When Coldplay released the piano ballad “The Scientist” as the second single from 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head, one could scarcely imagine a group less likely to become the center of a mainstream hip-hop rivalry. Nevertheless, half a decade later, their frontman Chris Martin was singing hooks for Jay-Z (“Beach Chair”) and Jay-Z protégé Kanye West (“Homecoming”), who then called out his mentor with those immortal bars, “I told Jay I did a song with Coldplay/Next thing I know he got a song with Coldplay/Back of my mind I’m like, ‘Damn, no way.’” With that beef long squashed, Coldplay rings in the New Year at Jay’s new Brooklyn stadium, double-billed with Hov himself. No word on Kanye’s plans.
Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., 2012
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