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Chris Martin met Jonny Buckland at the University College London way back in 1996 for the first time. The two hit it off immediately and decided to form a band not long afterwards. They named their group “Pectoralz.” Then it was Guy Berryman’s turn to join the line up and by 1997, the group’s name had turned to “Starfish.” Will Chapman then hopped on board and the line-up was complete. They renamed the group Coldplay and now they rule the charts all around the globe.
Coldplay have done things their way and in the process become one of the biggest names in music today. They have released seven studio albums and sold millions of records around the globe. Their concert tours are unforgettable for more reasons than one and that is why Coldplay tickets are always in demand.
Coldplay’s last studio release was their 2015 album, “A Head Full of Dreams” but they recently came out with an EP “Kaleidoscope” in July, 2017.
Chris Martin hinted at a future EP release. This is what he said earlier in 2017
“We’re comfortable with being who we are at the moment, I think when we let go of the idea we had to try and win everyone over I think that was really liberating.”
Early Days and Influences
Chris Martin hails from Whitestone close to Exeter in Devon, England. The other Coldplay co-founder, Jonny Buckland comes from Islington, London. Martin performed for the first time at a concert in school when he was eleven years old and that has been his life ever since.
Coldplay openly admits that they have always been fond of U2 and their music. Martin in particular is a massive U2 fan and this is what he had to say about them.
"I don't buy weekend tickets to Ireland and hang out in front of their gates, but U2 are the only band whose entire catalogue I know by heart. The first song on The Unforgettable Fire, "A Sort of Homecoming", I know backward and forward – it's so rousing, brilliant, and beautiful. It's one of the first songs I played to my unborn baby."
Radiohead, Oasis, the band a-ha from Norway and Travis from Scotland have also influenced Coldplay’s music.
Breakthrough & Recognition
Coldplay began by performing small gigs in the beginning. They received their first recording contract in the first half of 1999. Then came, their first hit song, Yellow in 2000 and it became a massive hit. It reached the number four spot on the UK Singles Chart. It has since gone platinum twice in the US.
The success of Yellow was followed up by the release of their first album, “Parachutes” in 2000. It spent no time in reaching the top of the charts in the UK. It was an even bigger success in the US where it has been certified double platinum. The icing on the cake came when Parachutes won a Grammy Award for the “Best Alternative Music Album.”
Their next album “A Rush of Blood to the Head” hit the music stores on August 26, 2002, and has now sold in excess of an incredible twenty two million copies all around the globe. It also won Coldplay their second Grammy in succession in the “Best Alternative Music Album” category.
The Success Story continues
If their first two albums put Coldplay on the map, then what came next took the group’s popularity to a whole new level. In 2002, they were asked to headline the famous Glastonbury Music Festival for the first time. They have done this on three more occasions, with their last appearance as the headline act coming in 2016.
They have come out with five more albums since then too and have now sold well over a whopping ninety million records worldwide. Their album “Mylo Xyloto,” which was released in 2011, went to the top of the charts in more than thirty countries.
Coldplay have won seven Grammys and nine Brit Awards in total. They have also won half a dozen Billboard Music Awards, two Juno Awards and six NME Awards among a long list of other prestigious accolades.
Coldplay have also supported and performed for various charities over the years like Band Aid 20, UK Teenager Cancer Trust, Sound Relief, Sport Relief and Global Citizen Festival. Recently they performed at the “One Love Manchester” benefit concert on June 4, 2017, to show solidarity with Manchester following the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert a few days earlier.
What Next for Coldplay?
Coldplay connects with their fans via tours and that is exactly what they have been doing since March 31, 2016 when they hit the road for their “A Head Full of Dreams Tour.” They have been on the road constantly and are scheduled to end their road trip on November 15, 2017.
This is your chance to book Coldplay tickets 2017 to watch them on stage live. Who knows what Coldplay will have in store for their fans this year but one thing is for sure; they will have something up their sleeves. Stay tuned to find out what they plan on doing next.