Coldplay

Coldplay

Biography

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

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


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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.

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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


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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.

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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

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Coldplay, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion
Coldplay, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion
Coldplay, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion

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


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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. 

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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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"I'd Have To Take You For Dinner First!" Chris Martin Gets Propositioned By Fan During Coldplay Gig


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Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was taken aback by a fan during the band’s show in Pittsburgh, who explicitly asked the singer to have sex with them mid-show. Martin, who was formerly married to Gwyneth Paltrow, told the fan he’d have to take them for dinner first, adding that he felt like he was 15 again.

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Martin was about to perform ‘Everglow’ from the band’s 2015 album A Head Full of Dreams, when one fan shouted: “F*** me Chris”. Taken aback Martin, who was sitting at his piano, responded: “It’s a lovely offer... I’d have to take you to dinner first, you know what I’m saying?”

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Michael J. Fox Joins Coldplay On Stage To Perform 'Back To The Future' Songs


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Back To the Future star Michael J. Fox joined Coldplay on-stage at the weekend to re-create a scene from the iconic 1985 movie – at the request of Chris Martin’s son, Moses.

The British rock giants invited Fox, 55, to join them during the second of their two gigs at the MetLife stadium in New Jersey on Sunday night (July 17th), where they performed ‘Earth Angel’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’, the two songs Fox performs in the prom-night scene from the cult film.

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Muse's Matt Bellamy: "Something Will Go Wrong During Glastonbury Set"


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Muse frontman Matt Bellamy is preparing for his band to headline Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage tonight, for the third time in their career. Bellamy says the band are ready for anything, including something going wrong on the night, saying Muse has learnt to “embrace the chaos” of huge live gigs.

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Speaking to The Telegraph, Bellamy said: "Really, the stage is not yours. There are so many components that are unpredictable and out of your control, so there is no one to blame if anything goes wrong, which it will.

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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

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Chris Martin and Coldplay
Chris Martin and Coldplay
Chris Martin and Coldplay
Chris Martin and Coldplay
Chris Martin and Coldplay

Adele's '25' Sells More Than The Next Four Best-Selling Worldwide Albums Put Together In 2015


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Confirming what we essentially already knew, Adele’s global domination is total, with the news that her latest album 25 outsold the rest of the top five bestsellers around the world put together in 2015.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), a global body representing the music industry, reports that her long-awaited third album sold 17.4 million units in 2015, despite only coming out in late November. As a result, the organisation concludes that Adele has helped to reverse “two decades of almost uninterrupted decline” in the music business.

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Coldplay - Coldplay Performs at the Citi Concert Series on the "TODAY" Show - New York, New York, United States - Monday 14th March 2016

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Adele Sweeps Brit Awards With Four Victories


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Adele dominated at this year’s Brit Awards, taking home four of the biggest awards of the night in addition to her show-stopping performance of new single ‘When We Were Young’ at the end of the evening.

The 27 year old Tottenham-born singer was named best British Female Solo Artist at the start of the ceremony, and her night only got better from that point onwards, as she also netted the Global Success Award, best British Single for ‘Hello’ and the evening’s most prestigious prize, best British Album for 25.

Adele’s acceptance speeches were among the viral moments of the evening, as she became increasingly lost for words as the evening went on. “To come back after so long away and be so warmly received means so much,” she said, “I got really lost for a while and I didn't know if I'd ever come back. For you all to be so kind to me is so nice.”

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Not Just Coldplay: Dave Grohl Reveals David Bowie Also Turned Down A Collaboration With Him


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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has revealed that David Bowie rejected a possible collaboration between the two. In a video shot for Playboy, Grohl and bandmate Pat Smear take a tour around some of Bowie’s favourite L.A. haunts, sharing stories about the Thin White Duke along the way.

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In the video Grohl and Smear reveal just how big Bowie superfans they really are, with Smear even recalling a time he ‘stalked’ the singer to a recording studio and picked up a cigarette he had tossed away. Grohl then told the story of the time he tried to work with his idol, but got a less than positive response.

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Coldplay And Beyonce's 'Hymn For The Weekend' Video Accused Of Cultural Insensitivity


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Coldplay and Beyonce have drawn accusations of cultural insensitivity and exploitation after they released the video for their new single, ‘Hymn For the Weekend’, which was filmed in a district of Mumbai.

The latest single from A Head Full of Dreams racked up over 21 million hits in the first four days after the video dropped, and it’s going to get much wider exposure when Beyonce joins Coldplay in performing the song at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on February 7th.

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

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Coldplay and Chris Martin
Coldplay and Chris Martin
Coldplay and Chris Martin
Coldplay and Chris Martin
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Barry Gibb, Labrinth, Alison Balsom, Jessie Ware, Ray Davies, Vampire Weekend, Coldplay, Alison Moyet and Dawn French - Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards held at the London Hilton Park Lane - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Friday 28th June 2013

Barry Gibb, Labrinth, Alison Balsom, Jessie Ware, Ray Davies, Vampire Weekend, Coldplay, Alison Moyet and Dawn French
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