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COLDPLAY

- 2008
COUNTRY:
UNITED KINGDOM
GENRE(S):
POP, ROCK
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Coldplay are undoubtedly one of the most iconic and popular pop/rock bands of the 2000s.
TORPEDO - 21.12.2023
Coldplay was formed in London in 1996. The band members are Chris Martin (vocals, piano, guitar), Jonny Buckland (guitar), Guy Berryman (bass) and Will Champion (drums). The quartet met while studying at University College London, and their shared passion for pop and rock quickly motivated them to form their own band.

In 2000, Coldplay released their debut album, "Parachutes", which included hits such as "Yellow" and "Trouble". It topped the UK album charts immediately after its release. The album's emotional appeal and Martin's distinctive vocals were widely acclaimed, helping Coldplay win Best Alternative Music Album at the 2003 Grammy Awards.

The band's second album, "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (2002), consolidated their reputation with timeless tracks such as "Clocks" and "The Scientist". Coldplay won several Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year.

"X&Y" was released in June 2005, and shot to the top of the charts in many countries, thanks in particular to the hits 'Speed of Sound' and 'Fix You'. It quickly became the best-selling album of 2008, selling over 8 million copies. 

In 2008, Coldplay made a slight artistic improvement with "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends". The album features a more experimental, orchestral sound, exemplified by the eponymous song and 'Violet Hill'. Once again, the album was a huge commercial success, being the best-selling album of 2008 worldwide and the most downloaded of all time.

With 'Mylo Xyloto' (2011), Coldplay adopted a more pop and electro sound, in collaboration with producer Brian Eno. The album contained huge hits such as 'Paradise' and 'Charlie Brown', demonstrating the band's adaptability and willingness to explore new musical territories.

February 2014 saw the release of 'Ghost Stories', a spiritual album that revolved around two major themes for Chris Martin, the idea of past actions and the effects they can have on one's future, and a person's capacity for unconditional love. The songwriting process evolved, with Martin inviting the band to contribute original songs for the album, rather than building songs from his ideas as they had done during previous recording sessions. The album included the hit 'A Sky Full Of Stars'. That same year, Spotify declared Coldplay the most streamed band in the world and the third most listened-to artist behind Ed Sheeran and Eminem.

In 2015, Coldplay released "A Head Full of Dreams", an album that moved away from the introspective tone of their previous work and featured numerous collaborations, notably with American singer Beyoncé and guitarist and singer Noel Gallagher. Once again, the album featured a number of hits, including ''Adventure Of A Lifetime'' and ''Hymn For The Weekend''.

Coldplay announced a break in 2017 after the release of their EP "Kaleidoscope", presented as a complement to their previous album. They did not remain inactive, however, and took part in several projects, including the Global Citizen EP, the profits from which were donated to the association of the same name.

In October 2021, Coldplay released their ninth album "Music Of The Spheres", the band's second concept album after "Mylo Xyloto". The album explored pop, pop rock, space rock, space music and ambient influences, and was set in a fictional planetary system called The Spheres, which contains nine planets, three natural satellites, a star and a nebula, each of which corresponds to a track on the album. Despite middling reviews, the album debuted at the top of the UK charts, selling over 100,000 units in its first week.

Coldplay returned to the studio at the end of 2022, and a new album is expected in 2025. According to Chris Martin, this will be the band's last studio production, at which point they will focus on concerts and collaborations with other artists.

More informations on http://www.coldplay.com/index.php
DID YOU KNOW?

Before settling on Coldplay, the band went through various name changes, including Pectoralz and Starfish. They eventually chose Coldplay, inspired by a friend's poetry book.

With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, Coldplay is one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Coldplay won seven Grammy Awards out of 39 nominations, winning Song of the Year once and Record of the Year once.

Coldplay donates 10% of all profits to charities including Amnesty International, Migrant Offshore Aid Station and Global Citizen.

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