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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.

Album: The Maccabees, Wall of Arms, (Fiction)

Tricky second-album syndrome? These boys take it in their stride

Coldplay to give away freebie CD at gigs

Coldplay will give a live CD away for free to fans at gigs during their coming tour of North America, underlining the dwindling financial importance for successful groups of selling physical records.

Part-timer joins pop giants on Ivor award list

A little-known musician working in a warehouse for a living and without a record deal was nominated for a coveted Ivor Novello Award today, joining some of the giants of British pop including Coldplay and Duffy.

UK music exports hit record levels

*Music acts including Coldplay and Iron Maiden contributed to a stellar year for the UK industry as exports leapt to record levels.

Stars come out in support of Australian bush fire victims

Top international bands, including Coldplay and Kings of Leon, played at simultaneous concerts in Sydney and Melbourne last night to raise money for victims of last month's bush fires. At least 210 people were killed by the fires, the worst in Australia's history, which tore through southern Victoria state.

Elbow, Brighton Dome

Garvey's thank you to his patient followers

Howling Bells - Heartbreak and a primal howl

The Sydney band have abandoned lyrical melodies for a darker edge, says Elisa Bray

We need better Brit Awards

Critically acclaimed artists miss out in this popularity contest, says Elisa Bray

Coldplay, The O2, London

Coldplay capped a great year by inviting 20,000 adoring fans to join the singing

Coldplay, 02 Arena, London

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Coldplay deny living the life on 'copied' hit

British band defend accusation of copying Grammy-nominated song from veteran guitarist Joe Satriani

<a href="http://community.livejournal.com/ti_mixtape/2250.html">MixTape: Coldplay's 'Riffgate'</a>

A fine set-to has blown up between US rock guitarist Joe Satriani and everyone's favourite stadium rockers, Coldplay. The former (aka Professor Satchafunkilus - you know someone means business with a name like that) has accused Britain's favourite stadium rockers of stealing the widdly-woo riff from his song "If I Could Fly", for their song "Viva la Vida", prompting this terse yet ever so polite response from Coldplay. Thankfully with the help of YouTube you can judge for yourself. An enterprising fellow has put together a video with both tracks side by side.

Coldplay denies copying Viva La Vida

Coldplay hit back against accusations they copied another artist's work for the hit Viva La Vida.

Album: Coldplay, Prospekt&rsquo;s March (Parlophone)

Comprising three new mixes of tracks from Viva La Vida, and six further tracks not completed in time to be considered for inclusion on the album, Prospekt's March is being made available as an EP in its own right and as a bonus addition to the Special Edition of Viva La Vida.

Snow Patrol, Bloomsbury Theatre, London

The army of sensitive, multi-million-selling souls who Snow Patrol are lumped in with show no signs of slowing down.

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