Posts Tagged ‘Coldplay’
Coldplay is the latest band to offer free album download, jumping on the bandwagon that bands such as Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails pioneered.
The nine-song live album called “Left Right Left Right Left” features songs from the band’s Viva La Vida tour.
The band calls the album a gift to its fans, but there is nothing really worth paying for on it as it is so there’s not too much to be grateful for here.
“Playing live is what we love,” Coldplay said in a statement. “This album is a thank you to our fans — the people who give us a reason to do it and make it happen.”
Truth is Coldplay probably could have put this in stores and made millions.
Anyone attending the band’s tour this summer will receive a physical copy of the album; otherwise it’s digital or nothing for the rest.
Get it for yourself here: http://www.coldplay.com/lrlrl/lr.html
- Glass of Water
- Strawberry Swing
- The Hardest Part / Postcards from Far Away
- Viva la Vida
- Death Will Never Conquer
- Fix You
- Death and All His Friends
So it is officially 2009 and we are still downloading music to our hard drives rather than directly into our brains like some sort of futuristic sci-fi novel.
While someday we may be able to upload music directly to our cerebellums, it looks as if for the foreseeable future that MP3s will reign supreme.
According to Nielsen Co. Americans bought more music in 2008 than ever before, but album, sales witnessed a steady decline.
Music sales, including CD, cassette, vinyl and digital downloads, increased more than 10 percent over 2007. According to the year-end report, digital music accounted for more than 70 percent of that increase.
As the digital musical media experienced record growth, traditional albums fell by 428.4 million compared to 2007. Rob Sisco, Nielsen’s president of music, was quoted in USA Today saying that music purchases are “astronomically high but it’s a marketplace in transition from physical to digital.”
The trend is sure to continue, and the gap in digital versus album sales will grow in 2009. As a consumer it is far easier to click a button, pay $9.99 and have an album on your hard drive as opposed to driving to a store and paying upwards of $14 for a physical copy.
While digital downloading is easy and convenient, there are certain aspects that the next generation is sure to miss out on. The traditional Tuesday trip to the local record shop to check out the new releases and flip through the rows of albums is going by the wayside.
This site’s namesake, Liner Notes, once an art unto itself, is being reduced to PDF files that include little more than a couple photos and a MySpace web address. The musty smell of an old record shop packed to the gills with odds and ends can never be replaced by megabytes and iTunes libraries.
Yes, technology will propel us forward to the point when we plug our headphones into our forehead, but in the meantime make sure to make time for the corner record shop this New Year. If nothing else feeling vinyl between fingertips does the soul good
Top 10 downloaded songs for 2008:
1) Low by Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain
2) Bleeding by Love Leona Lewis
3) Lollipop by Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major
4) I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry
5) Viva La Vida by Coldplay
6) Love Song by Sara Bareilles
7) Apologize by Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic
8) No Air by Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown
9) Disturbia by Rihanna
10) 4 Minutes by Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake
Source: Billboard Hot Digital Songs / The Nielsen Company
Music in 2008, like the economy, was disappointing.
It seems as if the last album to really warrant any acclaim was Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” released in Dec. 2007.
In the past 12 months there have been some big names with high expectations to release some so so albums.
Kayne West’s “808’s and Heartbreak” is the first to pop to mind. However, amid the reels and reels of rubbish released this year there were some bright spots that leave a sense of hope for creativity, progression and the art of music.
Here are the top ten albums of 2008:
10) When life gives you lemons you paint that sh@! Gold by Atmosphere
The year of 2008 witnessed a new Slug; a happier lighter Slug, which earns Atmosphere a spot on the list. When life gives you lemons… is just plain fun. The rhymes are still highly personal, but tracks like “You” add a stylized sweet flavor to the masterful beats mixed by Ant. This album launched the duo into a new spotlight taking part in larger shows like the Monolith festival.
9) Viva la Vida by Coldplay
Coldplay has a formula. They are very very good at it, and it works. Viva la Vida is no exception. The band put together another powerful group of songs here including, “Violet Hill,” and “Viva la Vida” and “Cemeteries of London.” Polished as ever, Coldplay is still on top of their musical game five albums later, and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
8) Ghosts I-IV by Nine Inch Nails
Ghosts is just that, a little glimpse into the mind of Trent Reznor. Following Radiohead’s template, Reznor gave away Ghosts I for free and it was good enough to hook fans for II-IV. With no lyrics, Reznor is free to focus on his mixers, stabilizers, faders, guitars, beats and a plethora of other toys that combine to make Ghosts an album to rival Burial.
7) Third by Portishead
Brooding, dark, beautiful and powerful, Third is all of these and more. It was the album of 2008 that would surmise a bad day, provide a soundtrack to a rainy night or simply numb everything. Its sound seeps into the pores, and sweeps over the body.
6) Modern Guilt by Beck
With the infusion of Dangermouse’s creative beats Beck’s still manages to brave new sonic ground on his 10th album. Full of creative catchy songs, Modern guilt is a mix of Beck’s off the wall antics and social commentary on today’s world. While short, the work is sure to stand the test of time as one of 2008’s brighter moments.
5) Only by the Night by Kings of Leon
Perhaps with Kings of Leon’s shift from hard southern rock to a more polished sound with this album, placing them at No. 5 is generous. But, Only by the Night is a sound album from start to finish. It is filled with standout songs like “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody.” Different, yes, but regardless the music speaks for itself.
4) Tha Carter III by Lil Wyane
Obligated to make the list? Yes. However, it took years of collaboration, hard work and writing to create “Tha Carter III.” And it’s arrival signified a paradigm shift in the world of hip-hop. Wyane is really ahead of his time with this. It will take years before the effects of this album are really seen in the industry.
3) Dear Science, by TV on the Radio
This is a grandiose sweeping album for this Brooklyn band that shows a band really coming into its own here. TVOTR set its sights high with this effort and connected on all targets. The music flows smoothly from one song to the next painting a sonic soundscape for the listener that is both relaxing an intriguing at the same time. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Dear Science is how effortlessly TVOTR makes this album appear.
2) Forth by The Verve
After a 11 year hiatus The Verve seemed to seamlessly appear out of the clear blue sky depicted on Forth’s cover. Since the band’s massive success with “Urban Hymns” there was a sense that this was a last ditch effort by a band past its prime. For that reason it flew under the radar receiving little press. The truth is this album is a masterpiece. It is composed with the utmost care to detail. Every note speaks to the listener on a personal level. The intricacies of how the music is blended, takes a minimum of 10 listens to even begin to dissect. High point “Love is Noise.”
1) The Bedlam in Goliath by The Mars Volta
This album is louder, faster and more composed than anything Mars Volta has released to date. And that is saying something. These West Texas boys know how to let loose. From its first song, “Aberinkula” through “Wax Simulacra” and the title track “Goliath” the pace leaves little room to breathe. Delving into new terrain, Mars Volta turns it up to 11 on Bedlam earning it this year’s No. 1 spot.