The show was originally intended to run for only a few programmes but lasted over 42 years, reaching landmark episodes of 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 in the years 1973, 1983, 1992 and 2002 respectively.
Guest co-presenters and a music news feature were introduced for a short while, but had ceased by the end of 1980. The chart rundown was split into three sections in the middle of the programme, with the final Top 10 section initially featuring clips of the songs' videos, although this became rarer over the next few years.
Although the programme had been broadcast live in its early editions, it had been recorded on the day before transmission for many years. However, from May 1981, the show was sometimes broadcast live for a few editions each year, and this practice continued on an occasional basis (often in the week of a bank holiday, when the release of the new chart was delayed, and for some special editions) for the rest of the decade.
From 1967, the show had become closely associated with the BBC radio station Radio 1, usually being presented by DJs from the station, and between 1988 and 1991 the programme was simulcast on the radio station in FM stereo (that is, until BBC's launch of NICAM stereo for TV made such simulcasts redundant). However, during the last few years of the 1980s the association became less close, and was severed completely (although not permanently) in a radical shake-up known as the 'Year Zero' revamp.
As the last episode featured no live acts in the studio, the last act to actually play live on a weekly episode of TOTP was Snow Patrol, who performed "Chasing Cars" in the penultimate edition; the last act ever featured visually on a weekly Top of the Pops was Girls Aloud, as part of the closing sequence of bands performing on the show throughout the years. They were shown performing "Love Machine".
The Top of the Pops brand has also been exported to New Zealand. Although the British show has been broadcast intermittently in New Zealand, the country historically relied on music video-based shows to demonstrate its own Top 20, as the major international acts, who dominated the local charts, considered New Zealand too small and remote to visit regularly. This changed to an extent in 2002, when the New Zealand government suggested a voluntary New Zealand music quota on radio (essentially a threat that if the stations did not impose a quota themselves then one would be imposed on them). The amount of local music played on radio stations increased, as did the number of local songs in the top 20. Therefore, a new local version of Top of the Pops became feasible for the first time, and the show was commissioned by Television New Zealand.
The show was executive produced by David Rose, managing director and owner of Satellite Media, and began airing in early 2004 with host Alex Behan. The hour-long show (as opposed to the 30-minute UK version) which was broadcast at 5 pm on Saturdays on TV2 contained a mixture of performances recorded locally on a sound stage in the Auckland CBD, as well as performances from the international versions of the show. The New Zealand Top 20 singles and Top 10 albums charts are also featured. Alex Behan stayed as host for two years before Bede Skinner took over. Despite having a sizeable fan base, in 2006 TVNZ announced that Top of the Pops had been axed.
After independently releasing an extended play, Safety (1998), Coldplay signed with Parlophone in 1999. The band's debut album, Parachutes (2000), included their breakthrough single "Yellow" and received a Brit Award for British Album of the Year, a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album and a Mercury Prize nomination. Their second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002), won the same accolades and included the single "Clocks", which won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year. The band's third album, X&Y (2005), which completed what the band considered to be a trilogy, and their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008), were both nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album, with the latter winning; both albums were the best-selling of their respective years, topping the charts in over 30 countries. Viva la Vida was also nominated for Album of the Year, while its title track became the first single by a British group to simultaneously reach number one in the United Kingdom and United States in the 21st century.
Music of the Spheres debuted at number one the UK Albums Chart, becoming the fastest-selling album in the country since Ed Sheeran's 2019 No.6 Collaborations Project. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, and reached number one on both the Top Alternative Albums and the Top Rock Albums charts. On 14 October 2021, Coldplay announced their eighth concert tour, the Music of the Spheres World Tour, which will begin in San José, Costa Rica, in March 2022 and will visit three continents, with more tour dates to be announced in the future. The tour is part of an ongoing effort to reduce the band's carbon footprint; Chris Martin explained in an interview with BBC that the tour would feature "kinetic flooring" that powers the concerts through the movement of concertgoers, as well as bicycles that do the same thing, meaning that "the whole show is powered from renewable energy". Martin said the band's goal is that they will have "slightly shifted the status quo of how a tour works". On 23 November 2021, "Higher Power" was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. In December 2021, Martin said Coldplay would release three more albums until 2025 during an interview for BBC, with one of them being "kind of a musical" while their last will be a "back to the basics" self-titled record. He added, however, that the band will still be active with smaller releases and worldwide touring after 2025. On 23 February 2022, the band released a new stripped-down version of "Let Somebody Go", and a cover of Kid Cudi's 2008 single "Day 'n' Nite". Both songs were part of their Spotify Singles release. The album received three nominations at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards announced on 15 November 2022, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, with "My Universe" being nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
2002's A Rush of Blood to the Head, on the other hand, is full of "plaintive strums and weary arpeggios", along with a sense of urgency and heartbreak. During an interview, Martin commented the record's title means "doing something on impulse". Critics described it as having larger, darker, and colder sounds than its predecessor, praising Coldplay for showing a "newfound confidence" as well. This style was largely kept for their third album, X&Y (2005), although with the addition of electronic influences and extensive use of synthesizers, having a grander scale in terms of both sound and existential themes. Craig McLean from The Guardian called it "the work of an increasingly driven, punchier band", describing the melodies as "heartfelt stuff, with thumping guitar lines and emotive piano". The lyrics in the record have been considered to be "ruminations on Martin's doubts, fears, hopes, and loves", his words "are earnest and vague, so listeners can identify with the underlying concepts in the songs". Kevin Devine from Hybrid Magazine wrote that Buckland's "gleaming guitar sound gives X&Y a euphonic radiance", and thematically, the lyrics contain a "running thread of importance of trying, as well as the need for basic communication amongst the cacophony of confusion in the world".
Coldplay are considered the most successful band of the 21st century. With over 100 million albums sold globally, they are one of the best-selling artists of all time.[b] Parachutes (2000), A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) and X&Y (2005) have all been listed among the 50 best-selling albums of United Kingdom's history, marking the most appearances by a group in the ranking. The latter was the third-fastest-selling record ever in the country upon release. In 2008, "Viva la Vida" became the first British group song to top both UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100 since "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls. Its parent album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, was the best-selling of the decade in digital download formats. In 2013, Coldplay were named the most influential British celebrities in the world by Forbes. The following year saw them become the first band in history to surpass one billion streams on Spotify. Their performance at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show in 2016 earned the biggest audience ever for a group and male act, with the event's impact making them the year's most googled band. In November 2017, they finished the A Head Full of Dreams Tour, which is currently the seventh-highest-grossing tour of all time. Coldplay then headlined the Glastonbury Festival for a record-extending fifth time in 2021. During the same year, "My Universe" became the first song by a British group to ever debut at number one on Billboard Hot 100. In 2022, their touring gross surpassed $1 billion from 12 million tickets sold in 456 reported shows, making them the fifth band in history achieve the feat, following Bon Jovi, Eagles, The Rolling Stones and U2.
Their second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002), was chosen by the Royal Mail for a set of stamps which celebrated classic British album covers from the last 40 years, being also ranked as one of the best albums of all time by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NME, and Rolling Stone. The latter magazine placed "Clocks" and "Fix You" at number 490 and 392, respectively, on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". In 2010, Coldplay were included in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" special, which recognized music artists based on a poll of music industry experts. The subsequent year saw the band release Mylo Xyloto, which was added to Q's "Greatest Albums of the Last 30 Years" editorial. Similarly, Rolling Stone ranked "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" among the best tracks of the 2010s decade, while "A Sky Full of Stars" was named one of the period's defining alternative rock songs by iHeartRadio. The band are credited with boosting British music global exports by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) alongside Adele and Ed Sheeran as well, with 2016 and 2020 being the years of most notable contribution. 2b1af7f3a8