27 Fun Facts About Coldplay

Coldplay Facts
Zoe Adams
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We have searched the internet for the best, most interesting facts about Coldplay.

If you’re a fan of this band, check out these  27 interesting facts!

Coldplay are a British rock band, they formed in 1996, in London.

The band consists of lead singer Chris Martin, bassist Guy Berryman, guitarist Johnny Buckland and drummer Will Champion.

Martin and Buckland formed the band when they met at the University College London (also known as the UCL).

They were originally called Pectoralz, however in 1997, they renamed themselves Starfish.

Champion had no previous experience with the drums when he joined the band, now named Coldplay.

Tim Rice-Oxley of Keane was asked to be their keyboardist. He denied this position to work on his own band.

Coldplay originally signed with independent label, Fierce Panda.

They signed with Parlophone Records in 1999.

They recorded their debut album Parachutes in four different studios.

Their first single “Shiver” from Parachutes was 35th in the UK Top 40. “Yellow”, their signature track from Parachutes reached number 4.

Coldplay won Best British Group and Best British Album at the 2001 Brit Awards.

The track ‘The Scientist’ came from the second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head and was inspired by the George Harrison track, ‘All Things Must Pass’.

The band covered The Pretenders track ‘2000 Miles’ and donated the proceeds to Future Forests and Stop Handgun Violence Campaigns.

The album X & Y had six singles; ‘Speed of Sound’, ‘Fix You’, ‘Talk’, ‘The Hardest Part’, ‘ What If’ and ‘White Shadows’.

‘Viva la Vida’, the self-titled track from the album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, was number 1 on the Billboard UK Download Chart.

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends had Hispanic influences.

Mylo Xyloto was described was being an album about “addiction, escape, love, OCD and working for someone you don’t like”.

‘Paradise’ was their best-selling rock single – it sold over 410,000 copies.

The band have sold over 55 million records worldwide.

Coldplay performed at the Steve Jobs memorial, as a thank you for all his continued support in his lifetime.

The band have been compared to other rockers such as Travis and U2 (both of whom were big influences on their work).

They turned down multi-million dollar contracts with Diet Coke, Gap and Gatorade.

The band are supporters of multiple charities such as, Amnesty International, Make Poverty History and Oxfam.

Chris Martin made a cameo in the film Shaun of the Dead. He and Simon Pegg are long-time friends.

Johnny Buckland once worked as a school cleaner. While working as a cleaner, he was able to support the band.

Guy Berryman is left-handed. During shows, he plays a right-handed bass.

Will Champion was the first member to marry. He married teacher, Marianne Dark in 2003 and they have three children (Ava, Juno and Rex).

Coldplay sang at Steve Jobs memorial as a thank you for all the support he gave during his lifetime.

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