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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 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 that 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), which aired on May 18, the Sunday prior to the release of Ghost Stories. Thanks to this promotional push, Ghost Stories debuted at number one throughout the world and the singles "Magic" and "A Sky Full of Stars" performed well too, with the latter reaching the Top Ten in every major international market. For the holiday season of 2014, the band released Ghost Stories: Live 2014, a CD/DVD package that contained live versions of every song from the album. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: The Scientist (Radio Single)

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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: Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix) (Single)

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abdullahahma d a a 2 2
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest 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 be injured(but won't die) in two days. Now you have started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest 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 be injured(but won't die) in two days. Now you have started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest 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 be injured(but won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually work
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I Love Coldplays music it touches my heart every song
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True
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Play this song and kill cops in gta 5 or image a war happening its sad
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Kiss your hand and post this on two other songs than look under your pillow
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Kiss hand say crush name pick school day post this 15 times he will ask you out
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louissastre
I love coldplay and this is an amazing station to listen to
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follow for a follow
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Coldplay's latest singles True Love & Always In My Head, excellent tunes to listen to also!
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You are so cool
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ethan_harig
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed
On the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if u don't post this to at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes the worst day of your life will be tomorrow . When your done press f6 in the comment section , your lovers name will come in big letters. This is scary it actually works
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Relaxing
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VIVA LA VITA ROCKS!!
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I LOVE THIS BAND SO MUCH!!!!!!! their music is amazing!!!
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#coldplayRoc k s
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Hi um I LOVE these guys and I think their AWESOME!
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I hope one day I get to see these guys live :-)
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this album is probably one of my favorites.
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The sky tells stories
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It's awsome I love this song
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Viva LA Vida is so inspiring
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Love u cold play
I love paradise still looking my parsdise
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krolf3
I LOVE the album parachutes! It is my favorite album by anyone!
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I was like OMG but then I was like oh never mind
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At first I thought that was the parody
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pamela4924
Yeah fallen kingdom MLGPRO
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pamela4924
There we go
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pamela4924
Ok so #ColdplayRoc k s
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pamela4924
I want to create a hashtag
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navalyn
Minecraft song fallen kingdom MLGPRO
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Fix you is my favorite song and will be for my whole LIFE
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Say I phone five times post this 5 times look under your pillow
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marcd44
I like your songs
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NO ONE LIKES THIS BAND MORE THAN ME. Singing no one no one no one likes no one no one likes them more
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Love X&Y by Coldplay I never tire of their music its got a good Beat & Beautifull Sound Always
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Sing it Coldplay . Sock it to Charles Joseph . Great Song . We All go back to the Stars . Were we came from way out Their . God Speed . Its a cold damp Louisiana Swamp Night . I have my Wood Burning Fire Place Keeping this Country Boy Toasty Hot . I slept by the Fire Love it and Listen to Pandora Radio From Heaven . God Bless Pandora
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Listening to a slow song like this and looking out of the window dramatically .
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Where is the comment I wrote about
How great it would be to have some of the finest : COLDPLAY, Eddie Vedder, Neil Young - Obviously Different Genre••• But Let Us Just
Imagine THE BRILLIANT MUSIC THAT A COLLABORATIO N OF CEREBRAL GIANTS COULD SHARE
WITH US !!! NO ONE LIVES FOREVER, ARTISTS INSPIRE ARTISTS ! CARPE DIEM...
M. KATE GOLDSBOROUGH C/0
SCOTT NENGEL
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https://db.t t / o u h x m G M 2 check us out coach city boyz on you tube.!!!
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Love your songs viva late Vida and paradise
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I �� Vida la Vida
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Love X&Y by Coldplay Sing it Bro
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kaylaclayton 0 3
I love you Cold Play!!!!
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This Louisiana Boy Liked a little bit everything . God I Love Music & Pandora Radio .
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Love this Song Yellow by Coldplay . Bro Sang It
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enderfire101
dont mean to brag... XD
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enderfire101
They are my favorite band. I can play:

*yellow
*clocks
*Death and all his friends
*the scientist
*viva la vida
and *up with the birds

all on piano!
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love this song
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