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18 October 2021

Coldplay On Course For Their Ninth UK No 1 Album

Coldplay Preview New Single Higher Power
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Coldplay look set to top the UK album chart for the ninth time with their new album, Music Of The Spheres. The album is currently on course to become the first to surpass 100,000 chart sales in a week since Ed Sheeran’s ÷ in 2019.

According to the midweek charts, Music Of The Spheres has already sold 81,000 copies, meaning it’s already taken over as the year’s fastest-sellign album from Dave’s We’re All Alone In This Together, which enjoyed 74,000 chart sales in its week of release back in July. It means Coldplay look very likely to beat The Beatles’ reissue of Let It Be to the top spot.

Chris Martin of Coldplay has recently spoken to NME about Music Of The Spheres: “This album is our period of having no rules or fear about what people think or say about us,” Martin says. “We’ve already had all the good and bad reviews in the world and if we worry about the response, it makes you a little more cautious. There’s a part of you that has to accept that we’re an older band, we were never the new ‘cool young thing’… but in a strange way it’s quite liberating. There’s no pressure on us, we just get to do what we love.”

Martin elaborated on the concept behind the album and its title, “It’s a set of songs located in a distant galaxy… that we made up… It’s where we can be totally free from any pressure of what we’ve done before and how we should sound. That freedom of location allows us to speak about what it means to be human. It seems a bit sci-fi and everything, but really it’s a bunch of love songs. It’s not even really set in space. It could all be set in Margate too; it just depends what the music videos and artworks look like – we could have dancing fish and chips salesmen instead…”

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