I shouldn’t have to justify this choice, but feel that I probably have to, particularly given this article in The Guardian. Let me put it this way. In the niche-targeted ‘personalised’ world in which we now live, most artists on our countdown serve a well-defined audience. We have little awareness of where they got to in ‘the charts’ or if indeed if they ever did.
Most ‘credible’ artists have retreated from the mainstream pop battleground, free to do what they want, leaving the field clear for Sam Smith, Rihanna, Bastille and Belgian EDM. Coldplay alone are cussedly hanging on in there, attempting to have huge global pop hits, spending a fortune on their videos, selling out three nights at Wembley when even U2 have retreated to the O2. They’re still holding their ground in the heat of the battle, whilst most of their contemporaries have retreated to the sidelines from where they can sneer. They deserve our support – just listen to this track – it doesn’t matter who it’s by, it is just a great pop track that makes you feel good. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the biggest band in the world.
Coldplay – they fight the pop wars so others don’t have to.
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