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Sometimes, even the most hardened doubters of Gary Barlow’s MOR entertainer schtick have had to concede that he can write ’em. Cynics can relax, though, because no such concessions are required for his first solo album since 1999, which falls below Barlow’s best – “Patience”, “Rule the World” – at just the point when he needed to up his game.

20-year-old Ed Sheeran has four nominations. He's up for best British male solo artist, best British breakthrough act, best single and album of the year

Ed Sheeran leads nominations for Brit Awards

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran heads the field for this year's Brit Awards with four nominations.

Coldplay first to top 2012 singles chart

Coldplay have knocked the Military Wives choir off the top of the charts after their single Paradise became the first official number one of 2012.

Adele's mega-sales may elude Fleet Foxes and but they are the choice of the cognoscenti

Music critics snub the public's taste in Poll of Polls

This year's best-selling singer, Adele, is absent from HMV album of the year list

Coldplay, 02 Arena, London (2/5)

The Kraftwerk allusions, the Brian Eno productions, the “experimental” new directions: the propaganda which comes with each new Coldplay album would make you think they were a major rock band.

Freedman unruffled by Eagles' landing

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Chris Martin and Johnny Buckland, Church of St John at Hackney, London
Frank Turner, Academy, Bournemouth

A semi-acoustic session in a church by half of Coldplay made me realise there are some pearls among all that dirgy dross

Mencap Little Noise Sessions: Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland; Emili Sande; Ben Howard, St John at Hackney Church

For Coldplay fans, this was a rare opportunity. To see one of the biggest bands on the planet (well, half of them), in the tiny surrounds of a church. For fans of the band this is about as good as it gets.

Can't stream? Won't stream!

Coldplay have shaken their fans and their record label by becoming the latest big act to refuse to make tracks from their new album available for streaming on Spotify. Adam Sherwin reports on a revolt that is rocking the music industry

Niall Doherty and Hugh Montgomery: One thinks Coldplay's latest album is a 'megahit', the other, one long boring whine...

On the eve of a fifth album, two writers clash horns over the band

Album: Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto (Parlophone / EMI)

Hearing for the first time the songs that will, inevitably and inexorably, become part of the fabric of Western life from X Factor auditions to shopping-centre muzak, is a strange and often depressing experience.

Album: Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto (Parlophone)

Generally speaking, the more producers involved with an album, the less distinctively defined its contours, the various opinions tending to nullify the more extreme ideas.

Coldplay, iTunes Festival, Roundhouse, London

"You have to jump to this," Chris Martin commands before "Viva La Vida". Only it's not really a jumping song, they're not really a jumping band. Although the rangy Martin, bless him, regularly bounces on the spot like a welterweight.

Coldplay and Lady Gaga set for iHeartRadio Music Festival

Lady Gaga, Coldplay and The Black Eyed Peas have signed up to appear at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

T in the Park, Balado, Kinross

Amidst the Sunday mudbathing, the novelty of an almost completely redesigned site and some thrilling headline performances, this year's T in the Park was memorable for two very different sets that nailed the spirit of their times. One, although not quite up there with Glastonbury '95, was the latest instalment of Pulp's reunion tour on the Sunday evening, a poignant reminder of just how few contemporary pop artists write from the position of taking a close look at the world around them.

Video: British acts rock Glastonbury

With the sun shining, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J and Coldplay did the UK proud at Glastonbury.

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