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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. On 16 May 2014, they released their sixth and newest album, titled Ghost Stories, topping the iTunes Store albums charts in over 100 countries.

The band have 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 80 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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Coldplay donate £10,000 to fan suffering from Motor Neurone Disease

Coldplay donate £10,000 to fan suffering from Motor Neurone Disease

The band also dedicated a song to the fan at their recent Royal Albert Hall shows

  • Jul 27, 2014

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

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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

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  • 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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