"And it's you I see, but you don't see me,
and it's you I hear, so loud and so clear."
~Coldplay - Shiver

The Band

"Chris Martin "Jonny Buckland
Guy Berryman Will Champion
Biography of Coldplay

The four members of the band: Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion all grew up in different towns in England. They all attended the same college: University College London, and instantly became great friends. Chris and Jon got together early, planning to make a band. Soon Guy would join and then Will. Will had grown up playing piano, guitar, bass and tin whistle, but he quickly learned to play drums so he would not be left out of the band. The band played under the name Starfish until they got the name Coldplay from a mutual friend.

They played a few small gigs and made 500 copies of a three-song EP, Brothers And Sisters. In 1998 the EP got them a gig at the In The City music festival where they were noticed by an A&R scout which lead to a single and eventually a deal with Parlophone.

The band's first major album, Parachutes, earned Coldplay major success. The album included the band's first successful single, Shiver. Shiver got Coldplay on the Top 40 and airtime on MTV. Soon the band began to gain popularity in the states. The band flew back and forth numerous times to play concerts and do promotions. Parachutes was well received and got Best Alternative Music Album at the 2002 Grammy Awards.

In October 2001, the band started working on their second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. The album was released in August of 2002. The album had numerous singles including In My Place, The Scientist and the Grammy Award winning song, Clocks. The opening track, Politik, was written after the September 11th terrorist attack.

After a world tour, Chris and Jonny went to Chicago to write music for a new album. They brought back clips for the whole band to work on in Liverpool. They decided that they would each come in separately to record their parts for the new album. It wasn't until the summer of 2004 that they decided they could not record an album that way. They decided to start hanging out like friends again; playing football, baseball, eating together, and making videos. They realized that for the new album to work, they had to play together as a band. They went back to recording and, after a total of 18 months, the result was the band's third album, X&Y. This album marked the band's greatest commercial success, selling 8.3 million copies worldwide; however, the album met worse reviews than Coldplay's second album. Regardless, X&Y was the best selling album of 2005.

The band still has two more albums in contract with their current label.

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