Coldplay's Chris Martin powers on despite criticism 

  • Chris Martin of Coldplay (Getty Images file photo)

The coolest thing about Coldplay leader Chris Martin is that he actually realizes what an industry in-joke his arena-huge band has become, what a punch line they’ve started to serve at the end of every alterna-hipster sentence. And he just doesn’t care.

According to recent interviews, he went into the band’s new Eno-assisted “Mylo Xyloto” effort with legendary composers like Dylan and Springsteen as reference points; he truly wanted to construct an old-school album classic, critics be damned (and hopefully silenced forever).

Want to know what he’s come up with? Log on to iTunes today – they’ll be exclusively streaming one new track a day, starting with “Princess Of China,” featuring Rihanna.

Fans can also pre-order “Mylo” and get an instant free download of new single “Paradise,” which follows the recent hit “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall.”

Financially, Coldplay has nothing to fear – they’ve sold over 50 million albums, and won seven Grammys, six Brit Awards and four MTV VMAs.

So isn’t it about time for some across-the-board respect?

Martin and company will be out there working for it in the coming weeks – on Oct. 19, they’re hitting “The Colbert Report,” on Oct. 21, “The Today Show,” and on Oct. 27, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Then, on Nov. 12, they’re the musical guests on the Emma Stone-hosted “Saturday Night Live.”

Let the hate give way to love – err, like? – at

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