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Coldplay (formed 1996)

Coldplay 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'.

Coldplay: 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.

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.
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2nd June 2014 -

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Coldplay Break 2014 Records With "Ghost Stories's" Billboard Debut

29th May 2014 -

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Coldplay’s sixth studio album “Ghost Stories” landed straight at No. 1 in the Billboard chart on its debut this week. The record sold 383,000 million had sold 383,000 copies in the week ending Friday, May...

Coldplay Score Their Sixth Number One Album and the Year's Fastest Seller With 'Ghost Stories'

26th May 2014 -

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It’s a double celebration for Chris Martin and Coldplay today, as Ghost Stories debuts in the number one spot of the UK album chart.Coldplay on stage at Radio One's Big WeekendGhost Stories landing on means...

Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' And The Five Best Breakup Albums Of All Time

16th May 2014 -

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Coldplay - Ghost Stories Album Review

13th May 2014 -

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13th May 2014 -

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Coldplay Turn To Restorative Powers of 'Fix You' For Mick Jagger

7th May 2014 -

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Coldplay's Chris Martin dedicated a rendition for Fix You for the grieving Rolling Stones man Mick Jagger during a show at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. "It's for Mick Jagger," Martin told the...

Coldplay Unveil New Song, Pay Tribute To Mick Jagger At NYC Show

7th May 2014 -

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Coldplay spread the love to fellow rocker Mick Jagger Rolling Stones on Monday. During Coldplay’s show in New York City on Monday, May 5, Chris Martin seemed to give his condolences to The Rolling Stones...

Coldplay - Midnight Single Review

24th April 2014 -

 Review

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22nd March 2014 -

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Coldplay Debut New Album Material At Lauded SXSW Comeback Show

12th March 2014 -

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Last night, Coldplay took to the stage at Texas' South by Southwest Festival where they debuted new material from forthcoming album Ghost Stories alongside well-worn favourites. Support acts London Grammar and Imagine Dragons were big...

Coldplay Are Back with Sixth Album: 'Ghost Stories'. The First Single is 'Magic'

4th March 2014 -

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3rd March 2014 -

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Coldplay Announce New Album 'Ghost Stories' Out 19th May 2014 And New Single 'Magic'plus iTunes Festival And SXSW 2014 Dates

3rd March 2014 -

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On Monday, 19th May, Coldplay will release their sixth album, "Ghost Stories", via Parlophone Records."Ghost Stories" can be pre-ordered now from iTunes worldwide. Fans who pre-order "Ghost Stories" will receive an instant download of the...

Coldplay Pull A Beyoncé And Surprises Fans By Dropping New Single 'Midnight' [Video]

26th February 2014 -

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Coldplay have taken a leaf out of Beyoncé's book and released a surprise single with no warning or promotional work. The British rock band dropped the single 'Midnight,' as well as a music video which...

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25th February 2014 -

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3rd January 2014 -

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21st November 2013 -

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8th November 2013 -

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Chris Martin Messes Up 'Clocks' Twice During LA Solo Show [Video]

7th November 2013 -

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Chris Martin Entertains His Audience In LA During His Live Set

7th November 2013 -

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2nd October 2013 -

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2 years 6 months ago
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Hey I am a student doing my internship at Charm factory and they have asked me to let people know that tonight Myspace will have the new cold play album "Viva La Vida or Death and all his Friends" exclusively to hear for the first time. Hope you don't mind me posting on here but thought that you would want to be the first to know!

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Coldplay will release a new eight song EP that features Jay-Z on a track! Check it out at Collegenews.com!

5 years 11 months ago
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go to youtube, search parlotones - life design and watch the video. It's dope.

4 years 2 months ago
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Takesismoon

Never took the time to listen to ColdPlay until their Viva album. WOW. Now I listen to it everyday and have come to love this music. A 55 year old woman & I'm introducing all the people at work to Coldplay!

6 years 2 months ago
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No one in this world have the right to pass coments on the word "coldplay" or the band members or anything related to them...bcoz they kno wat they are doing and we the colds followers across the world in infintes kno wat coldplay means "coldplay is god"so people no more coments or funy stufs on coldplay okie...long live coldplay and its followers.....!!!!

8 years 2 weeks ago
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When I first heard the song "Talk" on the X & Y album, it gave me goosebumps all over. It still does everytime I listen to it, I absolutely love it!!! Buckland's guitar work is fantastic but reminds me so much of the band 'Big Country' from the 80's. Maybe it's just me but the song takes me back to when I was a small girl in the 80's and my father used to play 'Big Country' regularly. Anyone agree?

8 years 8 months ago
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I watched Coldplay for the first time on tv. The thing that shocked me most was that they, like many artists, don't realise what they have or their affect on people.The deepness of their music is so profound that each song contains a different meaning for each person who hears the words.I do have their music and find that I can listen over and over again, without tiring of it.

6 years 1 month ago
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There are not enought words to say what I feel about X&Y and Coldplay creations so far.It is absolutely and truly brilliant.And yes, as people who listen to Coldplay music we do read what the band has to say about things and we have interest of what they do about it.As the hugest fan, I couldn't be more proud of the fact that the band that I love is ready to give back, and wile being one of the best band's in the world the members of this wonderful group of people are so truly modest and hard working. Chris, Jonny, Will and Guy - PLEASE CONTINIUE DOING WHAT YOU DO SO BESTYOUR MUSIC MOOVES US! FOR US, YOU ARE ALWAYSE NUMBER ONE

8 years 8 months ago
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Hi guys! :) I'd like to share a great cover for "In my place" - i've found it on the site, where i hold the covers competition - randrworld.com/cover-contest.php?subpage=video&show=100 This guy is amazing, let's help him to win!And what is your favorite Coldplay cover? If you have any - upload them to this competition and win a digital video camera! :)

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