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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.
Will it just mean yet more money being generated for the biggest acts as there are calls to reform streaming payments?
In a recent open letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, major players in the UK music industry, including Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Tom Jones, have called for a major reform of the way that they, and their fellow musicians, are paid by streaming sites. They argue that, "the law has not kept up with the pace of technological change." It is true that streaming sites pay in a different way to how payments were and are calculated for radio air play, but does that mean that the payment is too small or that the way it is calculated needs to change?
It was recently reported by the BBC that, "On streaming services, labels retain the majority of the money - with the artist receiving about 13% on average, and session musicians receiving nothing." This compares to a radio payment model where "royalties are split evenly between the record label and the artists/songwriters, with a small portion going to session musicians and backing performers, a system known as equitable remuneration."
Another exciting month in the world of music.
This month our favourite albums include a lot of British talent (apart from the wonderful Beck), and releases from both the brand new and the highly established. We love an exciting blend of genres and we got it all pretty much covered with this selection. Stay tuned for our final most anticipated albums feature of 2019.
Magdalene - FKA Twigs
Magdalene - FKA Twigs
The band won't play another tour until they can go completely green.
With their new album set to hit this weekend and early reviews looking very positive, Coldplay fans will be likely disappointed to hear that the band will not be hitting the road to support it anytime soon. In fact, they won't be on tour for a while, at least until they can determine how to make touring as environmentally friendly as possible.
Chris Martin at Global Citizen Festival 2018 / Photo Credit: Anthony Behar / Sipa USA / PA Images
"We're taking time over the next year or two, to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable but how can it be actively beneficial", frontman Chris Martin told BBC News. "How can we harness the resources that our tour creates and make it have a positive impact?"
Continue reading: What Does Coldplay Mean By 'environmentally Beneficial' Touring?
The new Coldplay documentary, 'A Head Full of Dreams', sees Martin address his break-up in 2014.
Everybody remembers the infamous “conscious uncoupling” phrase that the former celebrity couple used when they announced their split in 2014 after a decade of marriage. However, speaking on the imminently released Amazon documentary Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams, the band’s frontman revealed that he struggled so much that his bandmates feared for his wellbeing.
The 41 year old star said that his troubles started during the world tour for 2011 album Mylo Xyloto, when he felt “completely worthless and nothing to anybody”. “I was just like, ‘I'm a mess’, really, because I can't enjoy the great things around me,” Martin explained.
Continue reading: Chris Martin Was "A Mess" After Gwyneth Paltrow Divorce
The latest music news rounded up, including the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees and a surprise new album from Usher.
Amy Winehouse HOLOGRAM TOUR PLANNED
The late Amy Winehouse is to tour the world again – as a hologram.
A hologrammatic image of the late star, who passed away in 2011 from complications arising from alcohol abuse, will use Winehouse’s original voice recordings and will be projected onto a stage in front of a live band and accompanied by “theatrical stagecraft”, according to production company Base Hologram which is behind the tour.
Chris Martin has been hailed a ''genius'' by Jay Z.
The Coldplay frontman has been praised by the 47-year-old as being a fantastic artist and the ''modern day Shakespeare''.
Speaking about the 40-year-old singer to the Metro newspaper, he said: ''We are good friends - but what I got to say has nothing to do with our friendship. I have been in the industry long enough to know when I'm in the presence of a genius and Chris Martin is just that.
Continue reading: Chris Martin Is A 'genius' By Jay Z
Who knew 'Crawling' done by Coldplay could be so listenable?
Chris Martin has just paid tribute to the late Chester Bennington with a sensational cover of Linkin Park's hit single 'Crawling' during a Coldplay performance in New Jersey earlier this week. It's a far cry from the original, but it's certainly a tear-jerker.
Chester Bennington performing with Linkin Park live in Brixton
The Coldplay frontman played a piano cover of the 2001 single during their show at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey last night (August 1st 2017) and it proved to be quite the perfect tribute to his Linkin Park counterpart - even if he slipped up at the beginning and had to restart.
Continue reading: Chris Martin's Tribute To Chester Bennington Is Beautiful
Councillors vote unanimously in favour of the motion
Ariana Grande has been made an honorary citizen of Manchester after the success of her One Love benefit concert, raising money for victims of the terrorist attack in the city at one of her concerts. The concert was held a mere 13 days after the shock attack killed 22 people at the Manchester Arena.
Ariana Grande at the AMA's
Continue reading: Ariana Grande Named Honorary Citizen Of Manchester
Coldplay's Chris Martin invited two local choir members to the stage to perform the Welsh national anthem to conclude their show in Cardiff last night (11.07.17).
Coldplay invited local choir members on stage to end their Welsh show with the national anthem.
The British rockers concluded their gig at Cardiff's Principality Stadium last night (11.07.17) with a rendition of 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau', with frontman Chris Martin playing the piano for the special performance.
Chris invited two singers, James and Ellen, to join the group on stage, and he asked the crowd if they would like to singalong to ''a very great song, which we didn't write''.
Continue reading: Coldplay Invite Welsh Choir For National Anthem Rendition
Coldplay dedicated a song to a late fan at their concert in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday (08.07.17).
Coldplay dedicated a song to a dead fan at their Dublin concert on Saturday (08.07.17).
Jamie Kelly, from Rathfarnham, Dublin, met Chris Martin in the Irish capital ahead of the band's gig over the weekend and explained that he and his friend Susan Valentine had bought tickets but she died suddenly just one month later.
Jamie asked Chris to dedicate 'Fix You' to her and was thrilled when the Coldplay frontman agreed.
Continue reading: Coldplay Dedicate Song To Late Fan
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