Melodic pop/rock is rapidly becoming one of the most popular genres in the music scene today. The beat box styling and bubblegum pop bands that headlined the charts in the 90s are long gone, replaced with musicians singing soulful ballads combined with artistic piano playing. For the most part, music is getting back to the roots of the creative process. Although it is hard to pinpoint the exact pioneers of this progression, a few key names pop up, names like John Mayer, Howie Day, James Blunt, The Dave Matthews Band, and Jack Johnson.
One of the most influential bands of this typedates to 2000. Coldplay made their first full length debut then, with their album Parachutes. It ended up selling eight million copies worldwide, followed by A Rush of Blood to the Head with 12 million copies in 2002 and X&Y with 10 million in 2005.
These three albums leave fans longing for more. Songs like "The Scientist" and "Clocks" are still stuck in people's heads and continue to be featured on movie soundtracks. Coldplay have always been a big supporter of various charitable organizations such as Amnesty International and Oxfam. Even when they are out of the studio, they continue to be active in events for good causes such as the Live 8 concert. Ten percent of all the profits they make from being in the media go to charity.
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