” Christmas Lights ” is by Coldplay, the British rock band. In 1996, the group was formed by Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland, initially calling themselves Pectoralz.
Guy Berryman then came on board, and the name became Starfish. The final lineup was completed when Will Champion joined; the name later changed for the third and final time to Coldplay in 1998.
The group released the first single, ” Brothers & Sisters ” in 1999. Released on vinyl by record label Fierce Panda Records ( a London-based independent record label ), only 1,500 copies were initially available. In the United Kingdom, the song reached a peak of number ninety-two on the UK Singles chart.
Their debut Album, Parachutes, was released by record label Parlophone ( Warner Music Group ) on the 10th of July 2000. Receiving positive reviews from critics, it was a commercial success.
Once released, Parachutes quickly reached the top of the UK Albums Chart in the United Kingdom. Since 2000 the Album has been certified 8× Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) with sales in the region of 2,670,000.
In the United States, it reached a peak of number fifty-one on the Billboard 200 Chart and had since been certified 2x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) with sales of over 2,000,000.
Coldplay won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2002. To date, Coldplay’s Albums tally stands at seven studio, four live and six compilation. They have also released thirteen extended plays, forty-six singles, four promotional singles and forty-seven music videos.
In the United Kingdom, combined record sales are over five million, while in the United States the band have sold over 18.2 million Albums and 33.6 million song downloads. Worldwide record sales by the group have exceeded ninety-three million.
” Christmas Lights ” was written by Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion. Production for the single was by Coldplay, Rik Simpson and Brian Eno.
Rik is a British multi-Grammy Award-winning record producer, sound engineer, musician and songwriter. He has worked extensively with Coldplay on many of their Albums, including Viva la Vida, Mylo Xyloto, Ghost Stories and A Head Full of Dreams. He has also produced for Jay-Z, Portishead, Kasabian, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and PJ Harvey.
Brian Eno is an English electronic musician, record producer and a music theorist, which is the study of the practices and the possibilities of music. Born in Suffolk, a county in England, on the 15th of May 1948, he is well known as a pioneer in rock, ambient, pop and electronic music. During his successful career, Brian has worked with many artists including David Bowie, Ultravox, Talking Heads and U2.
The song was released on the 1st of December 2010 as a digital download by record labels Parlophone ( Warner Music Group ) and Capitol ( Universal Music Group ), as a stand-alone release, the song doesn’t feature on any Album released around that time.
The accompanying music video was directed by Mat Whitecross, the British music and documentary film director. Along with working with Coldplay, Mat has directed music videos for many artists including The Rolling Stones, Take That and Jay-Z.
He has directed many feature films on a wide range of subjects, his first, co-directed with fellow Brit Michael Winterbottom, was The Road to Guantanamo, which won the award for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival in 2006.
The video features one hundred fans of the band. Also making an appearance are three violin-playing Elvises. They are played by Simon Pegg, the British actor, Phil Harvey, who is known as the fifth member of Coldplay and Tim Crompton, a friend of the band.
Written across the top of the stage is ” Credo Elvem Etiam Vivere “, Latin for ” I Believe Elvis Yet Lives “. There is some likelihood the Latin phrase is a reference to the three Elvises that appear in the video.
” Christmas Lights ” was a commercial success for Coldplay. In the United States, the song debuted and peaked at number twenty-five on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, spending three weeks on the chart there.
It also performed well on other Billboard charts reaching number twelve on the Hot Digital Songs, twenty-two on the Adult Alternative Songs, twenty-eight on the Adult Contemporary and number forty-six on the US Rock Songs.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 11th of December 2010 and reached a peak of number thirteen. It spent three weeks in the Top Twenty and a total of eighteen weeks on the Uk chart.
Coldplay’s Christmas tune also charted inside the Top Ten in Belgium ( Flanders ), Belgium ( Wallonia ), Finland, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands and Norway.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 25
UK Highest Chart Position: 13
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 32, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 40, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 9, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 8, Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD) 84, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 18, Denmark (Tracklisten) 10, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 3, Germany (Official German Charts) 26, Iceland (RÚV) 4, Italy (FIMI) 2, Latvia (European Hit Radio) 17, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 2, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 34, Norway (VG-lista) 8, Poland (OLiS) 23, Slovakia (IFPI) 72, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 14, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 25, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 46
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