With more than 15 years of sold out world tours, platinum selling albums and dozens of awards under their belts, it's no wonder that the members of Coldplay have recently been hinting that 2016 might be their final year as a band. As recent interviews from frontman Chris Martin have indicated, the group expects its next album, rumored to be out next year, to be the last one it ever records. However, Martin has also stated that fans all around the world will at least have one more chance to catch them live before they call it quits.
Coldplay prepping for 2016 tour
The last time Coldplay set out for a world tour, they broke box office and attendance records in dozens of countries. Billboard has reported that the band's last tour, the Mylo Xyloto Tour, included 77 concerts that took place from 2011 to 2012, eventually generating an estimated $186.9 million in revenue. While Coldplay's previous album Ghost Stories was released last year, the band ultimately decided not to go on tour, with most of the members opting to pursue solo projects.
When discussing the next, and possibly last, Coldplay album, lead singer Chris Martin compared it to another famous character from the U.K.
"It's our seventh thing, and the way we look at it, it's like the last Harry Potter book or something like that," Martin told BBC Radio in an interview. "Not to say that there might not be another thing one day, but this is the completion of something."
Band still keeping busy
Between prepping for its next album and world tour, the band is still managed to stay relevant in 2015. Coldplay recently received an award from the Billboard Music Awards, winning Top Rock Album for last year's Ghost Stories and beating out some of today's biggest names in rock, such as Paramore, Fall Out Boy and Bastille. The band also found a creative way to get involved with some charity work this year, electing to participate in a mockumentary that spoofs themselves making a musical for the hit television series "Game of Thrones." The parody was a bit for Red Nose Day, an annual event that has raised more than $1 billion to help end childhood poverty. Regardless of Coldplay's future, it's safe to say that 2016 will be one epic year for both the members and their millions of fans across the world.
In the world of musician power couples, the latest addition to the list is Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj. While the couple had been keeping things low-key for the first few months of dating, they have now come clean and are certainly keen on becoming the ultimate hip hop couple taking over the radio stations today. And with a new album scheduled to drop this summer, Meek Mill is also ready to hit the road with his new companion, as Minaj and Mill are all set for an extensive summer tour.
Star power, star couple
While rumors were circulating throughout 2014 about Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj dating, the duo came clean about their romance earlier this year. Last year saw hard times for Mill, as he was sentenced to six months in jail in July for violating his parole. While he was ultimately released early for good behavior, the experience forced Mill to begin committing to a serious comeback campaign, which mainly consisted of working on his highly anticipated forthcoming studio album. Mill spoke to Billboard about how serving his sentence was truly a blessing in disguise.
"(It was) the best thing that happened to me at that time," Mill said in an interview with Billboard. "I was being a little wild...it slowed me down, gave me enough time to think. I rap way better. I've experienced way more. I just came from jail. I made sure I read a whole lot, smartened up and learned more. You know, I'm just next level Meek Mill."
Minaj and Mill set to tour
It was also after his release that Mill was frequently spotted out and about with Minaj, and sources have since confirmed that the couple is now engaged. As if being in love and on top of the hip hop charts wasn't enough, Minaj announced earlier this year that she was adding Meek Mill to her 2015 tour, rightfully titled The Pinkprint tour after her 2014 album of the same name. With multiple festival and arena performances scheduled from June to late August, there are plenty of chances to catch both Mill and Minaj cherishing the stage and each other in 2015. You can also expect Mill's next album, titled Dreams Worth More Than Money, to be released in mid-June.
While the band might be experiencing its 20th year in existence, Foo Fighters certainly aren't behaving like a band that's displaying signs of aging. Foo Fighters concluded 2014 on a high note, with the release of their eighth studio album Sonic Highways and starring in a HBO miniseries focused on the recording process for the album. Now, with a massive tour planned out featuring multiple festival headlining appearances, Foo Fighters is all set to make the 20th anniversary of the band even more special.
Frontman Dave Grohl and company will certainly have their hands full throughout 2015. Foo Fighters have already spent the majority of this year touring the world, with recent stops in Australia and New Zealand taking place in February and March. Now, they're currently gearing up for dozens of concert dates across European countries, before briefly stopping through Canada, Japan and Korea until they return back to the U.S. The shows will be nothing short of epic, as the band is gearing up to play such iconic venues such as Wembley Stadium in London and Slane Castle in Ireland.
Once they return back to the states, the rock 'n' roll will pick up right where it left off. They'll be playing all across the country from July to October, until finally concluding their 2015 tour in late November, where the last show is scheduled to be held in Barcelona.
Foo Fighters will also be headlining at some of the biggest music festivals in the world throughout 2015. They're all set to take the stage at the legendary Glastonbury festival in the United Kingdom, where they'll be sharing the stage with none other than rock icons The Who. In addition to Glastonbury, Foo Fighters are also listed as headlining acts at other festivals such as Hangout Music Fest in Alabama, Pinkpop Festival in The Netherlands, Fuji Rock Festival in Japan and Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas.
Rare Record Day releases
In other Foo Fighters news, the band released four unheard demos during April's Record Store Day. With Grohl serving as the official ambassador for the annual event, the group allowed fans the chance to purchase a four-track 10-inch titled Songs From The Laundry Room, which contained tracks recorded around 20 years ago in Seattle.