Coldplay is a British alternative rock band, formed in London, United Kingdom in 1997. The band comprises vocalist and pianist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman, and drummer Will Champion.
Having released four successful albums, (all of which debuted at #1 on the UK album chart) Coldplay have also achieved great success with their singles, such as Yellow, Speed of Sound, the Grammy-winning Clocks and the US and UK #1 single Viva La Vida.
Frontman Chris Martin credits 1980s Norwegian pop band a-ha for inspiring him to form his own band.
Coldplay’s early material was often compared to that of Jeff Buckley and Radiohead, while also drawing comparisons to U2 and Travis. Since the release of the band’s debut album, Parachutes (2000), Coldplay has also drawn influence from other sources, including Echo And The Bunnymen and George Harrison on A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) and Johnny Cash and Kraftwerk for X&Y (2005).
Coldplay are one of very few current British music acts to achieve major success in North America. Despite their large worldwide popularity, the band has remained protective of how their music is used in the media, refusing its use for product endorsements. In the past, Coldplay had turned down multi-million dollar contracts from Gatorade, Diet Coke, and Gap, who wanted to use the songs “Yellow”, Trouble, and Don’t Panic respectively. According to Martin, “We wouldn’t be able to live with ourselves if we sold the songs’ meanings like that.” On the other hand, “Yellow” has been used to back TV trailers for “The Simpsons” and “Viva la Vida” from their latest album features on the current iTunes TV advert.
This is the second single from Coldplay’s fifth album Mylo Xyloto. The single was shipped to radio on September 12, 2011 and debuted that day at 7:50am on BBC Radio 1′s Chris Moyles Show.
The song finds Martin singing of a young girl’s dashed hopes and dreams of paradise. The Coldplay frontman told Billboard magazine that Mylo Xyloto is a concept album, which is, “loosely a kind of romance in an oppressive environment.” This song appears be some sort of sequel to the previous single, “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” whose title is even included in “Paradise”‘s lyrics.
The song finds Martin taking a narrator role, which he told Billboard was influenced by listening to Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.
So what does the strange album title mean? Chris Martin explained to Music Week: “It means whatever you want it to mean. [To me] it means a freedom of expression and you can think up new words if you want to. There’s still things that you can invent and words beginning with X are few and far between so we thought we might try and add one.”
Regarding this song’s meaning, it is easier to explain in the context of the album. Martin told MTV News Mylo Xyloto is a story, explaining: “It’s supposed to be about two people who grow up separately in a very big oppressive city, and they each are a bit lost in their lives.” He added that the pair meet in a gang and fall in and out of love before getting back together at the end. The singer went on to say: “Paradise is about a girl really, the female half of the album, just about being a bit lost in the world and escaping through fantasy.”