Welcome to Week Two of VH1′s Song of the Summer countdown. Each and every Monday from now until Labor Day, we’ll be utilizing today’s most advanced data collection techniques Microsoft Excel to chart the competition of what will become THE song that people will think of when they remember the summer of 2011.
Last week, Adele‘s monster smash, “Rolling In The Deep,” captured the top spot, scoring 87 of a possible 100 points. (For a reminder on how the scoring system works, click here.) Somehow, the English songbird managed to increase her stranglehold on the #1 spot in this countdown this week, racking up 91 (!!!) points and proving that no matter what medium people use to consume music these days, they’re using it to listen to Adele.
Coldplay headlined Day 2 of Germany’s three-day Rock am Ring Festival this weekend, by playing a number of songs from their forthcoming LP, including their potential Song of the Summer anthem, “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” and the above “Hurts Like Heaven,” featuring a New Order-esque guitar riff. The festival was streamed on German TV station Eins Plus, and inevitably ended up on YouTube. Below are the three other new songs, in descending order of how much we like them:
“Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” has as big a hook as any Coldplay single before, but not much in the way of a chorus (much like “Clocks,” which hardly suffered for it). The Big Country-esque guitar solo and pinch of sidechain compression make it sound simultaneously retro and current, and its lyrical stabs at a communal experience of a solitary expression cast a wide net.
Sure, why not? Let’s start the countdown for the 2009 Grammy awards. The show airs on Sunday, February 8, and everyone has their favorites when it comes to the competition for the various categories. During the next two weeks, we’ll list the artists that are up for an award in a certain cat, and you can watch videos and read news while you weigh in on who you think will take the prize. First up: Record of the Year. Hit the comments field for a chance to do some odds-making. Click the artists names for videos, performances, photos, news, tour dates, lyrics, and lots more.
What’s the toughest part about being married to Gwyneth Paltrow? Knowing that Brad Pitt got there first, according to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Martin confesses to still being hung up on the fact that wife Gwyneth Paltrow was engaged to one of the world’s hottest men before Martin dated her. “If your wife went out with Brad Pitt you’d want to prove yourself, you know what I mean?”
In another revelation the sappy singer offers up to the magazine, Martin confesses that he didn’t lose his virginity until he was 22. “There were religious issues and sh*t like that…Also confidence. I had a tricky time with girls.” With lyrics like Martin’s (sample: “Tell you I’m sorry / You don’t know how lovely you are”) you’d think he was above it, but like 99% of rockers, he got into music for the ladies.
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Rachel McAdams has signed on for a role in the Iraq war drama The Return. It’s about time Rachel chose a potentially heavy-hitting project: she’s got major ground to cover if she wants to live up to her reputation as the "next Julia Roberts." The Return will concern three injured soldiers who are faced with harsh realities upon returning to the U.S. As exciting as Rachel’s involvement is, it doesn’t really hold a candle to co-star Michael Pena‘s plotline, which is set to involve post-war impotence. That is what you call drama on top of drama. [Hollywood Reporter/Reuters]
Hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz has fashioned a career out of outfitting others with his work, and it seems only appropriate that his upcoming album, One Man Band, will be a multi-guest affair. The disc, which is set to drop May 15, will feature the likes of Kanye West, Just Blaze (both on production) and Coldplay, whose contribution, "Part of the Plan," may be brought to the small screen with a video helmed by Crash director Paul Haggis. All that sounds great, but one question: why does a producer need to enlist other producers for his album? Getting lazy there, Swizz? [Billboard.com]