COLDPLAY - 20 YEARS OF CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
It's amazing that Coldplay have been providing us with hit after hit for 20 years. The band are marking this magnificent milestone with the release of the documentary A Head Full Of Dreams.
The film will be released globally on Friday, November 16 accompanied by the release of Live In Buenos Aires / Live In São Paulo / A Head Full Of Dreams (Film), on CD, DVD, vinyl and digital on December 7, and available to pre-order here.
But, for those who just can’t wait that long (all of us, let’s be honest), we’ve collated eight of the finest milestones from Coldplay’s last two decades in the spotlight.
First Top 5 Single
Considered their breakthrough single and certainly one of the first tunes that comes to mind when someone says “Coldplay”, “Yellow” was the first song from the band that made it into the Top 5 of the UK charts back in 2000.
First #1 Album
Bolstered by the success of “Yellow” and their first of many Glastonbury performances the band’s debut album Parachutes exploded onto the UK charts straight into the #1 position. Selling over 2.7 million copies to date in the UK alone, it also went three times Platinum at home in Aus.
First Grammy Award
Coldplay are no strangers to the Grammy Awards, they’ve only been nominated 26 times and picked up seven golden gramophones for good measure. In 2002 and 2003 they took home back to back Best Alternative Music Album awards for Parachutes and A Rush Of Blood To The Head.
The Beginning Of A Music Video Legacy
While Chris Martin’s iconic walk along a cloudy beach in the “Yellow” music video is legendary, “The Scientist” cemented the band as music video visionaries. The video is presented in reverse to stunning effect with Martin learning the vocals backwards to give the clip that special quality.
Ask anyone that’s been to a Coldplay gig and they’ll tell you that it’s an otherworldly experience. Light up wristbands, strobe lights, giant balloons, confetti cannons and so, so much more. It’s no wonder that their 2016-17 A Head Full Of Dreams 114-date run is the third biggest tour of all time.
Super Super Bowl
It’s hard to comprehend how big of a deal the Superbowl is in the USA but it’s pretty much the biggest gig an act can land. That’s exactly what Coldplay did back in 2016, performing alongside BEYONCE and Bruno Mars to 115 million viewers.
The boys are no strangers to a good collaboration (Beyonce, Kanye West, Noel Gallagher..just to name a few). However, their biggest and most recent collab came courtesy of DJ duo The Chainsmokers with their track “Something Just Like This” It went eight times Platinum in Australia and is just an all over bop.
The best thing about our boys is that even after 20 years, they still haven't finished reaching milestones. With the documentary out in mere weeks - there’s no telling where they’ll go next but whatever it is, we’re sure it’ll be paradise.