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21 April 2022

Chris Martin Talks BTS Collaboration, Coldplay’s Future Plans

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Chris Martin has spoken about collaborating with K-pop phenomenons BTS and Coldplay‘s future plans in a new interview, available on Audacy.

“I don’t think we’ll ever be able to match the BTS surprise,” the Coldplay frontman said about My Universe, “That was surprising even for us.”

Martin continued: “The journey from the first time it was mentioned — I was just like, ‘How could that ever work?’ — to the song itself arriving and me thinking, ‘That could be for BTS’ — to now it feeling like the most natural collaboration in the world. It’s an amazing lesson for myself in keeping an open mind all the time, because you just never know what life or music is gonna throw you.”

Later in the interview, he revealed the band is currently working on “three more albums” following 2021’s Music Of The Spheres before they plan on retiring from recording sometime in 2025.

“They each have their own thing going on,” the singer suggesting of the trio of albums, adding, “One of them is a musical we want to do as a movie. I imagine that will probably not be finished by then. So, we won’t put that music out until that film is done.”

Meanwhile, a cassette tape of early songs written by Chris Martin has recently been discovered by one of his former teachers. Richard Kershaw taught the singer GCSE music when he was a pupil at Sherborne School in Dorset.

Now retired, Kershaw made the recording 30 years ago as part of the performance module of the exam, and only recently remembered he’d kept hold of it. The 23-minute tape features a series of aural tests, a group cover of The Beatles’ Hey Jude and four original compositions.

“He was exceptional, even then,” says Richard. “He would have been 15 or 16 at the time, and listening to it, you’d think it was a professional performer.

“We didn’t normally hang onto tapes that people had made, but I just thought this was particularly good.”

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