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Coldplay

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 Shoulder 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 its 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, Coldplay were hailed as the next Travis, thanks to their simple 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 daughter Apple 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 several times in the past). 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.

Preceded by first single "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," Coldplay's fifth studio album, 2011's Mylo Xyloto, was produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson (the official press release adds "with enoxification and additional composition by Brian Eno"). Live 2012, the band's second concert film/recording, followed in 2012 after a hugely successful world tour, which included a special performance at the London Paralympics closing ceremony. Work began on their sixth album in late 2012 at their Bakery and Beehive studios in North London, where longtime producers Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson joined them for sessions. As the recording progressed, other producers, including Avicii and Timbaland, were brought in, making the resulting Ghost Stories quite different from its predecessors in that there were many producers instead of a handful.

Coldplay began promoting Ghost Stories in March 2014, two months prior to its May release, playing a showcase concert at the iTunes Music Festival which was held during the 2014 South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. Around the time of the concert, it was revealed that Martin was separating from his wife. This news was counterbalanced by the announcement Martin was going to act as an advisor on the U.S. series of singing competition The Voice. Additional television duties for the band included a concert called Coldplay: Ghost Stories on NBC -- the same network that aired The Voice -- aired on May 18, the Sunday prior to the release of Ghost Stories. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: Brothers & Sisters

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Track List: A Sky Full Of Stars (Single)

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Track List: Atlas (Single)

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Track List: Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Radio Single)

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Track List: Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall - EP

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Track List: Magic (Single)

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Track List: Midnight (Giorgio Moroder Remix) (Single)

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Track List: Midnight (Single)

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Track List: Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix) (Single)

Comments

Aerosmith
Say iPhone five times,pick a color then post this on five other songs, then look under your pillow
avictorinowi l s o n
tick tock clocks
that was nice
caroline.kni e r i e m
Hi
I LOVE COLDPLAY
Viva lavida is awesome
I hate this song
I miss when it was about the poetry and the music was simpler but I still and always will love coldplay
I used to rule the world
beemn8
Vida la Vida!
A Message : Love Colplay. Great lyrics. Great song.
I love Viva La Vida
I made this up for you to be happy! IDK if this works but why the heck not?

Say "I'm amazing!" 5 times

Say "I'm so loved!" 3 times

Sing the chorus of your favorite song

Tell your family you love them!

ENJOY! LIVE LIFE HAPPILY!
Comment if you like this and please follow! BYE!
Niall Horan and I like the song Viva La Vida by Coldplay
VIVA LA VIDA MAKES ME CRY D:
What If : Nice
In My Place. : I love this song
ianabelle161 6
Say iPhone 5 times then pick a color post this on 5 other song and look under your pillow
Paradise. Great song
nap934
Fix you. My best friend and a dude danced to that song and i watch it like every day
ebbjlb
there is old coldplay sound on this album. Listen and you will find it. If it was always the same it would be ordinary and you would get bored with them.
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post in 5 other songs
Look under pillow
tiggerahamil t o n
You guess did a good job on the song! I herd the song on the voice. You guess we're good. I love the song. I downloaded the song onto my iPod nano it is so good the I listen to it every single day. Love you guess keep doing a great job never stop pushing. Greyson hamilton
I really miss the old Coldplay the new stuff is good but there not as good now
I really miss the old Coldplay.
I...I miss the old Coldplay. simple drums and guitars. this new stuff is great but I hope they don't completely leave the old them behind.
Coldplay is one of those bands that have a great mix of songs that make you feel so many emotions at one time. I love all of their songs but some of my personal favorites are Amsterdam, Rush of Blood to the Head, The Scientist, and Yellow
I have commented on CP in the past, and have made it clear that I believe they garnish more attention than some other similar groups that produce even finer music, but the more I listen to them the more I realize that their ability to garnish this attention is a feat in it of itself and they are certainly please not to listen to. I have to say, I am a fan.
writermarlow e
Saint Peter will call your name if you give your heart to Jesus in prayer
writermarlow e
Jesus loves you pray to him
luckyheartz7 7
Love this group. Songs are so beautiful <3
You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least five songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Wow my sister was right to tell me to check out this group
luckyheartz7 7
<3<3<3 very few bands sound better live.
These guys are AMAZING!
birdygirl73
Me 2! <3
Love coldplay YEAH!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Amazing
I love Coldplay <3
What makes me mad is that not all of their music is recognized as pieces of musical genius. With all those mindless artists out there such as pitbull, eminem and Kesha, it's hard to write a song that's not about partying and/or getting drunk and make it popular. Get what I'm saying?
bkthomas57
HI MOM!!!!!!!
This
birdygirl73
Beautiful! Love Coldplay <3. They r 1 of the best bands
kaitlinkell3
I love Coldplay they are so cool
alwarman06
Awesome thanks
coldplay is amazing, I dare to say, better than u2
Why did he name his daughter Apple
i like this song
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