THEY are already the biggest band in the world – and now Coldplay have set their sights even higher. Literally.
They unveiled the first single from their upcoming album tonight, but premiered the track live from the International Space Station.
Chris Martin and bandmates Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion teamed up with French astronaut Thomas Pesquet for the out-of-this-world stunt, which saw a video of Higher Power beamed back to Earth by satellite.
It is the first new music from their forthcoming ninth album — which I previously revealed is set to be called Music Of The Spheres, another reference to space and the planets.
The upbeat anthemic tune was produced by pop supremo Max Martin, who has worked with the likes of Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys.
It is a clear step back towards their trademark stadium bangers after 2019’s more reflective and politically inspired Everyday Life.
Against a funky riff Chris sings: “I’m so happy that I’m alive, happy that I’m alive at the same time as you.
“Cause you’ve got higher power, singing every second, dancing every hour.” The group have been teasing the forthcoming release for some time, dropping a series of online clues to fans via an online social media account called Alien Radio.
‘TOURING AND LIVE GIGS IN MIND’
The account has been counting down to an “extra-terrestrial transmission” for days. And coded messages have featured on billboards around the world.
At midnight the four-piece joined real-life spaceman Thomas for a chat via a live-link to the space station before premiering the music and an accompanying video, featuring alien-inspired CGI choreography and visual effects.
A source tells me: “The idea was for this to be a step back towards Coldplay’s more familiar sound — catchy stadium-fillers that are made with touring and live gigs in mind, even though it has been a while since they were on the road.
“The album will follow a similar theme but it won’t be out for a couple of months, with another single in between.”
The release comes ahead of their first live performances of the track on US TV’s American Idol this Sunday and at the Brit Awards next Tuesday. They have already pre-recorded the Brits’ opening montage from a boat on the River Thames outside the O2 Arena in London.
The superstars are also headlining a fundraising virtual Glastonbury from the cancelled festival’s Worthy Farm home on May 22 — which fans will be able to watch online.
Their previous eight studio collections have all reached No1 — and their latest outing is almost certain to follow suit.
They have come a long way from Chris strumming his guitar on a rain-soaked Dorset beach in the Yellow video to being in orbit 248 miles above us.
Who says the sky’s the limit?
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Bebe girl crushes
BEBE Rexha has revealed she’s dated “famous” women in the past, but is insisting on keeping her lips sealed on any more details.
The singer said: “What I believe about sexuality is this – it’s a scale.
“Have I gone out with girls before? Yes. Have I dated girls? Yes, I have.
“And famous ones, but I’m not naming them. Even though people would be living for it – no! Have I fallen in love with a girl before? Yes. But right now I’m in a relationship with a guy.”
Bebe, whose new album Better Mistakes is out today and who is dating film producer Keyan Safyari, told Gay Times online: “The only thing I will say is that when I’m in a relationship with a girl, it’s just too emotional.
“The power . . . I personally cannot deal with that.”
RIHANNA has been cutting back on her musical releases AND her hair.
The Work singer sported a new pixie cut while out in California on Thursday, where she was spotted going to her favourite Italian restaurant, Giorgio Baldi.
The family-run eaterie has had visits from John legend and Simon Cowell in the past fortnight. Rihanna is a regular and clearly knows how to sniff out a bargain – as the menu is surprisingly affordable.
The cheapest main, at £15, is homemade square pasta in a tomato sauce, topped with basil.
I hope she didn’t get that while wearing this fluffy coat – a slip of the fork could have made the night out a lot more expensive.
Life of Ryan is winner
ONEREPUBLIC frontman Ryan Tedder was inspired to write their single Run after the Covid news started to scare him.
Speaking exclusively about the track – the latest single from the band’s upcoming album Human – Ryan said he wanted to encourage fans to not get too caught up in negatives.
The singer, songwriter and producer, who has written hit tracks for Adele and Taylor Swift, said: “It’s more important to block 99 per cent of that noise out and live life while you’re alive. Do it, see it, take it in, try it all, don’t stand around being paralysed by bad news – instead, run.
“Chase whatever it is you want because life goes quick. I’m constantly doing things that scare me and chasing new experiences and goals. In that chase, I’m having fun. Because I’m living.”
Hear, hear, Ryan.
It’s pretty bad, Liam
AFTER the collapse of Liam Gallagher’s fashion brand Pretty Green, creditors who were owed more than £15million have been waiting to find out how much they can get back.
But it is more than Half The World Away from the sum they may be expecting.
New paperwork has revealed that those owed cash by the Oasis star’s former clothing line will only receive a share of £133,751.
Given there are 174 people with their hands held out for a piece of that pie, they will all be left going hungry.
Administrators revealed the amount, known as the prescribed part, this week.
A report into the collapse said: “The administrators have received claims totalling £13,212,669 from 174 creditors in respect of Pretty Green Ltd. The administrators are yet to receive claims from 108 creditors whose debts total £2,541,836. In accordance with the information available at the time of the proposals, the joint admini-strators do not anticipate there being sufficient funds to enable a dividend to be paid to the unsecured creditors other than by virtue of the prescribed part.”
To you and me, that means those owed money will be getting just a tad more than diddly squat.
It is not all bad news though, as former workers owed cash and holiday pay will be seen right.
Last month I revealed how the brand, which is still trading after being bought out by a company owned by JD Sports, was being probed by the Government over how it ran up debts of almost £18million.
All I know is that the people who are owed don’t care how the cash got lost. They just want it back.
ROMAN Kemp can’t wait to go grey like his heart-throb dad Martin. The DJ said: “I’ve grown up watching my dad bring home Sexiest Man Of The Year trophies. I’m a bit upset the generation skipped a little bit.
“He’s still the best-looking one in the house. Hopefully I’ll go grey in a good way like him.”
Kel tells of booze hell
KELLY Osbourne has laid bare the extent of her booze relapse after falling off the wagon, revealing she was guzzling three bottles of champagne and 24 cans of alcopop a day.
It means she drank 63 units every day – more than four times the weekly allowance for women.
Last month, Kelly posted on Instagram saying she had suffered a setback in her battle with alcoholism, having gone sober in 2017.
In an interview, she said: “I went away with my friend and people were by a pool drinking champagne.
“I was like, ‘I can have a glass of that’. And I had one glass and I was fine.
“And then I was out with my friends and I had two drinks, I was fine.
“But it went from having one drink here, one drink there to literally three bottles of champagne and 24 White Claws a day.”
Speaking on her podcast with Jeff Beacher, she told how she would drink from the biggest coffee cup she could find.
Kelly, the daughter of Sharon and Ozzy, added: “It’s this f***ing coffee mug that says, ‘Thank God I’m not dead’, which is so ironic.”
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