In June, Coldplay couldn't prevent a plague like the massive fire at Universal Studios -- the site of the MTV awards -- and the world appeared unchanged when lead singer Chris Martin sat at the end of the stage to herald the end of the 'Viva La Vida' Performance at the show.
Coldplay took an unusual iTunes record, with new album Viva La Vida set to become the best-selling album pre-sale ever released in the history of Apple's music store, Apple insiders informed us. Not just that, but Coldplay's new collection was also set to beat the best ever first week iTunes album sales record on a global basis, a record then held by Jack Johnson's Sleep Through The Static. And it was still over a week and a half until Coldplay's fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, was scheduled for release, but the album leaked online through a torrent on 4th June. Coldplay and EMI took the next logical, and predictable, step to combat the online leak. NME reported that the album would be available for streaming from the band's MySpace page.
Chris Martin gave the Radio 4 interview a cold shoulder after continual negative questioning by DJ John Wilson about watermelons, 'morbid' music, and accused Chris Martin of telling a sexist joke about Frida Khalo. Will Champion continued questions on his own until Chris returned to answer the final question abruptly, at which point the interview ends. Coldplay were also due to appear on Radio 2 show the same afternoon but the airing of the interview was pulled at short notice.
Read the full June 2008 Coldplay review article in the Coldplay forum here