Coldplay is a rock band from London, United Kingdom. The band is known for their rock melodies and introspective lyrics. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocals, guitar, piano/keyboard), Jon Buckland (lead guitar, harmonica, backing vocals), Guy Berryman (bass), and Will Champion (drums, backing vocals).
The band has enjoyed both commercial and critical success relatively early in their existence through their first full-length album, Parachutes, and the single 'Yellow'. Along with the acclaim, Parachutes was sometimes criticised for bearing a strong resemblance to the music of Radiohead in their The Bends - OK Computer era. The band's second full-length album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, was generally considered to be musically and lyrically more mature and sophisticated, and less obviously the product of one particular influence.
Parachutes was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2000 and won the Best Alternative Music Performance award in the 2001/44th Annual Grammy Awards. Coldplay's second album 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head' won two Grammys in 2002. In July 2003 they recorded a live DVD and CD, 'Live 2003', at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion. Coldplay has a huge fan base, particularly in Europe and in the U.S.
Their third album is in post-production and has a tentative release date of Spring 2005. Recently, the third album has been rumored to possibly be delayed until June 2005. (http://www.coldplaying.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=399&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0) Drummer Will Champion has hinted that the album will contain 10 or 11 tracks. NME had an advanced preview of six tracks from the album: 'Square One', 'Talk', 'Till Kingdom Come', 'X&Y', 'What If' and 'The Hardest Part'. (http://www.nme.com/news/111038.htm)
Note: Unless otherwise stated, all releases are on the Parlophone label in the UK and Capitol in the US.
- Live 2003 (2003, filmed live at Sydney's Horden Pavilion); #13 US album chart
- Maximum Coldplay (Unofficial Documentary)
- Coldplay - Back to the Start (Unofficial Documentary)
- Safety (1998, released independently, UK only, limited to 500 copies)
- The Blue Room (1999, released on EMI Int'l in the US and Parlophone in the UK)
- Trouble (2000 - a live EP, recorded in Norway, different from the single of the same name, Norway only, released on the EMI label)
- Sparks (2000, never commercially released but promotional copies are widely available, contains a live version of Yellow and a B-side from The Blue Room)
- Clocks (2003, a live EP, recorded in Rotterdam, Netherlands, comprising of three separately-sold singles that go together in a large gatefold case, released on EMI international, limited production)
- Brothers and Sisters (1999, released on the London based Fierce Panda label in the UK, Universal/Island in the US)
- Shiver (2000, released on EMI Int'l in the US and Parlophone in the UK) #35 UK
- Yellow (2000) #4 UK
- Trouble (2000) #10 UK
- Don't Panic (2001, Europe only, excl. UK - separate editions were sold in Denmark, France, and the Netherlands)
- Mince Spies (2001, released only to the pre-Parachutes Coldplay fan club, consists of a cover of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and a remix of Yellow, limited to 1000 copies worldwide)
- In My Place (2002) #2 UK
- The Scientist (2002, everywhere except US) #10 UK
- The Scientist DVD Single (2002, UK Only)
- Clocks (2002: US Radio. 2003: Worldwide, excl. US) #9 UK; #29 US
- Clocks DVD Single (2003, Worldwide, excl. US)
- God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (2003, Europe only, excl. UK)
- Remixes (2003, UK only, limited to 1000 copies)
- 2003 - Record of the Year (Clocks)
- 2002 - Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (In My Place)
- 2002 - Best Alternative Music Album (A Rush of Blood to the Head)
- 2001 - Best Alternative Music Album (Parachutes)
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