Coldplay: 50 Things You Didn’t Know

The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
50) The music video for Speed of Sound was shot on the same stage where the Emerald Ciety scenes from the Wizard of Oz where filmed. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
The Brit Awards 2009 - Show
The Brit Awards 2009 - Show
49) Coldplay officially lists former manager Phil Harvey as their fifth member (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
2009 All Points West Music & Arts Festival - Day 3 - Show
2009 All Points West Music & Arts Festival - Day 3 - Show
48) Chris Martin was once arrested for attacking a photographer's car after he refused to delete pictures of Chris. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Sound Relief - Sydney
Sound Relief - Sydney
47) Their upcoming album is called Mylo Xyloto and will be released on October 24th (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
The Brit Awards 2009 - Show
The Brit Awards 2009 - Show
46) Coldplay's first song is titled "Ode to Deodorant" (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
2009 All Points West Music & Arts Festival - Day 3 - Show
2009 All Points West Music & Arts Festival - Day 3 - Show
45) The song "Don't Panic" was featured in the romantic comedy "Garden State" (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
The Brit Awards 2009 - Show
The Brit Awards 2009 - Show
44) The melody and chords of "Computer Love" by Kraftwerk were used with permission in "Talk"(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
43) The album art to Viva la Vida or Death and All of His Friends is of Eugene Delacroix's painting Liberty Leading the People. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Coldplay Perform At Wembley Stadium
Coldplay Perform At Wembley Stadium
42) The album art to Parachutes of a spinning globe was taken with a disposable Kodak camera. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
The Brit Awards 2009 - Show
The Brit Awards 2009 - Show
41) Buckland and Martin both have a cameo in the movie "Shaun of the Dead" (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
2009 All Points West Music & Arts Festival - Day 3 - Show
2009 All Points West Music & Arts Festival - Day 3 - Show
40) The band has decided that anyone who uses hard drugs will be fired (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
39) The name Coldplay was given to the band by Tim Crompton, a student at University College London who had been using the name for his own group, but no longer wanted it. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
2009 All Points West Music & Arts Festival - Day 3 - Show
2009 All Points West Music & Arts Festival - Day 3 - Show
38) Buckland and Martin worked as janitors together in college. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
2009 All Points West Music & Arts Festival - Day 3 - Show
2009 All Points West Music & Arts Festival - Day 3 - Show
37) The album Parachutes was dedicated to Will Champion's mother who died of cancer in 2000. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Coldplay Perform At Wembley Stadium
Coldplay Perform At Wembley Stadium
36) There is a hidden track on X&Y "Til the Kingdom Come" that was originally going to feature Johnny Cash.  He died before recording it. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Coldplay Perform At Wembley Stadium
Coldplay Perform At Wembley Stadium
35) Chris Martin's is a vegetarian. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Coldplay Perform At Wembley Stadium
Coldplay Perform At Wembley Stadium
34) Guy and Chris are both left-handed but play right-handed (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Coldplay Perform At Wembley Stadium
Coldplay Perform At Wembley Stadium
33) The ceiling of the flat Coldplay first used to practice in kept shaking because there were strippers on the floor above theirs who were rehearsing their routine. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Coldplay Perform At Wembley Stadium
Coldplay Perform At Wembley Stadium
32) The two times that Chris Martin has tried to cook resulted in him setting off his fire alarm, which automatically calls the fire department to his house. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Coldplay Perform At Wembley Stadium
Coldplay Perform At Wembley Stadium
31) The billionth song downloaded from iTunes was "The Speed of Sound."  The man who downloaded it received $10,000 to the iTunes store. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
The Brit Awards 2009 - Show
The Brit Awards 2009 - Show
30) Chris Martin's great-great grandfather, William Willett, was one of leading forces behind our modern daylight savings time (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
The Music Stores And Recording Studios Of Denmark Street
The Music Stores And Recording Studios Of Denmark Street
29) Coldplay donates 10% of the band's profits to charity (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
28) Coldplay has refused multi-million dollar endorsement deals for the use of "Yellow," "Trouble," and "Don't Panic." (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
27) Their first public release was not Parachutes, but an EP named Safety.  It was made as a demo for record companies, but the band was so happy with the EP that they payed for 500 copies to be distributed around London.  It is unavailable on iTunes, and sells for over $1000 on ebay. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
26) Brian Eno, the man behind several U2 albums, produced Viva la Vida.  He is also responsible for creating the Windows 95 startup sound. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
25) There is equal profit sharing for all four members (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Splendour In The Grass - Day 3
Splendour In The Grass - Day 3
24) The songs "Don't Panic" and "42" are both allusions to Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
23) The album cover to X&Y featuring colored blocks is actually a code language developed in the 19th century.  It is called Baudot Code and it is a binary system that served as a precursor to Morse code for telegraphs.  When decoded, it reads X&Y (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
22) Chris Martin has performed duets with Kanye West and Jay-Z (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
21) The song "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" features many elements from Peter Allen's "I go to Rio."  Allen is listed as a writer for the song. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
20) Rolling Stone magazine chose Coldplay as the band of the year for 2003 (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
19) Coldplay has been nominated 20 times for Grammey awards and has won 7. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
18)  All four members of Coldplay went to University College London. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
17) The song "Fix You" was written for Martin's wife Gwyneth Paltrow after the death of her father. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
16) "Yellow" was titled after Martin happened to see a copy of the Yellow Pages while writing the song.  He said "In an alternative universe this song would be called Playboy." (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
15) Drummer Will Champion does not own a drum set. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Three
14) Drummer Will Champion had never played drums before joining Coldplay. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Splendour In The Grass - Day 3
Splendour In The Grass - Day 3
13) Coldplay was once sued by Joe Satriani for similarities between "Viva la Vida" and his "If I Could Fly."  They settled out of court. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Splendour In The Grass - Day 3
Splendour In The Grass - Day 3
12) Lead guitarist Jonny Buckland is godfather to Martin's daughter Apple. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Splendour In The Grass - Day 3
Splendour In The Grass - Day 3
11) Chris Martin describes himself as "Alltheistic" meaning that he believes in everything. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Splendour In The Grass - Day 3
Splendour In The Grass - Day 3
10) The single Violet Hill from Viva la Vida was released as a free single to promote the album.  It was downloaded over 2 million times in a week. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
9) Chris Martin guest starred as himself on The Simpsons and played a private show for Bart and Homer. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
Splendour In The Grass - Day 3
Splendour In The Grass - Day 3
8) Chris Martin doesn't smoke, drink or take drugs. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
7) Coldplay has released 20 singles. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
(Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
6) Chris Martin had to learn how to sing The Scientist backwards to mouth the lyrics correctly for the music video. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
(Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
5) "Clocks" was a last minute addition to A Rush of Blood to the Head. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
4) In Viva la Vida, The Scientist, and Don't Panic, the song titles are not anywhere in the lyrics. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
3) The record label in charge of Coldplay's debut was called "Fierce Panda". (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
2) The band's first name was "The Pectoralz."  Their second was "Starfish." (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
1) Coldplay Bassist Guy Berryman is part of a supergroup called Apparatjik that formed to create a charity album for Survival International. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
WESTWOOD, CA - AUGUST 03: (L-R) Musicians Will Champion, Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland and Guy Berryman of Coldplay performs onstage at Coldplay in Concert presented by Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 benefitting the GRAMMY Foundation and its music education programs for high school students and schools. More info at grammyintheschools.com. Held at UCLA Tennis Center on August 3, 2011 in Westwood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
WESTWOOD, CA - AUGUST 03: Musicians Will Champion and Chris Martin of Coldplay perform onstage at Coldplay in Concert presented by Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 benefitting the GRAMMY Foundation and its music education programs for high school students and schools. More info at grammyintheschools.com. Held at UCLA Tennis Center on August 3, 2011 in Westwood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Presents Coldplay In A Concert To Benefit The GRAMMY Foundation
WESTWOOD, CA - AUGUST 03: Musicians Will Champion and Chris Martin of Coldplay perform onstage at Coldplay in Concert presented by Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 benefitting the GRAMMY Foundation and its music education programs for high school students and schools. More info at grammyintheschools.com. Held at UCLA Tennis Center on August 3, 2011 in Westwood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
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