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Coldplay Biography

The British Pop-Rock quartet Coldplay was formed at the University College of London, ENGLAND, in 1997 by vocalist + pianist Chris Martin, guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion.

The next year they released their first 4-track demo EP entitled "Safety" and followed it up with the single "Brothers And Sisters", which broke into the U.K. Top 100 in early 1999. By the summer of that same year, Coldplay signed a contract with Parlophone Records and issued the "Blue Room" EP; the band spent the rest of 1999 touring their homeland in support of their major label debut 5-song disc.
When the tour was completed they went into the studio to record the band's first full-length album, "Parachutes", which was released in July 2000; preceded by the breakthrough single "Yellow", the track peaked at #4 on the Official U.K. chart, the album catapulted to #1 on the U.K. Pop chart and extended Coldplay's popularity worlwide in a few months. "Shiver" opened at #26 on The Modern Rock Tracks, "Yellow" stormed the American singles charts peaking at #6 on The Modern Rock list and reaching the #48 position on The Billboard Hot 100; with their sweet melodic single "Trouble", received additional success in U.K. where it leapt to #10 and also in U.S. where it climbed into the top 30 of The Modern Rock chart. In America, "Parachutes" peaked at #19 on the Top Canadian Albums chart and reached the #51 slot on The Billboard 200 winning a Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album in 2001.

Coldplay's second album, "A Rush Of Blood To The Head", came out in August of 2002 debutig at #1 in Britain, Canada and Australia, the record cracked the top 5 of The Billboard Top 200 chart and achieved multi-platinum status in many countries around the world; it generated three Modern Rock top 20 hits: "In My Place", "Clocks" and "The Scientist" plus the minor hit "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face". At the 45th Annual Grammy Awards the group picked up Best Alternative Music Album, "In My Place" won for Best Rock Performance. "Clocks" was honored as Record Of The Year in early 2004.

The group's long-awaited third album, "X&Y", was released in early June 2005, it shot to #1 all over the world, including the U.S. where it sold over 700,000 copies in its first week, making the disc the second biggest selling first week sale in the country; by the end of the year, Coldplay had sold over 8 million albums worldwide. The first single off the CD, "Speed Of Sound", was another monster hit for the band as it went to #2 in U.K. and Canada, to #5 on the U.S. alt-Rock airplay chart and to #8 on The Billboard Hot 100; the follow-up single, "Fix You", hit the top 5 in U.K. and reached #18 on The Modern Rock list while "Talk" peaked at #5 on the same chart.

Coldplay released their next album, "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends", in June 2008. The disc peaked at #1 in almost every country it charted and earned the band its fifth Grammy trophy for Best Rock Album. The first single, "Violet Hill", quickly broke into the top 10 in England, Australia, Canada and on the U.S. Hot Modern Rock airplay chart. The follow-up single, "Viva La Vida", did better with a peak of #1 on The Billboard Hot 100, on The Hot Modern Rock Tracks and on the U.K. Top 100; in addition, it netted a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group. The album contained two more U.S. Alternative Rock radio singles: the top 10 hit "Lost" and "Life In Technicolor II", which stalled just outside the top 20.

The English quartet's long awaited next single, "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall", was the first track that appeared on the fifth studio album, "Mylo Xyloto", another worldwide #1 album, released in October 2011. "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" debuted inside the top 5 on both Alternative and Rock Songs charts in U.S. but the second single, "Paradise", became the album's most popular track, peaking at #1 in U.K. and on the U.S. Alternative Songs list. Two more singles would go on to the Alternative Rock chart: "Charlie Brown" climbed to #15 and "Hurts Like Heaven" reached the #27 position.

September 2013 saw Coldplay unleash a new single, "Atlas", used on the soundtrack for the movie "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire". It finished just outside the top 10 in U.K. and peaked at #12 on the U.S. Rock Songs chart.

Latest News:

Coldplay's sixth studio album, "Ghost Stories", is set for release on May 19, 2014. It's led by the disc's first official single, "Magic".


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    Group shot 2000
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    Coldplay 2003
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    From left: Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Chris Martin & Will Champion (2005)
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    Coldplay 2008