 2000’s and I was pretty sheltered from a lot of things, so seeing Hayley head banging and playing music in a band was kind of like how some people probably felt when they saw The Runaways or Blondie or No Doubt. I just felt ‘here is someone close to my age doing something I didn’t think girls could do. How do I get their entire discography?’

That was in 2006, I’m 25 now and I don’t think my love for them has lessened, but I definitely just see them more as people I can talk to or be friends with and I think that’s a new kind of love I have for them now. I used to love them in a way where they were people I would never meet or get to know and it felt empty, now after years of shows and meeting them, I feel less empty and the love feels real. That’s probably why they’ve been able to stay relevant for so long, and to me I respect the hell out of it.”

What’s your goal for the next 5 years for you, your podcast, music, etc.

“I have so many unrealistic goals that keep ending up being just over fictionalize anxiety dreams that all I want in the next 5 years is to still be doing something I enjoy and continue to educate myself and help others be exposed to wonderful things such as bands they’ve never heard of or information that might be helpful for them.”

Check out the official Rebel Hearts store to buy cool merch, here!