Coldplay have been a band since January 16th 1998, when four young university friends -- Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin -- lost a demo tape competition on London radio station XFM.
Happily, things have improved since that early blow, with the band going on to sell tens of millions of copies of their four albums: 2000's "Parachutes," 2002's "A Rush Of Blood To The Head," 2005's "X&Y" and 2008's "Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends." They've also toured the planet, playing life-affirming songs like "Yellow," "The Scientist" and "Fix You" to a dedicated -- and ever-growing -- army of fans. And they've managed to fill their trophy cabinet with pretty much every major music award there is (including four MTV VMAs and seven Grammys).
Outside music, Coldplay are committed supporters of Oxfam's work to find solutions to poverty and injustice around the world. The band are also patrons of ClientEarth, the public interest environmental law organization which is committed to securing a healthy planet.
Their sixth album "Ghost Stories" was released on May 19, 2014.