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The post-Britpop/Alternative Rock band Coldplay formed sometime in 1997. The band originated in London, United Kingdom, and is world-renowned for their rock ballads and deep, cogitative lyrics. The members of Coldplay are:

Chris Martin, age 34, on lead vocals, piano/keyboard, guitar.

Jon Buckland, age 34, on guitar, harmonica,…more

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  • Trivia

    • Coldplay appear in The Simpsons. They are hired by Homer Simpson to sing for him and Bart Simpson.

    • Jay-Z teamed up with Coldplay to make another version to their song Lost!. It is called, Lost+.

    • Joe Satriani, a rock guitarist, is suing Coldplay because he claims the Coldplay song, Viva La Vida, incorporates large portions from his 2005 song: If I Could Fly.

    • Coldplay's first album Parachutes was criticized due to its similarity to the band, Radiohead.

    • All personnel in Coldplay are not allowed to use any type of drugs.

    • Chris Martin swings around a lightbulb in live performances, for the song Fix You.

    • In 1999, the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough was being produced. The song Spies was inspired by John Barry at the tim. He is the theme-song writer for James Bond films.

    • Coldplay's track Death Will Never Conquer was given away at their official website. The given away one was sung by Chris Martin. Will Champion sings it at the live shows.

    • The song Ladder to the Sun was played during the A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour. There is no studio version for it though.

    • The Scientist was inspired by a friend close to the band, who had a relationship break-up.

    • The Escapist is a hidden track added onto the end of the song, Death And All His Friends.

    • Coldplay was nominated twice in the 2009 People's Choice Awards, but did not win any awards. They lost to Kid Rock, and Rascal Flatts.

    • Slender Fungus created Coldplay's official website.

    • Will Champion was a guitarist, and not a drummer before joining Coldplay. He never played the drums before.

    • While performing, Chris Martin often has "Make Trade Fair" or "MTF" on his piano. Sometimes he also has an equal sign on his piano, or hand. He is a strong follower of "Fair Trade".

    • Coldplay had their first gig at the Former Laurel Tree Club. Each member earned approximately $130.00 each.

    • Chris Martin once said that though the band fights, it will never turn into a fistfight.

    • Guy Berryman is the 4th richest man in the UK under the age of thirty. He has an estimated wealth of £25 million.

    • Chris Martin has been named World's Sexiest Vegetarian along with Carrie Underwood.

    • The Message was written by Chris Martin on a guitar, literally.

    • Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends was produced in a nunnery, a church, a magic shop, and a bakery.

    • In the US, Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends sold 722,000 copies in its debut week.

    • Coldplay's Don't Panic was used as the soundtrack for Garden State.

    • Coldplay's album Parachutes was certified double Platinum by the RIAA.

    • Coldplay's album X&Y was certified triple platinum by the RIAA.

    • On July 2003, Chris Martin was arrested in Australia after destroying a photographer's car.

    • Coldplay's Live 2003 was certified as both a Gold album and a 5x Platinum music video by the RIAA.

    • Coldplay's album A Rush Of Blood To The Head was certified triple Platinum by the RIAA.

    • Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends held the No.1 selling album in 36 countries worldwide.

    • Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends set the world record for the highest first week album sales ever on the iTunes Store. It also is the biggest album pre-order in iTunes' history.

    • Chris Martin lived in a rented flat on Isledon Road, from 2000-2002. The official music video of Don't Panic was filmed there. It was the place where Chris Martin wrote the song, In My Place.

    • The band held early rehearsals in a second-story flat at 268 Camden Road in London. Chris Martin lived there with Buckland and two other roomates, in 1997.

    • The song Yellow was inspired by the Yellow Pages.

    • Til' Kingdom Come is the hidden track on X&Y. It comes from Chris Martin's experience at his church. They say "kingdom come" every week in the Lord's Prayer.

    • Singing together in church is the reason why Chris Martin is "obsessed" with everyone singing along at their concerts. It makes him feel like he's a part of something.

    • The song Moses inspired Chris Martin's son's name. It was made for Gwyneth Paltrow.

    • Green Eyes is not about Gwyneth Paltrow, but about one of Chris Martin's ex-girlfriends.

    • Fix You was written for Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin's wife, after her dad died.

    • Kanye West and Chris Martin were nominees for the 2008 Teen Choice Awards for their song Homecoming.

    • Viva La Vida or Death And All His only comes in slipcase because it's environmentally safe.

    • You can hear Violet Hill play for a moment at the end of Viva La Vida's official music video.

    • Coldplay made their own Viva La Vida music video. Chris Martin plays the role of a king roaming around after losing all of his power.

    • Coldplay's Viva La Vida official music video is different from the iTunes commercial with the plumes of colored smoke.

    • Coldplay has been accused of 'borrowing' the melody of title track Viva la Vida from the American Indie band Creaky Boards' song The Songs I Didn't Write.

    • Jon Buckland is the godfather of Apple Martin. Apple is the daughter of band-mate Chris Martin, and his wife Gwyneth Paltrow.

    • In a 2003 interview with MTV News, Timbaland described Coldplay as the only artist he'd like to do a song with.

    • Timbaland revealed that he was going to work with Coldplay on their fourth album. It was later revealed by the band that he was not going to be involved.

    • Coldplay contributed a song titled Part Of The Plan to rapper Swizz Beatz. He used it in the album, One Man Band Man. The lyrics sung by Chris Martin were taken from Coldplay's song, X&Y.

    • To show their competition, Coldplay and U2 both played and filmed at different areas of Manhattan, during the same week.

    • At Glastonbury 2000, Coldplay used the cover of the James Bond theme; You Only Live Twice.

    • Coldplay's song Yellow was the theme song for the UK's ABC promomotional spots.

    • Brian Eno is Coldplay's new producer. He helped them produce Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends.

    • Coldplay's song, Clocks, was featured in Family Guy's episode, Long John Peter.

    • Parachutes was placed #14 in Channel 4's 100 greatest albums of all time.

    • All four members studied at University College London – Chris was doing a course in Ancient History, Jon read Mathematics and Astronomy, Will was an Anthropologist, and Guy was training to be an engineer.

    • The fourth album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, was inspired by a painting that Chris Martin once saw, by Frida Kahlo. He liked the "boldness" of it. The album cover features the painting that inspired him.

    • Chris Martin has performed duets with:
      1)Jay-Z in Beach Chair
      2)Kanye West in Homecoming
      3)Nelly Furtado in All Good Things Come to an End.

    • The band's name was changed a few times. Their first name was 'Pectoralz' and then 'Starfish'. Later on they went by 'Big Fat Noises' and 'Trombelese', before they decided to use the name 'Coldplay'.

    • Coldplay's song Warning Sign is part of the original soundtrack for the movie The Last Kiss.

    • Coldplay's song Fix You is used in adverts for the 2006 movie "World Trade Center".

    • Coldplay have been parodied multiple times, by recorders including: Alan the Ottoman, Dr. Dyke and the Cinnamon Cowboys, Hotplay, Josh 2, Josh Bain, Kylock, Lucy Branston's Great-Granddaughter, Ned Riley, Red Ant, Rick Cormier, Robert Lund, and Tove. Some songs parodied include Coldplay's Fix You, In My Place, Speed of Sound, and Yellow.

    • Electronic band Kraftwerk gave Coldplay permission to use the main riff from Computer Love for Coldplay's song Talk.

    • X&Y is influenced by other European musicians, such as David Bowie, Kraftwerk, and Brian Eno.

    • Coldplay's Warning Sign is featured on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as The Scientist on Smallville, Trouble on Roswell and Speed of Sound on Cold Case.

    • The arrangement of colored blocks on the cover of X&Y is actually a code designed by Emile Baudot. The blocks visually represent ones and zeros in a 5-digit sequence, which correspond with letters of the alphabet and typographic symbols. Each blank space represents a zero and each non-blank space represents a one. The first column reads 10111 (X), the middle column (&), and the last column 10101 (Y), coming out as X&Y. The colors are there because they're pretty.
      Edit: There was actually an error when the cover went to print, and instead of 'X&Y', the code actually reads 'X96'.

    • Both frontman Chris Martin and guitarist Jon Buckland had cameo appearances in the film Shaun of the Dead, as they supported the fictional charity Zombie Aid.

    • Coldplay will not allow their music to be used to sell products; their music is only allowed to be used in film, television, and promotional spots.

    • Chris, Guy, Jon, and Will of Coldplay share profits equally.

    • The bandname Coldplay was given to the band from a friend, who thought that it was too depressing.

    • Some copies of X&Y have Copy Control protection, making them impossible to burn onto computers or other music copying devices.

    • A Rush of Blood to the Head was ranked #473 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' in 2003.

    • The cover art for A Rush of Blood to the Head was done by Sølve Sundsbø. The picture shows a man's head cut in half, and his body up to his chest. Some parts of the head and neck are dragged away to show the title's meaning.

    • The cover for Parachutes is a photo of a globe, with the Americas being featured. The image was caught on film by the band with a disposable Kodak camera. This globe is featured in the music videos for Shiver and Don't Panic, and it also accompanies the band on tour.

    • Lead singer, Chris Martin, is a strong democrat.

    • Til' Kingdom Come was written for Johnny Cash, but he passed on before he recorded the vocals.

    • X&Y's cover art was designed by Tappin Gofton.

    • One of Coldplay's videos, The Hardest Part, features clips from the short lived show, Attitudes.

    • The Coldplay album X&Y was recorded over eighteen months. There were 8 studios involved, located in Chicago, Liverpool, Los Angeles, London, and New York City.

    • In February 2006, Coldplay earned Best Album and Best Single honors at the Brit Awards.

    • Coldplay says their greatest influences are U2, Radiohead, Echo and the Bunnymen, Catherine Wheel, The House of Love, The Chameleons UK, and The Smiths.

    • As of February 2009, there are 15 Coldplay music videos.

    • The song Don't Panic is the first track on Coldplay's album Parachutes. The title 'Don't Panic' is taken from Douglas Adam's book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In the story, 'Don't Panic' is written on the Hitchhiker's book in large, friendly letters.

    • Coldplay's DISCOGRAPHY:

      1) Parachutes (2000)

      2) A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

      3) X&Y (2005)

      4) Viva la Vida (or) Death and All His Friends (2008)

  • Quotes

    • Chris Martin: (denying accusations Coldplay stole an idea from Joe Satriani for their song "Viva La Vida") When these things happen it's a coincidence and we're as surprised by it as anybody else. Oh, I know exactly where the song came from. It came in the middle of the night, on a piano. I just get embarrassed about having to talk about these things. I do feel a bit upset about it because I wrote the song. But, you know, these things happen. Whatever will be will be.

    • Chris Martin: Will is like a human jukebox. He's more a guitarist than a drummer. Me and Will used to sit on the stairs at our halls of residence and he'd know more songs than anyone. You name it, he'd play it.

    • Chris Martin: There would be no Coldplay music without Jonny Buckland.

    • Chris Martin: I'm pretty sure that me and Guy, our bass player, would have an equal match.(fist fighting) But I would never even approach Will with my hands raised. It's very good to be scared of your drummer, actually.

    • Chris Martin: To be a frontman, you have to be half very driven and half a total knob. I like to think I'm both.

    • Chris Martin: Well I'm still going to die and I'm still in the same band. Those are two things I think about: Coldplay and death. Which might explain some of our music.

    • Chris Martin: I just want to make the best music of all time with my best friends.

    • Chris Martin: I drool all over the place. We did this VH1 Storytellers the other day and I could feel there was a Grandpa Simpson, (The Simpsons), bit of drool coming out. If you're in Row A at a Coldplay show, you can really go away with a lot of DNA. You could literally re-create us.

    • Chris Martin: (referring to Yellow) In an alternative universe this song would be called Playboy.

    • Coldplay: We're trying to get to the very highest level. We want to be better than Mozart. That doesn't mean we are, but that's what we're trying for. To me, there's no point in trying for anything less.

    • Chris Martin: It's real and honest. There's no posturing or bombast.

    • Will Champion: At the end of the day, we're just trying to prevent each other from going mad.

    • Will Champion: So, if we're happy playing the songs we have written, for as long as we can, then that is sort of the proof that they're good songs as well.

    • Will Champion: Optimism is the key.

    • Chris Martin: The most extravagant thing I've ever bought, is 95 tops all the same.

    • Chris Martin: The hardest things I've have had to do is follow up Radiohead and Brad Pitt.

    • Chris Martin: They coughed up the ball, and we were able to capitalize.

    • Chris Martin: Country is a very sleeping beast within us.

    • Chris Martin: I think it's safe to say that there is no greater place to play in the world than your great city.

    • Chris Martin: I don't mind not being cool.

    • Chris Martin: Coldplay fans are the best in the world. If you like Coldplay then you're obviously very intelligent and good looking and all-around brilliant.

    • Chris Martin: Our Canadian fans are extraordinary; we love Canada.

    • Chris Martin: 'Yellow' refers to the mood of the band. Brightness and hope and devotion. It's quite concise - you don't have to expand on it. It strikes a chord, gets across.

    • Chris Martin: I'm starting to get a bit podgy myself, so from our point of view they're not an asset. Good breasts can't make up for a lack of achievement...but they can make a good tune even better!

    • Chris Martin: The main thing I like to do is write music. And I've watch a lot of films, I suppose. I used to love going bowling, but then we stopped because we thought it was pretty cheesy. We play football. We do everything your average young man does.

    • Chris Martin: Because being in a band, you've got four different personalities going on, and you're with each other a lot of the time, and you drive each other crazy. And that leads to friction, which sometimes leads to great bands not seeing their life span through because of the personal things that go on.

    • Chris Martin: It's just a shame that the great music and the great films of America often get buried 'cause they're too specific for the people that will love it.

    • Chris Martin: I take immense solace from the fact that there's so much that we don't understand, and so much that's basically unexplained. I think it's probably better not to know all the answers, because you can still take some hope from the fact that you don't know anything.

    • Chris Martin: When you become famous, either through music or marriage, and you start meeting famous people, it really strikes you that this world that's created by the National Enquirer or US Weekly, this celebrity fairyland, doesn't really exist.

    • Will Champion: If anyone's got a passion for music, no matter where they're from or who their parents are, they should be given a chance.

    • Guy Berryman: The first single is the hardest to pick because basically you're trying to express the whole album through one song.

    • Guy Berryman: White Shadows is one of my favorite songs on the record ... It's just really strong rhythmically. And the fact that it's going down so well with crowds is very cool.

    • Chris Martin: Coldplay fans are the best in the world. If you like Coldplay then you're obviously very intelligent and good looking and all-around brilliant.

    • Chris Martin: In mathematics, X and Y are always the answers, but in life, no one knows. To me, the album is about unanswerable questions.

    • Will Champion: Coldplay are just four friends trying to make great music.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Coldplay is a british rock band.They are young and have three albums, the fouth airing in June 17, 2008!

    10
    Coldplay.To me they are the best band ever to place a foot on Earth! They have the sweetest, and best melodies ever. And trust me, I've heard melodies from Linkin Park to Pink Floyd to Madonna to any rock band ever.They are the best. Many people have heard their songs but don't know who they are! Well those people should go to youtube.com and hear their capturing songs like 'Clocks', 'The Scientist', 'Speed of Sound', 'In My Place', 'Talk', 'Yellow', 'Fix You' and many more! They haven't sung with other bands or singers together, but their lead singer, Chris Martin has. He has sung with Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Nelly Furtado! Now in the fourth Album coming out on June 17 2008, Timbaland will sing with them alongside. I also love Timbaland's songs so I am sure they will produce good songs together! U2 is Coldplay's rival. I love U2 though. Their songs are very alike. U2 has been a band since the 80's though!Now a new band called One Republic is looked to as the copycats of Coldplay.Either way, Coldplay is the best in my opinion and many people should start noticing them, because they eventually will be the band of the CENTURY!!!!moreless
  • I love 'em.

    10
    Coldplay definately has a sound and style all their own. I've never heard another band quite like them. Their music is so calming. I don't quite understand every song's lyrics, but the ones I do are pretty good. Besides, I pretty much just listen to their songs because of the music anyways. XD I love their songs "Talk" and "Clocks." The music is incredible. I can't really explain it, but I love it. The piano and guitar work together perfectly to create a peaceful and beautiful sound. Coldplay is unlike many bands out there today, but they're still awesome nonetheless.moreless
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