Coldplay Biography

Coldplay may have started out as slavish Radiohead copyists – frontman Chris Martin once banned the rest of the band from taking cocaine because he heard that's what Thom Yorke had done – but they’ve long since eclipsed their heroes in terms of commercial success. With album sales to date topping 30 million, Chris Martin and co. are the quintessential Noughties rock band, as well as that rare thing: a British act who have conquered America.



With their stadium-ready sound – a sleek fusion of icy guitar atmospherics, insistent piano riffs, plus a lyrical mood of non-specific emotional turmoil – acting as a template for a whole generation of emotionally fragile balladeers (Keane, Snow Patrol, The Fray et al), Coldplay’s influence is inescapable.



The foursome formed in London in 1997, calling themselves Pectoralz and Starfish before eventually settling on Coldplay - a name discarded by fellow University College London student Tim Rice-Oxley, who had renamed his band Keane.



Debut album ‘Parachutes’, released in 1999, was initially a slow-burner. It took the release of the ballad ‘Yellow’ the following year to thrust Coldplay into the mainstream. But it was second album ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’, released in August 2002, that sent them stratospheric, with propulsive anthems such as ‘Clocks’ signalling a desire to inherit U2’s enormo-rock crown.



2005’s 8.5 million-selling ‘X&Y’ replicated the sales success, if not quite the breathless critical reception, of ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’, leading to a period of self-examination (guitarist Jonny Buckland has called ‘X&Y’ “flabby”). Consequently, fourth album ‘Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends’ finds the band toning down key elements of their trademark sound, not least Martin’s pleading falsetto, which makes way for a deeper, more strident vocal tone, as demonstrated by the Oasis-style stomp of ‘Violet Hill’, which was given away as a free 7” with NME in May 2008.

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Coldplay News

Zach Braff discusses Coldplay and Bon Iver-featuring soundtrack to new movie ‘Wish I Was Here’

The actor and director has given track-by-track commentary to the star-studded soundtrack

  • Jul 10, 2014

Chris Martin and Cat Power share 'Wish I Was Here' from new Zach Braff movie

The song features in the new film of the same name from the 'Garden State' director and actor

  • Jul 7, 2014

Top-selling album of 2014 so far revealed

Official Chart Company data reveals best sellers at half-way point in year

  • Jul 3, 2014

Coldplay's Chris Martin reveals he is no longer a vegetarian following marriage split

Lead singer separated from Gwyneth Paltrow earlier this year

  • Jul 2, 2014

Coldplay play career-spanning Royal Albert Hall gig at first night of their 'last shows for a while'

The band will conclude the run at the London venue tomorrow night (June 2)

  • Jul 2, 2014

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A Sky Full Of Stars

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Magic

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Magic (Official Audio)

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Atlas

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Us Against the World (Live)

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Coldplay Reviews

Coldplay - 'Ghost Stories'

Coldplay - 'Ghost Stories'

A minimalist new approach gives Coldplay's latest the liminal, lonely feel of a Chris Martin solo album

  • May 13, 2014

Coldplay - 'Charlie Brown'

It's actually worse than the Peanuts theme

  • Mar 16, 2012

Coldplay, Alan Partridge, Rob Brydon, Tinie Tempah and Emeli Sandé

The O2, London, December 10th

  • Jan 6, 2012

Album Review: Coldplay - 'Mylo Xyloto'

The top floor production can't hide the conservative tendencies

  • Oct 21, 2011

Coldplay feat. Rihanna, 'Princess Of China' - Review

The latest track to emerge from 'Mylo Xyloto'

  • Oct 17, 2011

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