The History Of Coldplay

The History Of Coldplay

"I just want to make the best music of all time with my best friends." -Chris Martin
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Coldplay is one of the most known alternative rock bands in the world. From their first EP’s, to becoming Grammy Award Winning, to solidifying themselves as a common household name, Coldplay is pretty successful.

Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay, started befriending lead guitarist Jonny Buckland when they attended University College London. After a few months, the group's bassist, Guy Berryman, joined the group. Will Champion joined shortly after the group had formed. The band’s names ranged from Pectoralz to Starfish, and then ultimately ended up picking the name “Coldplay” in 1998 before releasing their three EP albums.

In 2000, “Yellow” became their first global hit and their album “Parachutes” debuted that same year. The album was #12 on the charts and sold 2.4 million copies in Britain alone. In 2002, they released their album “A Rush of Blood to the Head." The album won a Grammy Award for the Best Alternative Music Album in 2003. At the 2004 Grammy Awards, they won Record of the Year for their album hit, “Clocks”. Their “X&Y” album became their next best selling album; however, some critics ranked the album lower than the previous albums they had put out.

Before long, Coldplay would rise in their next album titled, “Death and All His Friends” (or more widely known as “Viva La Vida”) in 2008. At the 51st Grammy Awards, their album skyrocketed to new heights and they earned various nominations including: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and 3 other nominations.

Coldplay started to make a slight change in their sound, as they transitioned to a pop band with some soft rock in between to compensate a bigger audience.

In 2011, they released a new album (one of the best in my opinion), “Mylo Xyloto.” At the time, they broke an iTunes record, selling 500,000 copies in the first week. The album charted at number one in 34 countries. This album received many Grammy nominations.


As I listened to them on a certain YouTube video, “Live From Paris 2012”, I felt an overwhelming rush of serenity and joy as I listened. I saw as thousands of fans waved their colorful light-up bands in the air and I felt as if I was there with the band, listening to their music and singing along.


One of the best albums of Coldplay would have to be their “Mylo Xyloto” album. The phrase "Mylo Xyloto" translates from traditional Balinese to “The Love. Of Mine.” This album is worth loving.

The 6th album and newest albums, “Ghost Stories”, was highly anticipated around the world. This album was nominated for the best pop vocal album at the 57th Grammys. It was named the top rock album in 2015 and was the #1 selling in the United Kingdom. “Ghost Stories” sold 3.7 million copies in 2014.


Yes, these are all great accomplishments made by a very successful and talented band. But here are 3 simple reasons why Coldplay is one of the best alternative rock bands of all time:

1. They are good LIVE.

Most bands that you come across could have awesome potential on the radio. You listen to them sing but have you ever heard a band that is good live? It makes the experience 10 times better because you WANT to listen to good music. Coldplay puts on a fantastic show of lights, technology, and music. Chris Martin's raw voice can be heard clearly through the microphone as he dances with the crowd, getting them pumped up. Don't you want to like a band that is good live? If you don't believe me, check out this video and tell me that is not raw talent...

2. Meaningful Lyrics

Some songs you hear on the radio have no point to them. Through their years, Coldplay has succeeded with producing many songs with meaningful lyrics. “Fix You” off of their “X&Y” album focuses on the death of Martin's friend's dad and how he “needed to fix” the person to build them up and give them hope. He talks a lot in his songs about overcoming unhappy parts of his life and bringing them to a positive standpoint. Coldplay reaches the top charts with memorable songs that have great lyrics to them.

3. Diversity

For a rock band that has been around for around 15 years, they have accomplished many great feats of music. They started out as an alternative band that was compared to the modern-day U2. As the years passed, their music evolved into something of a passion to reach a bigger audience. Now most of their music has alternative flare with some pop influences to reach an audience from middle school graders to adults.

Overall, Coldplay is one of the most prestigious alternative rock bands of our time. We will continue to wait for the seventh album, "A Head Full of Dreams" which comes out this next year.

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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23 Things That ~Barely~ Run Through A Girl's Mind During Her First Workout In, Like, Forever

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It's the beginning of the semester and that means half of the students on campus have decided that we are going to go back to the gym after their workout routine fell through last semester. It's been months since we've stepped foot in the gym, but we are ready to attack it and get fit. That is until we get there and start going.

1. How did I get to the gym? Didn't I walk here? That should count as exercise

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18. Last minute I'm going to go so hard right now

19. Just kidding that two seconds was good enough. I'm going to cool down for the last 58

20. Hallelujah, praise Jesus, I am done!

21. I am so tired

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23. I can't believe I have to walk home now. I've already done my exercising for the day

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