68 Facts About Coldplay


Coldplay are considered one of the most influential bands of the 21st century as well, with Forbes describing them as the standard for the current alternative scene.

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In spite of their popularity and impact, Coldplay have earned a reputation as polarizing music icons.

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Weeks later, the band finally settled on the name Coldplay, which was suggested by Tim Crompton, a local student who had been using it for his own group.

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Coldplay released Parachutes on 10 July 2000 in the United Kingdom via their record label, Parlophone.

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At the 2001 Brit Awards in February, Coldplay earned awards for Best British Group, and Best British Album.

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Coldplay became the group's creative director and is often referenced as their fifth member; Dave Holmes replaced him as manager.

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Coldplay toured from 19 June 2002 to 8 September 2003 for the A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour.

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At the 2003 Brit Awards held at Earls Court, London, Coldplay received awards for Best British Group, and Best British Album.

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On 28 August 2003, Coldplay performed "The Scientist" at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and won three awards.

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Coldplay spent most of 2004 out of the spotlight, taking a break from touring and releasing a satire music video of a song from a fictional band titled The Nappies while recording their third album.

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From June 2005 to March 2007, Coldplay went on their Twisted Logic Tour, which included festival dates like Coachella, Isle of Wight Festival, Glastonbury and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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On 28 August, Coldplay performed "Speed of Sound" at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards in Miami.

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

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In October 2006, Coldplay began work on their fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, with producer Brian Eno.

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Coldplay said the album featured less of his falsetto as he allowed his voice's lower register to take precedence.

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Coldplay performed the song live for the first time at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards on 1 June.

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In October 2008, Coldplay won two Q Awards for Best Album for Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends and Best Act in the World Today.

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On 9 November, Coldplay were named the World's Best-selling Act of 2008 at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo.

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Coldplay were nominated for four awards at the 2009 Brit Awards: British Group, British Live Act, British Single and British Album (Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends).

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At the 51st Grammy Awards in the same year, Coldplay won three Grammy Awards in the categories for Song of Year for "Viva la Vida", Best Rock Album for Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, and Best Vocal Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for "Viva la Vida".

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In October 2009, Coldplay won Song of the Year for "Viva la Vida" at The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards in London.

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On 31 May 2011, Coldplay announced that "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" was the first single for the fifth album.

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On 12 August 2011, Coldplay announced via their official website that Mylo Xyloto was the new album title, and that it would be released on 24 October 2011.

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On 30 November 2011, Coldplay received three Grammy Award nominations for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards which took place on 12 February 2012 in Los Angeles, and the band performed with Rihanna at the ceremony.

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Coldplay headlined the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012, where they performed alongside other artists including Rihanna and Jay-Z.

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On 9 August 2013, Coldplay announced the release of their song "Atlas", which featured on the soundtrack for the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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From April to July, Coldplay embarked on a six-date Ghost Stories Tour in support of the album, playing 'intimate' shows in six cities: the Beacon Theatre in New York City on 5 May, Royce Hall in Los Angeles on 19 May, Casino de Paris in Paris on 28 May, Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo on 12 June, Enmore Theatre in Sydney on 19 June, and closed the tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 2 July 2014.

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On 4 December 2014, Chris Martin announced in an interview with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 that Coldplay were in the middle of working on their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams.

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Coldplay stated that it will be something to "shuffle your feet" to.

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On 26 September, Coldplay performed at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park's Great Lawn in New York, an event organised by Chris Martin advocating for an end to extreme global poverty.

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On 26 June 2016, Coldplay closed the final day of the Glastonbury Festival in England.

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On 15 August 2017, Coldplay announced that a live album covering the A Head Full of Dreams Tour would be released.

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On 8 October 2017, Coldplay debuted live their new song called "Life Is Beautiful" at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, California.

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On 30 November 2018, Coldplay released Global Citizen – EP 1 under the name Los Unidades.

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On 26 September 2019, Global Citizen announced that Coldplay would perform at Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream on 26 September 2020.

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However, Coldplay performed a one-off show on 25 November 2019 for the charity ClientEarth at London's Natural History Museum.

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On 24 November 2020, Coldplay received two nominations for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, with one of them being Album of the Year, their first nomination in the category since Viva la Vida.

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On 29 April 2021, Coldplay announced a new single called "Higher Power" to be released on 7 May 2021 with a video livestream coinciding with the release of the single to be aired from the International Space Station.

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Coldplay said, "Max is our producer right now for everything we do".

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On 4 May 2021, Coldplay were announced as the opening act for the 2021 Brit Awards, where they would be performing "Higher Power".

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On 20 July 2021, Coldplay announced that their new album Music of the Spheres would be released on 15 October 2021, and announced a track titled "Coloratura", which was released 23 July 2021.

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On 14 October 2021, Coldplay announced their eighth concert tour, the Music of the Spheres World Tour, which will begin in San Jose, Costa Rica, in March 2022 and will visit three continents, with more tour dates to be announced in the future.

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Coldplay added, however, that the band will still be active with smaller releases and worldwide touring after 2025.

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Coldplay have explored many musical styles throughout their career, with their sound being considered alternative rock, alternative pop, pop rock, post-Britpop, soft rock, and pop.

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Coldplay added it is the "kind of thing where you can create differing moods through the sound and lyrics".

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Coldplay was inspired by the Star Wars film franchise, which made him wonder what other artists could be like across the universe after watching the fictional Mos Eisley cantina band perform.

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Coldplay said during an interview in the following year his favorite song of all time is "Teardrop" by Massive Attack.

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Coldplay further added that his musical taste is "hard to condense it down" but "could not live without The Beatles or Motown".

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Coldplay has named Ginger Baker, Dave Grohl and John Bonham as some of his favorite drummers.

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In 2008's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Coldplay's style was moving towards art rock, being inspired by My Bloody Valentine, Blur and Arcade Fire.

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Coldplay are known to "make sure each tour is its own dazzling, light-up spectacular", with their visual shows making use of lasers, fireworks, confetti cannons and interactive LED wristbands.

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Coldplay are considered the most successful band of the 21st century.

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In 2013, Coldplay were named the most influential British celebrities in the world by Forbes.

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Coldplay have won seven Grammy Awards from 36 nominations, receiving Song of the Year and Record of the Year once, while being nominated for the Album of the Year category twice.

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In 2014, Coldplay were ranked as the sixth most awarded group of all time by Fuse.

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Coldplay mentioned "Coldplay, and to a lesser extent Travis, helped to open the floodgates for those who didn't subscribe to the Rock N' Roll Star way of thinking".

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In 2010, Coldplay was included in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" special, which recognized music artists based on a poll of music industry experts.

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Felipe Branco Cruz from Veja stated Coldplay "reinvented the concept of arena rock", as their live performances turned fans into the show's protagonists instead of mere spectators, consequently carrying on the legacy of spectacles "which transcend music" that was established by groups such as Pink Floyd, Queen and U2.

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Coldplay donates 10 percent from all of their profits to charity.

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Coldplay auctioned many significant memorabilia in 2009 for Kids Company, including Martin's first guitar, the globe from the Parachutes album cover and the costumes worn during Viva la Vida Tour.

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Coldplay have contributed to the Plastic Oceans Album by Artists' Project Earth, the record was released on 20 February 2018 at the Ocean Plastics Crisis Summit in London, raising awareness and funds to counter plastic pollution.

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Coldplay declared support to The Ocean Cleanup project as well, sponsoring two watercrafts that collect plastic from polluted rivers before it reaches the sea in Malaysia.

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Coldplay showed support for Democratic presidential candidates John Kerry in 2004, and Barack Obama in 2008.

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In 2011, Coldplay endorsed the song "Freedom for Palestine" by posting a link to the music video on their social media, they received over 12, 000 comments in less than day, with fans either agreeing or disagreeing with the message.

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Coldplay have advocated for the LGBTQ community as well, sparking controversy with their performance at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show.

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In June 2016, Coldplay were in favour of "Vote Remain" at the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.

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Coldplay was allowed to use some parts of the video on their commercials as a return for covering the budget.

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In 2021, Coldplay announced a major partnership with German multinational BMW as part of their efforts to make touring as sustainable as possible.

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