Coldplay Give Glee Full Access to Back Catalogue
Published Jun 15, 2010Like a grown-up version of Kidz Bop, television monster Glee has made a killing off turning songs by major label artists such as Madonna and Kanye West into embarrassing karaoke parodies of themselves. Now, British arena rockers Coldplay are jumping on board, allowing Glee full license of their back catalogue after first snubbing the show in March.
Glee writer/producer Ryan Murphy told Billboard,"At the beginning, a lot of people didn't know what we were and asked to see pages [in advance], but I refused because I didn't want to set precedent of them having any involvement. My favorite rejection was Bryan Adams. Coldplay and Bryan Adams were really the only rejections. But Coldplay called a week ago and said, 'We're sorry, you can have our catalogue.'"
Of course, Coldplay's decision will pay off handsomely: the Glee version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" reached No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart a year ago, and their Madonna-themed EP hit No. 1.
In case you haven't seen the show, here's what to expect: