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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.

Coldplay News

Coldplay share Giorgio Moroder remix of new single 'Magic' – listen

Daft Punk collaborator reworks lead single from band's new album 'Ghost Stories'

  • Apr 21, 2014

Gwyneth Paltrow using healer's 'toolbox' to get over Chris Martin 'conscious uncoupling'

Actress using advice of Vicky Vlachonis to deal with 'emotional pain'

  • Apr 20, 2014

Coldplay announce six 'intimate' shows

Band will perform short tour to promote new album 'Ghost Stories'

  • Apr 17, 2014

Coldplay's Chris Martin plays 'brutish husband' in new video – watch

'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon''s Ziyi Zhang plays a magician in the promo for 'Magic'

  • Apr 7, 2014

Coldplay deny that Gwyneth Paltrow will join them on tour

Reports that the actress will join her ex-partner Chris Martin on the road are false, spokesman says

  • Apr 1, 2014

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Coldplay Reviews

Coldplay - 'Charlie Brown'

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

Coldplay, 'Paradise'

The latest track from upcoming album 'Mylo Zyloto' - does it bode well?

  • Sep 12, 2011

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Coldplay Biography

Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London (UCL). After they formed under the name Pectoralz, Guy Berryman joined the group as a bassist and they changed their name to Starfish. Will Champion joined as a drummer, backing vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, completing the line-up. Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed themselves "Coldplay" in 1998, before recording and releasing three EPs; Safety in 1998, Brothers & Sisters as a single in 1999 and The Blue Room in the same year. The latter was their first release on a major label, after signing to Parlophone.

They achieved worldwide fame with the release of the single "Yellow" in 2000, followed by their debut album released in the same year, Parachutes, which was nominated for the Mercury Prize. The band's second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002), was released to critical acclaim and won multiple awards, including NME's Album of the Year. They have also come top of the BBC Radio 2 poll of the favourite album of all time. Their next release, X&Y, the best-selling album worldwide in 2005, was met with mostly positive reviews upon its release, though some critics felt that it was inferior to its predecessor. The band's fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008), was produced by Brian Eno and released again to largely positive reviews, earning several Grammy Award nominations and wins at the 51st Grammy Awards. On 24 October 2011, they released their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, which received mixed to positive reviews, topped the charts in over 34 countries, and was the UK's best-selling rock album of 2011. In March 2014, they announced their new album, entitled Ghost Stories, will be released on 19 May, the same year.

The band has won a number of music awards throughout their career, including eight Brit Awards--winning Best British Group three times, five MTV Video Music Awards and seven Grammy Awards from 25 nominations. Coldplay have sold more than 70 million records worldwide. In December 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted the group the fourth-best artist of the 2000s. Coldplay have been an active supporter of various social and political causes, such as Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign and Amnesty International. The group have also performed at various charity projects such as Band Aid 20, Live 8, Sound Relief, Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, The Secret Policeman's Ball, Sport Relief and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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