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    Coldplay news round-up: Goji berries, APRA nomination (Paradise), Chris Martin with U2

    It seems sweet chocolate-covered treats called goji berries could be the answer behind Coldplay's powerhouse Australian performances at the end of 2012, reports Sunshine Coast Daily this weekend.


    When Coldplay touched down in Brisbane for its stadium show in December, the sweet treat was just what was needed to keep the energy levels up to play for the 50,000-strong crowd. And proprietor David Bruckner could not be happier. The band tried super-food goji berries made by Mr Bruckner's business Naturally Goji Pty Ltd, better known as Dr Superfood, during the Brisbane leg of the tour. Now the band is hooked, writing: "THANKS so much David, love Coldplay."



    The Coldplay crew could not stop at one packet. A quick call to Mr Bruckner and another box of the berries was shipped the next day. Then a stack was sent to New York ahead of the band's new year gigs. The call came coincidently on Mr Bruckner's birthday, but this was no prank. Now Mr Bruckner is the honorary Coldplay goji berry supplier, shipping a box to the UK each month for the band. "It is hard to comprehend the band wants my product so much they would order them in internationally," Mr Bruckner said.



    Brain food for the LP6 recording sessions...


    "This is little old me, in my small Kunda Park business supplying to one of the biggest bands in the world who desire my product. Coldplay is one of my favourite bands, so it was definitely a surprise when I got the call from their personal assistant asking for my packets."


    Dr Superfoods, a small business with a handful of employees, has been operating for years in Brisbane and now at Kunda Park. If you want to see what all the fuss is about, you can purchase some online now.


    Next, Coldplay are among the artists who will do battle for prizes at the upcoming 2013 Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Awards, writes the MSN website.


    The International Work of the Year prize will be fiercely contested by Coldplay (for "Paradise"), Carly Rae Jepsen ("Call Me Maybe"), The Black Keys ("Lonely Boy"), Ed Sheeran ("Lego House") and fun. ("We Are Young"). The prizes will be handed out at a ceremony in Melbourne, Australia on June 17.


    Other stars who look set to dominate the event include rapper 360, who scored four nominations, and rockers Tame Impala, who have two noms for the coveted Song of the Year trophy with "Elephant" and "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards." The band will go up against Guy Sebastian ("Get Along"), Courtney Barnett ("History Eraser") and Mia Dyson ("When the Moment Comes").


    Finally, Chris Martin was spotted with members of U2 at Electric Lady Studios in New York City on Friday (31st May), where mixing for the next U2 album was taking place.


    Chris was snapped with Bono and The Edge during a small, private performance in the SoHo district of New York City and gave. Photographer Jaime K. Scatena tweeted a photo of Bono and The Edge, saying "Photo: Private concert… Bono & The Edge… Wow, thanks @JR or everything! #u2 #nyc (at SoHo)."


    The "@JR" mentioned above is the artist who founded the Inside Out art project in 2011 after winning a TED prize. The private performance was at his studio, and he also tweeted a photo of Bono and Edge (and Chris Martin behind them, it appears).


    More details can be found at the atU2 website. They wrote: "Bono's assistant was there with what looked like a small case of clothes. The rumour is that there may be some kind of video shoot this weekend in the studio. Our reporter talked to the owner of a shop across the street from the studio, who said "they" (he thinks it was U2's crew) bought props for a video shoot. (That said, there are often lots of TV and movie shoots in New York City, so this could be anything.) Our reporter also heard some drum tracks from outside, but no full songs, and shot this brief video of Chris Martin leaving. Martin denied he was there with U2, even though our reporter saw him and Larry together in the studio."






    Spot Chris Martin in the background...?


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