Coldplay have debuted their new single in space, with the help of French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
The rock band delivered an electrifying performance of their song, Higher Power, and beamed the recording to the aerospace engineer, 43, onboard the International Space Station.
He helped the out-of-this-world song – from their forthcoming ninth album – reach infinite new heights as he played it via ‘extraterrestrial transmission’ at midnight.
Infinity and beyond! Coldplay debuted their new single in outer space on Friday, with the help of French astronaut Thomas Pesquet
The new track from band members Chris Martin, 44, Guy Berryman, 43, Jon Buckland, 43, and Will Champion, 42, was sent back to earth from the space station via satellite link and premiered on their Youtube channel.
Thomas also connected with the stars via video link for an interview as they appeared in awe of the sweeping space craft.
Commenting on the unusual debut, Chris told the astronaut: ‘Right now we aren’t able to play for anybody on Earth, so we thought we’d just play for you- It’s like our one-man concert.’
In a first glimpse of the eagerly-awaited music video, lead singer Chris belted out Higher Power in front of abandoned shipping containers.
Starry-eyed: The band delivered an electrifying performance of their new song, Higher Power, and beamed the recording to the aerospace engineer, 43, onboard the International Space Station (pictured)
The band were surrounded by hovering alien holograms who busted out synchronised moves to the high voltage song.
Chris rocked a typically colourful outfit which included contrasting neon trainers and a relaxed tee which fused hues of red, blue, green and pink.
Higher Power features on their new album which is called Music Of The Spheres, another reference to space and life beyond Earth.
The track was produced by music mastermind, Max Martin, who is known for making numerous hit records including Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time and Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way.
In command: Thomas (pictured) helped the out-of-this-world track from their ninth album reach infinite new heights as he played it via ‘extraterrestrial transmission’ at midnight
Last week, the band wrote on their Twitter page that the new song ‘arrived on a little keyboard and a bathroom sink at the start of 2020’.
Frontman Chris called in from Los Angeles for an interview with Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2 on Friday morning, where he spoke in more detail about working with Max on the band’s upcoming album.
He said: ‘We’re just at a point where we decided to abandon all rules, so it’s been a very free time. And Max Martin has somehow become our producer, which has just been amazing.
‘So I think we feel extremely grateful to be in the band and very hungry and excitable and it all feels very new.’
Ready for take-off! The new track from band members Chris Martin, 44, Guy Berryman, 43, Jon Buckland, 43, and Will Champion, 42, was sent back to earth from the space station via satellite link
Accomplishment: It subsequently premiered on their official Youtube channel
Chris said of Max: ‘He’s an amazing writer. He’s an incredible producer, and with us he’s really come in as like an old school producer. I had to audition songs for him, really back to basics.
‘I respect him so much, so it’s made us raise our game quite a lot. It’s been interesting to let someone write into the fabric of the songs, to suggest things that no one has ever been allowed to suggest.
‘And at the end of it, we know that he’s far more successful than we are, so it’s quite humbling. He sort of joined the band in a way as our producer. So it’s been an epiphany.’
However, he was a lot less forthcoming when Zoe attempted to prod him into unveiling the name of the band’s album, which they worked on for 18 months, despite reports it is called Music Of The Spheres.
Seal of approval: Thomas also connected with the stars via video link for an interview and received an enthusiastic thumbs up from Chris
Starstruck: The band appeared in awe as they watched the sweeping space craft
He said: ‘I don’t know what I’m supposed to say – I’ve been trying to figure this out all day. Right now we’re just releasing this song. But we’d be a lazy bunch of so-and-so’s if this was the only thing we’d done for the last 18 months!’
And when asked how long fans would have to wait for the album’s release, Chris jokingly quipped: ‘I don’t think any more than nine-and-a-half years, until our drummer, Will, gives us permission to release something.’
Chris and band mate Jonny also appeared on Radio 1 on Friday morning to discuss the cosmic record once more, and they revealed how the song first came about.
‘One day, about 18 months ago, I was playing drums on a sink. This is true,’ the lead singer said. ‘And I recorded a bit and I had it on my phone, and then I went to play something else and this whole song just landed, and I was playing on this sink beat.’
The future is now: In a first glimpse of the eagerly-awaited music video, lead singer Chris belted out Higher Power in front of abandoned shipping containers
Choreography: The band were surrounded by hovering alien holograms who busted out synchronised moves to the high voltage song
Jonny chimed: ‘You know, we really believe that everything is a drum don’t we?’
The Coldplay stars proceeded to discuss how they were first introduced to producer Max.
Chris said: ‘I met Max at a Rihanna concert about five years ago and we became friends. It’s been an amazing connection. We can’t speak for him of course but for us it’s been like finding this dream person that we’ve been heading towards for a while.’
It comes after MailOnline confirmed that Coldplay will open The BRIT Awards 2021 with a performance of Higher Power filmed on the Thames – as the ceremony is to become the UK’s first major indoor music event since Covid-19.
Kaleidoscope: Chris rocked a typically colourful outfit which included contrasting neon trainers and a relaxed tee which fused hues of red, blue, green and pink
Inspiration: Higher Power features on their new album which is called Music Of The Spheres, another reference to space and life beyond Earth
The band were seen secretly recording the show opener in front of the O2 from a barge on Thursday night, ahead of the live event, presented by Jack Whitehall, 32, on May 11.
Chris, alongside his band mates, performed their new single and had a colourful explosion of pyrotechnics over the water.
A source told MailOnline: ‘Coldplay have been planning this performance for months.
‘They wanted nothing more than to return with new music at The BRIT Awards but due to coronavirus – and the risk of bad weather – some parts of the ceremony have been pre-recorded.’
A BRITs insider said: ‘It’s believed Coldplay were rehearsing for something that will form a hugely exciting part of the show.
Behind the sound: The track was produced by music mastermind, Max Martin, who is known for making numerous hit records including Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time
‘Everyone is so excited about the BRITs signalling the return of live music and it’s thought the band really wanted to do something very special to celebrate this.
‘It will be a performance people talk about for years. Coldplay are expected to make their return and there is no bigger platform than the Brits to do this.’
It has been almost two years since Coldplay released Everyday Life, their eighth consecutive No1 album.
The BRITs, held at London’s O2 next month, will also see performances from three-time BRIT Award winner Dua Lipa, 25, and international music star P!nk, 41.
Rag’n’Bone Man, 36, and Arlo Parks, 20, are also set to take to the stage, as well as the Greenwich NHS Trust Choir.
Honest: Appearing on Radio 1 on Friday, Chris and Jonny discussed how their cosmic record first came about
Man behind the magic: The Coldplay stars proceeded to discuss how they were first introduced to producer Max (pictured in 2016)
The BRITS are set to welcome a small crowd of 4000 as part of a pilot programme launched by the government to trial various safety measures in the hope that they can welcome larger crowds back to venues this summer.
All attendees will be required to present proof of a negative Covid test before entry, and once inside they will not be required to socially distance or wear masks.
After the ceremony guests will also be tested for Covid and will have to share their results with NHS Test and Trace.
2,500 of these tickets have been given to key workers through a ballot, with the remaining spaces being given to other music industry executives.
Coldplay are also set to perform at Glastonbury’s livestream concert on May 22 after the festival’s usual event was cancelled again due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Centre stage: It comes after MailOnline confirmed that Coldplay will open The BRIT Awards 2021 with a performance of Higher Power filmed on the Thames
Colourful: The performance is set to feature a huge array of colour pyrotechnics, along with a vibrant smoke explosion
Source: Daily Mail