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    Coldplay news round-up: MTV Musical March Madness, President Obama, Stubhub, Universal/EMI wrangle

    MTVmusicmarchmadness_1.jpgUPDATE: Coldplay won their first round matchup against Arctic Monkeys, but are set to lose out in the second round to Coheed & Cambria by quite some distance. Why so much? Well this article eplaining viral voting methods may have something to do with it... nice for Coldplayers while the competition lasted at least!


    Coldplay have been drawn against the Arctic Monkeys in the first round of MTV's Musical March Madness tournament, which sees artists battle it out against each other for online votes. [thanks Coeurli & _Tash]


    Although the Arctic Monkeys took an early lead in the contest, Coldplay are now ahead by the slimmest of margins. (EDIT: Coldplay are 0.27% behind - vote now!) Click the direct voting link to make sure they get through! (You can vote as many times as you want, but we believe it will only count as one vote - so make sure you share the link with your fellow Coldplayers!)


    Here's what MTV have to say: #2 Coldplay vs. #15 Arctic Monkeys: Given Coldplay's run of MMM disappointments (they've made it out of the first round once), perhaps this one shouldn't surprise us, but, dang. Thanks to the surprisingly fervent support of their fans, it's the Arctic Monkeys who hold the lead, though their grasp on victory seems to be slipping by the hour, as Coldplay rallies to close the gap. Who advances? We think this one is headed for upset city, and we're taking the Monkeys to move on.

    Chris Martin was shocked to discover President Barack Obama has the band's songs on his iPod, according to Capital FM this week. Chris told the Daily Express that he couldn't believe the American leader would be listening to his music. He confessed: "I met Barack Obama and he said: 'I have your songs on my iPod'. But I thought 'I bet he says that to every pop star he meets'. I can't get my head around the notion that the President would have any of my songs on his playlist. It's just too surreal."


    StubHub, eBay's secondary ticket selling site, has launched in the UK. The online ticketing marketplace, which connects buyers and sellers, is set to compete with rivals such as Viagogo and Seatwave, who offer the same service, the Metro are reporting. The UK site is currently offering more than 140,000 tickets to events featuring artists such as Madonna, Coldplay and Florence and the Machine.


    Viagogo was the subject of a recent Dispatches programme for Channel 4, which claimed the ticketing site competes with fans for tickets to high profile shows to inflate prices, but StubHub has distanced itself from any unfair practices. "We have a very different proposition which does not include buying and selling tickets on our own behalf, nor benefitting from direct allocations from promoters and venues," Brigitte Ricou-Bellan, GM International of StubHub, told The Huffington Post UK.


    Labour MP Sharon Hodgson, a campaigner for the regulation of the ticket selling industry, has questioned the methods and motives StubHub will be employing and called for a government investigation into sites of its kind. "Stubhub say they won’t be buying and selling tickets themselves – but Viagogo were saying exactly the same thing until they were exposed. The government needs to look seriously about how we can rebalance the scales in favour of the event-going public instead of the small number of people who are creaming off big profits."



    Screenshot of eBay's Stubhub website


    The UK arm of StubHub was launched last night with a party at Paramount at Centre Point in central London, which was attended by celebrities such as Alexandra Burke, Simon Webbe and Tim Westwood. StubHub was launched in San Francisco in 2000, and was acquired by eBay in 2007 in a deal worth $310million (£197million).


    Vivendi’s Universal Music is to face a lengthy in-depth investigation into its $1.9bn bid for EMI’s record labels, as Brussels explores concerns that the tie-up could unfavourably tilt the balance of power in the digital music business. Following a preliminary examination, the European Commission this week privately expressed its serious doubts over the impact on competition from the purchase of EMI, the home of The Beatles and Coldplay.


    Universal Music, the biggest recorded music group by revenues, with artists such as Lady Gaga, technically has until today to submit concessions to eliminate these concerns and win an early green light. But so far, no “remedies” have been proposed. Those involved in the process say a full investigation, lasting roughly three months, into a transaction that would shrink the market to three big recording groups is all but certain. Universal and the Commission declined to comment on the case. Regulators will announce a decision on March 23.


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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]

    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]

    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]

    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 - 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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