Coldplay

  • 09 June 2004

Band form

1996

Coldplay (formed 1996) are a British Rock band, consisting of Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion, best known for their songs 'Viva La Vada', 'Paradise' and 'Fix You'.

Formation: Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland met each other while studying at University College London in September, 1996. Together, the pair formed a group called 'Pectoralz', with their classmate, Guy Berryman, soon joining the band. The following year, the band changed its name to Starfish, and acquired a manager - Martin's friend, Phil Harvey. They also gained their drummer, Will Champion, in the same year, as well as finally settling on the new name for the band; Coldplay.

Career: In 1998, they released their first EP, entitled 'Safety'. Only 50 copies became available for sale, as the other 450 were distributed amongst friends, family and record companies. It led to the being noticed and signed to the independent music label, 'Fierce Panda', in December of that year. The following year, they released a three-track EP entitled 'Brothers and Sisters', with the title track serving as their first single. Also in 1999, the band signed with a new label, Parlophone, and made an appearance at Glastonbury Festival. October, 1999, saw the release of their third EP, 'The Blue Room'. Between November 1999, and May 2000, Coldplay was recording their debut studio album, 'Parachutes'. In June, they began their first ever headlining tour, and released the song 'Yellow', which peaked at number four on the UK chart. Coldplay then returned to the recording studio in 2001 to begin work on their second studio album. They finished and released 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' in 2002.

Coldplay returned with their third studio album, 'X&Y', in 2005. 'X&Y' quickly became the bestselling album of the year, selling 8.3 million copies worldwide. It also entered the charts at the number one spot in 20 countries. The following year, they began work on their fourth album, 'Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friend'. The band took a break from recording in 2007 to tour around Latin America, and released the album in June, 2008. It became on the of the fastest selling records in UK history, and again became the bestselling album of the year, with worldwide chart-topping status.

Their fifth album came in October, 2011, in the form of 'Mylo Xyloto'. In December, 2013, Coldplay announced that their future releases would be distributed by Atlantic Records. In February, 2014, the band released the first track off their sixth album, 'Ghost Stories'. The album was released in May, 2014. The album reached both number one in the UK and the US and there were five singles released as well.

In 2015 on the 4th December the band released their seventh studio album A Head Full Of Dreams in the follow up to Ghost Stories, this album saw the band creating a different sound to their previous albums. It features collaborations with Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher and Tove Lo to name a few. The album was the eighth best-selling album of 2015 with 1.9 copies sold worldwide.

The lead single for the album Adventure Of A Lifetime was released on the 6th November 2015. The second single from the album 'Hymn for the Weekend' featured Beyoncé and saw the band gain their 17th British top 10.

As of 2016 Coldplay have sold 80 million records worldwide.

Chris Martin Was "A Mess" After Gwyneth Paltrow Divorce

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 09 November 2018

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The new Coldplay documentary, 'A Head Full of Dreams', sees Martin address his break-up in 2014.

Chris Martin has admitted that he was “a mess” after his divorce from Gwyneth Paltrow after ten years’ of marriage.

Everybody remembers the infamous “conscious uncoupling” phrase that the former celebrity couple used when they announced their split in 2014 after a decade of marriage. However, speaking on the imminently released Amazon documentary Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams, the band’s frontman revealed that he struggled so much that his bandmates feared for his wellbeing.

The 41 year old star said that his troubles started during the world tour for 2011 album Mylo Xyloto, when he felt “completely worthless and nothing to anybody”. “I was just like, ‘I'm a mess’, really, because I can't enjoy the great things around me,” Martin explained.

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Music News Round-Up: Amy Winehouse Hologram Tour, New Coldplay Film, Fyre Festival Founder Jailed

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 14 October 2018

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The latest music news rounded up, including the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees and a surprise new album from Usher.

Amy Winehouse HOLOGRAM TOUR PLANNED

The late Amy Winehouse is to tour the world again – as a hologram.

A hologrammatic image of the late star, who passed away in 2011 from complications arising from alcohol abuse, will use Winehouse’s original voice recordings and will be projected onto a stage in front of a live band and accompanied by “theatrical stagecraft”, according to production company Base Hologram which is behind the tour.

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Chris Martin Is A 'genius' By Jay Z

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 10 August 2017

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Chris Martin has been hailed a ''genius'' by Jay Z.

Chris Martin has been hailed a ''genius'' by Jay Z.

The Coldplay frontman has been praised by the 47-year-old as being a fantastic artist and the ''modern day Shakespeare''.

Speaking about the 40-year-old singer to the Metro newspaper, he said: ''We are good friends - but what I got to say has nothing to do with our friendship. I have been in the industry long enough to know when I'm in the presence of a genius and Chris Martin is just that.

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Chris Martin's Tribute To Chester Bennington Is Beautiful

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 02 August 2017

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Who knew 'Crawling' done by Coldplay could be so listenable?

Chris Martin has just paid tribute to the late Chester Bennington with a sensational cover of Linkin Park's hit single 'Crawling' during a Coldplay performance in New Jersey earlier this week. It's a far cry from the original, but it's certainly a tear-jerker.

Image caption Chester Bennington performing with Linkin Park live in Brixton

The Coldplay frontman played a piano cover of the 2001 single during their show at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey last night (August 1st 2017) and it proved to be quite the perfect tribute to his Linkin Park counterpart - even if he slipped up at the beginning and had to restart.

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Ariana Grande Named Honorary Citizen Of Manchester

By John Tindale in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 12 July 2017

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Councillors vote unanimously in favour of the motion

Ariana Grande has been made an honorary citizen of Manchester after the success of her One Love benefit concert, raising money for victims of the terrorist attack in the city at one of her concerts. The concert was held a mere 13 days after the shock attack killed 22 people at the Manchester Arena.

Image caption Ariana Grande at the AMA's

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Coldplay Invite Welsh Choir For National Anthem Rendition

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 12 July 2017

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Coldplay's Chris Martin invited two local choir members to the stage to perform the Welsh national anthem to conclude their show in Cardiff last night (11.07.17).

Coldplay invited local choir members on stage to end their Welsh show with the national anthem.

The British rockers concluded their gig at Cardiff's Principality Stadium last night (11.07.17) with a rendition of 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau', with frontman Chris Martin playing the piano for the special performance.

Chris invited two singers, James and Ellen, to join the group on stage, and he asked the crowd if they would like to singalong to ''a very great song, which we didn't write''.

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Coldplay Dedicate Song To Late Fan

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 11 July 2017

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Coldplay dedicated a song to a late fan at their concert in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday (08.07.17).

Coldplay dedicated a song to a dead fan at their Dublin concert on Saturday (08.07.17).

Jamie Kelly, from Rathfarnham, Dublin, met Chris Martin in the Irish capital ahead of the band's gig over the weekend and explained that he and his friend Susan Valentine had bought tickets but she died suddenly just one month later.

Jamie asked Chris to dedicate 'Fix You' to her and was thrilled when the Coldplay frontman agreed.

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Chris Martin and the rest of Coldplay perform live onstage at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, where they played to an audience of 65,000 fans as part of their A Head Full of Dreams Tour. - Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden - Sunday 25th June 2017

Coldplay Launch New EP 'Kaleidoscope' As They Continue Their Expansive World Tour

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 02 March 2017

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New single 'Hypnotised' coincides with Chris Martin's birthday.

Coldplay are set to launch a brand new EP this summer entitled 'Kaleidoscope'. It comes alongside surprise promotional non-single 'Hypnotised', which is released in time for frontman Chris Martin's 39th birthday. The band will hit the road again on their major world tour this month.

Image caption Coldplay release new EP 'Kaleidoscope'

A lyric video for the uplifting new song has also been unveiled. Directed by Mary Wigmore, it is a montage of appropriately kaleidoscopic water images, fitting neatly with the chiming, ambient nature of 'Hypnotised'. It's the first track to be released from the 'Kaleidoscope' EP, though Chris has described it as 'a new non-single'.

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Coldplay Are The Most Streamed Band Of All Time On Spotify

By Stephanie Chase in Music / Festivals on 17 December 2016

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The band just passed five billion streams on the platform.

Streaming giant Spotify have revealed that Coldplay are the most streamed band in the world of all time, after passing five billion streams on the platform.

To celebrate the achievement the band released an exclusive five-track collection of stripped-back tracks, recorded and performed live in front of a small audience at Spotify’s London headquarters last month.

Image caption Coldplay are Spotify’s most streamed band all time

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Coldplay members Jonny Buckland and Will Champion seen arriving at the 2016 StubHub Q Awards, London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Coldplay Announce First Canada Dates In Five Years For A Head Full Of Dreams Tour

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 07 October 2016

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The band are back in North America in 2017.

Coldplay have unveiled 18 more dates for their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour in the form of a teaser video showing clips from their previous shows complete with a list of North American dates for 2017. The tour will be a mixture of stadium and arena shows.

Image caption Coldplay announce 2017 North American tour dates

The band announced a bunch of new tour dates today (October 7th 2016), which sees them perform in Canada for the first time in five years. The shows will take place from August until October, kicking off at the MetLife Stadium in New York on August 1st 2017, and finishing up in San Diego, California at the Qualcomm Stadium on October 8th.

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Chris Martin , Coldplay - Coldplay performs live with a fantastic light display at Wembley Stadium at Wembley Stadium - London, United Kingdom - Friday 17th June 2016

Mila Fürstová, Coldplay, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion - Mila Fürstová with Coldplay, moments before their concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 2nd July 2014. at Shoreditch, Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Coldplay and Chris Martin - Coldplay performing live in concert at the Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 2nd July 2014