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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'.


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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The Latest Coldplay News

Coldplay Announce Tour Dates For 2014

17th April 2014

Coldplay have announced six international shows in support of their upcoming album 'Ghost Stories'.The 'Paradise' hitmakers will kick off their...

Gwyneth Paltrow Throws Party For Son

15th April 2014

Gwyneth Paltrow went ''all out'' to celebrate her son's birthday at their Los Angeles home.The 'Iron Man 3' actress -...

Gwyneth Paltrow Won't Join Coldplay On Tour

12th April 2014

Gwyneth Paltrow will not be going on tour with Coldplay.The 'Iron Man' actress split with the band's frontman after 10...

Chris Martin Was 'very Much At Ease'

11th April 2014

Chris Martin was ''very much at ease'' at his first public appearance since splitting from Gwyneth Paltrow.The Coldplay frontman, who...

Gwyneth Paltrow Wanted To Keep Split Secret

10th April 2014

Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly wanted to keep her marriage breakdown secret.The 'Iron Man 3' actress - who announced last month she...

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Coldplay Reviews

Coldplay - Atlas Single Review Single Review

2nd October 2013

Since the original movie was released, it seems like bands have leapt at the opportunity...

Coldplay - Live 2012 Album Review Album Review

28th November 2012

Coldplay's new Live 2012 release is far from a way to cash in on the...

Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto Album Review

14th November 2011

Over a decade since the release of their debut studio album, Parachutes, Coldplay are undoubtedly...

Coldplay - LeftRightLeftRightLeft Album Review

28th May 2009

Review of Coldplay's live album LeftRightLeftRightLeft available through their website. With albums costing an average...

Coldplay - Viva La Vida Album Review

30th June 2008

Read our album review of Viva La Vida (Death And All His Friends) by Coldplay...

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Coldplay Festivals

Open'er Festival

2nd July 2014

Austin City Limits

3rd October 2014

Rock Werchter

3rd July 2014


7th June 2014

Optimus Alive!

13th July 2012

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The Latest Coldplay Press Releases

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

3rd March 2014

On Monday, 19th May, Coldplay will release their sixth album, "Ghost...

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27th September 2013

A powerful, star-studded lineup have been announced for the soundtrack to the motion picture...

Coldplay 'Atlas' Written Specifically For The Soundtrack To 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

12th September 2013

Coldplay have today unveiled their first new song in almost two years, with the...

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2 years 4 weeks 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!

5 years 10 months ago
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Coldplay will release a new eight song EP that features Jay-Z on a track! Check it out at!

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

3 years 9 months ago
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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!

5 years 9 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.....!!!!

7 years 7 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 3 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 8 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

8 years 3 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 - 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! :)

3 years 5 months ago
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