Coldplay debuts new song ‘Amazing Day’ at Global Citizen Festival

27 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Beyonce and Ed Sheeran did a Drunk In Love duet and it was perfection.

Chris Martin served as curator of this year’s Global Citizen Festival in New York, so it was destined that the Coldplay singer had some big plans for the Central Park fest. The pair also performed other duets on the night – Bey joined Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder to cover Bob Marley & the Wailer’s Redemption Song while Ed brought out Chris Martin to team up for Thinking Out Loud. The festival aims to raise awareness about issues such as inequality, climate change and poverty and was timed to coincide with the announcement of the United Nations’ new Global Goals which seek to put an end to these problems by 2030. PHOTO: KEVIN MAZUR/GETTY IMAGES FOR GLOBAL CITIZEN Some of the biggest names in music and politics from Beyonce to European prime ministers rallied on Saturday in a concert aimed at mobilising action to eradicate extreme poverty. Leonardo DiCaprio also made an appearance telling the crowd: ‘The cause of our environment and the fight for the world’s poor are inherently linked.

The broken piano forced Coldplay to remove “Clocks” and “Paradise” from their set list, but the group soldiered on and made amends for the shortened set by closing things out with a moving new ballad titled “Amazing Day,” which the band rehearsed at their soundcheck the day before. “And the view / the whole Milky Way / In your eyes / I’m drifting away,” Martin tenderly croons on the new cut, which could be the first sampling fans have of Coldplay’s upcoming (and possibly final) LP, tentatively titled A Head Full of Dreams. “And in your arms / I just want to sway / Amazing day.” Coldplay’s broken piano also threatened the band’s other big surprise: A surprise appearance by Ariana Grande, who joined the group to sing her Harry Styles-penned cut “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart.” Martin and Grande rehearsed their duet on piano, which left Coldplay to improvise the performance on Saturday. Among the speakers at the event were U2’s Bono, actors including Leonardo DiCaprio, Katie Holmes, Hugh Jackman and Salma Hayek, comedian Stephen Colbert, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, US first lady Michelle Obama and vice president Joe Biden, and Swedish prime minister Stefan Lfven. The Global Citizen initiative, according to its website, was created by the Global Poverty Project in 2012 to promote campaigns that seek to have a positive impact on people’s lives and the environment.It is backed by the UN. “A world where every child has a chance to go to school, a world where women and girls are protected from violence, and where preventable diseases aren’t holding people back,” its website says.

It says it works with other NGOs, business leaders, world leaders and global citizens in its efforts “to build the largest movement of people taking actions and calling on governments to support policies that would significantly impact the world’s poor”. The 18-year-old, who was shot in 2012 for defying a Taliban ban on education, said that the world did not lack money. ”We have billions and trillions of dollars but where the money goes is the military, things that are useless to society,” she said. On Friday, the UN endorsed a goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030 — in part by focusing on opportunities for girls, an investment with sweeping consequences for families’ futures.

Presidents, prime ministers and diplomats from the UN’s 193 members stood and applauded loudly after General Assembly president Mogens Lykketoft announced the approval of the development roadmap. Despite wide official endorsements of the so-called Sustainable Development Goals, the UN estimates that achieving them would cost the world up to $5 trillion each year — a huge commitment. Rolling Stone spoke to Global Citizen co-founder Ryan Gall about Martin’s 15-year role as the festival’s curator, which kicked off with the 2015 fest. “[Martin] didn’t want to do just a one-off. The prime ministers of Luxembourg, Malta, Norway and Sweden came to the festival to offer support, with US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron appearing by video. Beyonce put on a crowd-rousing show of dance pop with an emphasis on her feminist themes but performed an unlikely acoustic duet with Sheeran of “Drunk in Love,” which she usually sings with husband Jay Z.

Pop starlet Ariana Grande joined Coldplay, while Common’s hard-charging hip-hop set merged into “Every Breath You Take” as a bearded Sting suddenly appeared. Beyonce, playing just her second concert this year, was the top attraction for many fans who obtained tickets not by paying but by committing to activism ranging from writing letters to volunteering. It changes everything. ” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Other performers included rock veterans Pearl Jam and Coldplay, fresh English pop sensation Ed Sheeran, socially conscious rapper Common and — in an effort to raise the profile of the festival in India — leading Bollywood singer Sunidhi Chauhan.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Ariana & Jay-Z at the #GlobalCitizenFestival in NYC yesterday @arianagrande #JayZ #arianagrande #arianator #myeverything #honeymoontour#NewYork #arianators #music #moonlightbae #moonlight #globalcitizen

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