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Chris Martin (born Christopher Anthony John Martin, 02.03.1977)
Chris Martin is an English singer and musician best known for being the lead vocalist of Coldplay.

Childhood: Chris Martin was born in Whitestone, Exeter, Devon. His parents are Anthony Martin, a former accountant, and Alison Martin, a music teacher. He attended the pre-preparatory Hylton School and the preparatory Exeter Cathedral School before going on to board at Sherborne School and later enrolled at the University College London which he left with First Class honours in Greek and Latin. He formed his first band, The Rocking Honkies, at prep school with Nick Repton and Iwan Gronow. He met Phil Harvey at boarding school who would go on to manage Coldplay. He met his bandmates, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Guy Berryman, at university.

Musical career: Chris Martin formed Coldplay in 1998, though it was originally called Starfish. Their first song was 'Ode to Deodorant' and they achieved success with their debut album 'Parachutes' in 2000. He has been a songwriter for various artists including Embrace and Jamelia. He has also collaborated with Ron Sexsmith, Faultline, The Streets, Ian McCulloch, Nelly Furtado and on the Band Aid 20 single, 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' in 2004. In 2006, he collaborated with Jay-Z on his album 'Kingdom Come'. He continued his interest in hip hop in 2007 with a collaboration with Swizz Beatz on his song 'Part of the Plan'. He is a massive fan of U2 who was a big influence on Coldplay and he has previously said that they're the only band whose back catalogue he knows by heart. He has also always loved synthpop band a-ha.

Other career ventures: Chris Martin and guitarist Jonny Buckland made cameos in the zombie comedy 'Shaun of the Dead' in 2004 which also starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. His other movie/TV cameos include on Ricky Gervais' comedy series 'Extras' and Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Bruno'. He has been involved in campaigns supporting fair trade, particularly Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign. In 2009, he appeared in the Sound Relief benefit concert in Sydney for the devastating bushfires and flooding that had taken a toll.

Personal life: Chris Martin married Gwyneth Paltrow im 2003 and they have two children; a daughter, Apple, and a son, Moses. Simon Pegg and Jonny Buckland are Apple's godfathers. The marriage took place in a secret wedding ceremony that was so secret that no-one else was even invited. He doesn't smoke or drink and is a vegetarian. He suffers from insomnia and has previously had sleep therapy. He has also been suffering from tinnitus since he was a teenager. He supports the UK's Liberal Democrats.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Accepts Food Bank Challenge To Live On $29 A Week

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Gwyneth Paltrow has accepted the challenge laid down by celebrity chef Mario Batali to live on a $29 food stamp budget for one week. The actress announced her participation in the #FoodBankNYCChallenge on Thursday, posting a picture to twitter of her week’s shop.

Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth will attempt to live on just $29 a week.

"This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store—what families on SNAP (i.e. food stamps) have to live on for a week," the actress captioned a photo of her shop, which included black beans, eggs, lettuce, peas brown rice and celery.

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Chris Martin Signs On For 15-Year Commitment To Global Citizen Festivals

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After his days as the frontman of Coldplay are over, it seems Chris Martin wants to focus his attention on helping global issues. As the release of the British band's expected final studio album, 'A Head Full of Dreams,' approaches, the 37-year-old frontman recently announced he is now the curator of the Global Citizen Festival, for the next 15 years.

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Martin will be the curator for Global Citizen festivals for the next 15 years

Music's biggest names should expect to get a call from Martin in the near future as he will be tasked with setting up festivals around the world for Global Citizen, which is a non-profit organisation that aims to solve extreme poverty by the year 2030. Martin's 15-year commitment also runs parallel with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a "to-do list" to end global poverty in the same year.

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From Sam Smith And Mary J. Blige To Beck And Chris Matin: Duets Dominate Grammy Awards Live Line-Up

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The Grammy Awards certainly has a reputation for delivering some of the best (and most surprising) musical performances of the year. But the 2015 line-up looks set to blow previous years away, as a number of dream come true duets have been announced for Sunday’s ceremony.

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British singer and first time nominee Sam Smith will be taking the stage with the Queen of soul Mary J Blige, for what promises to be an unmissable performance. The pair previously worked together on the song ‘Therapy’ from Blige’s The London Sessions album.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Divorce From Chris Martin

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Nearly a year after the now infamous ‘conscious uncoupling’, actress Gwyneth Paltrow has opened up. Speaking in the February issue of Marie Claire magazine, Paltrow shed some light of her own on why she and her husband called it a day after more than a decade of marriage.

The 42 year old said: “There was nothing dramatic or anything. I had built my life on trying to be all things to all people, and I just couldn’t do it anymore. I really had the sense that I wasn’t allowed to have needs, and I had to prove my specialness or self-worth by doing all this stuff and taking care of everybody else, and I just sort of hit a wall.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow spoke about the 'unconscious uncoupling' for the first time

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Chris Martin Claims He Was Kidnapped By Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt

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In a rare occasion Chris Martin revealed he has a good sense of humour when being quizzed about how he was approached to write the song 'Miracles' for Angelina Jolie's latest directorial effort, the WWII flick 'Unbroken.'

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Martin recently made up a funny tale about being kidnapped by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

While attending a recent Hollywood luncheon, the Coldplay frontman quickly made up a tale that included the imminent threat of serious harm, kidnap and even a blindfold, when a reporter asked how the track for the upcoming drama came about.

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