University College London
Coldplay releases sixth album, Ghost Stories, announces that next LP may be their last
Viva La Vida is first LP to top the Billboard 100
Third album, X&Y, becomes the third fastest-selling album in UK music history
Second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, tops the UK albums chart
The single "Yellow" reaches the UK Top 5
The band issues its debut album, Parachutes
Coldplay releases first EP, Safety
Band forms at University College London
Was initially named Pectoralz and Starfish before settling on Coldplay at the suggestion of fellow University College London student Tim Crompton, who was using the name for his own band.
Prior to recording their first LP, Will Champion was briefly fired from the band, prompting Martin to go on a guilt-fueled alcoholic binge. After bringing Champion back into the fold, the band agreed to make decisions as a democracy, and to remove any member who used hard drugs.
Martin's friend, Phil Harvey, serves as their manager and is the "fifth member" of the group.
Parachutes earned the band a Mercury Prize nomination in 2000.
Released a satiric music video as the Nappies.
"Viva La Vida" was named Song of the Year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 2009.