It’s an exciting day for Coldplay fans. The band are streaming their sixth album ‘Ghost Stories’ on iTunes. But how well do you know your Coldplay? Were you aware ‘Yellow’ is called ‘Yellow’ because Chris Martin spotted a Yellow Pages while trying to name it? Here’s 49 more geeky facts..
For their 2001 Mylo Xyloto tour, the band spent a reported 4.22 million to give out wristbands which changed colour in time with the music.
Chris Martin had to learn to sing ‘The Scientist’ backwards for the video. He learned the phonetic movements to create the illusion he was singing the words correctly.
Originally, Coldplay wanted to create an animated film with the main character being Mylo Xyloto, and the music would serve as a soundtrack, but they realised this would take too long.
After doing a duet with Rihanna, on Princess of China, the band has no desire to collaborate again. Chris Martin said: “Rihanna was the only name on the list. It’s the only duet we’ve done and the only one we wanted to do.”
Chris Martin once travelled to Coldplay’s show at the O2 by tube. He was surrounded by a lot of Coldplay fans, and nobody recognised him.
Coldplay were compared to Nazis on Peep Show. “There was even a joke on Peep Show about how millions of people like Coldplay and millions of people like the Nazis,” said Martin.
Chris Martin performed the worm (dance move) on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Coldplay bought a bakery in North London. It then became the Coldplay HQ.
When Jonny Buckland and Chris Martin appeared on the Ellen Degeneres talk show in 2011, they gave her the head of the elephant suit used in the video for ‘Paradise’.
Chris Martin claims he can speak ‘Devonian’, which he says is “farm language”.
Coldplay haven’t always been called ‘Coldplay’. Their original name was Starfish.
At the end of 2009, Coldplay auctioned some memorabilia, and raised £251,482 for a children’s charity. Jonny Buckland’s Viva Thinline ’72 Tele guitar, sold for £15,000.
Chris Martin spent £400,000 on a piece of Bansky artwork at Sean Penn’s charity event, raising money for Haiti earthquake victims.
In 2008, Jonny Buckland said he would give up being in the band for a chance to play for his favourite football team. “I wanted to be in a band from age 11, but I wanted to be a footballer from the age of five. But there’s still time!”
Barack Obama listens to Coldplay on his iPod. Chris Martin said: “’I met Barack Obama in the summer and one thing he said to me was “Oh, I have your songs on my iPod.”
When asked what his favourite thing about being in Coldplay was in 2008, Guy replied “It’s a real privilege to wake up and not have to put on a suit and tie.” Chris said his favourite thing was waiting for Madame Tussauds to call.
They refer to their manager as their “secret fifth member no one sees”.
A fresh faced Coldplay played on the NME awards tour in 2000.
The band all met in 1996 during their first week of attending a University College London. Jonny and Chris started the band with the others joining a bit later. They went on to record their first EP two years later.
Brian Eno worked with Coldplay to produce their fourth studio album, ‘Viva la Vida or Death And All His Friends’. He then worked on their follow-up ‘Mylo Xyloto’.
Brian Eno suggested a hypnotist come in the studio, which the band then agreed to. They stated that they did a lot of the music on ‘Viva La Vida..’ under the influence.
In a 2008 interview, Chris Martin stated that he wanted to see more Coldplay songs in karaoke books. “Whenever I open a karaoke book, there’s always a million Beatles song, and like two Coldplay ones.”
Chris Martin’s favourite Coldplay song is ‘Glass Of Water’.
At the Q awards in 2005, Coldplay won an award for being the Best Act In The World.
The first ever tour that Coldplay embarked on was The Carling Tour, sponsored by NME magazine.
At the Sound Relief show in Australia, Guy was worried that Chris wouldn’t make it back after jumping into the crowd. Chris had decided to try and make his way to the very back of the stadium.
On the TV show Hamish And Andy’s Gap Year, Chris had to use a T-shirt gun to shoot a Coldplay t-shirt through a window. He scored and in return the couple had to wear Coldplay promotional t-shirts for the remainder of their chat show.
The band made two different, official music videos for ‘Viva La Vida’.
Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland both made cameo appearances in the film Shaun of the Dead. Chris also contributed to the soundtrack with a Buzzcocks song, ‘Everybody’s Happy Nowadays’.
On BBC Radio 1, Fearne Cotton got to play the world exclusive of their new single, ‘Every Tear Drop Is A Waterfall’. She loved the track so much, she played it twice in a row.
Chris Martin’s wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, does all the cooking in their house as Chris is a disaster in the kitchen. She told Graham Norton “He cooked twice and both times the fire brigade came.”
The band operates in a democratic way. Not one member earns any more than the others. All profits and proceeds are shared equally among the members.
Chris Martin has only ever been in one serious relationship, and that’s with his wife. He said, “It is a big leap, from being a loser to going out with an Oscar winner. It’s a giant leap; it’s like winning the lottery.” I guess there’s hope for us all!
Over the years, Coldplay have won a total of eight Brit Awards, seven Grammy awards and five NME awards.
‘Violet Hill’ was their first single off of ‘Viva la Vida..’ purely by accident. They wanted to give the track out for free but their record label would only let them do this for a week. ‘Viva La Vida’ was meant to be the first single.
The band always get nervous about making odd number albums. They said that “the fifth is going to be a nightmare.” The success of ‘Mylo Xyloto’ proved that wrong.
Chris Martin DJd at an Arcade Fire show in London, alongside Win Butler. He wore a skeleton mask so nobody in the audience would recognise him, and so the attention wouldn’t be taken away from Arcade Fire.
Chris Martin put a pause in a Coldplay show in 2011, due to a tambourine-playing fan in the audience. He said “Let me be honest with you, we tried tambourine on the recording and had to scrap it – so we have been playing it for 10 years with no tambourine. It probably sounds great, but I’m just used to it without tambourine. Don’t take it personally.”
Joe Satriani filed a plagiarism lawsuit against Coldplay claiming that their hit ‘Viva La Vida’ stole segments of his song ‘If I Could Fly’. The case was settled out of court. Martin said: “I find this topic hard to navigate because it makes me so emotional. All I will say in closing this is that I don’t steal people’s music, and I never will.”
In December last year, Coldplay played a gig at a pub for a staff party. The party was organised by the chairman Warner Bros/Parlophone. Lily Allen was present. That’s some staff bash.
At the 2001 NME Carling Awards, the song ‘Yellow’ won Best Single.
The Beehive is the name of Coldplay’s second own North London studio. Apparently they traditionally rehearse on Thursdays.
Coldplay allegedly lost around £5.5 million of profits during their Mylo Xyloto tour, due to treating their fans. They splashed out on special wristbands, catering, accommodation and better stage presentation.
Chris Martin has a degree in Ancient World Studies from University College London.
In 2003, Chris Martin got arrested for attacking a paparazzi car in Australia by smashing the windscreen and letting down the tyres. He also attacked a paparazzi in New York in 2008. He shouted “Get the f—- out of here, man — have some respect.”
Coldplay’s first full-length album, ‘Parachutes’, won ‘Best Alternative Music Album’ at the 2002 Grammy awards.
In 1998 Coldplay released an EP called ‘Safety’. To this day, only 500 copies of ‘Safety’ exist.
Coldplay reject opportunities for their music to be used in endorsements. They have turned down offers from companies such as Diet Coke and Gap.
‘Mylo Xyloto’ broke the record for the most digital copies of an album sold. In 2011 21.3 million digital copies of the album were sold, beating the previous year’s record of 800,000.