Coldplay beam up new single to space

Coldplay members – including (from left) Chris Martin, Guy Berryman and Jonny Buckland (far right centre) – speaking to astronaut Thomas Pesquet (far right bottom).
Coldplay members – including (from left) Chris Martin, Guy Berryman and Jonny Buckland (far right centre) – speaking to astronaut Thomas Pesquet (far right bottom).PHOTO: REUTERS
Coldplay members - including (from left) Chris Martin, Guy Berryman and Jonny Buckland (far right centre) - speaking to astronaut Thomas Pesquet (far right bottom). The British band also shared a recorded outdoor performance of their new song Higher
The British band also shared a recorded outdoor performance of their new song Higher Power - featuring alien holograms - which Mr Pesquet played on board the International Space Station.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • British band Coldplay chose an out-of-this-world way to mark the release of their latest single Higher Power yesterday - by beaming up into space.

The rock group, known for hit songs Paradise and Viva La Vida, linked up with the International Space Station (ISS) to speak with French European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet about life in space.

They also shared a recorded outdoor performance of their new song - featuring colourful alien holograms dancing to the tune - with Mr Pesquet, who played it on board the ISS.

"Right now, we aren't able to play for anybody on Earth, so we thought we'd just play for you," said lead singer Chris Martin to Mr Pesquet during their chat, a video of which was shared yesterday. "It's like our one-man concert."

Last week, the band wrote on their Twitter page that the song, produced by Swedish songwriter and producer Max Martin, "arrived on a little keyboard and a bathroom sink at the start of 2020".

Higher Power is not the first song to be played in space.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, that distinction belongs to holiday song Jingle Bells when it was broadcast during the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Gemini 6A space flight on Dec 16, 1965.

Other famous songs which have been played in space include the late King of Rock 'n' Roll Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel and late singer David Bowie's Space Oddity.

Coldplay will open next week's Brit Awards, Britain's pop music honours, with a performance of Higher Power on the River Thames near the ceremony's O2 arena venue in London.

They are also set to perform at Glastonbury's live-stream concert on May 22, after the festival's usual greenfield music event was cancelled again this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 08, 2021, with the headline 'Coldplay beam up new single to space'. Subscribe