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.
One of the few worldwide known rock bands that proudly call South Africa home, Seether has been energizing crowds with its ambitious branch of heavy metal for more than 15 years. With six studio albums in its catalog, Seether continues to build off its early 90s grunge influences and craft its own brawny blends of down-tuned power chords and undeniably catchy choruses into different sonic directions. Now, Seether is all set to hit the road again, after announcing a headlining 2015 spring tour that will see them traveling to major cities all across the country.
Catch them near you
Seether is all set to rock out 21 dates while on tour, with a show kicking off in Charlotte, N.C., on April 24, 2015 and concluding in Maryland Heights, MO., on May 23. Geographically speaking, the tour predominantly sticks to the East Coast and the Midwest, including multiple stops in states such as New York, New Jersey and Ohio. Even if Seether won't be stopping in your city, the band is planning on having their May 12 performance at the House of Blues in Cleveland being available to stream via Yahoo!
Before touring the world and selling millions of records, lead singer and guitarist Shaun Morgan wore his rock influences on his sleeve, performing in cover bands around his hometown of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. While he displayed his worship of rock gods like Kurt Cobain and Tom Petty on stage, deep down Morgan knew that he needed to get his own voice out to the crowds. In 1999, Morgan created Saron Gas, the foundation for what would eventually become Seether. With fellow South Africans Dale Stewart on bass and John Humphrey on drums, Saron Gas began drawing attention all over the country, until eventually peaking the interests of Wind Up Records in the U.S.
After signing with Wind Up Records, the band transformed into Seether, and launched themselves onto the alternative rock scene with their debut album Disclaimer. Since then, they've delivered dozens of powerful singles, such as the abrasive "Gasoline," the haunting "Fine Again" and No. 1 Billboard placing songs like "Fake It," "Remedy" and "Country Song." This is a perfect chance for Seether fans to see gems off its latest album Isolate and Medicate, which was met with much critical acclaim while being produced by legendary producer Brendan O'Brien, known for collaborating with legends such as Pearl Jam, Mastodon and Red Hot Chili Peppers.