Coldplay news round-up: Christmas Lights on Glee CD, Simon Fuller & EMI, Small Steps Project

Coldplay’s Christmas Lights song from 2010 will be featured on Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 3, according to sources at the Huffington Post this week. It is currently unknown who will be singing this song. More on this is at the Coldplay forum now [thanks Tash]

According to Hypable, the album will hit stores on 4th December, 21 days before the big day. The album, the third “Glee” holiday CD, will include some contemporary Christmas songs mixed with classics. The reported tracklist is as follows: “Shake Up Christmas” / “Mistletoe” / “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” / “White Christmas” (“Skinny Love”) / “All I Have” / “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” / “Wonderful Christmastime” / “Snow” / “My Only Wish (This Year)” / “Christmas Lights” / “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” / “Magic” / “Silent Night”

Next, Simon Fuller is reportedly planning to buy the 60% of EMI’s businesses divested as part of the Universal acquisition in Europe in a £350 million deal, write Music Week. The tip comes from The Independent, which positions the XIX Entertainment founder, American Idol pioneer and Spice Girls mastermind as a potential suitor for all of EMI’s UMG deal concessions including Parlophone, Chrysalis, Mute and the catalogues of Pink Floyd, Kate Bush and David Bowie. (Last week we reported that Blur were leading a revolt against the sell-off of Parlophone, part of the EMI group, which has been the launchpad for dozens of artists, including Coldplay.)


Fuller will be joined in the EMI bid by founder of Island Records Chris Blackwell, private financiers and a leading mobile telecommunications company, according to the broadsheet. Universal is overseeing the sale and the label’s CEO Lucian Grainge has worked with Fuller on several projects in the past, including S Club 7. A spokesman for Fuller’s company said: “XIX is a growing company and we’d always be interested in new opportunities in music as they arise. With Simon’s track record over 25 years as Britain’s most successful music manager we hope his interest in EMI would carry the support of the industry.”

Fuller plans to relaunch the Now! compilations series as a weekly television and web show featuring stars such as Jay-Z and Madonna performing their latest hits, alongside a download chart rundown. “Simon can launch new television vehicles using hit songs, there could be a Coldplay American Idol special. He understands the sensitivities that artists have about their futures,” an associate said.

A host of global celebrities, including our very own Chris Martin, have kindly donated a signed pair of shoes to the Small Steps Project: London Celebrity Shoe Auction 2012 at www.smallstepsproject.org. You can see (and discuss) Chris’s donation at the Coldplay forum now, and also below [thanks Tash]

The exclusive live event is being held on October 11th at Jalouse Club in Hanover Square, London. Last year over 88 celebrities took part In the Small Steps London Celebrity Shoe Auction where over £20,000 was raised for charity Small Steps Project and in turn provided thousands of shoes, clothes, food and aid to barefoot children scavenging for survival on landfill sites around the world. Chris Martin is only one of two donors to decorate their shoes, Ronnie Wood has hand painted his and Chris has decorated and actually created these shoes. Chris explained, “These shoes come from the beginning of the Mylo xyloto album project. They are sort of homemade and I love them, and am proud to be asked to donate them to this wonderful cause.”

Small Steps Project said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Chris for taking a small step and giving us a totally unique pair of shoes (UK size 12). Small Steps is always trying to encourage celebrities to use their status to help those in poverty and Chris Martin is certainly one that needs no encouragement. What a legend.”