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Parachutes Coldplay

By the turn of the millennium, Brit-pop had pretty much run out of steam when a new band emerged to pick up the U.K. music torch: Coldplay. Following a handful of independent E.P,s, the quartet signed to Parlophone and their full-length debut, PARACHUTES, arrived in 2000. A wistful and atmospheric brand of alternative rock led by frontman Chris Martin's high, aching vocals, the album spun off four singles: “Shiver,” “Trouble,” “Don't Panic” and the hit that introduced the band to American audiences, “Yellow." The collection would eventually go double-platinum in the States, and earned critical plaudits as well, including a Best Alternative Music Album Grammy and a Brit Award for Best British Album. Today we'll unfurl PARACHUTES to wish Chris Martin a happy birthday.

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