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Coldplay

Coldplay

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Biography

Coldplay is one of the most successful British pop bands of all time. They’re known for their anthemic rock sound and high-energy concerts, which bring in tens of thousands of fans. Comprised of lead singer Chris Martin, drummer Will Champion, bassist Guy Berryman, and Lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, the band formed in London in 1996 with the help of their creative director Phil Harvey. 

Before dropping their debut album, Parachutes, in 2000, the band released several EPs – The Blue Room and Safety – via Parlophone and played gigs at venues throughout the UK. Their single “Yellow” became their first hit, helping the band earn their first Mercury Prize nomination. 

Since the release of their first record, Coldplay has been one of the most popular bands in Europe, the Americas, and the world at large. They currently have over 60 million fans on Spotify, and they’ve just released their ninth studio album, The Music of the Spheres. The band says that major influences on their work include Muse, U2, Jeff Buckley, and more. 

Here’s everything you need to know about Coldplay’s music.

instruments played
bass
drums
Guitar
Piano
Vocals
Also Known As

Pectoralz (1996 1997) Starfish (1997 1998) Los Unidades (2018)

Associated Acts

Apparatjik Brian Eno Jon Hopkins Davide Rossi

Genres

Alternative rock pop rock post-Britpop pop

Origin

London, England

Website
Years Active

1996 present

Name

Coldplay

Coldplay's Formation and the Release of Parachutes

Originally called Pectoralz and then Starfish for a short time, Coldplay initially formed when the members were in college together at University College London. They only made 500 copies of their first release, Safety, sharing the majority of them with friends and labels. After the release of the EP, the group signed to Fierce Panda Records, a London-based independent label that has also been home to Keane, Death Cab for Cutie, The Polyphonic Spree, and others.  By the time the band's members had finished college, they'd left the Fierce Panda roster and signed to Parlophone for a five-album deal. After scoring their record contract, the group performed at Glastonbury 1999, then recorded The Blue Room.  The group's breakthrough release was Parachutes, an album that has since been certified 9x Platinum in the UK. The album features the hit singles "Yellow," "Shiver," "Don't Panic," and "Trouble," and it's sold over 13 million copies worldwide.

A Rush of Blood to the Head

Coldplay's second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, was released on August 26, 2002. The record received three Grammys, including Best Alternative Album, at the 2003 Grammy Awards. It's among the ranks of Rolling Stone Magazine's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list and is best known for the singles "The Scientist" and "Clocks."

 X&Y 

On June 6, 2005, the band released their third album, X&Y, via Parlophone. The album is remembered for tracks like "Speed of Sound" and "Fix You," both of which became worldwide hits. Like its predecessor Parachutes, X&Y has sold over 13 million copies worldwide.

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Co-produced by Brian Eno, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends is the band's fourth studio album. Released on June 12, 2008, the record features several hit singles. "Lost!'', one of the tracks on the album, was later remixed featuring rapper Jay-Z, and the band and Jay-Z performed the remix at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Following the album's release, the band released Prospekt's March, a companion EP that features several leftover songs from the Viva La Vida sessions.

Mylo Xyloto 

On October 24, 2011, the band released their fifth album, Mylo Xyloto, via Parlophone. The album features the singles "Paradise," "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," "Charlie Brown," and "Princess of China," the latter featuring Rihanna. The album has sold over 8 million copies worldwide, and it was followed by the Mylo Xyloto world tour throughout late 2011 and 2012.

Ghost Stories 

The band's next album, Ghost Stories, was co-produced by Avicii, Jon Hopkins, and others and released on May 16, 2014. The record features the singles "Magic," "A Sky Full of Stars," and "True Love," and it was named the Top Rock Album at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. It also received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. 

A Head Full of Dreams

A year after the band released Ghost Stories, they came out with A Head Full of Dreams, their seventh studio album. Produced by Rik Simpson and Stargate, the album is one of the most feature-heavy releases from Coldplay, with musical guests including Beyonce, Noel Gallagher of Oasis, Tove Lo, and more. 

Everyday Life 

In November 2019, the band released their eighth studio album, Everyday Life, via Parlophone. Co-produced by Max Martin, the album features unique sonic elements, including gospel choirs on multiple songs. 

The Music of the Spheres and Environmental Work 

Preceded by two singles – "Higher Power" and "My Universe (Featuring BTS)," Music of the Spheres is the band's new album. Believe it or not, “Higher Power” was even beamed up to the International Space Station. The record's release will be followed by a tour starting in 2022. It features plentiful artists, from Selena Gomez to BTS. The band has made renewable energy the focus of the album's accompanying tour, which starts next March in Costa Rica.  In an effort to make touring more eco-friendly, the band plans to take steps like using sustainable aviation fuel, limiting their air travel, and focusing on low-carbon traveling to decrease the CO2 that the tour produces. Kinetic floors at their venues will allow the concerts to be fueled by batteries that use fan power. They also plan to support soil regeneration, reforestation, and conservation efforts as an attempt at carbon offsetting.  The band recognizes that a world tour has the potential to leave a significant carbon footprint, and they're hoping to make touring in a sustainable way the new normal for artists. They have big aspirations to implement the best environmental practices, and it will be interesting to see where it goes. 

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