Coldplay's new album inspired by Star Wars: 'It led us to imagining this whole other planet'
Coldplay’s upcoming album was inspired by ‘Star Wars’, as Chris Martin says the movies made him wonder what musicians from other planets sound like.The band are gearing up to release their ninth studio album, and frontman Chris Martin has now revealed the music came to life after he sat down to watch the hit sci-fi movies and was left wondering what music on other planets sounds like.
Coldplay's new music video for 'Higher Power' is a "metaphor" for how "alienated" everyone has felt amid the global pandemic. © Bang Showbiz Coldplay's Higher Power music video
Chris Martin and co perform on the planet of Kaotica, which is "populated by robot dogs, giant holograms and a street-gang of dancing aliens", performed by Seoul's Ambiguous Dance Company, in the Dave Meyers-helmed promo.
And speaking of the meaning behind the striking clip, Meyers - whose credits include Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish - explained: "The video is a metaphor for how, right now, we all feel alienated, far removed from our world, almost like we're on an alien planet. And ultimately we find love in the streets and that euphoria shoots us off into the stratosphere of our own energy and higher power."
Watch out Chris Martin! Gary Barlow wants to front Coldplay
Take That's Gary Barlow has revealed he would "love to nudge" Chris Martin "to one side" and join Coldplay as lead singer."The Take That frontman has admitted he would jump at the chance to step into Chris Martin's shoes in the 'Higher Power' group.
The intergalactic promo arrives after the band premiered the track in actual Space.
Gallery: The fascist regime! These songs were banned from radio (BANG Showbiz)
God save the queen!
It's been 44 years since The Sex Pistols released 'God Save The Queen' during Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The punk rock band's controversial lyrics such as "there is no future in England's dreaming" caused the track to be banned from several broadcasters across the UK. Here are 10 songs that were taken off air for being somewhat controversial...
Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead
No one would think a family musical could produce a song that would later be banned from radio stations, but 'The Wizard of Oz' was able to shock us all. The BBC Trust briefly banned the catchy tune from the 1937 movie following the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 2013. Thatcher opponents had started a campaign to get the song to reach the top of the charts in the UK, but their attempts were thwarted when Radio One refused to give the song airtime.
God Only Knows
The Beach Boys' romantic love song was released in 1966 when the word "God" was rarely used in mainstream songs. Although it didn't refer to any religion, the song was banned from some radio stations in the US for blasphemy. However, the song was later used in popular movies like 'Love Actually' and 'Toy Story 4'.
Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison released his signature song in 1967, which is still a staple of his live shows now and a regular fixture on radio. However, some radio stations in the US were concerned with some suggestive lyrics such as, "Making love in the green grass." They were later able to replace the line with a lyric sung earlier in the song, “laughin’ and a-runnin’, hey hey.”
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
'The Wizard of Oz' is not the only movie to end up with a song that was banned as 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' from 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' was also shunned from radio. The entire 1979 comedy was banned from several countries, having only been released as recent as 2015 in some parts of the UK. Fans protested the decision to ban the movie in Ireland, but officials later released the soundtrack, and the song reached number one.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood released their debut single in 1983 but were met with some criticism. BBC Radio One yanked the song off the air before it had finished playing as they were so disgusted by the suggestive lyrics about sex. Despite this, the song still reached the top spot in the UK and number 10 in the US.
I Want To Break Free
Everyone remembers the iconic 1984 music video of Queen dressed in drag doing housework, but it seems the idea of the rockers dressed as women did not sit well with some music stations. MTV banned the video in the US, with some fans believing it was due to the singer's female clothes. Guitarist Brian May recalled the stations saying: “We can’t possibly play this. You know, it looks homosexual.”
F*** tha Police
The classic 1988 hip hop track from NWA was already too profane for radio stations to play on the air with its explicit content. But it didn't stop a radio station in Australia from playing the track non-stop for six months. Eventually, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation had to ban the song as they were under pressure from a right wing senator.
Lady Gaga's 2011 tune was deemed too offensive to Christianity in Lebanon as the song takes its name from the disciple that betrayed Jesus. It was deemed to contain lyrics that were filled with heresy, with one line being: "I'm just a holy fool, but I'm still in love with Judas." Lebanese officials banned the track from radio and police impounded boxes of her album 'Born This Way'. Father Abdo Abu Kassm, director of Lebanon's Catholic Information Centre said at the time: "If they are going to offend us we are going to cancel the album. We will not accept that anyone insult the Virgin Mary or Jesus or Christianity ... Call us traditional, call us backward, call us whatever you want. We will not accept it."
The 'Hymn For The Weekend' hitmakers enlisted the help of French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet to launch the hit into the world from the International Space Station last month.
Lorde teases first new music in four years
Lorde has teased her first new music in four years, a track called 'Solar Power'.The 'Royals' hitmaker has promised fans she will be unveiling a new track called 'Solar Power' sometime this year, as she plans to release her first new music since 2017's 'Melodrama'.
The chart-topping band - also comprising Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion - joined the spaceman, who was on board the ISS, for a live video chat before a performance of the track, featuring alien-inspired CGI choreography and visual effects, was beamed back to Earth by Pesquet.
Chris told the astronaut: "We sent you some music because right now we aren't able to play for anybody on Earth so we thought we'd just play for you."
Meanwhile, it was recently claimed that Coldplay aim to make music that "resonates with everyone".
The band will release their ninth album 'Music Of The Spheres' later this year, and Parlophone's Nick Burgess said the group are still as ambitious as they were when they first started out.
He said: “They don’t take anything for granted. Their ambition is to make music as important as the first music they ever made. Chris has this incredible ambition to make music that still resonates with everyone.”
Maren Morris and Gabby Barrett Drop Out of 2021 CMT Music Awards Appearances .
The two country singers were scheduled to perform during Wednesday's awards show.The two country singers took to social media to announce that they would be skipping the annual awards show due to various reasons.