The Pet Shop Boys are set to release a Christmas EP featuring a Coldplay cover, they have announced. The pop veterans played their version of "Viva La Vida" across this summer's festival circuit. It will feature alongside their take on "My Girl" by Madness, as part of the five-track collection. The tracklisting also features "It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas", "All Over The World" and "Viva La Vida"/"Domino Dancing"/"My Girl" (Our House Mix). "Christmas" is out on December 14. [thanks mimixxx]
Meanwhile, in the final part of the Mirror's exclusive series with Barry and Robin Gibb to coincide with the release of The Ultimate Bee Gees CD and DVD, Barry has revealed that out of the current crop of musical talent, there are a few bands which excite Barry Gibb more than Coldplay, saying that he'd love to work with Chris Martin. "I love them," he says. "The kind of songs they write are very much like Bee Gees songs."
Over at the MTV Europe Music Awards, the Best World Stage Performance was won by Linkin Park, who triumphed over Coldplay and other acts, while Pixie Lott was pronounced the first ever MTV Push Artist. Both categories were added to this year's EMAs for the first time, recognising artists who have been championed by MTV.
Finally, Morten Harket of A-Ha has revealed in a magazine article that Chris Martin is not a 'sombre guy'. The article goes on to say: "This photo of me [below] with Coldplay's Jonny Buckland and Chris Martin was taken at the Brit Awards in 2006. I was asked to present the Best British Single award to them as a surprise. Chris has always been very vocal about his love for A-ha, which is great, and we get on really well. I first met Chris at a festival of arts in Barcelona, about eight years ago - it was when Coldplay were just bursting onto the scene with their album Parachutes. The band are at the top of their game now and it's interesting because they're going through a lot of the same things we went through in the '80s. We see each other regularly and there's a special bond between us, because not a lot of people can relate to what fame does to you. Suddenly everyone in the world wants a piece of you. Not being able to walk down the street without people pointing and talking about you as if you're not there can be strange.
I've discussed with Chris how people think that success generates self-confidence, but sometimes being the centre of attention can actually make you feel less confident and a bit isolated. Coldplay did 200 shows on their last tour and it can be a bit of a blur. You have to find a way of enjoying it again, and that's the same whether it's year one or year 25. It has been really fantastic to watch Coldplay go from strength to strength and I wish them all the best. Chris is very serious about his music, but he's not a sombre guy! He has a very humerous side, but he's just passionate about the things that matter to him. It's gratifying to see someone very talented make the most of it! [thanks mimixxx]