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    Coldplay news round-up: Frank Ocean pulls out, Chris Martin 'tests songs on kids', Viva la Vida for NBA 2K13

    frankocean_1.jpgFrank Ocean admitted he felt like an "asshole" for suddenly dropping out of a string of 10 opening dates for Coldplay and a string of European festival dates over the weekend, but the Best New Artist VMA-nominated singer said he was forced to make some hard choices about his schedule in the upcoming months, various sources are reporting this week, including MTV news.


    "Let me start by saying I feel like an a--hole right now, but a tough decision had to be made in regard to my schedule over the next months and the casualties of that decision include my appearances at upcoming festivals in Europe and my opening slot on the European leg of the Coldplay world tour," Ocean said in a statement. "Sorry as fuck, I'll be back if you'll have me."


    Ocean didn't elaborate on what conflicts caused the sudden action, which includes canceled performances at the Flow Festival in Finland, Pukkelpop in Belgium, Britain's V Festival and the Rock En Seine festival in Paris and the Bestival on England's Isle of Wight in September.

    He was slated to play the Way Out Festival on Saturday, a day after he cut short an appearance at Norway's Oye Festival after just four songs, citing vocal problems, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He was also scheduled to fill a 10-city opening slot on Coldplay's European stadium outing, including gigs in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Cologne, Paris, Munich and Warsaw. Ocean also pulled out of an August 1 show in Detroit citing illness, but put on a crowd-pleasing performance at the Lollapalooza festival just two days later.


    Since Frank Ocean's omission, the official site announced that Charli XCX would now be opening on Coldplay's European tour shows, apart from Paris on 2 Sept. Marina and the Diamonds remains on the bill for all of the dates, as previously announced.


    Meanwhile, Chris Martin has revealed that he trials Coldplay's new work on his children, according to various sources including The Sun and Gigwise this week.

    Martin admitted that around the breakfast table, he plays the band’s new songs to observe his two children’s reactions.


    The Sun reported: '"Kids are very honest - If they start singing a song it’s because they like it. It’s a great gauge," Chris admitted. His children, 8-year-old Apple and 6-year-old Moses, keep his feet on the ground. He admitted that after the band’s massive stadium shows, his children bring him back to reality. "When we played Wembley Stadium I was like ‘Wow we are now big rock stars’, but next morning the kids were saying, ‘get me some pancakes’," Martin says, giving an example of his children keeping him in touch with reality. It just shows even stars like Chris Martin need to be reminded about their off-stage roles, in his case his duty as a parent.'


    Finally, Jay-Z has been put in control of picking the music which will feature on the NBA 2K13 console game, selecting many of his own songs and Watch The Throne tracks in the process, as well a Coldplay track, Gigwise are also reporting this week.


    The first-time father's choice of songs for the soundtrack is certainly varied. Of course there are songs by his friends and collaborators -- he chose "Amazing" by Kanye West, and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" - Chris Martin has been a good friend of the rapper for almost a decade -- but there are also songs by artists many people might not have expected. Among them are Mobb Deep and Nas, whom the rapper had well-publicized feuds with in the early 2000s, U2, Daft Punk, and Santigold, to name a few. The game hits shelves in October.


    Jason Argent of 2K Sports, the company behind NBA 2K13, explained what it's like working with Jay-Z to Billboard: "Jay is completely obsessed with authenticity. So right off the bat, he said 'Look, I love this franchise and I love this game, but if you want me to be involved, I need to be truly involved. I want to actually help make this game."


    Adding: "We wanted him to truly be involved from a behind-the-scenes production standpoint. With his involvement within the league, he brought such a level of understanding to what we were trying to accomplish. I think the final product will reflect that level of excitement that he had."


    New photos of Coldplay performing at the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN (10 August 2012):
















    Photos courtesy of Mix 108


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    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 2012 shows and other forthcoming appearances:


    FEBRUARY 2012

    8 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia (iHeartRadio) [discussion]

    9 Los Angeles, CA @ Jimmy Kimmel Live [discussion]

    10 Los Angeles, CA @ GRAMMY Week MusiCares Person of the Year tribute [discussion]

    12 Los Angeles, CA @ 54th Grammy Awards, Staples Center [discussion]

    16 Sydney, Australia @ 2DayFM, Mobile Live Set (intimate show) [discussion] [CANCELLED]

    17 Sydney, Australia @ Sunrise (intimate show) [discussion] [CANCELLED]

    21 London @ Brit Awards 2012, O2 Arena [discussion]


    MARCH 2012

    2 New York, NY @ Good Morning America [discussion]

    4 New York, NY @ The Secret Policeman's Ball, Radio City Music Hall (Amnesty International) [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]

    3 Los Angeles, CA @ American Idol show [discussion] [NEW!]

    4 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

    5 Los Angeles, CA @ KROQ's Weenie Roast y Fiesta [discussion] [NEW!]

    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 London, UK @ Wembley Stadium (Capital FM's Summertime Ball 2012) [discussion] [NEW!]

    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]

    3 Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable 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

    1 Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills [discussion]

    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]

    10 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy 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]

    9 London, UK @ Paralympics Closing Ceremony [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]


    NOVEMBER 2012

    10 Auckland, New Zealand @ Mt Smart Stadium [discussion]

    13 Melbourne, Australia @ Etihad Stadium [discussion]

    17 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion]

    18 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion] [NEW!]

    21 Brisbane, Australia @ Suncorp Stadium [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 - 12th January 2012)

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


    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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