Coldplay is a British band from London, England, created in 1996.
It is formed by singer-songwriter Chris Martin and guitarist Jon Buckland. Bassist Guy Berryman then joined the band, before drummer Will Champion completed the quartet. Producer Phil Harvey joins their project as manager. In 1998, the band was born under its definitive name and released its first two EPs. They then took the opportunity to sign with the Parlophone label.
With eight studio albums, the last one entitled Everyday Life, Coldplay is one of the most successful bands of the new millennium, with more than 90 million records sold worldwide (figures before Everyday Life).
The group has won nine Brit Awards, seven Grammy Awards, six Q Awards and seven NME Awards. In December 2009, it was also voted fourth best artist of the 2000s by the readers of Rolling Stone magazine.
The group has been an advocate for various charities and has been involved in fair trade work with Oxfam International and Amnesty International since its inception. This commitment has led the group to participate in charity groups such as Band Aid 20 and to play in concerts such as Live 8, Fairplay, Sound Relief, Hope for Haiti Now, the Global Citizen Festival and the Teenage Cancer Trust.