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    Mylo Xyloto will appear on Spotify eventually, says Coldplay manager Dave Holmes

    spotify1_1.pngColdplay‘s manager Dave Holmes has confirmed the band’s latest album Mylo Xyloto will eventually appear on the popular music streaming site Spotify, but insists he remains ‘very concerned’ about the latest medium to offer a free listening service online. He told Business Week, "I am very concerned that Spotify competes with download stores. Like all of Coldplay’s other titles, the new album will be on Spotify eventually." (More discussion on the Spotify/streaming topic in the Coldplay forum now [thanks Coldplaymom])


    However, despite Holmes’ reservations, Coldplay’s label EMI has outlined the positive effect which streaming subscriptions are having on the industry. "Services such as Spotify are currently generating more revenue per user to EMI and our artists than the average digital music consumer generated in a world without these services," EMI’s head of business development Mark Piibe has said.


    Business Week pointed out that Dave Holmes, along with some other managers, is basing distribution on a 'windowing practice' as in Hollywood where a film release is staggered first to theatres, then to DVD and later on cable channels and streaming sites like Netflix. Mylo Xyloto has proved to be yet another runaway critical success for Coldplay, while the latest single Paradise became the first no.1 of 2012 in UK Singles Chart.

    Elsewhere, Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun believes that streaming music technology is simply something that skeptical artists need to get used to, which is only a matter of time. "There were a bunch of artists who wouldn’t sell music on iTunes when that first started,” he reminded Business Week. “Now it’s standard. The same thing will happen with Spotify.”"


    We wrote at the end of October that Coldplay had decided not to release their album Mylo Xyloto onto Spotify and other streaming sites last month - and after the debacle involving Jon Hopkins, their decision appeared at the time to be fully justified. Hopkins, a musician and collaborator with Coldplay (on Viva la Vida), tweeted: "Got paid £8 for 90,000 plays. Fuck spotify. Radio 1 pay about £50 for each play."


    Spotify’s supporters turn to data to defend the service. Streaming services are already the recording industry’s second-largest source of revenue after iTunes, and London-based Spotify says it paid about $150 million to rights-holders in 2011, compared with $55 million a year earlier. For every album like Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, which manager Holmes contends would have sold fewer copies had it also been available on Spotify when it was released, there are many more albums like Drake's Take Care, which was available on Spotify and still went platinum in five weeks. The average iTunes customer spends about $60 a year, according to three senior music executives who asked for anonymity because the figures aren’t public, while a subscriber to Spotify’s top tier of service spends twice as much. Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr declined to comment.


    Read also: No thanks, Spotify: Coldplay just set a digital album sales record and is sitting atop the Billboard 200...

    Read also: Coldplay, blockbuster releases and the death of music streaming?



    Tweet on 17th November from Jon Hopkins: "Fuck Spotify"


    Don't forget to check out your tour discussion thread if you are getting Coldplay tickets or just getting 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]

    31 Abu Dhabi, UAE @ Volvo Ocean Race Destination Village [discussion]


    APRIL 2012

    17 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place [discussion]

    18 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome [discussion]

    20 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]

    21 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]

    28 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]

    4 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]

    23 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]

    25 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]

    26 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]

    6 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]

    8 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]

    9 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]

    23 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]

    24 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]

    26 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]

    27 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]

    29 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]

    30 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]


    AUGUST 2012

    3 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]

    4 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]

    7 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]

    8 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

    2 Paris, France @ Stade de France [discussion]

    4 Cologne, Germany @ Rheinenergie Stadium [discussion]

    6 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 - 17th December 2011)

    Read also: 2012 tour date rumours (please post dates for ALL countries in here)


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    Kit yourself up for the forthcoming MX tour and get spotted with Coldplaying's new range of merchandise! [click on the items for the full shop]


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    The new range of Coldplaying merchanise (unofficial of course to the official shop) has hit our stores, with our biggest range of goods so far. Prices are as low as they can be for a Cafepress shop so more people will be able to afford them. We don't take any profits for the sale of the merchandise as a result. Take a browse in one of the online stores nearest to you: UK | US | Canada | Australia | European (shipping is worldwide, but you can choose what currency to pay in) - simply alter the country dropdown menu at the top of the shop page. [thanks to TracieMorgan and zzz]


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