I frequently find myself baffled by Coldplay’s growth as a musical group. I am genuinely stunned that a band that composed songs like “Yellow” and “The Scientist” is able to craft pop hits like “Hymn For The Weekend,” which features Beyonce of all people. It really goes to show you that staying within your genre as a band might be a bad thing. Perhaps if all bands grow and develop like Coldplay did, they, too, can have a song with Beyonce.
I guess what I am trying to say is that your musical success might be measured by whether or not you have a song that features Beyonce on it.
Regardless, Coldplay, with their incredible music catalogue and insane concert experiences, has earned every dollar. You might be wondering, “Just how much is this wonderful band actually worth?”
I got you.
As of 2018, Coldplay is worth $475 million.
Let’s take a look as to how they made that pretty sum, shall we?
In 1996, lead singer Chris Martin and guitarist Jonny Buckland met during their orientation week at University College London. In the same year, they were joined by Guy Berryman who would play bass for the group.
By 1997, the group, then called Starfish, began performing shows at small clubs. By the end of 1997, the band had settled on the name Coldplay and had finalized their lineup.
In the following year, Coldplay released only 500 copies of the Safety EP and signed to the independent label, Fierce Panda. Their first release with the label was the three-track Brothers and Sisters EP.
In 1999, Coldplay signed a five-album contract with Parlophone. After making their first appearance at Glastonbury, the band recorded a third EP called The Blue Room. The single off of the EP, “Bigger Stronger,” received BBC Radio 1 airplay.
In July 2000, Coldplay released their first studio album entitled Parachutes. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. Four singles were released from Parachutes.
Parachutes was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in September 2000. In the following year at the 2001 Brit Awards, Coldplay earned awards for the Best British Group and Best British Album.
At the 2002 Grammy Awards, Coldplay won the Best Alternative Music Album.
In 2002, Coldplay released its second album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head. For that album alone, the band won awards for the Best British Group and Best British Album at the 2003 Brit Awards. At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, the band won three awards.
In 2003, A Rush Of Blood To The Head won the Grammy Award for the Best Alternative Music Album.
In 2004, the band earned Record of the Year at the 2004 Grammy Awards for their song, “Clocks.”
In 2005, the band released their third studio album, X&Y. It became the best-selling album of 2005 with worldwide sales of 8.3 million. It additionally entered in the album charts of 20 countries at number one and became the third-fastest selling album in UK chart history.
In February 2006, Coldplay won Best Album and Best Single honors at the Brit Awards.
In 2008, Coldplay released their fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, after two years of recording. It spawned the band’s first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and their first UK number one. The album later became the world’s best-selling album of 2008. By the end of June 2008, it had set a new record for being the most downloaded album ever.
Coldplay won two Q Awards for Best Album for Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends and Best Act in the World Today.
Following the success of the album, Coldplay released the Prospekt’s March EP in November 2008.
At the 2009 Grammy Awards, the band received three Grammys for Song Of The Year, Best Rock Album and Best Vocal Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.
Coldplay finished recording their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, in mid-2011. It would not be released until October 2011.
In 2012, Coldplay was awarded with the Brit Award for the Best British Group for the third time.
Mylo Xyloto was the best-selling rock album in the United Kingdom in 2012, selling 908,000 copies. Worldwide, the album sold over 8 million copies.
In August 2013, the band announced that their song, “Atlas,” would be featured on the soundtrack for the film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
In 2014, the band announced that their sixth album, entitled Ghost Stories, would be released in May 2014. The album topped the charts in the UK, the United States and other major music markets.
In December 2014, the band was named by Spotify to be the most-streamed band in the world for that year. In the same month, Chris Martin announced that Coldplay was in the middle of working on their seventh studio album, A Head Full Of Dreams.
At the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, Ghost Stories was named the Top Rock Album.
In the same year, A Head Full Of Dreams was released. It reached number one in the UK and number two in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Italy.
The band went on to headline the opening day of the 2015 Jingle Bell Ball in London. In the following year, the band headlined the Superbowl 50 halftime show.
In 2016, the band was named the sixth best selling artist worldwide in 2015. In June 2016, the band closed the final day of Glastonbury Festival in England.
Coldplay teamed up with The Chainsmokers for a night at the BRIT awards. They performed their new collaboration song, “Something Just Like This,” which will show up on The Chainsmoker’s upcoming debut Memories…Do Not Open. Coldplay also announced their 2017 U.S. and Canada dates for their Head Full of Dreams Tour. Their U.S. tour dates begin August 1st in New York, NY and ends October 8th in San Diego, CA.
Coldplay and Guns N’ Roses made nearly 1 billion dollars combined from 2016 and 2017 tour.