Coldplay frontman Chris Martin once stated that the band’s goal was to create "the most passionate, moving, melodic, uplifting and sad record of all time." A lofty goal, but many would argue that the British rock band has come close a few times. Coldplay’s four members met as college students in London and became instant friends, forming the band in 1996. They weren’t recognized worldwide until their single "Yellow" was released in 2000, followed by their debut album ‘Parachutes.’ Their third and fourth studio albums ‘X&Y’ and ‘Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends’ were the world’s best-selling albums in their respective years of release, and their record sales have topped 60 million worldwide. Coldplay has won several music awards over the years, including 7 Grammys and 8 Brit Awards. For some reason, Coldplay has inspired the formation of a group of devoted haters on the Internet, perhaps due to their extreme popularity and oversaturation of their songs on the radio.
Coldplay is a British rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London. After they formed Pectoralz, Guy Berryman joined the group as a bassist and they changed their name to Starfish. Will Champion joined as a drummer, backing vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, completing the line-up. Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed themselves 'Coldplay' in 1998, before recording and releasing three EPs; Safety in 1998, Brothers & Sisters as a single in 1999 and The Blue Room in the same year. The latter was their first release on a major label, after signing to Parlophone. They achieved worldwide fame with the release of the single 'Yellow' in 2000, followed by their debut album released in the same year, Parachutes, which was nominated for the Mercury Prize.
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