Coldplay is a rock band based out of Great Britain. It was formed in 1996 at the University College London (UCL). The lineup consisted of Chris Martin (Vocalist and Keyboardist) and Jonny Buckland (Lead guitarist)
The band was later joined by bassist Guy Berryman. At that time, the name of the band was ‘Starfish.' There was further addition in the band in the form of Will Champion (backing vocals and drummer). Phil Harvey is the creative director of the band and is also referred to as its fifth member.
The band was officially named ‘Coldplay’ in 1998. The band released its first EP ‘Safety’ in 1998, and ‘Brothers & Sisters’ in 1999. The third one ‘The Blue Room’ was also released the same year. Out of the three, ‘The Blue Room’ was released by a major label after the band had signed with Parlophone.
In 2000, Coldplay achieved global recognition and fame with its single ‘Yellow.’ The same year, the band released their first album ‘Parachutes.’ It was nominated for the prestigious ‘Mercury Prize.’
Coldplay’s second album was entitled ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head.’ It was released in 2002. The album won critical acclaim and was nominated for, and won several awards including ‘NME’ ‘Album of the Year.’
The next album ‘X & Y’ was released in 2005 and immediately became a global hit. Coldplay’s fourth album was titled ‘Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.’ It was produced by Brian Eno, and released in 2008. The album received rave reviews from critics and managed to win many nominations at the Grammy Awards.
The fifth album ‘Mylo Xyloto’ was released in 2011. It became UK’s best selling album. The sixth album ‘Ghost Stories’ released in 2014 topped the iTunes Stores charts in more than a hundred countries. The seventh album ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ was released in 2015 and became an instant hit.
Coldplay has received 209 nominations since its formation, winning 62 of them. They have sold more than 80 million records. This renders them as one of the world's best-selling band.
The ‘Ghost Stories Tour’ of the band started from April 2014 and ended in December 2014. It consisted nine shows in total performed in venues in America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. It was in support of the album ‘Ghost Stories’ released by the band in 2014.
Coldplay’s next tour is titled ‘A Head Full of Dreams.’ It is in support of the band’s album of the same name. The tour started in March 2016 and is scheduled to end in October 2017. There are 113 shows in the tour which will be performed in various locations in America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia.
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