Quick Hits: Coldplay, Robin Thicke, Green Day, Kid Cudi, Neil Young, Sub Pop Records
February 25, 2014

Coldplay surprised fans at midnight last night by suddenly releasing a new song, aptly titled "Midnight." The synth-heavy track is presumably taken from Coldplay's upcoming sixth studio album. "Midnight" was accompanied by a black-and-white video, directed by Mary Wigmore. There is no word on whether this is the official first single off Coldplay's next album, which does not have a confirmed release date. Check out the new tune below:





Robin Thicke and his wife of nearly nine years, actress Paula Patton, have announced that they are separating. "We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time," reads a statement to People magazine. Meanwhile, Thicke's tour also has been temporarily derailed due to illness. He has cancelled his third show in a row that was scheduled for tonight (2/25) in North Carolina, less than 24 hours after announcing the marital split. Thicke was slated to kick off his North American tour last week, but cancelled the first two dates, in Atlanta on Friday and in Orlando on Saturday, citing vocal issues. "I never want to let down my fans but I have unfortunately lost my voice and cannot perform tomorrow night," he said in a statement. The next date on the tour is set for this Thursday in Fairfax, VA.

Green Day will honor this year's Record Store Day on April 19 with a special release. The band announced on Facebook: "We are releasing 18 demos, including an unreleased track, from the Uno, Dos and Tres sessions, exclusively for record store day." The trio added that it will be available on colored vinyl, CD and even cassette.

Kid Cudi shocked fans last night by suddenly dropping a new album, Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, via iTunes. The new work is the follow up to Cudi's 2013 LP, Indicud. The Rapper began teasing the surprise release via Twitter by writing: "Time to make the world stand still... 1 hour til launch... BOARDING!" And finally he revealed, "The date says April, 29 2014 but that's a glitch. Or is it ;) ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW," along with a link to iTunes.

Neil Young is set to publish a second memoir after his first book, Waging Heavy Peace, was a best-seller in 2012. The new memoir reportedly will focus on his passion for cars, while also featuring stories about his life in music. The new book is scheduled for a fall release, according to Billboard.

Noted indie label Sub Pop Records will open a retail store in Seattle's Sea-Tac International Airport in April. The store builds on an already musical presence in the airport, where Seattle bands play live at baggage claim and in other areas of the facility 10 times a week. The performance schedule is likely to increase in 2014, says the Hollywood Reporter. Visitors also see music videos and hear recordings by Pacific Northwest artists, such as Nirvana, Eddie Vedder, Heart, and Allen Stone. The airport even shows overhead greetings by Macklemore, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Ben Gibbard, Quincy Jones, and Jerry Cantrell.




 
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