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Super Bowl 50 halftime show

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Super Bowl 50 halftime show
Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show logo.png
DateFebruary 7, 2016
LocationSanta Clara, California
VenueLevi's Stadium
Special guestsBeyoncé, Bruno Mars with Mark Ronson, Gustavo Dudamel, Youth Orchestra L.A, University of California Marching Band
DirectorHamish Hamilton
ProducerRicky Kirshner
Super Bowl halftime show chronology

The Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show took place on February 7, 2016, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California as part of Super Bowl 50. It was headlined by the British rock group Coldplay[1] with special guest performers Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, who previously had headlined the Super Bowl XLVII and Super Bowl XLVIII halftime shows, respectively.


Levi's Stadium, location of Super Bowl 50 and the halftime show
Levi's Stadium, location of Super Bowl 50 and the halftime show

Coldplay, Rihanna, and Katy Perry were considered as potential acts for the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show in 2015.[2] Perry was soon confirmed as the headliner of the halftime show in November 2014. In summer 2015, many acts were being rumored as potential headliners for the 2016 halftime show including Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and One Direction. In September 2015, it was reported that Bruno Mars was set to curate the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, but the next month in October, It was reported that Maroon 5 was in talks to headline, but the band said they haven't had any conversations with the NFL about headlining, but were open to it. In late November, 2015, reports surfaced stating that multiple acts would perform during the halftime show. Coldplay was confirmed as the lead half time performer for Super Bowl 50 on December 3, 2015, one day before the release of their seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams.[1] It was later confirmed that Beyoncé and Bruno Mars would join Coldplay as special guests.[3] Chris Martin called Mars to ask him to perform with Coldplay; however, Mars declined the offer. Nevertheless, the singer of Coldplay invited Mars to his studio in Malibu where he was working.[4] There, Martin revealed to Mars that he wanted for him to perform "Uptown Funk" with Beyonce. Despite this, Mars still didn't think it was a good idea and asked the former to talk to Beyonce to see what was her opinion on that. Martin videotaped him and Mars, while the former sang a song to Beyoncé so that she would come to do the Super Bowl with both of them.[4][5] Beyonce response was receptive to the idea.[4]

At that time, Mars and Beyoncé were both doing a diet and stressing out.[4] One day before the performance they were "watching playback backstage", while Beyonce ate a bag of Cheetos.[4] Mars asked her "That's what you're doing?", to which she replied "There's nothing more we can do these last two days. It's gonna be what it's gonna be. So I'm gonna enjoy this bag of Cheetos."[4] Mars strongly believes that Beyoncé is "coming for you every single time. So you better bring your A-game every time."[6]


Coldplay performing the halftime show.
Coldplay performing the halftime show.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin during the performance.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin during the performance.
Field during the halftime show. The audience participates in a card stunt
Field during the halftime show. The audience participates in a card stunt

The show opened with Chris Martin singing the opening chorus from "Yellow". He was then joined by the remaining band members of Coldplay to perform "Viva la Vida", "Paradise", and "Adventure of a Lifetime" with the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and the University of California Marching Band. Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, and a troupe of backing dancers (dressed in the style of Michael Jackson[7]) then performed "Uptown Funk". Beyoncé, also in a Jackson-inspired outfit and appearing with a set of backing dancers dressed as Black Panthers, then performed her new single "Formation" in a mass choreographed dance number before joining Mars onstage for a verse of "Uptown Funk". Coldplay played a snippet of "Clocks" during a video montage of past Super Bowl halftime and national anthem performances, including those by Bruce Springsteen, Missy Elliott, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, James Brown, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, The Black Eyed Peas, U2, Prince, Beyoncé and Mars. The show concluded with the band performing "Fix You" and "Up&Up" with Beyoncé, Mars and everyone taking part in the show. At the end of the performance, the audience participated in a card-stunt creating a rainbow and the phrase, "Believe in love", the closing lyrics to Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams.

Critical reception

Bruno Mars performed at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show and received positive reviews.
Bruno Mars performed at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show and received positive reviews.

The performance received generally mixed reviews from critics, who complimented Beyoncé and Mars' part of the performance but were critical of Coldplay. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times stated that Coldplay "acted more as a stagehand than an actual performer" while Beyoncé's section of the performance was "the night's true event". Caramanica also noted that Beyoncé and Mars "outsang" Martin during the closing part of the performance.[8] Andrew Barker of Variety similarly noted that "Coldplay seemed resigned to politely allowing themselves to be played right off their own stage" by the "far flashier" Mars and Beyoncé.[9] In a review for Fox Sports, Chris Chase panned Coldplay's performance, calling it "inexplicable, indecipherable, and unnecessary" and a "musical snooze". Chase complimented Beyoncé's and Mars' appearances but described the performance as "boring".[10] Alex Needham of The Guardian gave the performance four stars, saying that "Queen Bey at the height of her powers effortlessly overwhelmed Coldplay's widescreen anthems in a show that seemed lightweight until she showed up".[11]

Beyoncé, seen here performing at the show, was both praised and castigated for her performance.
Beyoncé, seen here performing at the show, was both praised and castigated for her performance.

Robert Bianco of USA Today stated that Martin "seemed overwhelmed" by the size of the event, and that despite being a "personable and energetic performer", an "awful lot" of Martin's energy "went into jumping". Bianco praised Beyoncé's appearance and stated that she "stole the show".[12] Wendy Geller of Yahoo! also complimented Beyoncé's and Mars' appearances, but criticized the montage of previous halftime performances, describing it as "confusing rather than touching" and stating that the performance was "definitely a cold play".[13]


Following the performance, Beyoncé was criticized for performing her new single "Formation", a song that they considered to be "anti-police", during the halftime show and for appearing to align herself with the Black Lives Matter movement. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani accused the performance of being anti-police and also criticized Beyoncé's use of Black Power and Black Panther Party symbolism in her dance routine. "This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive," he said.[14] The controversy caused a "#BoycottBeyonce" hashtag on Twitter and protesters announced plans for an "anti-Beyoncé" rally on the morning of February 16 outside of the NFL's headquarters in New York City, but no one showed up for such a rally.[15] CNN political commentator Sally Kohn stated that "too many police continue to show themselves to be far more interested in reactionary defensiveness and preserving the abusive status quo."[16] Black Lives Matter activist and professor Melina Abdullah praised Beyoncé and other artists who "are willing to raise social consciousness and use their artistry to advance social justice."[17][18] In attempt to address her own controversy, Beyoncé explained, "I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe. But let's be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice."[19]

Commercial reception

The halftime show became the fourth highest ever watched show in the United States, with total viewership of 115.5 million.[20][21]

Set list

  1. "Yellow"
  2. "Viva la Vida"
  3. "Paradise"
  4. "Adventure of a Lifetime"
  5. "Uptown Funk" (Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars) (contains elements of "U Can't Touch This")
  6. "Formation" (Beyoncé) (contains elements of "Crazy in Love")
  7. "Fix You" / "Up&Up" (featuring Mars and Beyoncé) (contains elements of "Clocks", "Midnight", "Independent Women, Pt 1", "Just the Way You Are", "Purple Rain" and "Beautiful Day")

Setlist obtained from Billboard.[22]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Coldplay performed at Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show" (Press release). National Football League. December 3, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Blistein, Jon (August 19, 2014). "NFL Asks Musicians for Money to Play Super Bowl". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  3. ^ Framke, Caroline (January 8, 2016). "Beyoncé & Bruno Mars join Coldplay for the Super Bowl 50 halftime show". Vox. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Eells, Josh (November 2, 2016). "Bruno Mars: The Private Anxiety of a Pop Perfectionist". Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "Bruno Mars Talks "24K Magic", Beyoncé & Prince". Rap-Up. November 1, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Scott, Damien (November 19, 2016). "Bruno Mars Just Wants You to Have a Good Time". Black Entertainment Television. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  7. ^ Bauder, David (February 8, 2016). "Review: Coldplay lets Beyonce, Bruno Mars overshadow band". WIVB. Associated Press. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "Review: It's Coldplay, Starring Beyoncé, at Super Bowl Halftime Show". The New York Times. February 7, 2016.
  9. ^ "Review: Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show". Variety.
  10. ^ "Beyonce couldn't save Coldplay's terrible Super Bowl halftime show". Fox Sports. February 7, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  11. ^ "Super Bowl half-time show – Beyonce easily steals the show from Coldplay". The Guardian.
  12. ^ "Beyoncé upstages Coldplay in Super Bowl halftime show". USA Today. February 7, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  13. ^ "Coldplay Left in the Cold at Super Bowl 50; Beyoncé and Bruno Bring It". Yahoo! Music. February 7, 2016.
  14. ^ Cutler, Jacqueline (February 9, 2016). "Beyoncé's 'black power' salute during Super Bowl 50 halftime show slammed by Rudy Giuliani as 'attack' on police". New York Daily News. New York. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  15. ^ Bonesteel, Matt (February 16, 2016). "No one showed up to the anti-Beyonce rally at NFL headquarters". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  16. ^ Commentator, Sally Kohn, CNN Political. "Beyonce a political superhero with rhythm (Opinion)". CNN. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  17. ^ Respers France, Lisa (February 9, 2016). "Protests planned against and for Beyonce". CNN. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  18. ^ "Anger: Anti-Beyonce Rally Planned For Next Week At NFL Headquarters". CBS Radio. February 9, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  19. ^ Harris-perry, Melissa (19 December 2016). "Beyoncé" (Vol. 188, no. 24-25). TIME. pp. 124–128. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  20. ^ Stelter, Frank Pallotta and Brian (8 February 2016). "Super Bowl 50 audience is third largest in TV history".
  21. ^
  22. ^ Platton, Adelle (February 8, 2016). "Super Bowl 50 Review: Coldplay, Beyonce & Bruno Mars Turn on an Electric Halftime Show". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 9, 2016.

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Chris Martin
Chris Martin + Guitar, 2011 (1, cropped).jpg
Martin performing with Coldplay in 2011
Christopher Anthony John Martin

(1977-03-02) 2 March 1977 (age 42)
Exeter, Devon, England
Alma materUniversity College London
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • record producer
  • philanthropist
Gwyneth Paltrow
(m. 2003; div. 2016)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • guitar
  • harmonica
Years active1996–present
Associated acts

Christopher Anthony John Martin[1] (born 2 March 1977) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and philanthropist. He is the lead singer and co-founder of the rock band Coldplay. Born in Exeter, Devon, Martin went to University College London where he formed a rock band with Jonny Buckland in 1996 called Pectoralz, which was eventually renamed Coldplay in 1998.

Martin, along with the other Coldplay members, achieved worldwide fame with the release of the band's single "Yellow" in 2000, a song that also earned the band their first Grammy Award nomination in the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. The band also garnered critical acclaim and several accolades for their subsequent albums including A Rush of Blood to the Head and Viva la Vida, winning a Grammy Award for both and a Brit Award for the former. Coldplay has sold over 90 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. One of the highest profile musicians in British popular culture, Martin appeared on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the United Kingdom.[2]

Early life and education

Christopher Anthony John Martin was born on 2 March 1977 in Exeter, Devon, England, and is the oldest of five children. His father, Anthony John Martin, of Whitestone House, Exeter,[3] is a retired accountant, and his mother, Alison Martin, is a music teacher. His family's caravan and motorhome sales business, Martins of Exeter, was founded by his grandfather John Besley Martin, C.B.E. (a High Sheriff- also Mayor in 1968- of Exeter), in 1929, sold by his father to a former employee in 1999.[4][5][6][7][8] William Willett, the man who campaigned for and made daylight saving time a recognised practice, was Martin's great-great-grandfather.[9] Martin's paternal aunt Elisabeth Jane (daughter of John Besley Martin) married Hon. Julian George Winston Sandys, son of Conservative politician Edwin Duncan Sandys, Baron Duncan-Sandys by his wife Diana Churchill, daughter of Prime Minister Winston Churchill.[4][5] The Conservative politician David Martin is his father's brother.[5]

Martin was educated at the pre-preparatory Hylton School and the preparatory Exeter Cathedral School where he found his passion for music.[10][not in citation given] After Exeter Cathedral School, Martin boarded at Sherborne School in Dorset, where he met future Coldplay manager Phil Harvey.[11]

Martin continued his studies at University College London (UCL), staying at Ramsay Hall, where he read Ancient World Studies and graduated with first-class honours in Greek and Latin.[8] At UCL, Martin met his future Coldplay bandmates Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion.[12]

Recording career


While studying at University College London, Martin met Jonny Buckland with whom he decided to form a band—Martin as lead singer and Buckland as lead guitarist. They were joined by Guy Berryman as their bass player and Will Champion, as their drummer. In 1996, they formed the rock band Coldplay, originally known as Pectoralz, later changed to Starfish temporarily until finally they were offered the name Coldplay by another band who did not want the name anymore.

Since the release of their debut album Parachutes in 2000, the band has had internationally recognised fame and success. Their song Yellow from Parachutes instantly entered the charts at Number 4, the hit carried Coldplay to their aforementioned fame.[13] To date, they have released seven studio albums in total including Parachutes, A Rush of Blood to the Head, X&Y, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Mylo Xyloto, Ghost Stories, and A Head Full of Dreams. They also released several EP's at the beginning of their creation including Safety and The Blue Room.

Solo work

Martin at Music Midtown (Piemont Park) in Atlanta, GA on 24 September 2011
Martin at Music Midtown (Piemont Park) in Atlanta, GA on 24 September 2011

As a solo artist, Martin has written songs for a variety of acts including Embrace ("Gravity") and Jamelia ("See It in a Boy's Eyes", co-written with Coldplay producer Rik Simpson). Martin has also collaborated with Ron Sexsmith, Faultline, the Streets, and Ian McCulloch. He also sang a part of the vocals for the Band Aid 20 single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" at the end of 2004. In 2005, Martin collaborated with Nelly Furtado on the track "All Good Things (Come to an End)", for her 2006 album, Loose. The two were once rumoured to be a couple, after they both performed at Glastonbury in 2002. Nelly Furtado joked about it, saying, "Yeah, he's my boyfriend—he just doesn't know it yet".[14]

Martin's fascination with hip hop was shown in mid-2006 when he collaborated with rapper Jay-Z for the rapper's comeback album Kingdom Come after the two met earlier in the year.[15] Martin put some chords together for a song known as "Beach Chair" and sent them to Jay-Z who enlisted the help of hip-hop producer Dr. Dre to mix it. Coldplay producer Rik Simpson conceived and performed the drum beats. The song was performed on 27 September 2006 by the two during Jay-Z's European tour at Royal Albert Hall. Martin has also worked on a solo collaboration with Kanye West, with whom he shared an impromptu jam session during a 2006 concert at Abbey Road Studios.[16] He performed the chorus of "Homecoming", from Kanye West's album Graduation.

In 2015, Martin collaborated with producer and DJ Avicii to work on two new tracks for his album, Stories. Their first collaboration is officially named "Heaven". Martin wrote the lyrics, Avicii did the production, and Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost was the vocalist.[17] He also provided the vocals for Avicii's True Believer, also in his Stories album.

In September 2016, the Chainsmokers shared two short clips of an upcoming song featuring vocals from Martin.[18] The song, "Something Just Like This", was released on 22 February 2017, and has reached number 3 peak on the US Billboard Hot 100.

In February 2017, Martin performed A Different Corner on the Brit Awards in honor to George Michael

A song he co-wrote called "Homesick" appears on Dua Lipa's self-titled debut album, which was released in June 2017.[19]

In 2019, Chris Martin was featured on Avicii's posthumous album Tim.[20] The song "Heaven" features vocals by Martin and was written by Avicii and Martin prior to Avicii's death.[21]

Influences and favourite musicians

The main influence on Martin and Coldplay is the Scottish rock band Travis, with Martin crediting the band for the creation of his own band.[22]

The Irish rock band U2 is another important influence on Martin both musically and politically.[23] Martin wrote for Rolling Stone Magazine's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" on the band,[24] saying: "I don't buy weekend tickets to Ireland and hang out in front of their gates, but U2 are the only band whose entire catalogue I know by heart. The first song on The Unforgettable Fire, "A Sort of Homecoming", I know backward and forward—it's so rousing, brilliant, and beautiful. It's one of the first songs I played to my unborn baby." Martin also comments on Bono's effect on his own charity and political involvement he is even known to joke with friends referring to himself as "Crono".[23]

Martin and Coldplay were also greatly influenced by the English rock band Radiohead. Speaking to Rolling Stone Magazine, Martin said of Radiohead: "Sometimes I feel like they cleared a path with a machete, and we came afterward and put up a strip mall... I would still give my left ball to write anything as good as OK Computer."[25]

Martin is very vocal about his love for Norwegian new wave/Synthpop band a-ha. In 2005 he stated the following in an interview: "I found myself in Amsterdam the other day and I put a-ha's first record on. I just remembered how much I loved it. It's incredible songwriting. Everyone asks what inspired us, what we've been trying to steal from and what we listened to as we were growing up—the first band I ever loved was a-ha."[26] Martin has also performed live together with Magne Furuholmen of a-ha, introducing him as "the best keyboard player in the world".[27] In November 2011, he stated that "back when we didn't have any hits of our own we used to play a-ha songs."[28]

Martin is also known to be a fan of the English rock bands Oasis and Muse,[29] Irish pop group Westlife,[30] English-Irish girl group Girls Aloud,[31][32] English pop group Take That,[33] and Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. In 2014, Martin inducted Peter Gabriel into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his solo career, and performed live with the former Genesis lead singer.[34] Martin is also close friends with the musical couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

Coldplay performed R.E.M.'s "Nightswimming" with Michael Stipe during their Austin City Limits performance in 2005, as a part of the Twisted Logic Tour. Martin went on to call "Nightswimming" "the greatest song ever written".[35] He has called Richard Ashcroft, formerly of the Verve, "the best singer in the world".[36] He also admires the lyrics of Morrissey.[37]

Martin was quoted as calling Coldplay's song "Shiver" a rip-off Jeff Buckley influenced by Buckley's song "Grace".

In 2008, Coldplay released an alternate music video for Viva la Vida directed by Anton Corbijn as a tribute to the Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence", one, directed by Corbijn himself in 1990. It shows Martin dressed as a king like Dave Gahan did in the original video. The band stated: "This is our attempt at a video cover version, made out of love for Depeche Mode and the genius of Anton Corbijn".

Other endeavours

Martin and Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland made cameo appearances in the film Shaun of the Dead as supporters of the fictional charity ZombAid,[38] with Martin having a second cameo in the film as a Zombie.[38] In 2006 Martin had a cameo role in the second series, episode four, of the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant created comedy Extras. He also appears singing in the closing credits of the 2009 Sacha Baron Cohen film Brüno; along with Bono, Sting, Slash, Snoop Dogg, and Elton John.[39]

In March 2015, Martin attended the televised launch of music streaming service Tidal via a video link, and revealed himself, along with other notable artists, as a shareholder in the company.[40] In June 2015, Martin performed "Til Kingdom Come" at the funeral Mass of Beau Biden, son of United States Vice-President Joe Biden, after learning that Biden was a fan of his.[41] In August 2017, Martin performed a live solo piano rendition of "Crawling" by Linkin Park. The performance was a tribute to Linkin Park's lead singer Chester Bennington, who died by suicide the previous month.[42]


Martin has been particularly outspoken on issues of fair trade and has campaigned for Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign. He travelled to Ghana and Haiti to meet farmers and view the effects of unfair trade practices.[43] When performing he usually has variations of "Make Trade Fair", "MTF" or an equal sign written on the back of his left hand and the letters "MTF" can be seen emblazoned on his piano.[44] He was a vocal critic of US President George W. Bush and the war in Iraq. During the Teenage Cancer Trust show at London's Royal Albert Hall on 24 March 2003, he encouraged the sell-out crowd to "sing against war".[45] He was a strong supporter of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, most notably during his acceptance speech for the 2004 Grammy Awards Record of the Year, accepting for "Clocks". He supported Obama for President in 2008, giving a shout-out at the end of a performance of "Yellow" on 25 October 2008 episode of Saturday Night Live.[46]

Martin playing "Trouble" on his piano during a concert in Brazil, February 2007
Martin playing "Trouble" on his piano during a concert in Brazil, February 2007

On 1 April 2006 The Guardian reported that Martin was backing the British Conservative Party leader David Cameron, and had written a new theme song for the party titled "Talk to David".[47][48] This was later revealed to be an April Fool's joke. While touring Australia in March 2009, Martin and the rest of Coldplay were the opening act at the Sound Relief benefit concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, for the victims of bushfires and floods in Victoria and Queensland.[49] Martin appeared in a video for the "Robin Hood Tax" campaign, which proposes a tax on stock trades in the United States.[50] This tax is aimed at levelling the field between the so-called "1% and 99%". In June 2016, Martin supported Vote Remain in the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.[51]


On 12 December 2012, Martin performed as a part of the "12 12 12 Concert" which was held as a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief. He performed "Viva La Vida", the R.E.M. song "Losing My Religion" with former R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe, and "Us Against the World". Other performers in the show included Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, the Who, Kanye West, Billy Joel and Paul McCartney.[52] On 15 November 2014, Martin joined charity group Band Aid 30, performing alongside British and Irish pop acts on the latest version of the track "Do They Know It's Christmas?" at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, to raise money for the 2014 Ebola crisis in Western Africa—this was the second time Martin has contributed to a Band Aid recording having performed in the 2004 version.[53]

Martin became the creative director of the newly established Global Citizen Festival in 2015, a role he will fulfill for a period of 15 years.[54] The festival was created in 2015 to mark the establishment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a "to-do list" of 17 tasks to end extreme global poverty by the year 2030; with Martin consulting Band Aid founder Bob Geldof on the role.[54] The 2015 festival, was held on Central Park's Great Lawn in New York on 26 September, and featured performances by Martin's band Coldplay, Beyoncé, Pearl Jam and Ed Sheeran, and was broadcast on NBC in the US on 27 September, and the BBC in the UK on 28 September.[55] It was reported that Martin became the Innocence Project's Artists' Committee as an Innocence Ambassador on 5 February 2016.[56]

Even with a £94 million net worth to his name, the rockstar still continues a habit that his mother instilled on him at a young age – sharing. “My mum gives me £3 a week but I only get £2.70,” Martin said on an interview with Australia's Today show.[57] He explained that ever since the release of their first album Parachutes in 2000, the band has been donating ten percent of their earnings to 28 different charities including 21st Century Leaders, Amnesty International, Mercy Corps, Make Fair Trade, Red Cross, War Child, and many more.[57] Along with performing with Coldplay at charity concerts and promoting humanitarian organizations while on tour, Martin's philanthropic efforts extend beyond monetary donations. Ever since the early 2000s, he has been an active supporter of the fair trade movement; he's made multiple trips accompanying Oxfam to Ghana, Haiti, and Mexico in efforts to speak with local farmers about pushing for fair trade policies.[58] Forbes also reported that in 2015, Martin agreed to team up with Global Citizen, an international humanitarian organization fighting to end extreme poverty in the 21st century, for 15 years as a curator for international festivals.[58] Most recently, in a report by The Guardian, Coldplay has also agreed to support Moas, a charity that focuses on helping refugees and migrants escape from war and persecution in the middle east, by starring in their fundraising film.[59]

Personal life

Martin forces himself to drink vodka with cranberry juice when he behaves "like an idiot".[60][61] PETA named him the World's Sexiest Vegetarian in 2005.[62] However, he began eating meat again after his split with Gwyneth Paltrow.[63] Martin is a supporter of Arsenal Football Club. According to an article released by Quartz in May 2018, Martin has an estimated wealth of £94 million.[64]


Martin and American actress Gwyneth Paltrow married on 5 December 2003,[65] in a quiet ceremony in the presence of their friends and family. Their daughter Apple was born in May 2004 in London.[66] Martin and the band released a song "I am your baby's daddy" under the name "the Nappies" in anticipation of her birth. The band's song "Speed of Sound" was also inspired by Martin's experience and awe at becoming a father. Their second child, a son named Moses, was born in April 2006 in New York City.[67] Moses' name was inspired by a song that Martin wrote for Paltrow. Simon Pegg and Martin's bandmate Jonny Buckland are his daughter's godfathers, and Martin is godfather to Pegg's daughter.[68]

Martin and Paltrow announced their separation as a "conscious uncoupling" in March 2014, after ten years of marriage.[69] Paltrow filed for divorce in April 2015.[70] A judge finalised it on 14 July 2016.[71]

Martin has been dating actress Dakota Johnson since October 2017.[72][73]


In a 2005 Rolling Stone Magazine interview, Martin, who was raised believing in a Christian God, said of his religious views: "I definitely believe in God. How can you look at anything and not be overwhelmed by the miraculousness of it?"[74] In the same interview as well, he spoke of going through a period of spiritual confusion, stating, "I went through a weird patch, starting when I was about sixteen to twenty-two, of getting God, religion, superstition, judgement all confused".[74] In a 2008 interview, he said, "I'm always trying to work out what 'He' or 'She' is. I don't know if it's Allah or Jesus or Mohammed or Zeus. But I'd go for Zeus."[75] Following the interview, he announced that he was an Omnist, releasing a text message declaring himself an "all-theist", a word of his invention meaning that he believes in "everything".[75]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Extras Himself "Chris Martin" (Season 2: Episode 4)
2010 The Simpsons Himself "Million Dollar Maybe" (Season 21: Episode 11)
2014 Saturday Night Live Himself Saturday Night Live (Season 39: Episode 764)
2016 Super Bowl 50 Himself "Super Bowl 50 halftime show"
2017 Modern Family Himself Episode: "Brushes with Celebrity"


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Shaun of the Dead Himself & Zombie Cameo appearance
2009 Brüno Himself Cameo appearance
2012 Coldplay Live 2012 Himself Documentary
2017 Avicii: True Stories Himself Documentary
2018 Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams Himself Documentary



Year Song(s) Artist Album Role
2002 "Where Is My Boy?"
"Your Love Means Everything, Pt. 2"
Faultline Your Love Means Everything Featured vocals
"Gold in Them Hills" Ron Sexsmith Cobblestone Runway Featured vocals
2003 "Sliding", "Arthur" Ian McCulloch Slideling Piano, backing vocals
"See It in a Boy's Eyes" Jamelia Thank You Co-writer, backing vocals
2004 "Everybody's Happy Nowadays" Ash Orpheus Backing vocals
"Gravity" Embrace Out of Nothing Writer
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid 20 Featured vocals
2006 "All Good Things (Come to an End)" Nelly Furtado Loose Co-writer, backing vocals
"In the Sun" Michael Stipe In the Sun Backing vocals
"Beach Chair" Jay-Z Kingdom Come Producer, featured vocals
2007 "Homecoming" Kanye West Graduation Co-writer, featured vocals, piano
2009 "Lukas", "Fun", "Want" Natalie Imbruglia Come to Life Co-writer
"Dove of Peace" Brüno Brüno Featured vocals
2010 "A Message 2010" Hope for Haiti Now Featured vocals, piano
"Most Kingz" Jay-Z Featured vocals
"Me and Tennessee" Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw Country Strong Writer
2012 "I Don't Want You To Die" The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends Featured vocals
2014 "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid 30 Featured vocals
2015 "True Believer"[76] Avicii Stories Co-writer, guest vocals
"Every Day's Like Christmas"[77] Kylie Minogue Kylie Christmas Writer, backing vocals
2016 "Electricity" David Brent Life on the Road Co-writer, Vocals
2017 "Homesick" Dua Lipa Dua Lipa Co-writer, guest vocals
2018 "Keep Talking" Rita Ora Phoenix Co-writer
2019 "Heaven" Avicii Tim Co-writer, guest vocals
"Someone That Loves You '19" Izzy Bizu Glita EP Guest vocals

With Coldplay


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