Song of the day: “Paradise” by Coldplay

While you won’t be able to hear the ear candy that is Coldplay’s fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, in its entirety just yet, you can at least get a little taste.

Listen for yourself:

While many of the tracks off the album have been heard at live shows already, you can pick up Mylo Xyloto and hear the whole thing when it drops on October 24.

In the night / the stormy night / she closed her eyes. In the night / the stormy night / away she’d fly.


25 days of free holiday tunes

This December, is unveiling a free holiday song every day through Christmas.

The list got off to an excellent start on Dec. 1 with Fleet Foxes “White Winter Hymnal.”

Be sure to check the list every day through Dec. 25 to add some holiday cheer to your iTunes library.

In other holiday music news, Coldplay recently revealed a new track called “Christmas Lights.” Buy it on or listen to it below:

Track 04: A song that makes you sad

As a general rule of thumb, I believe that music doesn’t get any more melancholy than Coldplay.

For whatever reason, this particular number does the sad trick quickest and most efficiently for me.

Check out the cheerful music video for yourself:

**I’m feeling both generous and Coldplay-y today, so I’m providing you with the gift of a bonus track.

Chris Martin just unveiled the following song, “Wedding Bells,” at an Apple music event on Sept. 1.

This one’s about the woman he loves marrying someone else. Three cheers for happiness!

Saw you swimming in that sea of white / If everything that went before didn’t matter / I always loved you and I always will.

My Grammy Score Card

I have a love/hate relationship with award shows.  The fact that I am glued to my television as soon as Ryan Seacrest and female co-host begin covering the red carpet is probably not healthy, but there are worse things I could do.  Like scheduling more time in my day to fill out my Grammy Score Card than I do my homework.  Actually, I did all my homework earlier today so that I would have plenty of time to watch the awards this evening, so there.  However, I can’t just go into watching something like this blindly.  I have my results predicted, and I figured what better place to set them in stone than here?  And the nominees are…

Record of the Year
Chasing Pavements by Adele
Viva La Vida by Coldplay
Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
Paper Planes by M.I.A.
Please Read the Letter by Alison Krauss

My prediction: If I had a quarter for every time a radio station across America played “Viva La Vida,” I would have enough money to buy everyone I know a private island and pay for their jet to get to said island.  Having said that, I think Coldplay has pretty much secured themselves the win.

Album of the Year
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends by Coldplay
Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne
Year of the Gentleman by Ne-Yo
Raising Sand by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
In Rainbows by Radiohead

DISCLAIMER: You may be asking yourself, “what is the difference between record of the year and album of the year?”  I had no idea either, so I used my computer savy and Googled.  To clarify, record of the year is awarded to the artist and producer, recording engineer and/or mixer if they are different from the artist themselves.  Album of the year is awarded to the artist and the producer, recording engineer/mixer and mastering engineer, should they be different from the artist.  So obviously, the difference is clear…

My prediction: If Coldplay doesn’t snag both album and record of the year, I hope Radiohead takes it.  I think I’ll be happy so long as it isn’t the year for a certain gentleman…

Song of the Year
American Boy performed by Estelle (feat. Kanye West)
Chasing Pavements performed by Adele
I’m Yours performed by Jason Mraz
Love Song performed by Sara Bareilles
Viva La Vida performed by Coldplay

My prediction: My first instinct was Coldplay, and while I’m rooting for Mr. Mraz, I think Estelle and Kanye might pull through for the win.

Best New Artist
Jonas Brothers
Lady Antebellum
Jazmine Sullivan

My prediction: I already have my barf bag prepared for when the JoBros hop up onstage to thank “everyone who made this possible.”  That means Disney and tween girls across America.

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Chasing Pavements by Adele
Love Song by Sara Bareilles
Mercy by Duffy
Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry
So What by Pink

My prediction: Ms. Perry is quite vocal about enjoying the taste of cherry chapstick, and she might be tasting victory here as well.

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
All Summer Long by Kid Rock
Say by John Mayer
That Was Me by Paul McCartney
I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
Closer by Ne-Yo
Wichita Lineman by James Taylor

My prediction: Part of me wants Kid to win just so I can cringe at whatever lack of shirt he’s wearing as he ambles up to make his, obviously, profound acceptance speech.  But I’m hoping it’ll go to Jason Mraz.

There are a slew of other categories, but I can only predict so much.  Tune in at 8 PM tonight on CBS to see for yourself.

And the Grammy goes to…