Biography of Coldplay
Coldplay
Born:
01 September 1996
Country:
GB
Genres:
Pop/Rock
Releases:
54
Biography:

After surfacing in 2000 with the breakthrough single "Yellow," Coldplay quickly became one of the biggest bands of the new millennium, honing a mix of introspective Brit-pop and anthemic rock that landed the British quartet a near-permanent residence on record charts worldwide. The group's emergence was perfectly timed; Radiohead had just released the overly cerebral Kid A, while Oasis had ditched two founding members and embraced psychedelic experimentation on Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. U.K. audiences were hungry for a fresh-faced rock band with big aspirations and an even bigger sound, and Coldplay were more than happy to take the reins. Parachutes went multi-platinum in several countries and earned the band their first Grammy, but Coldplay continued to grow into the 2000s, topping their debut album's success with higher record sales and an increased public profile.

Chris Martin (vocals/piano), Jon Buckland (guitar), Will Champion (drums), and Guy Berryman (bass) were all born into musical households. Martin, the eldest of five, began playing the piano as a young child and later took solace in the work of Tom Waits. Buckland, on the other hand, grew up with the heavy guitar sounds of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Scotland native Berryman preferred funk to indie rock, thereby leaving him to play bass, while multi-instrumentalist Champion didn't plan to be a drummer until he joined Coldplay's lineup. The bandmates came together in 1996 while attending the University College of London, and the Safety EP was issued shortly after their first gig at a Manchester festival for unsigned bands. The release only saw 500 pressings, as did the subsequent Brothers & Sisters EP. Nevertheless, it was enough to win the band a U.K. deal with Parlophone Records in April 1999, and the five-track Blue Room EP arrived that fall. With nods from the media, the foursome was hailed as the next Travis, thanks to their simplistic acoustics and charming personas.

Parlophone ushered Coldplay into Parr St. Studios in Liverpool, where they recorded the bulk of their debut album. Parachutes was released in July 2000 and became a swift hit on the strength of four U.K. singles, several of which enjoyed popularity in America as well. With "Yellow" climbing the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, Parachutes was released in the U.S. in November, where its sales soon rivaled -- and eventually surpassed -- those in the U.K.

Riding on the strength of their universally popular debut, Coldplay headed back into the studio in fall 2001 to work on a sophomore album. They emerged with A Rush of Blood to the Head, releasing the album worldwide in August 2002 and embarking on a global concert tour soon after. "The Scientist" enjoyed regular radio rotation, while both "Clocks" and "In My Place" won Grammy awards. The CD/DVD package Live 2003 was issued to highlight the group's popular tour, and Martin specifically earned a higher notch on the celebrity scale by marrying actress Gwyneth Paltrow in December 2003. Paltrow gave birth to the couple's first daughter, Apple Blythe Alison Martin, the following April.

Fatherhood didn't stop Martin from working, as Coldplay began recording material for a third album within weeks. Previously recorded material with longtime producer Ken Nelson was scrapped early on, while Danton Supple (Morrissey, the Cure) joined Coldplay to complete the recording of X&Y. "Speed of Sound" marked Coldplay's first single from their long-awaited third effort in spring 2005; the album followed in June, topping charts around the world and selling more than eight million copies during its first year.

Such success put Coldplay on the same commercial level as U2, and Coldplay retreated to the studio in late 2006 to work with famed producer Brian Eno (who had teamed up with U2 two decades prior for The Joshua Tree). Recording sessions with Eno were completed within one year, followed by several months of mixing and growing anticipation from the band's audience. Viva la Vida -- also known by its extended name, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends -- ultimately arrived in June 2008. Worldwide sales for the album had approached six million by November, when Coldplay released several new recordings (including a collaboration with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z) as part of the Prospekt's March EP.

Prospekt's March
Prospekt's March
Tracks: 8
Year: 2008
Mylo Xyloto
Mylo Xyloto
Tracks: 17
Year: 2011
Princess Of China (Promo)
Princess Of China (Promo)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2012
Ode To Deodorant
Ode To Deodorant
Tracks: 2
Year: 1998
Christmas Lights
Christmas Lights
Tracks: 1
Year: 2010
Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown
Tracks: 3
Year: 2012
Brothers & Sisters
Brothers & Sisters
Tracks: 3
Year: 1999
Lost (cat #: US Promo CDS)
Lost (cat #: US Promo CDS)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2008
Ghost Stories Live
Ghost Stories Live
Tracks: 9
Year: 2014
A Sky Full Of Stars
A Sky Full Of Stars
Tracks: 1
Year: 2014
Strawberry Swing
Strawberry Swing
Tracks: 3
Year: 2009
Don't Panic
Don't Panic
Tracks: 3
Year: 2001
Midnight (Remixes)
Midnight (Remixes)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2014
Ghost Stories
Ghost Stories
Tracks: 12
Year: 2014
Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Tracks: 37
Year: 2009
Live 2012
Live 2012
Tracks: 15
Year: 2012
Acoustic
Acoustic
Tracks: 4
Year: 2000
Live 2003
Live 2003
Tracks: 12
Year: 2003
The Blue Room E.P.
The Blue Room E.P.
Tracks: 5
Year: 1999
Parachutes
Parachutes
Tracks: 10
Year: 2000
X&Y
X&Y
Tracks: 12
Year: 2005
Midnight
Midnight
Tracks: 1
Year: 2014
Magic
Magic
Tracks: 1
Year: 2014
A Rush Of Blood To The Head
A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Tracks: 11
Year: 2002
Shiver
Shiver
Tracks: 3
Year: 2000
Trouble
Trouble
Tracks: 3
Year: 2000
Yellow
Yellow
Tracks: 3
Year: 2000
Talk
Talk
Tracks: 3
Year: 2005
Clocks  (2003, UK Remastered)
Clocks (2003, UK Remastered)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2002
Violet Hill
Violet Hill
Tracks: 2
Year: 2008
Life In Technicolor II
Life In Technicolor II
Tracks: 2
Year: 2008
The Hardest Part
The Hardest Part
Tracks: 2
Year: 2006
Speed of Sound
Speed of Sound
Tracks: 3
Year: 2005
Fix You
Fix You
Tracks: 3
Year: 2005
The Scientist
The Scientist
Tracks: 3
Year: 2002
In My Place
In My Place
Tracks: 3
Year: 2002
A Head Full Of Dreams
A Head Full Of Dreams
Tracks: 11
Year: 2015

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