New York – Distasteful game Looking to the universe once again on his latest single.
10 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the Avicii-assisted “A Sky Full of Stars”, the British pop-rock band has another surefire hit on their hands with the spectacular “My Universe”, their much-anticipated Collaboration with K-pop sensation bts. A few hours before the song’s release on Friday, the lead singer Chris Martin The single version of the infectious anthem premiered on Coldplay’s Sirius XM and Pandora radio shows at Harlem’s prestigious Apollo Theater.
“You, you’re my universe / And I just want to put you first,” Martin sings on the soaring chorus. “And you, you are my universe / And you light up my world from within.”
“My Universe” was produced by Max Martin and features both English and Korean songs. It was one of a handful of new songs that Coldplay performed during Thursday’s intimate 90-minute concert, ahead of the October 15 release of their new album “Music of the Spheres”.
Martin described the beloved “Human Heart” featuring R&B sister duo We Are King, the song he hopes was remembered before launching Coldplay into the thrilling, hard-rocking “People of the Pride”. Will go The group closed the concert with a 10-minute “Coloratura” from their upcoming effort, which Martin called “Coldplay doing their weird stuff”.
The charismatic frontman was an absolute delight to watch throughout the 13-song set: dancing, laughing, and in an instant, bursting into jokes. He happily apologized for a minor flub or remark about how the audience sounded better than him, pausing in the middle of the song on more than one occasion. (Spoiler alert: we didn’t.)
“The four of us have been together for 25 years,” Martin said of his bandmates. “During every concert, one of us will totally ruin it. And that’s usually me.”
The show was filled with early Coldplay staples, including “Clocks,” “The Scientist,” “Fix You,” and “Yellow,” which Martin pulled off and performed solo on acoustic guitar. At one point, he even mashed “heaven” with a pleasantly unexpected piano version of Ginuwine’s sultry ’90s classic “Pony.”
Early in the evening, Martin thanked a crowd of about 1,500 people (vaccinated and mostly masked) for being there to face the rain. He then paid a sweet tribute to soul icon James Brown, who recorded his 1963 album “Live at the Apollo” at the famous venue.
“We’ve been dreaming of playing here for a long time and didn’t think it could happen,” said Martin, introducing the audience’s favorite “Viva La Vida.”
“This is the next song we’re going to play in honor of James Brown, because he was king.”