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  1. September 28, 2014

    Pimco ‘bond king’ resigns: abdication or coup?

    When Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow announced in January that their 10-year marriage had come to an end, the Hollywood duo...

  2. July 2, 2014

    Coldplay, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

    The Royal Albert Hall has never looked so diminutive. Playing in the round, grouped together on a little stage, Coldplay...

  1. May 16, 2014

    Coldplay: Ghost Stories – review

    Ghost Stories is Coldplay’s break-up album, made as Chris Martin’s marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow ended. Their separation, or...

  2. May 16, 2014

    Can a crowd keep a secret?

    Last week I watched something striking unfold in New York’s Beacon Theatre. The British band Coldplay performed a gig to a...

  3. April 18, 2014

    The curse of lumpy mattresses and artificial hotel aromas

    Speaking of incense, I wonder what everyone thinks of the relatively new trend of putting a scent into the air-conditioning...

  4. March 26, 2014

    Case studies in conscious coupling

    The Hollywood and music A-listers Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have announced their separation in a statement declaring...

  5. December 3, 2013

    Amazon entry can’t come soon enough

    From Mr Chris Martin. Sir, Francisco González seems to have his head, at once, in the sand and in the clouds (“Banks need to...

  6. December 11, 2011

    Coldplay, O2 Arena, London

    On the way in each gig goer was handed an electronic wristband: a present from Coldplay, we were told. Its purpose was...

  7. October 22, 2011

    Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

    Where previous Coldplay records have grown ever more insipid, like a cup of tea repeatedly made with the same teabag, Mylo...

  8. July 22, 2011

    At home with the stars

    At the end of last year, Gwyneth Paltrow received a plaintive e-mail. It was from a reader of Goop.com, the lifestyle portal...

  9. July 12, 2011

    Uniq deal improves pension terms

    Greencore’s £113m offer for Uniq has given an unexpected benefit to members of Uniq’s pension scheme, who will be able to...

  10. July 10, 2011

    Ed Sheeran, Scala, London

    There’s a new kid on the block. And judging by his ruddy complexion and rural past, he’s straight outta da hay loft. To...

  11. February 11, 2011

    Punky 1970s-style rock star dressing

    From left: Gucci, Burberry Prorsum, Balmain, Marc Jacobs Here’s a prediction, as the Grammys and the Brit awards loom: the...

  12. December 17, 2010

    Coldplay: Christmas Lights

    Coldplay Christmas Lights (EMI) According to Chris Martin, Coldplay’s new album, expected next year, is inspired by New York...

  13. July 10, 2010

    Cherry Ghost: Beneath this Burning Shoreline

    Cherry Ghost Beneath this Burning Shoreline (Heavenly) Things have got bigger on Cherry Ghost’s second album. Songs unfurl...

  14. March 2, 2010

    Thom Yorke

    Sixty-five days to go until May 6, the likely date of the UK general election, and things are looking a bit blank as regards...

  15. March 1, 2010

    Thom Yorke, Cambridge Corn Exchange

    Folk singer manqué: Thom Yorke Sixty-five days to go until May 6, the likely date of the UK general election, and things are...

  16. February 20, 2010

    Efterklang: Magic Chairs

    Efterklang Magic Chairs 4AD Danish orchestral-rockers Efterklang unveil a more accessible, pop-led direction on their third...

  17. October 22, 2009

    Mr Hudson: Straight No Chaser

    Mr Hudson Straight No Chaser Mercury Questionable things about Straight No Chaser – the auto-tuning of the singer’s...

  18. September 21, 2009

    Posh boys mix it up in style

    Coldplay's previous two albums were hyped as experimental and challenging, yet beneath the odd tweak the results were more...

  19. September 20, 2009

    Coldplay/Jay-Z/Girls Aloud, Wembley Stadium, London

    Coldplay’s previous two albums were hyped as experimental and challenging, yet beneath the odd tweak the results were more...

  20. June 11, 2009

    Mr Hudson, ICA, London

    Two heterosexual guys staring into each others’ iPods and saying “I love this, man” – Hollywood would call it the perfect...

  21. April 26, 2009

    Movers and shakers: Apr 27

    ● Collins Stewart Wealth Management has hired Oliver Tregoning as head of investment marketing. Mr Tregoning was previously...

  22. December 15, 2008

    Energy, stagecraft and surefire siles

    Coldplay’s current album is Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. It’s gone to Number One in 36 countries and been...

  23. August 16, 2008

    Pension deficits - by any name

    You know where you stand with a Norman, and a Norman knows where he stands in life. You could say the same of a Gertrude or...

  24. August 15, 2008

    Matthew Vincent: Pension deficits – by any name

    You know where you stand with a Norman, and a Norman knows where he stands in life. You could say the same of a Gertrude or...

  25. June 30, 2008

    Rock and roll and all that rap

    It was bling, brash and a bit out of place, the world’s biggest hip-hop star playing a gig at a Somerset dairy farm. “My...

  26. June 7, 2008

    Pop - Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

    Coldplay Viva la Vida Viva la Vida ** Decorated with a stirring French revolutionary scene by Delacroix and titled after a...

  27. April 19, 2008

    Who's winning in the primaries?

    Many posh English families don't trouble state secondary schools with their offspring, and will pay for independent schools...

  28. September 8, 2007

    POP CDS

    KT Tunstall Drastic Fantastic Relentless The qualities that made KT Tunstall's debut Eye to the Telescope so insidiously...

  29. April 16, 2007

    Midlake

    Shepherds Bush Empire, London RICHARD CLAYTON Listening to Midlake is like playing fantasy rock supergroup. Or rather...

  30. April 15, 2007

    Midlake, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

    Listening to Midlake is like playing fantasy rock supergroup. Or rather country-rock supergroup, as the five-piece from...

  31. November 28, 2006

    General counsels feel stock options heat

    The wave of stock options backdating allegations has engulfed corporate lawyers, with 12 US companies replacing their...

  32. November 8, 2006

    Green campaigner picks the wrong targets

    Sir Terry Leahy rarely appears in advertisements, so when posters bearing the likeness of the Tesco chief executive...

  33. November 7, 2006

    Green campaigner picks wrong targets

    Sir Terry Leahy rarely appears in advertisements, so when posters bearing the likeness of the Tesco chief executive recently...

  34. October 5, 2006

    Dispatches

    In idle moments while connected to call centres in Britain or India, you may have found yourself wondering what prevents...

  35. August 31, 2006

    DJ Shadow, Koko, London

    DJ Shadow was dubbed “the Jimi Hendrix of sampling” when his first album Endtroducing came out in 1996, though he doesn’t...

  36. June 13, 2006

    Coldplay enjoy a warm reception

    Amid a strong line-up including Primal Scream, Foo Fighters, Lou Reed and The Prodigy, you might not have bet on Coldplay...

  37. June 2, 2006

    A star is born

    The school summer fête season is upon us and tales of parents' competitive charity-giving abound. Last week it was reported...

  38. February 22, 2006

    More tears and histrionics, please

    Both professions attract emotional show-offs prone to grandiose pronouncements, so why are actors so much better at...

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