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May 23, 2005

Shareholders – Evil people apparently

A few people have been riled by Chris Martin’s (Coldplay frontman) recent outburst on the topic of shareholders.


Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin today launched an attack on his record label EMI and the company's shareholders. It came after EMI, the world's third-largest music company, warned that profits would be lower because the band took longer than expected to finish their first studio album in three years.

But as Coldplay prepared for a concert in New York to promote their new album, called X&Y, Martin said: "I don't really care about EMI. I'm not really concerned about that.

"I think shareholders are the great evil of this modern world."

Martin told reporters at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre that the band was uncomfortable that they sell so many albums they can affect a major corporation's stock price.

Full article here.

I’d like to think it was just a spur of the moment statement; one of those things you wish you could take back once viewed in the cold light of day. Sadly, given previous statements made as part of the Make Poverty History campaign, I fear he truly believes it. Not only that, but despite his wealth and fame, he experiences no dissonance in reconciling such views with his actions.

Alice Cooper wisely said the following on rock stars and their political views:

If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal.

No doubt Chris would have something to say if I chose to download his forthcoming album instead of making a trip down to HMV; in the name of socialism of course.

Coldplay Live Performance

Anyone keeping up with The O.C. might have heard a clip of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ (a track on their forthcoming album X&Y) two episodes ago during a scene featuring Seth Cohen coming to the rescue of Summer.

Coldplay recently performed the tracks ‘Fix You’ and ‘Speed of Sound’ on NBC’s Saturday Night Live in the States. Recordings of the live performance have been linked to by Brooklynvegan at the bottom of this post.

Anyone curious about the album should take a look. It’s promising to be another solid release.

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