|Source||London , England , UK|
Pectoralz (1996-97) |
Big Fat Noises (1997)
The Units (2018)
|Genders)|| Pop rock |
|Period of activity||1996-2021|
|Label (s)|| Universal Music Group |
Warner Music Group
Third Man Records
|Related artists||Brian Eno, Davide Rossi, Jon Hopkins, Mat Whitecross, Kylie Minogue, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Tove Lo, Beyoncé, David Guetta, The Chainsmokers, Danny Ocean|
| Chris Martin|
Coldplay is a band British of pop rock and rock alternative formed in London in 1996 . [ 6 ] [ 7 ] It is composed of Chris Martin , Jon Buckland , Guy Berryman and Will Champion . It is one of the most relevant groups of the 2000s and 2010s .
Coldplay's early work caused the band to be repeatedly compared to artists like Radiohead , Oasis , INXS , U2, and Travis . [ 8 ] They achieved international success with the release of their single " Yellow, " followed by their debut album, Parachutes (2000), which was nominated for the Mercury Awards . His second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) won multiple awards, including Album of the Year according to the weekly NME . Although his third album, X&Y(2005) did not cause as much enthusiasm, it also had a positive reception and was the best-selling of 2005. The band's fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008) was produced by Brian Eno and generated excellent criticism, receiving nominations for the Grammy Awards [ 9 ] and other kinds of tributes, [ 10 ] in addition to being the best-selling of the year 2008. Coldplay has sold 80 million copies internationally. [ 11 ] Mylo Xyloto , their fifth album, was released in October 2011 and had a moderately positive critical reception, as well as being the albumTop-selling rock in the UK in that year and topped the charts in 34 countries. [ 12 ] Three years later, in May 2014, the band's sixth album, Ghost Stories , was released , which received nuanced reviews, topped the sales charts in several countries, and of which the singles " Magic "," Midnight "," A Sky Full of Stars "and" True Love ". In December 2015 his seventh album entitled A Head Full of Dreams was released , from which the singles " Adventure of A Lifetime ", " Hymn for the Weekend" were released."," Up & Up "and" A Head Full of Dreams ", received nuanced reviews and reached the second place in the charts of the United States and his native, United Kingdom . Four years later, in November 2019 they released their eighth album, Everyday Life , which received generally positive reviews and from which the singles "Orphans", "Arabesque", "Everyday Life" and "Champion of the World" were released.
Following the release of Parachutes , the band was influenced by other artists, such as Kate Bush , U2 and George Harrison , [ 13 ] on A Rush of Blood to the Head , Johnny Cash on X&Y [ 14 ] and Blur and Arcade Fire in Viva la Vida . [ 15 ] They have been an active advocacy group for various political and social causes such as the Oxfam Make Trade Fair campaign , Amnesty Internationaland ClientEarth, an organization that advocates for environmental laws. In 2003, MTV2 named them the second "best band of the new millennium" behind Oasis , [ 16 ] in December 2009 readers of Rolling Stone magazine voted the group the "fourth best artist of the 2000s" [ 17 ] And Q magazine included them on its Artists of the Century list . [ 18 ] In 2010 they were ranked 67 in the list of the 100 greatest artists of all time according to the VH1 channel and in 2011 they were named "statesmen of rock."By iTV . [ 19 ] [ 20 ] His album Parachutes obtained position 93 in a survey by Observer Music Monthly in 2004 to critical specialized figures in the music industry and artists in the UK about 100 best British albums. [ 21 ] Three of their eight albums have been chosen in the top 50 British albums in a joint survey by HMV and Q magazine in March 2008 ( A Rush of Blood to the Head , X&Y andParachutes ) and being one of the only four acts to earn three entries on the list. [ 21 ] [ 22 ] Their first three albums are also among the 60 best sellers of all time in the UK. [ 23 ] In 2014, they were included by Fuse on his list of artists with the most awards, reaching position number 28 - sixth place in groups. [ 24 ]
They have the tradition of giving 10% of their annual income to charitable organizations as a band [ 25 ] [ 26 ] and have also participated in many charity projects such as Band Aid 20 , Live 8 , Global Citizen Festival, Sound Relief, Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, One Love Manchester, The Secret Policeman's Ball, Sport Relief and the Teenage Cancer Trust. [ 27 ]
1996-2001: Beginnings and Parachutes
Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland met during their orientation week at the University of London in September 1996, and were trying to form a band during their time at the university, eventually forming a group called Pectoralz. [ 28 ] Later Guy Berryman , classmate of the two, joined the group. In 1997, they legally recorded a demo called "Don't Panic" together under the name Big Fat Noises, during their college vacation. [ 29 ] [ 30 ] Martin also invited his old school friend Phil Harvey, an Oxford student, to be the band's manager . [ 31 ] Since then, Harvey is the fifth member of Coldplay. [ 32 ] However, the original line-up was completed with Will Champion in July 1997, in charge of percussion. Chris and Will had met before on a bus on the way to a college hockey game, where they discovered that they both played guitar and covered songs together in Covent Garden . [ 33 ] Champion had grown up playing piano, guitar, bass, and tin whistle., but he learned to play the drums without much effort and without previous experience. [ 28 ]
The band, renamed Starfish in Will's predicament not having a name that a club organizer was asking of them, finally began playing together at various clubs with an audience that grew as each performance went by. During this time they had already formed friends with several people they had met at the Ramsay Hall student residence where they spent 4 years staying for their studies. Among them were Kris Foof, Gavin Aherne, James "Pix" Pickering, John Hilton and Mat Whitecross, who would be the future director of several of his music videos and films. [ 34 ]
The band eventually adopted the name The Coldplay, borrowing it with permission from Tim Crompton, who had used the name for his own band. [ 36 ] In 1997, Martin met Tim Rice-Oxley . During a weekend at Virginia Water, each asked the other to play their songs on the piano. Martin, seeing that Rice-Oxley was talented, asked him to be the keyboardist for Coldplay, but he refused as he already had his own band, Keane . [ 37 ]
In 1998, the band released five hundred copies of the EP Safety . Many records were given to record companies and friends and family, so only fifty copies were available for sale. In December of that year, Coldplay signed a recording contract with the independent company Fierce Panda . His first release was the EP Brothers & Sisters , which was recorded in just four days in February 1999. [ 38 ]
After finishing their final exams, Coldplay signed a five-album deal with Parlophone in the spring of 1999. [ 39 ] After making their first appearance at Glastonbury , the band returned to the studio, this time to record an EP titled The Blue Room. . [ 40 ] Five thousand copies were released in October, and the single " Bigger Stronger " was broadcast on the BBC . [ 41 ] The recording sessions for The Blue Roomthey were very hectic. Martin kicked Champion out of the band, but then begged him to come back, and because of him, he got drunk. Eventually, the group was able to iron out the rough edges and established a rulebook. Based on bands like U2 and REM , Coldplay would be a democracy, and they agreed that the proceeds would be shared equally. Additionally, they agreed that they would expel any member who used hard drugs , with the consequent dissolution of the group. [ 42 ]
In March 1999, Coldplay began work on their debut album, recorded at Rockfield Studios with producer Ken Nelson . They also played on the Carling Tour , where they acted as opening act. [ 43 ] Later, he was able to go on his first tour, which included a performance at the Glastonbury Festival . His famous single " Yellow " was also released , reaching number four on those same charts and driving Coldplay into popular culture. [ 44 ]
Finally, Parachutes was released in July 2000, reaching the top of the English sales charts. [ 45 ] " Yellow " and " Trouble " gained popularity as they were broadcast on the radio more frequently in the United States and England . [ 46 ] The album was nominated for the Mercury Awards in September 2000. [ 47 ]
Having succeeded in Europe, the band decided to expand its horizons in the United States, and launched Parachutes there in November 2000. [ 48 ] [ 49 ] Although it was not an immediate success, the album won a double platinum . [ 50 ] This album was excellently received and won the Grammy for Best Album of rock alternative in 2002. [ 51 ]
2002-2004: A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay returned to the studio in October 2001 to begin work on their second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head , again with Ken Nelson as producer. The album was released in August 2002 and its most popular singles were " In My Place ", " Clocks " and the ballad " The Scientist ". [ 13 ]
Coldplay toured from June 2002 to September 2003 on the album's promotional tour, A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour . They visited five continents, including their participation in the Glastonbbury Festival, V2003 and Rock Werchter . [ 41 ] Many concerts featured custom lighting and sets that were highly reminiscent of the U2 Elevation Tour . [ 52 ] During this tour, Coldplay recorded a live CD and DVD, Live 2003 at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney . [ 53 ]
In December 2003, readers of Rolling Stone magazine chose Coldplay as the best artist and the best band of the year. Around this time, the band performed a cover of The Pretenders ' 1983 song " 2000 Miles, " which they made available for download on their official website. "2000 Miles" was the most downloaded song of that year, and the proceeds this brought to the band was donated to Future Forests and to campaigns to prevent gun crime. [ 54 ] A Rush of Blood to the Head won the Grammy Award for the Best Alternative Rock Album in 2003. [ 55 ]At the 2004 Grammy Awards, Coldplay won Record of the Year for their single "Clocks." [ 51 ]
Coldplay spent considerable time away from the stage in 2004, taking a break from touring and preparing to record their third album. [ 56 ] X & Y was released for sale in 2005 in the United States and Britain. [ 57 ] The album became the best-selling album of 2005, with 8.3 million copies sold worldwide. [ 58 ] The lead single, " Speed of Sound " made its first appearance on 18 April and was released as a CD on 23 May 2005. [ 59 ] [ 60 ]The album was number one in twenty countries and was the third fastest to sell in the history of the British charts. [ 61 ] [ 62 ] Another two more singles were released that year: " Fix You " in September and " Talk " in December. The critical reaction to X&Y was not as enthusiastic as it was to its predecessor. The New York Times critic Jon Pareles described Coldplay as "the most insufferable band of the day", despite the general criticism of the album being good. [ 63 ] Comparisons between this band and U2they became more and more frequent. [ 64 ] Chris Martin later stated that the negative reviews made him feel "liberated." [ 65 ]
From June 2005 to July 2006, Coldplay ran the Twisted Logic Tour , which included festivals such as Coachella , Isle of Wight Festival , Glastonbury, and Austin City Limits Music Festival . [ 66 ] In July 2005, the band performed at Live 8 in Hyde Park , where they covered the Verve song " Bitter Sweet Symphony ", with Richard Ashcroft taking the lead role. [ 67 ] In September, Coldplay recorded a new version of " How You See the World»For the charitable album War Child's Help !: A Day in the Life . In February 2006, Coldplay won the awards for Best Album and Best Single at the Brit Awards . [ 68 ] Two more singles were released in 2006, " The Hardest Part " and " What If ". " White Shadows " was released for sale as a single in Mexico in June 2007. [ 68 ]
2008-2010: Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
In October 2007, Coldplay began work on their fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends , with Brian Eno serving as producer. [ 69 ] To take a break from recording, the band toured Latin America in early 2007, performing in Argentina , Chile , Brazil, and Mexico . [ 70 ] After recording in churches and other venues in Latin America and Spain during their tour, the band said their album would have Hispanic influences. [ 71 ]The group spent the rest of the year recording, mainly with Eno. [ 72 ]
Martin described Viva la Vida as a new direction for Coldplay - a change from his other three albums, which he referred to as a trilogy. [ 73 ] He said that on this album there would be less falsetto , and that the low register of his voice would be predominant. [ 73 ] Some songs like " Violet Hill " contain distorted guitars and very bass sounds. [ 73 ] "Violet Hill" was the first single from the album, first broadcast on radio on April 29 , 2008 . [ 74 ]After its first reproduction, the single could be obtained for free on Coldplay's official website from 12:15 pm (GMT +0) for a week, reaching two million downloads, [ 75 ] until it was put on sale May 6. [ 76 ] [ 77 ] [ 78 ] "Violet Hill" entered the top 10 of the UK, in the top 40 US (can be in the top 10 of the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart) and could position considerably well in the rest of the world. [ 79 ]The song "Viva la Vida" was released exclusively on iTunes . It was Coldplay's first single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100, [ 80 ] and in the UK. [ 81 ]
The 15 of June of 2008 , Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends reached the top of the UK charts, despite having been launched in the market just three days earlier. At the time it sold 302,000 copies, and the BBC called it "one of the fastest-selling albums in UK history." [ 82 ] In late July, it became the most downloaded album ever. [ 83 ] [ 84 ] In October 2008, Coldplay won two Q Awards for Best Album ( Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends ) and best live performance. [ 85 ]
Subsequently, the band released the Prospekt's March EP on November 21 , 2008 . This contains songs from the recording sessions of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends and, despite being a separate EP from this album, other editions of the latter contain material taken from Prospekt's March . [ 86 ] [ 87 ] [ 88 ] The song " Life in Technicolor II " was released as a single on February 9, 2009. [ 88 ]
Guitarist Joe Satriani charged Coldplay with plagiarism in Los Angeles court on December 4 , 2008 . Satriani said that "Viva la Vida" incorporated "original parts" from an instrumental piece of his, called " If I Could Fly ." [ 89 ] The gang denied the accusation and its members were dismissed, although they reached an out-of-court settlement with Satriani for an unknown amount. [ 90 ]
In June 2008, Coldplay kicked off the Viva la Vida Tour with a free concert at the Brixton Academy in London. [ 91 ] This was followed, two days later, by a 45-minute presentation broadcast live on the BBC. [ 92 ] « Lost! »Was the third single from the album, plus a remake made with Jay-Z . Coldplay opened the Sound Relief concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 14 , 2009 , and then held a live concert the same night. [ 93 ]Sound Relief is a charity concert whose funds go to victims of crises and floods. [ 94 ]
In 2009 Coldplay received several nominations for the Brit Awards : for Best British Group, British Live Concert, British Single ("Viva la Vida") and British Album ( Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends ). [ 95 ] At the 51st Grammy Awards in February 2009, Coldplay won three in the categories for Song of the Year ("Viva la Vida"), Best Rock Album ( Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends ) and Best rock performance by a duo or group with vocalist ("Viva la Vida"). [ 96 ] [ 97 ]
The 15 as maypole as 2009 Coldplay released a live album, entitled LeftRightLeftRightLeft , recorded during the tour in different concerts. It was intended as a gift for the remaining concerts of the tour. It was also available for download on the official site until the recent launch of Mylo Xyloto. [ 98 ]
That same month they announced their Viva la Vida Tour in Latin America , said tour began in February 2010 with a duration of two weeks, appearing in countries such as Colombia , Argentina , Brazil and Mexico . [ 100 ]
2010-2012: Mylo Xyloto and Coldplay's Turnaround
Since April 2009, the band worked on their fifth studio album, alongside Brian Eno as producer again. [ 101 ] In 2009 they were seen filming in a London church. [ 102 ] The band confirmed that in 2010 they would release their new album. [ 103 ]
In September 2010, Coldplay released a song called "Wedding Bells." Shortly after it was learned that his new album would not come out at the end of 2010, but would be delayed until the end of 2011. [ 104 ] On December 1 of the same year his new single " Christmas Lights " was released which was put to the sale through iTunes and in its video you can see the entire band playing in a small theater with an animation with Christmas tones and at the same time with fireworks. [ 105 ] On June 26, 2011 the band officially released the new EP called Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall , which includes three songs: Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall», «Major Minus» y «Moving To Mars».
On August 12, 2011, Coldplay announced on its official website that the fifth album would be released on October 24 of that year under the name Mylo Xyloto . [ 107 ] Additionally, the band commented that their album would be released digitally, on vinyl, and on CD. On his musical style, guitarist Jonny Buckland commented: “I suppose the issue will be to make the music looser; more powerful drums, louder guitars, more contrast. Then we wanted to target more intimate moments, later, the greatest thing we were. We wanted to contain as many interesting ideas as possible in the 42 and a half minutes [of the album]. [ 108 ]On September 12, 2011 they released the single " Paradise ", which Billboard compared to " Speed of Sound " and " Clocks " by X&Y and A Rush of Blood to the Head respectively. Additionally, she confirmed that Rihanna collaborated on Mylo Xyloto's track " Princess of China ." [ 109 ]
The album finally went on sale on October 24, 2011. [ 105 ] The album premiered in Madrid, Spain, with a concert in the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, broadcast by Internet to the whole world, [ 110 ] And continued with the Mylo Xyloto Tour promotional tour , which included the United States, Europe and Asia throughout the remainder of 2011 and throughout 2012. On November 30, 2011, Coldplay received three nominations for the 2012 Grammy Awards , the ceremony took place on February 12 of that year and in which the band performed with Rihanna. [ 111 ] [ 112 ]On January 12, 2012, they received a nomination for two Brit Awards ; [ 113 ] on February 21 they received the award for best British group for the third time. [ 114 ] It was the best-selling rock album in the UK, with 908,000 copies sold. [ 12 ] The second single from the album, "Paradise", was the single of the same genre with the same characteristics, since 410,000 units of it were sold. [ 12 ] At the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, the song won the award for best rock video . [ 115] The album has sold eight million copies worldwide. [ 116 ]
Coldplay led the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on September 9, 2012, where they performed alongside other artists such as Rihanna or Jay-Z . [ 117 ] The band also gave permission to the other groups that participated in the Bandstand Marathon to play the song "Viva La Vida" as a closing. [ 118 ] In October 2012, the music video for " Hurts Like Heaven " was released, based on the story of Mylo Xyloto, a boy raised under the tyranny of Major Minus. On November 13 it appeared in a movie theater and on the 19th it was published in CD and home video format . 
2012-2015: Ghost Stories y «Atlas»
On November 21, 2012, after a concert in Brisbane , Australia , Coldplay hinted that they would not do another tour for three years. [ 120 ] [ 121 ] Coldplay made two appearances with Jay-Z at the Barclays Center of Brooklyn in New York on 30 and 31 December and if it was well planned to give concerts in Latin America in February 2013, had to cancel. [ 121 ] The Mylo Xyloto Tour was, according to the media, the fourth highest grossing of 2012 and in total ticket sales represented a revenue of $ 171.3 million.[ 122 ] In a dialogue with the Australian radio station 2Day FM, Martin commented that the title of the next album "is much easier to pronounce". [ 121 ] In another interview, they stated that they were already working on what would be their sixth studio album. There, Martin denied that they would not do another tour in three years and clarified: “[That idea] came about because I said at a concert in Australia that we probably wouldn't be back for three years. This may be true, but this is how world tours work. We are not going to take a three-year break. [ 123 ]
On August 9, 2013, the band announced on their official site the release of their new song; [ 124 ] On September 6, the single " Atlas ", the first from the soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire , the sequel to The Hunger Games , was published in digital download . [ 125 ] This was the group's first participation in the score for a film. [ 126 ]
On March 3, 2014, the band announced the title of their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories , released on May 19 of that year. After its release, it had a good commercial reception in the world, like his previous works and from him the singles " Magic ", " Midnight ", " A Sky Full of Stars ", " True Love " and " Ink " were published. ».
From April to July of that year they embarked on a six-date tour called the Ghost Stories Tour promoting the album, with "intimate" performances in six cities: the Beacon Theater in New York on May 5, the Royce Hall in Los Angeles on May 19, Casino de Paris in Paris on May 28, Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo on June 12, Enmore Theater in Sydney on June 19, and the Royal Albert Hall closing the tour on July 2 in the city from London . [ 127 ] They received the Grammy nominationfor Best Pop Vocal Album, and "A Sky Full of Stars" was nominated for Best Pop Duo / Group Performance. [ 128 ] That year they were the most listened to on Spotify , behind Sam Smith and Eminem . [ 129 ]
2015-2018: A Head Full of Dreams
On December 4, 2014, Martin announced in an interview with BBC Radio 1 that the band was working on their seventh studio album, titled A Head Full of Dreams . The vocalist admitted that it could be the last album and compared it to Harry Potter : "It's our seventh [album] and we see it as the last Harry Potter book or something." [ 130 ] He added that, unlike the little promotion of Ghost Stories , the band would do a world tour for this material. [ 130 ] In another report, he commented that it was trying to make something more colorful and joyful than its predecessor. [ 131]
On December 11, 2014, the song "Miracles" was released, composed for the film set in World War II , Unbroken and directed by Angelina Jolie . [ 132 ] At the 2015 Billboard Music Awards , held on May 17, Ghost Stories won the award for best rock album . [ 133 ] On September 26, Coldplay performed at the fourth edition of the Global Citizen Festival held in Central Park., New York. The event, organized by Chris Martin, proposed to end global extreme poverty by 2030; featured guest appearances from the band, Beyoncé , Ed Sheeran, and Pearl Jam . In the United States, the festival aired on the NBC channel on September 27, while in the United Kingdom on the BBC the following day. [ 134 ]
An ad campaign published around October 30, 2015 proposed December 4 as the release date for A Head Full of Dreams . [ 135 ] In an interview with the BBC's Radio 1 Breakfast Show , the members confirmed December 4 as the official date and a new song on the album, " Adventure of a Lifetime ", was released on the show. [ 136 ] The album featured contributions from Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher , Tove Lo, and Merry Clayton . [ 137 ] The video recording of «A Head Full of Dreams »took place in the streets of Colonia Roma , in Mexico City , during his visit to it on the occasion of his A Head Full of Dreams Tour (2016). The video clip begins with a speech by Charles Chaplin from the film The Great Dictator (1940). On the other hand, images of their concerts in Mexico are also shown . [ 138 ]
On November 27, 2018, Coldplay started an alternative project called "The Units." Parlophone announced in a tweet the appearance of the new band. [ 139 ] On the same day under this same name they released a song called "E-Lo", together with Pharrell Williams and Jozzy for an EP on the occasion of the Global Citizen Festival , which was released on Friday, November 30, 2018. [ 140 ] [ 141 ] [ 142 ] in addition, it is announced that will work with David Guetta , Tiwa Savage ,Danny Ocean , Wizkid, Stargate , Jess Kent, Cassper Nyovest, and Stormzy . In one of the songs on the EP produced by this project, a sample of Nelson Mandela appears . The proceeds from this project will go towards efforts against extreme poverty . [ 143 ]
2019-2020: Everyday Life
On September 26, 2019, Global Citizen announced that Coldplay would be performing on Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream on September 26, 2020 [ 144 ] In a letter sent to fans in October 2019, the band announced that their eighth album a studio album would be a double album titled Everyday Life, [ 145 ] despite previously hinting that A Head Full of Dreams would be their last studio album. The album tracks were revealed in advertisements in the band members' local newspapers in the UK, including the North Wales Daily Post (with whom Jonny Buckland took a holiday job), and Exeter's Express & Echo ( Chris Martin's hometown newspaper). [ 146 ]The album was released on November 22, 2019 and marked by a double concert in Amman, Jordan. [ 147 ] The concert, which was streamed live to YouTube, took place at sunrise and sunset, corresponding to the subtitles of the two halves of the album. [ 148 ] Martin had previously said that the band would not tour to promote the album until they could figure out "how our tour can not only be sustainable (but) how it can be actively beneficial", and they hope it will be completely carbon neutral. [ 149 ]Coldplay released the album by performing a one-time show for the ClientEarth charity at the Natural History Museum in London. The band played under Hope, a giant skeleton of a 128-year-old blue whale in the museum's great hall. [ 150 ]
Early in their career, Coldplay's musical style was defined as the dark sound of alternative rock , primarily perceptible on their early Safety EPs , The Blue Room, and their first studio album Parachutes ; being compared to Radiohead , U2 , Travis and Oasis . [ 151 ] [ 152 ] However, with the passing of time, evolved a pop and smooth style. [ 153 ] The group's singer-songwriter, Chris Martin, once described the group's music as " soft rock ." [ 154 ] The music of this band was described as "meditative", "romantic" and "reflecting their emotions". [ 155 ]
The style of their first album was described as melodic pop with " distorted riffs and hissing percussion." [ 152 ] It was also described as "exquisitely dark and artistically scorching". [ 152 ] In a review of A Rush of Blood to the Head , the songs were said to have "lush melodies and show a broken heart", and that there was a "new kind of acquired confidence". [ 156 ] The music of X&Y , according to the critics, reflects "Martin's doubts, fears, hopes and loves." [ 155 ] The band recognizes Travisas his greatest influence. [ 157 ]
On the other hand, the musical style of their album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends , according to Allmusic's critics , is influenced by Peter Gabriel , U2 and Brian Eno , who "encourages them to experiment more" with sound. The acoustic sound, characteristic of Coldplay, is replaced by a richer one with more elements: organ, synthesizers and entire orchestras. [ 158 ]
Mylo Xyloto carries a concept album format of love and war from Viva la Vida. It expands the spectrum to include electronic and acoustic elements, upbeat tones, and being predominantly a pop rock album, in contrast to the group's previous work. The lyrical influences were taken from graffiti and the German resistance group White Rose. [ 159 ] Mylo Xyloto , Ghost Stories and a head full of dreams followed the experimental line, away from the rock present in his early work.
With musical inspirations of Nirvana and even Katy Perry , [ 160 ] Ghost Stories was considered more like a solo album Chris a Coldplay album. His lyrics reflect feelings of loss, betrayal, bitterness, loneliness and melancholy. Martin's divorce from American actress Gwyneth Paltrow was the main inspiration for the album.
When Martin was asked about the album A Head Full of Dreams by The Telegraph , he stated: “No one can put us on a list of the 10 best rock bands. Maybe we only did rock once ... And for 10 minutes ». [ 161 ]
Following the release of Everyday Life , this meant Coldplay's return to the sound of alternative rock and art rock , it was made as a personal album and both introspective and empathetic on the part of the band members towards the great world problems of humanity. [ 162 ] He explored the sounds of gospel , doo-wop, and Afrobeat .
Regarding the band's great international success, Parlophone president Miles Leonard stated that one of Coldplay's' secrets' is that they have never sounded like a parish British artist, saying: 'Some bands are very proud of be British, but sometimes they end up sounding too 'British'. Coldplay has never aspired to that, on the one hand they sound British, but also on the other they sound like a great global artist. [ 163 ]
- Chris Martin - lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, piano, keyboard. Harmonica (sometimes).
- Jonny Buckland - lead guitar, secondary vocals. Keyboards, piano, tambourine and lead vocal (on some occasions).
- Will Champion - drums, percussion, secondary voice. Guitar, piano, keyboard and lead singer (on some songs).
- Guy Berryman - electric bass and secondary vocals. Keyboards, mandolin and harmonica (sometimes).
- Phil Harvey - creative director and first manager (recognized by the other four members as their fifth member ).
Despite its worldwide popularity, the band has remained protective of how their music is used in the media, rejecting its use for endorsement of commercial products. In the past, they rejected multi-million dollar contracts proposed by the companies Gatorade , Coca-Cola and Gap , which wanted to use the songs " Yellow ", " Trouble " and " Don't Panic ", respectively. [ 164 ] Their vocalist, Chris Martin spoke about it stating that: "We could not live with ourselves if we sold the meanings of songs in that way."
The song " Viva la Vida " appeared in a television commercial on the iTunes Store , announcing the exclusive availability of the single as a digital download on iTunes during its release. [ 165 ] Additionally, Martin appeared at an Apple Inc. special event on September 1, 2010, playing various songs, and also thanked Apple for its assistance in marketing "Viva la Vida." After Steve Jobs' death , Coldplay performed four songs on the Apple Campus in Cupertino , and thanked Jobs for his support. [ 166 ]
Coldplay supports the Amnesty International organization and performed for them at The Secret Policeman's Ball fundraiser in 2012.
Martin is regarded as one of the most visible celebrity advocates for fair trade, supporting Oxfam's ongoing Make Trade Fair campaign . He has been on trips with Oxfam to assess conditions in various countries, has been featured in their advertising campaign and is known for wearing a "Make Trade Fair" bracelet during public appearances (including at concerts). [ 167 ] The band was also filmed in the documentary Make Poverty History. [ 168 ]
During the early years, Coldplay became widely known in the media for giving 10 percent of their band earnings to charity, [ 169 ] and they continue to do so today. [ 170 ] Bassist Guy Berryman has stated: “You can make people aware of problems. It's not a big effort for us, but if it can help people, then we want to do it. ' [ 171 ] The band also requests that gifts intended for them from their fans be preferably donated to charities, according to a response in the FAQ section of their official website.
Martin spoke out against the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States , the United Kingdom and other armed forces during the Teenage Cancer Trust organization show at London's Royal Albert Hall on March 24, 2003, where he encouraged the crowd to "sing against the war." [ 172 ] He would later publicly endorse the US Democratic presidential candidates John Kerry and Barack Obama in 2004 and 2008, respectively. [ 173 ] [ 174 ]
In June 2009, they supported Meat Free Monday, a food drive started by musician Paul McCartney , which tries to help curb climate change by having at least one meat-free day per week. [ 175 ] They very quietly founded their own charitable organization: " J VAN MARS " in 2009, which was later renamed " JJ VAN MARS " in 2011 after the birth of Jonny's second son, the lead guitarist. This is in charge of donating funds to educational institutions, organizations of recreational activities and psychological therapy for disadvantaged children and young adults in their native country, in addition to locating and adapting sites that are suitable for this when necessary. The name originated from the union of the initials of the names of their children: J one, daughter of Champion; J onah and V iolet - Buckland's sons; A va, daughter of Champion; N ico, daughter of Berryman. M oses and A pple, sons of Martin; R ex, son of Champion, and finally the letter S to make sense of the word in English ( Mars ). [ 176 ][ 177 ] [ 178 ] [ 179 ] From 17 to 31 December 2009, Coldplay auctioned a significant amount of memories of the band, including their first guitars. Proceeds went to the Kids Company, a charity helping vulnerable children and young people in London. [ 180 ] A month later, in January 2010, Coldplay aired a slightly modified version of "A Message," titled "A Message 2010," on theHope For Haiti Nowspecial telethon, which raised money for theearthquakevictims.Haiti, 2010. [ 181 ]
In 2011, he supported Coldplay song "Freedom for Palestine" (Freedom for Palestine ) to the post a link to the video. In less than a day, 12,000 comments were posted. Some threatened to boycott the gang, and a Facebook group was created demanding an apology from Israel . [ 182 ] The link to the song was eventually removed from her Facebook wall. According to OneWorld's Frank Barat, Coldplay did not remove the link, but instead did it for Facebook after "thousands of people" (and posts generated by computer bots) declared it "abusive." [ 183 ]
Album Artists (www.albumartists.co.uk) organized a Mylo Xyloto art show at the Proud Gallery in Camden to support the Kids Company charity in November and December 2012. The show raised over £ 610,000 for children's charity. [ 184 ] In 2015, the band along with other donors withdrew their support for this charitable foundation that lasted only a few years in operation, due to a police investigation that was opened after the alleged sexual abuse of girls was reported by third-party testimonies adolescents between 14 and 16 years old, thus it was closed and its director banned from occupying a position within any other organization.
In November 2014, Martin joined the charity band Band Aid 30, performing alongside British and Irish pop artists on the latest version of the song " Do They Know It's Christmas ?" to raise funds for the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa - This was the second time Martin contributed, having previously contributed to a Band Aid recording that was made on the 2004 version ( Band Aid 20 ). [ 185 ]
In June 2016, the band supported the permanence vote in their country's UK membership referendum in the European Union. Following the outcome of Brexit , in which 52% of the country's voters voted to cease membership in the EU (despite the majority of young people opting to stay), Martin declared: "This decision does not make us it represents us, not the majority of our generation or the generation that follows us. " [ 186 ]
At the end of June 2016 the band was invited to give the first concert in the modern history of Kensington Palace , with an attendance of 3000 people in its garden, supporting Prince Harry , along with other artists such as Joss Stone in their effort to raise awareness and fundraise for his Sentebale foundation that helps those affected by HIV / AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa . [ 187 ] [ 188 ]
On June 4, 2017, Coldplay performed at the One Love Manchester benefit concert to honor the victims of the bombing of singer Ariana Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena that same year, where they also performed alongside Liam Gallagher playing " Live Forever " by the band Oasis. [ 189 ] Martin played a key role in organizing this charity event. [ 190 ] On September 24, 2017, Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland performed as special guests at "A Concert for Charlottesville," a unity concert in Charlottesville., Virginia, after the tragic events in the "Unite the Right Rally" that took place on August 12, 2017. [ 191 ] [ 192 ]
Coldplay was featured alongside other artists on the Artists' Project Earth (APE) album Plastic Oceans, which was released on February 20, 2018 at the Plastic Oceans Conference in London . [ 193 ] The motive for the album was to raise awareness and funds to counteract the plastic pollution of the oceans. [ 194 ]
- The First Years Tour (1998-1999)
- Parachutes Tour (2000-2001)
- A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour (2002-2003)
- Twisted Logic Tour (2005-2007)
- Viva la Vida Tour (2008-2010)
- Mylo Xyloto Tour (2011-2013)
- Ghost Stories Tour (2014)
- A Head Full of Dreams Tour (2016-2017)
- Everyday Life Tour (2019-2020)
Awards and nominations
Coldplay has won numerous music awards throughout its history, including an American Music Award , [ 195 ] nine Brit Awards (including four-time Best British Group Award), seven MTV Video Music Awards , eight MTV Europe Music Awards , three World Music Awards , nine Billboard Music Awards (two of the Touring Awards) and seven Grammy Awards out of 30 nominations (35 including solo accolades). 2009 was its most successful year, as it received seven Grammy Award nominations at the 51st Grammy Awards and won three. [196 ] Coldplay has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. [ 197 ] In 2014, Fuse ranked them the 28th most awarded act of all time (6th place among groups). [ 198 ]
|Grammy awards||2002||"Yellow"||Best rock song||Nominated|||
|Best Rock Band / Duo Performance||Nominated|
|"Parachutes"||Best Alternative Album||Winner|
|2003||"A Rush of Blood to the Head"||Winner|
|"In My Place"||Best Rock Duo / Group Performance||Winner|
|2004||"Clocks"||Record of the year||Winner|
|"The Scientist"||Best short video clip||Nominated|
|2005||"Coldplay Live 2003"||Best long video clip||Nominated|
|2006||"X&Y"||Best Rock Album||Nominated|
|"Speed of Sound"||Best rock song||Nominated|
|Best Rock Band / Duo Performance||Nominated|
|2008||"Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends"||Album of the year||Nominated|
|Best Rock Album||Winner|
|" Long Live Life "||Record of the year||Nominated|
|Song of the year||Winner|
|Best Pop Duo / Band Performance||Winner|
|"Violet Hill""||Best rock song||Nominated|
|Best Rock Band / Duo Performance||Nominated|
|2010||"Life in Technicolor II"||Nominated|
|Best short video clip||Nominated|
|2012||"Paradise"||Best Pop Duo / Band Performance||Nominated|
|"Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall"||Best rock song||Nominated|
|Best Rock Performance||Nominated|
|"Mylo Xyloto"||Best Rock Album||Nominated|
|2014||"Atlas"||Best Song Written for Visual Media||Nominated|
|"Coldplay Live 2012"||Best musical album||Nominated|
|2015||"Ghost Stories Live 2014"||Nominated|
|"A Sky Full of Stars"||Best Pop Duo / Band Performance||Nominated|
|"Ghost Stories"||Best Pop Album||Nominated|
|2017||"Up & Up"||Best music video||Nominated|
|2018||"Something Just like This"||Best Pop Duo / Band Performance||Nominated|
|"Kaleidoscope EP"||Best Pop Album||Nominated|
|2020||"Everyday Life"||Album of the year||Pending|
|MTV EMAs||2016||"Up & Up"||Best Video||Nominated|||
|Coldplay||Best Live Performance||Nominated|
|Top UK / Ireland Artist||Nominated|
|Best Rock Artist||Winner|
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