Coldplay round-up: Mylo Xyloto sees X Factor impact, Charlie Brown video shoot insight

Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto is enjoying its greatest demand at retail since it debuted at number one in the UK in October with the band’s X Factor appearance last weekend lifting week-on-week sales by 132%, according to the MusicWeek website.

MX currently stands as the week’s third top artist album of the week having sold 86,808 units up to the end of business on Wednesday, according to Official Charts Company Data. That is more copies than in any entire week since the album debuted at number one seven weeks ago with 208,343 sales. The band’s first ever X Factor performance is also significantly boosting their fortunes in the singles market with Paradise, which was seven on last Sunday’s chart, the week so far’s second best seller after more than doubling its sales from a week ago. Only one other Coldplay single, their 2008 chart-topper Viva La Vida, has peaked higher in the UK.


Further to the chart updates, Coldplay’s management have admitted that they had reservations over the band’s decision to perform on The X Factor, that is according to NME who essentially have regurgitated one of Roadie #42’s latest blogs. The NME wrote:

The group’s official Roadie 42 blog, which is updated by one of their roadies, has revealed there were fears Chris Martin and co’s appearance could have alienated their fans. The roadie wrote: “There has been a lot of discussion over whether this was a good idea – not least within the Coldplay camp itself. I remember first hearing that it was a possibility. ‘Man, you’re handing haters some pretty huge bullets there,’ was my first thought.”

He continued: “The downsides are obvious. It now becomes effortless for the cool kids to lay out their case against the band. For some, The X Factor is the devil. It is regularly painted as the source of all evil in the current music industry. Indeed, as an angry young man back in my own student days, I’d have ranted at length against it.”

The roadie also said that it “struck me that in many ways, fucking up tonight could be more of a big deal than if Glastonbury had gone wrong”. His comments come despite the band’s frontman Chris Martin praising The X Factor and saying the band were “very grateful” for the chance to appear on the show. Coldplay will play a massive UK tour next summer, playing a total of seven shows at football stadiums, including three nights at Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, on the Charlie Brown video shoot: Coldplay will have seen more boobs than Hugh Hefner by the end of this week, write The Sun, who have more news on the Charlie Brown video shoot from earlier in the week. They continue:

The band came up with a winning idea for the video for their next single, Charlie Brown — a warehouse party featuring a load of topless girls. Management placed an advert offering to pay extras £100 for the job — with an extra 100 quid for any girls willing to whip their shirts off and jiggle about. A further £100 was also laid on the table for anyone up for getting sprayed. Although it didn’t specify what with. The advert also asked for an army of “edgy Hoxtonian types aged from 18 to 35”. The video took three days to shoot in south west London — that’s a lot of boobs.

A source said: “There was a huge response. “Of course there would be, it’s Coldplay. The venue it took place in was a little chilly but, on the whole, everyone was well looked after. It was a long one though, starting from 9am to just before midnight over three days. The video is going to look brilliant once it’s finished.”

The band — Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, and Will Champion — are on to a winner with this one as many bands have tried the topless-girls-in-video trick before. Duran Duran did it in the Eighties, Madonna in the Nineties and Lady Gaga is doing it now, even when she’s not shooting a video. Chris’s mate Jay-Z is also a fan. Just don’t do a Skepta. Porn is one step too far.

New photos of Coldplay at Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany (15th December 2011):

Photos from the the Koelner Stadtanzeiger (local newspaper)

Don’t forget to check out your tour discussion thread if you are getting tickets/excited for the European & North American 2011 and 2012 shows:

DECEMBER 2011
14 – Paris, France @ Bercy [discussion]
15 – Cologne, Germany @ Lanxess Arena [discussion]
17 Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Ahoy [discussion]
18 Antwerp, Belgium @ Sportpaleis [discussion]
20 Frankfurt, Germany @ Festhalle [discussion]
21 Berlin, Germany @ O2 World Arena [discussion]

APRIL 2012
17 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place [discussion]
18 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome [discussion]
20 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]
24 Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena [discussion]
25 Seattle, WA @ KeyArena [discussion]
27 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]

MAY 2012
1 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]
2 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]
18 Porto, Portugal @ Dragao Stadium [discussion]
20 Madrid, Spain @ Estadio Vicente Calderón [discussion]
22 Nice, France @ Stade Charles Herman / Nikaia [discussion]
24 Turin, Italy @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]
26 Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund [discussion]
29 Coventry, UK @ Ricoh Stadium [discussion]

JUNE 2012
1 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
2 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
4 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
7 Sunderland, UK @ the Stadium of Light [discussion]
9 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]
10 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]
22 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]
25 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]
28 Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum [discussion]
29 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena [discussion]

JULY 2012
2 Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena [discussion]
5 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]
8 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]
23 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]
26 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]
29 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]

AUGUST 2012
3 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]
7 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]
11 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center [discussion]
28 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Parken Stadium [discussion]
30 Stockholm, Sweden @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]

SEPTEMBER 2012
02 Paris, France @ Stade de France [discussion]
04 Cologne, Germany @ Rheinenergie Stadium [discussion]
06 The Hague, Netherlands @ Malieveld [discussion]
12 Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion [discussion]
14 Leipzig, Germany @ Red Bull Stadium [discussion]
16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Slavia Eden Stadium [discussion]
19 Warsaw, Poland @ National Stadium [discussion]
22 Hannover, Germany @ AWD Arena [discussion]

Read also: European Stadium Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the Europe tour)
Read also: North America Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the US/Canada tour)
Read also: 2012: Live Appearances – Easy Thread Finder (last updated – 9th December 2011 – Autumn Euro dates)
Read also: 2012 tour date rumours (please post dates for ALL countries in here)