Ongoing History Daily: Coldplay facts

Here’s more than you needed to know about Coldplay.

(1) Singer Chris Martin and drummer Will Champion played university-level field hockey. They’re apparently rather good.

(2) They were not the first band called Coldplay. There was another group from the same school–the University College of London-that had the name first. But then they broke up, leaving the name in limbo. That’s when Chris Martin snatched it for his group.

(3) This Coldplay also kept up their studies. The group contains people with degrees in astronomy, ancient world studies, and anthropology.

And (4) They figured that the Parachutes album would sell between 40 and 50,000 copies. Instead, it sold more than 5 million.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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