HAVING consciously uncoupled oneself from the trauma of watching Kylie Minogue on the Logies last weekend, SD has moved on to other matters, including the lyrics to Coldplay’s new album Ghost Stories, due for release in Australia on May 16. As was revealed this week, the enterprising Coldplay chaps came up with the idea of hiding singer Chris Martin’s lyrics to the nine songs on the album in ghost story books located in libraries around the world. One of them, Always in My Head, turned up in Helsinki inside a copy of Clive Barker’s Mister B. Gone; another, Magic, was found in Mexico City hidden in a Spanish translation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. As more of the lyrics became public, however, the keen observer would have noted in Martin’s poetry a certain “conscious uncoupling” theme. Lines such as “when the pain just rips right through me”, from Another’s Arms, is one, while “I’ve lost you now/ you let me go” from True Love is another. There are many more such outpourings of a lovelorn nature within the Ghost Stories text. Martin admitted in a BBC interview this week that the band members had decided to be honest about what had been going on in their lives on their sixth album. It appears his failed marriage to actress Gwyneth Paltrow is chief among the issues. HATS off to another English pop star, Ed Sheeran, who graced our shores this week and crammed in six surprise gigs in two days, including one at my local school, before heading to New Zealand. Sheeran was performing songs from his new album Multiply, or X if you prefer, which is released worldwide on June 23. SINGER Dan Sultan, no stranger to this page recently, was in the news again this week, named as the star turn for this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards, which take place in Darwin on August 15. The NIMAs, as they are known, are the annual celebration of indigenous recordings and performers. Finalists for the awards, including artist of the year, album of the year and song of the year, will be announced in July. Nominations are open until June 20. You can find out more at nima.musicnt.com.au
While we’re in the Northern Territory, entries are now open, until June 6, for the annual NT Song of the Year Awards. You can get the details at www.ntsong.musicnt.com.au. IT was brought to my attention this week that Gold Coast death metal exponent Widow the Sea was planning to celebrate the release of its new album, Aphelion, by decimating Brisbane during its concert in the city on Thursday. One hasn’t heard from anybody there since then, but I hope you’re all OK.