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After surfacing in 2000 with the breakthrough single "Yellow," Coldplay quickly became one of the biggest bands of the new millennium, honing a mix of introspective Brit-pop and anthemic rock that landed the British quartet a near-permanent residence on record charts worldwide. The group's emergence was perfectly timed; Radiohead had just released the overly cerebral Kid A, while Oasis had ditched two founding members and embraced psychedelic experimentation on Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. U.K. audiences were hungry for a fresh-faced rock band with big aspirations and an even bigger sound, and Coldplay were more than happy to take the reins. Parachutes went multi-platinum in several countries and earned the band its first Grammy, but Coldplay continued to grow into the 2000s, topping their debut album's success with higher record sales and an increased public profile.

Chris Martin (vocals/piano), Jon Buckland (guitar), Will Champion (drums), and Guy Berryman (bass) were all born into musical households. Martin, the eldest of five, began playing the piano as a young child and later took solace in the work of Tom Waits. Buckland, on the other hand, grew up with the heavy guitar sounds of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Scotland native Berryman preferred funk to indie rock, thereby leaving him to play bass, while multi-instrumentalist Champion didn't plan to be a drummer until he joined Coldplay's lineup. The bandmates came together in 1996 while attending the University College of London, and the Safety EP was issued shortly after their first gig at a Manchester festival for unsigned bands. The release only saw 500 pressings, as did the subsequent Brothers & Sisters EP. Nevertheless, it was enough to win the band a U.K. deal with Parlophone Records in April 1999, and the five-track Blue Room EP arrived that fall. With nods from the media, Coldplay were hailed as the next Travis, thanks to their simple acoustics and charming personas.

Parlophone ushered Coldplay into Parr St. Studios in Liverpool, where they recorded the bulk of their debut album. Parachutes was released in July 2000 and became a swift hit on the strength of four U.K. singles, several of which enjoyed popularity in America as well. With "Yellow" climbing the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, Parachutes was released in the U.S. in November, where its sales soon rivaled -- and eventually surpassed -- those in the U.K.

Riding on the strength of their universally popular debut, Coldplay headed back into the studio in fall 2001 to work on a sophomore album. They emerged with A Rush of Blood to the Head, releasing the album worldwide in August 2002 and embarking on a global concert tour soon after. "The Scientist" enjoyed regular radio rotation, while both "Clocks" and "In My Place" won Grammy Awards. The CD/DVD package Live 2003 was issued to highlight the group's popular tour, and Martin specifically earned a higher notch on the celebrity scale by marrying actress Gwyneth Paltrow in December 2003. Paltrow gave birth to the couple's daughter Apple the following April.

Fatherhood didn't stop Martin from working, as Coldplay began recording material for a third album within weeks. Previously recorded material with longtime producer Ken Nelson was scrapped early on, while Danton Supple (Morrissey, the Cure) joined Coldplay to complete the recording of X&Y. "Speed of Sound" marked Coldplay's first single from their long-awaited third effort in spring 2005; the album followed in June, topping charts around the world and selling more than eight million copies during its first year.

Such success put Coldplay on the same commercial level as U2, and Coldplay retreated to the studio in late 2006 to work with famed producer Brian Eno (who had teamed up with U2 several times in the past). Recording sessions with Eno were completed within one year, followed by several months of mixing and growing anticipation from the band's audience. Viva la Vida -- also known by its extended name, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends -- ultimately arrived in June 2008. Worldwide sales for the album had approached six million by November, when Coldplay released several new recordings (including a collaboration with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z) as part of the Prospekt's March EP.

Preceded by first single "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," Coldplay's fifth studio album, 2011's Mylo Xyloto, was produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson (the official press release adds "with enoxification and additional composition by Brian Eno"). Live 2012, the band's second concert film/recording, followed in 2012 after a hugely successful world tour, which included a special performance at the London Paralympics closing ceremony. Work began on their sixth album in late 2012 at their Bakery and Beehive studios in North London, where longtime producers Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson joined them for sessions. As the recording progressed, other producers, including Avicii and Timbaland, were brought in, making the resulting Ghost Stories quite different from its predecessors in that there were many producers instead of a handful.

Coldplay began promoting Ghost Stories in March 2014, two months prior to its May release, playing a showcase concert held during the 2014 South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. Around the time of the concert, it was revealed that Martin was separating from his wife. This news was counterbalanced by the announcement that Martin was going to act as an advisor on the U.S. singing competition series The Voice. Additional television duties for the band included a concert called Coldplay: Ghost Stories on NBC (the same network that aired The Voice), which aired on May 18, the Sunday prior to the release of Ghost Stories. Thanks to this promotional push, Ghost Stories debuted at number one throughout the world and the singles "Magic" and "A Sky Full of Stars" performed well too, with the latter reaching the Top Ten in every major international market. For the holiday season of 2014, the band released Ghost Stories: Live 2014, a CD/DVD package that contained live versions of every song from the album.

Soon after finishing their promotional duties for Ghost Stories, Coldplay returned to the studio to work on their seventh album. Recording in Los Angeles and London, the band collaborated with Noel Gallagher, Beyoncé, Tove Lo, and Merry Clayton (best known for her vocals on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter) as well as producers Rik Simpson and Stargate. The joyous, disco-tinged lead single "Adventure of a Lifetime" arrived in November 2015, just a few weeks before the full-length A Head Full of Dreams was released that December. "Hymn for the Weekend" peaked at six in the U.K. and 26 in the U.S., with "Up & Up" keeping the album on the charts through 2016. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography


Track List: Ghost Stories

1. Always In My Head

2. Magic

3. Ink

4. True Love

5. Midnight

6. Another's Arms

7. Oceans

8. A Sky Full Of Stars

9. O


Track List: Mylo Xyloto

1. Mylo Xyloto

2. Hurts Like Heaven

3. Paradise

4. Charlie Brown

5. Us Against The World

6. M.M.I.X.

7. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall

8. Major Minus

9. U.F.O.

10. Princess Of China

11. Up In Flames

12. A Hopeful Transmission

13. Don't Let It Break Your Heart

14. Up With The Birds


Track List: Viva La Vida

1. Life In Technicolor

2. Cemeteries Of London

3. Lost!

4. 42

5. Lovers In Japan / Reign Of Love

6. Yes

7. Viva La Vida

8. Violet Hill

9. Strawberry Swing

10. Death And All His Friends


Track List: X&Y

1. Square One

2. What If

3. White Shadows

4. Fix You

5. Talk

6. X&Y

7. Speed of Sound

8. A Message

9. Low

10. The Hardest Part

11. Swallowed In The Sea

12. Twisted Logic

13. 'Til Kingdom Come


Track List: The Scientist (Radio Single)

1. The Scientist

2. 1.36

3. I Ran Away


Track List: A Rush Of Blood To The Head

1. Politik

2. In My Place

3. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face

4. The Scientist

5. Clocks

6. Daylight

7. Green Eyes

8. Warning Sign

9. A Whisper

10. A Rush Of Blood To The Head

11. Amsterdam


Track List: Parachutes

1. Don't Panic

2. Shiver

3. Spies

4. Sparks

5. Yellow

6. Trouble

7. Parachutes

8. High Speed

9. We Never Change

10. Everything's Not Lost


Track List: Brothers & Sisters

1. Brothers & Sisters

2. Easy To Please

3. Only Superstition


Track List: The Blue Room

1. Bigger Stronger

2. Don't Panic

3. See You Soon

4. High Speed

5. Such A Rush


Track List: A Head Full Of Dreams

1. A Head Full Of Dreams

2. Birds

3. Hymn For The Weekend (Feat. Beyonce)

4. Everglow

5. Adventure Of A Lifetime

6. Fun (Feat. Tove Lo)

7. Kaleidoscope

8. Army Of One

9. Amazing Day

10. Colour Spectrum

11. Up&Up


Track List: A Sky Full Of Stars (Hardwell Remix) (Single)

1. A Sky Full Of Stars (Hardwell Remix)


Track List: A Sky Full Of Stars (Single)

1. A Sky Full Of Stars


Track List: Adventure Of A Lifetime (Matoma Remix) (Single)

1. Adventure Of A Lifetime (Matoma Remix)


Track List: Adventure Of A Lifetime (Single)

1. Adventure Of A Lifetime


Track List: Atlas (Single)

1. Atlas


Track List: Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Radio Single)

1. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall


Track List: Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall - EP

2. Major Minus

3. Moving To Mars


Track List: Hymn For The Weekend (Seeb Remix) (Single)

1. Hymn For The Weekend (Seeb Remix)


Track List: Lost!

1. Lost!

2. Lost?

3. Lost@ (Live At United Center, Chicago)


Track List: Magic (Single)

1. Magic


Track List: Midnight (Giorgio Moroder Remix) (Single)

1. Midnight (Giorgio Moroder Remix)


Track List: Midnight (Single)

1. Midnight


Track List: Miracles (Single)

1. Miracles


Track List: Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix) (Single)

1. Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix)


Track List: Prospekt's March

1. Life In Technicolor II

2. Postcards From Far Away

3. Glass Of Water

4. Rainy Day

6. Lost And...

7. Lovers In Japan (Osaka Sun Mix)

8. Now My Feet Won't Touch The Ground


Track List: Shiver

1. Shiver

2. For You

3. Careful Where You Stand


Track List: Up&Up (Freedo Remix) (Single)

1. Up&Up (Freedo Remix)


Track List: Violet Hill (Radio Single)

1. Violet Hill


Track List: Viva La Vida (Radio Single)

1. Viva La Vida


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I love your music!!!!!"
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This song sounds like a Minecraft peridy
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Don't read! Now that you have started continue you will be kissed by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop, this is freaky! But if you read and ignore you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in144 minutes and when your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in all caps it's creepy but works!
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Don't read this! Now that you've started continue on the nearest Friday you will be kissed by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop thus is freaky! But if you read and ignore you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 144 minutes this I creepy but still works.
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Love the song so good listen for hours
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Don't read this. Your crush will kiss you by next Friday. Post this on 15 other songs when your done press the and then your crush name will appear it's so freaky it actually works
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. now that you've started reading don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck .put this on 15 songs in 1444 mind when your done your crushes name will appear in bright letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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Dont read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 114 mins. When you are done push the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on Thu screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Don't listen to the "don't read this" comments. There phonies. They didn't work on me. Plus, think about how it all started. Somebody playing a trick
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I like viva la visa because it gives u hope
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For some reason I can't explain why I love this song. Can't put it in words for the life of me
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Totally recommend seeing them live! I dreamt of seeing them since 6 grade and 6 years laters I finally got the chance. Definitely in my top 5 fav bands
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I've always compared them to U2.
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Fake comments. Can someone actually put something INTERESTING on this?
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Coldplay rocks!!
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CHAINMAILS?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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my favorite is yellow❤️❤️❤️
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Love ur songs
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Ok shut up Matty you have no business saying this
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I love cold play my fav is viva la vada
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I love this song it is so good#hymn for the weekend
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#stopthechai n c o m m e n t s o r e l s e
Godalmost every other comment is chain
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So powerful... The type of song to sing when alone at home��
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I'm sky full of stars willing to give my heart to the right guy.Oh good song also :>)
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Hi I think this song is pretty good
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The total package
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i love them so much!!
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I know it so good!!!
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Amazing artists I love all of there songs they just sing of life and real everyday s**t
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dude what are you talking about
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I miss my baby girl, I pray that u are happy and loved. Please keep my baby girl safe��
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My girlfriend broke up with me;(
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You know that music that gets you in your feelings?

Yeah, that's this
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Lol nice one it works lol
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Put qustion marks on two song then you will find Adams under you pillows.
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I absolutely love this band!! Definitely my favourite by far
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Great band love Violet Hill music vid
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Kiss your hand post this on to other songs
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This song is beau......(s t a r t s crying) (holds up candle) God bless America!!!! ❤️ ❤️
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I don't know why but Viva La Vida by Coldplay inspires me
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Killer guitar solo middle of song
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I wish you wanted to find me...
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