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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.

Soon after finishing their promotional duties for Ghost Stories, Coldplay returned to the studio to work on their seventh album. Recording in Los Angeles and London, the band collaborated with Noel Gallagher, Beyoncé, Tove Lo, and Merry Clayton (best known for her vocals on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter) as well as producers Rik Simpson and Stargate. The joyous, disco-tinged lead single "Adventure of a Lifetime" arrived in November 2015, just a few weeks before the full-length A Head Full of Dreams was released that December. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography


Track List: Ghost Stories

1. Always In My Head

2. Magic

3. Ink

4. True Love

5. Midnight

6. Another's Arms

7. Oceans

8. A Sky Full Of Stars

9. O


Track List: Mylo Xyloto

1. Mylo Xyloto

2. Hurts Like Heaven

3. Paradise

4. Charlie Brown

5. Us Against The World

6. M.M.I.X.

7. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall

8. Major Minus

9. U.F.O.

10. Princess Of China

11. Up In Flames

12. A Hopeful Transmission

13. Don't Let It Break Your Heart

14. Up With The Birds


Track List: Viva La Vida

1. Life In Technicolor

2. Cemeteries Of London

3. Lost!

4. 42

5. Lovers In Japan / Reign Of Love

6. Yes

7. Viva La Vida

8. Violet Hill

9. Strawberry Swing

10. Death And All His Friends


Track List: X&Y

1. Square One

2. What If

3. White Shadows

4. Fix You

5. Talk

6. X&Y

7. Speed of Sound

8. A Message

9. Low

10. The Hardest Part

11. Swallowed In The Sea

12. Twisted Logic

13. 'Til Kingdom Come


Track List: The Scientist (Radio Single)

1. The Scientist

2. 1.36

3. I Ran Away


Track List: A Rush Of Blood To The Head

1. Politik

2. In My Place

3. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face

4. The Scientist

5. Clocks

6. Daylight

7. Green Eyes

8. Warning Sign

9. A Whisper

10. A Rush Of Blood To The Head

11. Amsterdam


Track List: Parachutes

1. Don't Panic

2. Shiver

3. Spies

4. Sparks

5. Yellow

6. Trouble

7. Parachutes

8. High Speed

9. We Never Change

10. Everything's Not Lost


Track List: Brothers & Sisters

1. Brothers & Sisters

2. Easy To Please

3. Only Superstition


Track List: The Blue Room

1. Bigger Stronger

2. Don't Panic

3. See You Soon

4. High Speed

5. Such A Rush


Track List: A Head Full Of Dreams

1. A Head Full Of Dreams

2. Birds

3. Hymn For The Weekend (Feat. Beyonce)

4. Everglow

5. Adventure Of A Lifetime

6. Fun (Feat. Tove Lo)

7. Kaleidoscope

8. Army Of One

9. Amazing Day

10. Colour Spectrum

11. Up&Up


Track List: A Sky Full Of Stars (Hardwell Remix) (Single)

1. A Sky Full Of Stars (Hardwell Remix)


Track List: A Sky Full Of Stars (Single)

1. A Sky Full Of Stars


Track List: Adventure Of A Lifetime (Single)

1. Adventure Of A Lifetime


Track List: Atlas (Single)

1. Atlas


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

1. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall


Track List: Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall - EP

2. Major Minus

3. Moving To Mars


Track List: Magic (Single)

1. Magic


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

1. Midnight (Giorgio Moroder Remix)


Track List: Midnight (Single)

1. Midnight


Track List: Miracles (Single)

1. Miracles


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


Track List: Prospekt's March

1. Life In Technicolor II

2. Postcards From Far Away

3. Glass Of Water

4. Rainy Day

5. Poppyfields

6. Lost And...

7. Lovers In Japan (Osaka Sun Mix)

8. Now My Feet Won't Touch The Ground


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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 you won't die. Now you just started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 143 min. When you are done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen. This is so scary 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 you won't die. Now you just started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 143 min. When you are done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen. This is so scary it actually works.
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Can't wait to see you guys during halftime of #SB50. Go Broncos!
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Supergrass.. was and is better .....
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Your great cold play it makes me happy when I listen to your music
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I remember sing this song to my self when i was 2

Love it ����
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy
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I love you
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Love this band and this particular song!
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One of my favorite bands
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Favorite song of all time. Indefinitely .
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Viva la vida...I know finally what that means in Spanish (/ -_-)/ (so sad....)
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That os very true
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Piano Guys did An amazing job on Yellow and Viva La Vida
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Love Yellow!!!
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There performing at the super bowl halftime show
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Tomaro will be the best day of your life
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Coldplay is my favorite band. As a young girl my dad listened to music a lot (he still does) and I grew up around his music such as The Script, Big Country, Led Zeppelin, and Coldplay (and much more) and one day, oh one glorious day I said, "Daddy what is this band?" And he said its Coldplay and thus began my favorite band!!! It is seriously my favorite band in the entire world
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I loce Coldplay so much and asked for A Head Full of Dreams cd bcuz i wanted their last album hardcopy and not just like on YouTube or spotify for Christmas. My mom got me one... And so did my dad. So now i have two! O yea and Hymn for the Weekend has always been my fav song off of AHFOD sooo happy they just released a new music video on YouTube❤
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okay dennis7560!
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The best way to eliminate those annoying chain postings is to tag them as inappropriat e and they then get deleted. Just scroll over the posting and you will see the option listed. Pass this on if you wish.
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:) :) :)
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I wish I could see them in consert
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Is Coldplay British?
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Our Coldplay is coming to Los Angeles on 08/20/16
Just got 2 tickets....
So happy... I dont need to go to UK anymore...��
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Best time to molly is at a Coldplay concert hope to see you guys there tweaking tweaking
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Coldplay is coming to chicago in July
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Please no more spams!! X(
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Follow me if you like this song
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Take me the
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I love Viva La Vida
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It did not work!!!!!���
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I love this song my favorite
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I love Coldplay, when I turn on their album I just feel like I've drifted away to a world without worries, a world filled with music! ��
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Cool music, keep it going!! ;D
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I love you Coldplay, but one tip...STOP BEING SOOOOO SWAG&AWESOME . . . . . # R O C K O N
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Listening to Coldplay since 3rd grade!
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<3 <3 <3
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Even when in pain viva la vida get me back in my feet and am able to reflect to cause real joy in what I do and can have a new view even after listening to it millions of times
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Only one thing bewilders me, and that Coldplay is performing at SB50
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Absolutely love Coldplay
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Andrew chaidez CALL KAILIE
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