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Coldplay is a British rock band that formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland. They were attending University College London and originally called themselves Pectoralz. Later, Guy Berryman joined the group as a bassist and they changed their name to Starfish. Will Champion joined as a drummer, backing vocalist completing the line-up. The band renamed themselves "Coldplay" in 1998. The band released three EPs: "Safety" in 1998, "Brothers & Sisters" as a single in 1999 and "The Blue Room" in the same year.

Coldplay become known throughout the world with the release of the single "Yellow" in 2000, followed by their debut album released in the same year, "Parachutes," That project was nominated for the Mercury Prize. The band's second album, "A Rush of Blood to the Head" released in 2002 to critical acclaim and won multiple awards, including NME's Album of the Year. Their next release, "X&Y", was the best-selling album worldwide in 2005. The band's fourth studio album, "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends" was released in 2008 earning several Grammy Award nominations and wins at the 51st Grammy Awards. In October 2011 the band released their fifth studio album, "Mylo Xyloto", topped the charts in over 34 countries, and was the UK's best-selling rock album of 2011. In May 2014, they released their sixth and newest album, "Ghost Stories," topping the iTunes Store albums charts in over 100 countries. Coldplay has sold more than 80 million records worldwide.

Coldplay has been an active supporter of various social and political causes, such as Oxfam's "Make Trade Fair" campaign and Amnesty International. The group has also performed at various charity projects like "Band Aid 20", "Live 8," "Sound Relief, Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief," "The Secret Policeman's Ball," "Sport Relief" and the "Teenage Cancer Trust."


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