Coldplay spent most of 2004 out of the spotlight, taking a break from touring and releasing a satire music video of a song from a fictional band titled The Nappies while recording their third album. was released in June 2005 in UK and Europe. This new, delayed release date had put the album back into the next fiscal year, actually causing EMI's stock to drop. It became the best-selling album of 2005 with worldwide sales of 8.3 million. The , "", made its radio and online music store debut on 18 April and was released as a CD on 23 May 2005. entered the album charts of 20 countries at the number one position and was the third-fastest selling album in UK chart history.
In December 2003, readers of chose Coldplay as the best artist and the best band of the year. At that time the band covered ' 1983 song "" (which was made available for download on their official website). "2000 Miles" was the top selling UK download that year, with proceeds from the sales donated to and campaigns. won the at the . At the , Coldplay earned for "Clocks".
They never imagined taking reign of the UK's ever-changing rock scene. Each member had come from a solid household of middle-class parents who encouraged music. Chris Martin, the eldest of five siblings, began playing the piano as a young child. He started playing in bands around age 15 and sought solace in the words of Tom Waits. Jonny Buckland, on the other hand, was into the heavy guitar work of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix and was playing guitar by age 11. Scotland native Guy Berryman was into funk instead of indie rock, therefore leaving him to play bass. The multi-instrumentalist Champion had not planned to be a drummer until he joined Coldplay. He favored playing guitar, bass, and the tin whistle, but caught on to playing percussion when the band became official.