If there were two things in pop culture that I would never put together, it would have to be Game of Thrones and Coldplay. It just… doesn’t seem to fit. And yet, here we are, living in a world where Coldplay wrote a Game of Thrones musical for the charity broadcast Red Nose Day, and they even got Peter Dinklage to star in it!
If you’re not familiar with Red Nose Day, it’s been happening in the UK for years, and this is the first year the US is doing it. Basically, it’s a ton of comedic sketches featuring a ton of celebrities that come together in an effort to raise money for charities that help alleviate poverty. It’s a good time for all, and there are some pretty big names participating this year.
First, here’s the preview for the GoT musical:
Looks pretty amazing, right? The broadcast will air tonight at 8pm EST on NBC and will include appearances by Will Ferrell, Reese Witherspoon, Jodie Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Pharrell Williams, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks, Yvette Nicole Brown, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, and Ian McKellen.
Look, One Direction has really catchy songs, okay? Just starting to type this article, I have ‘Story of My Life’ stuck in my head (and if you’ve ever heard it before, you probably do too, now) and I’m not ashamed to say I have the latest album in my iTunes. I’ve never listened to it, but I do own it and maybe I will one day! So what, who cares? Even Chris Martin loves them!
Here’s what the Coldplay frontman told BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe:
“I think One Direction are the biggest band in the world, their songs are great. I’m saying One Direction are brilliant and I’m not kidding.
“You know why? Because their songs are really good and I don’t think that any of them are going to go solo. I think they appreciate their chemistry from watching their movie… Harry [Styles] has come to a couple of our shows, I think I probably said the same thing about chemistry.”
Ha! He also claimed that he started questioning her sexuality because he was enamoured with Harry’s hair. Hilarious – especially because I still don’t understand how anyone finds Harry Styles remotely attractive, but perhaps I’m not the right audience. I still like the songs, though! Here – now you can partake with me (I love to torture you!!!):
I feel like Coldplay gets a lot of stick here in the US, but I really love them! I’ve been a fan since Parachutes was released, then fell off somewhere around Viva La Vida, then came back during Mylo Xyloto. I even saw them over in the UK during the Mylo Xyloto tour, at an outdoor stadium show in the pouring rain, and they were incredible, so it’s safe to say I’ll always be a fan.
I was a little unsure when that song leaked last week that sounded literally like a track from a Bon Iver record, ‘cos that’s just not them. Thankfully, we’ve got their actual new single now, which IS very much them, and it’s called ‘Magic’. The track was put online on Monday morning, and is taken from their forthcoming studio album, Ghost Stories, which is due out on May 19th.
Listen to ‘Magic’ below and sound off. Do you like Coldplay? Do you like the song?
I know Coldplay gets a hard time from plenty of people these days, but I love them. I always have (even though I fell off for a few albums), but after hitting up a show on the Mylo Xyloto tour at a stadium in Sunderland last summer, I was fully back on board. It was freezing cold and pouring down with rain so we were soaked to the bone all day, but that almost made it better. They are so good, so everyone shut up (unless you agree – then by all means, keep talking! lolz).
In any case, Coldplay have unveiled a preview of their new track ‘Atlas’, which will be part of the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack – the first time they’ve ever written a song specially for a movie. Woo hoo.
Catching Fire‘s director Francis Lawrence had this to say about Coldplay’s involvement:
“I have great respect and admiration for Coldplay, and we are thrilled with how well they have connected to the themes and ideas within the film,” director Francis Lawrence recently said of Coldplay’s involvement in the film.
“Their unwavering passion and excitement for the project elevated the collaboration even further, and we can’t wait to share this music with audiences around the world.”
It’s a bit slow, but I like it well enough, and I can see it going well with the movie. What do you think?
Right? When Rihanna first released this tragic song, it was all I could do to get through the entire thing. If I remember correctly, the only way I managed it was by letting my guinea pig listen along with me and repeating “it’ll be over soon, Aladdin*. It’ll be over soon.”
But Coldplay went and did the unthinkable and made a Rihanna song into a song that I actually enjoy. This is monumental. This is a great moment in history. This is precisely why Coldplay needs to cover all the songs.
*His name is Aladdin, but like Bowie‘s Aladdin Sane, not the more traditional Aladdin. As you can imagine, he is one fierce guinea pig.
Oh, yeah, hey. I just figured that maybe some of you are like me and would really enjoy starting the morning with country legends doing smooth covers of contemporary chill bands for a fast food commercial. I’m right, aren’t I? Of course.
As the evening fades into night, as the stars come out to play, let us all take a moment to appreciate Coldplay‘s cover of that most infamous song by Amy Winehouse, “Rehab,” and let’s allow it to soothe our weary hearts.