Coldplay

Biography

Coldplay are an English band who formed in 1997.

The group comprises of vocalist/pianist/guitarist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman, and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Will Champion.

Coldplay have been one of the most commercially successful acts of the 2000s, selling over 30 million albums worldwide.

They achieved worldwide acclaim with the release of their single 'Yellow' and the subsequent success of their debut album, Parachutes (2000).

Coldplay's fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends was released on 17 June 2008.

As well as music, Coldplay have been an active supporter of various social and political causes, such as Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign and Amnesty International. The group has also performed at various charity projects such as Band Aid 20, Live 8, and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Formation and early years 1996-1999.

Formed at college, Coldplay were originally called Pectoralz but were also later known as Starfish.

Parachutes (1999-2001)

Coldplay scored their first Top 40 single with 'Shiver'. Released in March 2000, the single placed at #35 on the UK Singles Chart and earned the band their first airplay on MTV.

More notably, the band released the breakthrough single, 'Yellow'. The song shot to #4 on the UK Singles Chart and placed the band in public consciousness.

Coldplay released their first full-length album, Parachutes, in July 2000, which debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart and was nominated for the Mercury music Prize.

A Rush of Blood to the Head (2001-2004)

Coldplay released A Rush of Blood to the Head in August 2002. The album featured the popular singles: 'In My Place', 'Clocks', and the 'The Scientist' and was named NME's Album of the Year. X&Y (2005)

X&Y (2004-2006)

X&Y was the best-selling album of 2005 with worldwide sales of 8.3 million.

The lead single, 'Speed of Sound' reached #2 in the UK Single Charts, being famously kept off the #1 spot by Axel F's 'Crazy Frog' song.

The album debuted at #1 in 22 countries worldwide and was the third-fastest selling album in UK chart history. Two other singles were released that year: 'Fix You' in September and 'Talk' in December.

In February 2006, Coldplay earned Best Album and Best Single honours at the BRIT Awards.

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2006-present)

To be released on 17 June 2008 the first single 'Violet hill' was followed by 'Viva la vida'.

Personal

Front man Chris Martin is married to Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow and they have two children together, Apple and Moses.

Martin is ambidextrous; he writes with his left hand and draws with his right hand.

Martin is a vegetarian, along with his wife.

According to an article released by MSN UK, bassist Guy Berryman is the 4th richest man under the age of 30 in the UK, with an estimated wealth of £25 million.

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I LOVE COLDPLAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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m3L

ffffffffff

2 years 4 months ago
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emscob

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!

6 years 1 month ago
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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 9 months ago
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go to youtube, search parlotones - life design and watch the video. It's dope.

4 years 1 week 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 weeks 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.....!!!!

7 years 10 months 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 7 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.

5 years 11 months 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

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