Coldplay: It “Just Really Felt Good” Working With BTS
Singer Chris Martin suggested that the collaboration signalled the end of his band’s pop ambitions, “We’ve sort of come to the end of doing singles as Coldplay, I think we’ve probably finished doing that,” he told Billboard backstage just before the band’s first of two sold-out nights at Chicago’s Soldier Field over the weekend. “My Universe felt like, ‘well, we can’t go poppier or more single-y than that and that felt so good.”
Guitarist Jonny Buckland added that it “just really felt good” working with BTS.
“At first I was like, ‘there’s no way that’s ever going to work, ever. How could that possibly be? We’re like four retired janitors and they’re like Korea’s handsomest people,’” Martin laughed. He went on to discuss how the track was written “I was driving around — which is very rare because I don’t really like driving — and this chorus [for] ‘My Universe‘ just came through and the whole song appeared in one go,”
“As soon as I started singing it it felt good and I was like, ‘This has to be for us and BTS because it’s about forbidden love… then the rest carried on as it did. I felt like it was really cool from the beginning.” Martin added that the collaboration was “way more fun that we would have ever thought… With all these things it has to be that you really like the artist and then the right song comes along,”
When asked whether the groups would work together again Martin was noncommittal, “I don’t know if it would happen again because it would be hard to make it better than it was.”
Coldplay are currently in the middle of the North American leg of their Music Of The Spheres world tour.