The star, whose band are on EMI, declares shareholders “the great evil of this modern world"...

COLDPLAY singer CHRIS MARTIN has declared shareholders “the great evil of this modern world”.

Speaking at a press conference before Coldplay’s gig at New York’s Beacon Theatre (May 17), Martin said that the band’s new album ’X&Y’ was delayed because the first eight months of recording sessions produced songs that lacked the “spark” of their previous material.

As a partial result of the delay, a profit warning was issued by EMI in February.

However Martin has said: “I don’t really care about EMI. I’m not really concerned about that.”

Martinalso spoke about “the slavery that we are all under to shareholders” ahead of the album’s release in early June.

He said: “It’s very strange for us that we spent 18 months in the studio just trying to make songs that make us feel a certain way and then suddenly become part of this corporate machine.”

Their new album is released on June 6.