It’s amazing how far Coldplay has come in the past decade: At this time in 1998, they were a college-based band in London. By 2000, with the release of “Parachutes” and their hit “Yellow,” they got big. “A Rush of Blood to the Head” then made Coldplay both a critic and fan favorite, winning the Grammy for Best Alternative Album and selling over 12 million copies worldwide.
By 2005’s “X&Y,” the band was huge: It had released the world’s second best-selling album of 2005 and was the first British rock band to debut in the U.S. Top 10 since The Beatles. Nowadays, the band is so huge that even their shy bassist, Guy Berryman — worth over $25 million — is one of England’s richest people under 30.
But discontent has been growing among the Coldplay ranks for the past few years. The band’s popularity began to outpace their artistic growth, and after winning nearly universal praise for their earlier releases, “X&Y” fell flat with most critics. A New York Times reviewer famously labeled Coldplay “the most insufferable band of the decade.”
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