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Coldplay are a legendary British rock band including multi-instrumentalists Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, Will Champion and creative director Phil Harvey. The group met at the University College London and began playing together from 1996 to 1998. Following this initial birth, the band put out their very first album titled Safety and following this a subsequent EP called The Blue Room. The band's so-called “debut” album was titled Parachutes and was released in the year 2000. After early success in the United Kingdom, the band won their first Grammy in 2002 for this album and toured the work internationally, gaining tremendous exposure in North America. With an avalanche of momentum from their first breakout piece, the group released A Rush of Blood to the Head. This album featured iconic songs that we all know, such as The Scientist and Clocks. After becoming a globally recognized act, the band released their album X&Y, which earned their very first #1 album placement in the United States. At the time, this was the best selling record in the year 2005 featuring songs Speed of Sound and Fix You. Even at this early stage as a group, they became one of the most commercially successful bands to ever exist. Following this album, the band would go on a global tour to accompany the music and started work on one of the most magnificent albums in the history of music creation. The band continued their alternative sound, but this time with a refreshing splash of originality that no one had ever imagined. Coldplay released Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends in 2008, which reached the #1 on the United Kingdom and the United States music charts. The song Viva La Vida on the album did amazingly well as a #1 smash in both countries. At the 51st Grammy Awards, Coldplay won three Grammy Awards in the categories for Song of Year for Viva La Vida, for Best Rock Album and for Best Vocal Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for their song. With a number of Grammy and Grammy nominations under their belt with international followership, Coldplay went on to release their fifth studio album called Mylo Xyloto. Chris Martin said “it's all about love, addiction, OCD, escape and working for someone you don’t like”. They headlined the blaring iconic Glastonbury Festival, Austin City Limits, Rock in Rio and Lollapalooza. The band grew with this new profound aesthetic, showing their multi-dimensional art development. By this point Coldplay had a diverse book of sound; there was something for everyone to enjoy. The lyrics became more and more powerful with sentimental messages of hardship and resilience that one might face in one’s lifetime. Songs about love, and songs about peace. After touring this album, the band was nominated for three more Grammys. In December 2014, Spotify named Coldplay the most-streamed band in the world for 2014, and third most-streamed artist behind Ed Sheeran and Eminem. Coldplay further diversified their sound with the subsequent releases Ghost Stories (2014), A Head Full of Dreams (2015), Everyday Life (2019) and Music of the Spheres (2021). Each album presented a unique theme and added new musical styles to the band's original repertoire, including electronica, ambient, pop, R&B, funk, classical, jazz fusion, and progressive rock. Ghost Stories includes the song A Sky Full of Stars, which was co-written with Tim Bergling, also known as the famous DJ, Avicii. At the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, Ghost Stories was named Top Rock Album. On their next album, A Head Full of Dreams, the band toured in Latin America and Europe with three sold out dates at Wembley Stadium. Following this tour, they headlined the Super Bowl 50 halftime show along with Beyonce and Bruno Mars. This tour was the third-highest-grossing concert of all time. This album included the hit titled Adventure of a Lifetime and Hymn for the Weekend. One of the fan favorites that came about at this time period was Something Just Like This, a collaboration track with the EDM duo, The Chainsmokers. Just when you thought the momentum would damper, the band released an eighth studio album titled Everyday Life. This album was actually created just before Mylo Xyloto in 2009, but the band felt that these tracks didn’t seem to fit the other albums and wanted to share them with their fanbase. The work had genre influences of classical, afrobeat and jazz fusion. Their most recent album Music of The Spheres which released in 2021, featured a single called Higher Power which was coupled with a video livestream from the International Space Station. The album reached #1 on both the Top Alternative Albums and the Top Rock Album charts. Coldplay is arguably one of the best bands to ever live with 222 award wins, 7 Grammy wins, 31 Grammy nominations and over a 100 million albums sold worldwide. The current tour Music of The Spheres World Tour will hit 73 stadium shows total. The tour looks to take an environmentally conscious step forward, changing the direction of how the music industry accounts for their production emissions. With hundreds of thousands in attendance every night, pyro effects, fireworks, confetti and potential litter droppings, the band is turning to renewable energy solutions and reusable resources to leave a lesser footprint on their tour travels. The band looks to excel this form of sustainability through kinetic energy dance floor parties and electronic bike pedaling to power their shows, recyclable material usage, low carbon emissions and everything in between. The group has challenged themselves in so many ways to be more planet-friendly. Coldplay, you have checked every box at such an impressive talent level, changing the world one song at a time and one show at a time. With your music, message, and empowering brand, you have made the world a better place. Thank you.

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