Coldplay Is Up?! EMI Is down…
Coldplay is knocking ‘em dead at the box office. From Billboard.
Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” (Capitol) locks the top spot with 721,000 sold, and bows atop the U.S. chart while holding No. 1 for a second week in its native U.K.
Wowness! 721 Grrrrrr…and the week before, Lil’ Wayne busted a Million. You don’t see that all the time, do ya?
The handoff from Cash Money/Universal Motown’s Lil Wayne to Coldplay also represents just the second time in Nielsen SoundScan history that two albums start with sums greater than 700,000 in back-to-back weeks. The last time it happened was May 2000, when Britney Spears’ “Oops! … I Did It Again,” followed by Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” each broke the million milestone in successive frames, the former with 1.8 million, and Spears’ with 1.3 million.
And the Coldplay lovefest continues…..from Variety.
Coldplay is the biggest pop-rock band in the world today — and XM Radio knows it. Beginning July 15, the satellite radio company will devote a month-long channel to the band’s music. Fans can tune in and hear songs from all of Coldplay’s studio albums as well as rarities, import-only tracks, interviews, and exclusive concert broadcasts from their forthcoming Viva La Vida North American tour. If you’re a fan of big, swooning, mid-tempo rock music this station should provide you with a more-than-adequate fix.
Who doesn’t like big, swooning, mid-tempo rock music?
Swooning. I picture Eno on the studio talk back mic. “I’m afraid it’s just not cutting it fellas’. It’s just not swooning enough. Swoon, I tell ya’, SWOON DAMMIT!”
Anyway, all this good news and happy talk, the music biz must be O.K. after all, right?
Coldplay’s label, E.M.I., has decided to start giving pink slips simultaneously.
The Daily Swarm is leading with this cheerful headline; “EMI bloodbath begins…major layoffs start at Blue Note, Caroline…”
You can say what you want about Guy Hands, that he is a corporate wonk, doesn’t have a clue about how to run a record company but, you can’t question his timing.
Nice one, Guy!