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During pandemic lockdown, some people baked bread, others took up fostering kittens. Chris Martin, apparently, watched Star Wars. The Coldplay frontman has said that the band's ninth album was partly inspired by the Mos Eisley cantina band and "wonder[ing] what musicians are like across the universe." And honestly, thank god we have a band big enough to be able to afford to take chances like Music of the Spheres, because the results are thrilling. After the spacy intro "Music of the Spheres," opener "Higher Power" is a flat-out dance track, powered by a punchy electro beat, and joyously uplifting. Martin has said "the song is about trying to find the astronaut in all of us, the person that can do amazing things." (Although, at one point, he sings "Drocer nekorb a ekil mi"—"I'm like a broken record" in reverse.) It's the first example of the album being a family affair, too, as Martin's daughter Apple delivers the opening lilt. She also has a co-write on "Let Somebody Go," a lovely piano ballad that finds Martin duetting with Selena Gomez; it takes a surprising turn on the bridge, slipping into smooth jazz. Apple's brother Moses joins in on the chorus of "Humankind" (with an altered Stephen Fry on the intro), a supercatchy and energetic collection of bleeps and bloops and "alien" voices, '80s synth and strident acoustic guitar that is going to be awesome to work out to. It's a bit of a throwback to the dance-pop sounds of bands like MGMT circa 2008. It won't surprise you here to find out the record is produced by Max Martin, the man behind slick hits from Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and others. His polished style is a surprising complement to Martin's unpolished rasp and a major asset on songs like "My Universe," a collaboration with BTS performed in English and Korean that cruises a funky groove of ’80s FM pop; it's an earworm we'll all be stuck with for months. "People of the Pride" pushes Coldplay in a new, edgier direction—complete with ominous garage-rock guitar and an emo-pop stomp. Curiosity "Biutyful" warps the vocals to sound like a cutesy ET crooning a space-lounge melody. Twinkly "Infinity Sign" incorporates the soccer chant "Ole Ole Ole." The record closes out with one of the most wonderfully grandiose, swing-for-the-stars songs of Coldplay's career. Clocking in at 10 minutes, "Coloratura" is the band's The Dark Side of the Moon moment, weaving in a music box melody, fluttering strings, McCartney piano and spacey Gilmour guitars. It name-checks Galileo's discovery of the Callisto moon and declares,"It's the end of death and doubt and loneliness is out ... Coloratura, the place we dreamed about." (It will be great for planetarium laser shows.) Martin's voice cracks in all the right places, and the idea—"In the end it's all about the love you're sending out—is so elemental but expressed with such a sense of wonder about and gratitude for the universe, you can’t help but feel a sense of hope. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
00:00:53

Max Martin, Producer, Writer - Chris Martin, Keyboards, Writer - Coldplay, MainArtist - Guy Berryman, Writer - Will Champion, Writer - Jonny Buckland, Guitar, Writer - Daniel Green, Producer - Rik Simpson, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Dan Green, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Oscar Holter, Producer - Federico Vindver, Keyboards, Additional Production, Writer - Bill Rahko, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Writer - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Aleks von Korff, AssistantEngineer - The Dream Team, Engineer - Tate McDowell, AssistantEngineer - Sarah Tudzin, AssistantEngineer - Matt Latham, AssistantEngineer - Tomas Crow, AssistantEngineer - Kaushlesh “Garry” Purohit, Engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, © 2021 Coldplay ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Higher Power
00:03:26

Max Martin, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Writer - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Chris Martin, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Writer - Coldplay, MainArtist - Guy Berryman, Writer, Bass - Will Champion, Drums, Backing Vocals, Writer - Jonny Buckland, Guitar, Writer - Michael Ilbert, Engineer - Daniel Green, Additional Production - Rik Simpson, Additional Production - Dorian Holley, Choir - Oscar Holter, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer - Karl-Ola Kjellholm, AssistantEngineer - Duncan Fuller, AssistantEngineer - Federico Vindver, Keyboards, Writer - Bill Rahko, Producer, Additional Vocals - Apple Martin, Additional Vocals - Linn Fijal, AssistantEngineer - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Denise Carite, Choir, Writer - Stevie Mackey, Choir - Tate McDowell, AssistantEngineer - Connor Panayi, AssistantEngineer - Love Choir, Choir Arranger - Neka Hamilton, Choir

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, © 2021 Coldplay ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Humankind
00:04:26

Max Martin, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Chris Martin, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Coldplay, MainArtist - Guy Berryman, Writer, Bass - Will Champion, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Writer - Jonny Buckland, Guitar, Writer - Michael Ilbert, Engineer - Daniel Green, Keyboards, Additional Production, Programmer, Writer, AdditionalEngineer - Jon Hopkins, Keyboards, Additional Production, Programmer, Writer - Dorian Holley, Choir - Cherif Hashizume, Additional Programmer - Oscar Holter, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Stephen Fry, Additional Vocals, Writer - Tyler Gordon, Engineer - Duncan Fuller, AssistantEngineer - John Costello, AdditionalEngineer - Federico Vindver, Keyboards, Additional Production, Writer - Bill Rahko, Producer, AdditionalEngineer - Moses Martin, Additional Vocals - Linn Fijal, AssistantEngineer - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Aleks von Korff, AssistantEngineer - Denise Carite, Choir - Stevie Mackey, Choir - Tate McDowell, AssistantEngineer - Sarah Tudzin, AssistantEngineer - Connor Panayi, AssistantEngineer - Neka Hamilton, Choir - Kaushlesh ‘Garry’ Purohit, AssistantEngineer - Matt Latham,, AssistantEngineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, © 2021 Coldplay ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

4
*✧
00:00:53

Max Martin, Producer, Writer - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Chris Martin, Writer - Coldplay, MainArtist - Guy Berryman, Writer - Will Champion, Writer - Jonny Buckland, Writer - Jon Hopkins, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer - Cherif Hashizume, Additional Programmer - Bill Rahko, Producer - Randy Merrill, Masterer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, © 2021 Coldplay ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Let Somebody Go
00:04:01

Max Martin, Producer, Keyboards, Additional Vocals, Writer, Drum Programmer - John Hanes, Engineer - Olivia Waithe, Writer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Selena Gomez, Vocals, MainArtist - Chris Martin, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Writer - Coldplay, MainArtist - Guy Berryman, Writer, Bass - Will Champion, Drums, Backing Vocals, Writer - Jonny Buckland, Guitar, Writer - Michael Ilbert, Engineer - Daniel Green, Keyboards, Additional Production - Rik Simpson, Additional Production - Jon Hopkins, Keyboards, Additional Production - Cherif Hashizume, Additional Programmer - Oscar Holter, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Drum Programmer - Karl-Ola Kjellholm, AssistantEngineer - Leland Wayne, Writer - Pierre Houle, AssistantEngineer - Metro Boomin, CoProducer - Bill Rahko, Producer, Writer - Bart Schoudel, Vocal Recording Engineer, VocalEngineer - Apple Martin, Writer - Linn Fijal, AssistantEngineer - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Vilma Colling, AssistantEngineer - The Dream Team, AdditionalEngineer - Tate McDowell, AssistantEngineer - Matt Cooke, AssistantEngineer - Conor Panayi, AssistantEngineer - Sylvia MacCalla, VocalEngineer - Gina Vosti, AssistantEngineer - Baptiste Leroy, AssistantEngineer - Erwan Abbas, AssistantEngineer - Matt Latham, AssistantEngineer - Emma Marks, AssistantEngineer - Mick Raskin, AssistantEngineer - Bastian Lozier, AssistantEngineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, © 2021 Coldplay ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

6
00:03:08

Max Martin, Producer, Writer - Chris Martin, Vocals, Writer - Coldplay, MainArtist - Guy Berryman, Writer - Will Champion, Writer - Jonny Buckland, Writer - Oscar Holter, Producer - Paris Strother, Engineer, Writer, Vocal Recording Engineer, VocalEngineer - Amber Strother, Writer - Duncan Fuller, Engineer - Bill Rahko, Producer, Mixer - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Jacob Collier, Mixer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CoProducer - Conor Panayi, AssistantEngineer - We Are KING, Vocals, MainArtist, CoProducer - Matt Latham, AssistantEngineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, © 2021 Coldplay ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

7
People of The Pride
00:03:37

Max Martin, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - John Hanes, Engineer - Jesse Rogg, Writer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Chris Martin, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Coldplay, MainArtist - Guy Berryman, Keyboards, Percussion, Writer, Bass - Will Champion, Drums, Percussion, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Writer - Jonny Buckland, Guitar, Percussion, Writer - Michael Ilbert, Engineer - Daniel Green, Additional Production, Programmer - Rik Simpson, Additional Production - Miguel Lara, AssistantEngineer - Oscar Holter, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer - Sam Falson, Writer - Tyler Gordon, AssistantEngineer - Duncan Fuller, AssistantEngineer - Pierre Houle, Engineer - Bill Rahko, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Derek Dixie, Programmer, Writer - Linn Fijal, AssistantEngineer - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Vilma Colling, Additional Vocals, AssistantEngineer - The Dream Team, AdditionalEngineer - Sarah Tudzin, AssistantEngineer - Bo Bodnar, AssistantEngineer - Conor Panayi, AssistantEngineer - Baptiste Leroy, AssistantEngineer - Erwan Abbas, AssistantEngineer - Matt Latham, AssistantEngineer - Derek James Dixie, Arranger, Keyboards, Brass - Kaushlesh “Garry” Purohit, AssistantEngineer - Bastian Lozier, AssistantEngineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, © 2021 Coldplay ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

8
Biutyful
00:03:12

Max Martin, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Angel Lopez, Keyboards, Additional Production - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Chris Martin, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Writer - Coldplay, MainArtist - Guy Berryman, Keyboards, Writer, Bass - Will Champion, Drums, Percussion, Writer - Jonny Buckland, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Michael Ilbert, Engineer - Davide Rossi, Writer, Strings - Daniel Green, Additional Production - Rik Simpson, Keyboards, Additional Production, Programmer - Dan Green, Keyboards, Programmer - Oscar Holter, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Duncan Fuller, AssistantEngineer - Pierre Houle, AssistantEngineer - Federico Vindver, Keyboards, Additional Production - Bill Rahko, Producer - Charley Pollard, AssistantEngineer - Linn Fijal, AssistantEngineer - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Thomas Warren, AssistantEngineer - The Dream Team, AdditionalEngineer - Connor Panayi, AssistantEngineer - Bastien Lozier, AssistantEngineer - Gina Vosti, AssistantEngineer - Baptiste Leroy, AssistantEngineer - Erwan Abbas, AdditionalEngineer - Matt Latham, AssistantEngineer - Stephanie Streseman Wilkinson, AssistantEngineer - Karl-Ola Kjellholm,, AssistantEngineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, © 2021 Coldplay ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

9
00:00:21

Max Martin, Producer, Engineer, Writer - Chris Martin, Keyboards, Writer - Coldplay, MainArtist - Guy Berryman, Engineer, Writer - Will Champion, Engineer, Writer - Jonny Buckland, Engineer, Writer - Daniel Green, Engineer - Bill Rahko, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Apple Martin, Vocals - Doris Sandberg, Vocals - Ava Champion, Vocals - Juno Champion, Vocals - Nico Berryman, Vocals - Violet Buckland, Vocals - Bea Berryman, Vocals - Richard Axnick, Vocals

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, © 2021 Coldplay ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

10
My Universe
00:03:46

Max Martin, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Additional Vocals, Writer - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Chris Martin, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Coldplay, MainArtist - Guy Berryman, Keyboards, Writer, Bass - Will Champion, Drums, Percussion, Writer - Jonny Buckland, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Michael Ilbert, Engineer - Daniel Green, Additional Production - Rik Simpson, Additional Production - Miguel Lara, AssistantEngineer - V, Vocals - Jin, Vocals - Dan Green, Keyboards, Programmer - Oscar Holter, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Amber Strother, Additional Vocals - Duncan Fuller, AssistantEngineer - PDOGG, Production Engineer, Vocal Recording Engineer - Suga, Vocals, Writer - Bill Rahko, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Additional Vocals, Writer - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Jimin, Vocals - The Dream Team, AdditionalEngineer - Jacob Collier, Additional Vocals - Rm, Vocals, Writer - Tate McDowell, Additional Vocals, AssistantEngineer - BTS, Vocals, MainArtist - Connor Panayi, AssistantEngineer - J-hope, Vocals, Writer - Matt Cooke, AssistantEngineer - Jung Kook, Vocals - Matt Latham, Engineer - Emma Marks, AssistantEngineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, © 2021 Coldplay under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, ℗ 2021 Coldplay,

11
00:03:46

Max Martin, Producer, Writer - Tony Smith, AssistantEngineer - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Chris Martin, Piano, Vocals, Writer - Coldplay, MainArtist - Guy Berryman, Additional Vocals, Writer - Will Champion, Drums, Additional Vocals, Writer - Jonny Buckland, Additional Vocals, Writer - Daniel Green, Producer - Rik Simpson, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Additional Vocals - Jon Hopkins, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Dan Green, Keyboards, Programmer - Cherif Hashizume, Additional Programmer - Oscar Holter, Producer, Keyboards - Tyler Gordon, AssistantEngineer - Bill Rahko, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer - Randy Merrill, Masterer - The Dream Team, AdditionalEngineer - Kian Moghaddamzadeh, AssistantEngineer - Matt Latham, AssistantEngineer - Simon Salabim, AssistantEngineer - Kaushlesh “Garry” Purohit, AssistantEngineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, © 2021 Coldplay ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Coloratura
00:10:17

Max Martin, Producer, Additional Keyboards, Additional Vocals, Writer, Drum Programmer - John Metcalfe, Writer, Strings - Chris Martin, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Writer - Coldplay, MainArtist - Guy Berryman, Writer, Bass - Will Champion, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Writer - Jonny Buckland, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Michael Ilbert, Mixer, Engineer - Davide Rossi, Writer, Strings - Daniel Green, CoProducer - Rik Simpson, Mixer, Additional Keyboards, Additional Vocals, CoProducer - Jon Hopkins, Keyboards - Dan Green, Programmer - Cherif Hashizume, Additional Programmer - Oscar Holter, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programmer - Paris Strother, Writer, Synthesizer - Duncan Fuller, AssistantEngineer - Bill Rahko, Producer, Theremin - Randy Merrill, Masterer - The Dream Team, AdditionalEngineer - Tate McDowell, AssistantEngineer - Connor Panayi, AssistantEngineer - Matt Cooke, AssistantEngineer - Kian Moghaddamzadeh, AssistantEngineer - Matt Latham, AssistantEngineer - Tomas Crow, AssistantEngineer - Emma Marks, AssistantEngineer - Simon Salabim, AssistantEngineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, © 2021 Coldplay ℗ 2021 Coldplay, under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

During pandemic lockdown, some people baked bread, others took up fostering kittens. Chris Martin, apparently, watched Star Wars. The Coldplay frontman has said that the band's ninth album was partly inspired by the Mos Eisley cantina band and "wonder[ing] what musicians are like across the universe." And honestly, thank god we have a band big enough to be able to afford to take chances like Music of the Spheres, because the results are thrilling. After the spacy intro "Music of the Spheres," opener "Higher Power" is a flat-out dance track, powered by a punchy electro beat, and joyously uplifting. Martin has said "the song is about trying to find the astronaut in all of us, the person that can do amazing things." (Although, at one point, he sings "Drocer nekorb a ekil mi"—"I'm like a broken record" in reverse.) It's the first example of the album being a family affair, too, as Martin's daughter Apple delivers the opening lilt. She also has a co-write on "Let Somebody Go," a lovely piano ballad that finds Martin duetting with Selena Gomez; it takes a surprising turn on the bridge, slipping into smooth jazz. Apple's brother Moses joins in on the chorus of "Humankind" (with an altered Stephen Fry on the intro), a supercatchy and energetic collection of bleeps and bloops and "alien" voices, '80s synth and strident acoustic guitar that is going to be awesome to work out to. It's a bit of a throwback to the dance-pop sounds of bands like MGMT circa 2008. It won't surprise you here to find out the record is produced by Max Martin, the man behind slick hits from Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and others. His polished style is a surprising complement to Martin's unpolished rasp and a major asset on songs like "My Universe," a collaboration with BTS performed in English and Korean that cruises a funky groove of ’80s FM pop; it's an earworm we'll all be stuck with for months. "People of the Pride" pushes Coldplay in a new, edgier direction—complete with ominous garage-rock guitar and an emo-pop stomp. Curiosity "Biutyful" warps the vocals to sound like a cutesy ET crooning a space-lounge melody. Twinkly "Infinity Sign" incorporates the soccer chant "Ole Ole Ole." The record closes out with one of the most wonderfully grandiose, swing-for-the-stars songs of Coldplay's career. Clocking in at 10 minutes, "Coloratura" is the band's The Dark Side of the Moon moment, weaving in a music box melody, fluttering strings, McCartney piano and spacey Gilmour guitars. It name-checks Galileo's discovery of the Callisto moon and declares,"It's the end of death and doubt and loneliness is out ... Coloratura, the place we dreamed about." (It will be great for planetarium laser shows.) Martin's voice cracks in all the right places, and the idea—"In the end it's all about the love you're sending out—is so elemental but expressed with such a sense of wonder about and gratitude for the universe, you can’t help but feel a sense of hope. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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