Coldplay and Rihanna will teaming up to perform their duet Princess Of China live at the Brit Awards 2012, it has been reported today. [You can discuss the latest on this at the Coldplay forum now (thanks _Tash)]
The reports continue saying: Brit organisers are keen to get both acts on stage to perform the track, which is taken from Coldplay's latest album Mylo Xyloto, live together for the first time. A source told The Sun: "Coldplay are really looking forward to performing Princess Of China with Rihanna already. Brits bosses set their sights on getting them on stage together early doors. They are two of the biggest acts around right now."
Meanwhile, talking of one off performances, Chris Martin has claimed that The X Factor is important for the music industry. Coldplay, who are booked to perform at this weekend's final at Wembley Arena, said that they are huge fans of The X Factor and believe in its contribution to today's music market.
Chris told Geoff Lloyd's Absolute Radio show: "We really feel grateful for it because they don't often have bands on and we get to play what we want to play and play songs that we wrote, and no-one's asking us to change anything. It's amazing. There's no other TV show, really, except for Jools Holland, that gives you that. So we were like, 'Thank you, we'd love to'... I understand that there are people who are musically not into it, but I don't agree with them and I say that with all respect. I really love it and I think the music's great."
Explaining why he thinks the series is so important for today's music scene, he insisted: "It always has great songs on it every week. [There's] no CD:UK. No Top of the Pops. No MTV, really." And asked whether he'd like the judges to evaluate their performance, Martin joked: "We've heard many crazy opinions from many people over the years, so four more won't hurt!"
Read also: ITV: Coldplay confirmed to perform on X Factor Final on Sunday 11th December at Wembley Arena (X Factor preview thread)
Read also: Ri-Play at the Brit Awards (Brits preview thread)
Some relevant poll results from the messageboard (correct as of 7th December 2011):
New photos of Coldplay at the Radio 2 gig at Dingwalls, London (6th December 2011):
New photos of Coldplay - iTunes Festival, Roundhouse, London, UK (22nd July, 2011):
Images courtesy of Laura84 from the messageboard - click here for more photos!
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]
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]