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Chris Martin Calls Lawsuits Against Coldplay "Inspiring"

May 21, 2009 4:29 PM ET

Coldplay's Chris Martin talked with the band's official Website about what's in his stereo, Viva la Vida's next single and the "Viva"-related lawsuits the band is currently facing. First, guitarist Joe Satriani sued the band, claiming their Grammy-winning "Viva La Vida" ripped off his instrumental "If I Could Fly." More recently, Cat Stevens, or Yusuf, has chimed in, claiming Coldplay stole the melody for the song from his own "Foreigner Suite." Still, all the legal woes don't have Martin down.

"Yeah, some people are suing us at the moment and although it was initially a bit depressing, now it's become really inspiring," Martin said. "You think, 'Right, if everyone's trying to take away our best song, then we'd better write 25 better ones.' And so just at the point where I was thinking about getting fat and becoming complacent, I've been finding more inspiration. Now we've got more to prove than ever before." Martin also added that Viva's next single "Strawberry Swing" was inspired by Delakota's "The Rock," so don't call for lawsuits when the next single hits. (Check out photos of Chris Martin and Co.'s "Vida" spectacle, straight from the tour opener.)

Talking about Coldplay's current North American tour, Martin added he hopes to add one Breaking talent to a roster of openers that include Snow Patrol, Elbow and Pete Yorn. "We're hoping to get Bat For Lashes for some dates too. Her album, Two Suns, is my current favorite contemporary record," Martin said (Ed. Note: Ours too.) Martin also said his stereo is pumping Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Pow Pow" and Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown. Finally, Martin failed his geography quiz, incorrectly guessing Iowa capital Des Moines was in Indiana. "Spinal Tap fans will understand. That's why I've known about Des Moines for a long, long time. And I can't wait to go there," Martin joked.

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Cat Stevens Considers Lawsuit Over Coldplay's "Viva La Vida"

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