Coldplay is officially back! After dropping their single “Higher Power” in May, the band announced on July 20 that their ninth studio album, Music of the Spheres, is coming this fall. Fans were already pumped for the release, but now they’re even more excited knowing it’ll feature a collaboration with BTS. They predicted the team up months ago, so now that it’s officially confirmed, fans are beside themselves. If you can’t wait to hear what the two groups have in store, here’s everything you need to know about Coldplay's Music Of The Spheres, including its release date, tracklist, features, and more.
2021 has been a huge year for Coldplay, and it’s only going to get better with the arrival of Music of the Spheres. Days after debuting “Higher Power” on May 7, the band performed the track on American Idol and then again at the 2021 BRIT Awards, marking their first live performance at The O2 in more than a year. The group also delivered a jaw-dropping performance of “Higher Power” during Macy’s Fourth of July Spectacular, which included a gorgeous fireworks spectacle.
Now, after teasing their next album for months, Coldplay revealed on July 20 their upcoming record will be here in October. Here’s everything you need to know about Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres before it drops.
When is Music of the Spheres coming out?
Coldplay’s ninth studio album, produced by Max Martin, will arrive on Friday, Oct. 15. That’s less than three months away. Before then, fans will get a new single called “Coloratura” on Friday, July 23, followed by another single in September. See the album cover art below.
What is the Music of the Spheres tracklist?
The same day they announced their new album on July 20, Coldplay unveiled their record’s tracklist, which features 12 songs total. As you can see, some titles are just emojis.
- Higher Power
- Let Somebody Go
- People of the Pride
- My Universe
Will Music of the Spheres have any collaborations?
Before the groups officially announced their collab, a lot of fans already theorized Coldplay teamed up with BTS. After the K-pop group covered them during a Feb. 23 appearance on MTV Unplugged, which got Coldplay’s seal of approval, fans predicted the two would eventually meet in the studio together. When an Instagram user named @Ichisean said they met Chris Martin at Incheon Airport in South Korea on April 16, fans thought their dream of a collab was coming true.
On May 27, rumors of a collaboration spread again when Martin added BTS’ “Butter” to his Spotify playlist. Then, days later, fans appeared to find a MatchLyrics page that said the two teamed up for a song called “My Universe,” which is a track featured on Coldplay’s official album tracklist.
Fans became more convinced the rumors were true when Coldplay announced their Music of the Spheres album. Clearly, the album artwork and tracklist were all cosmic-themed, which ties into the “My Universe” theory. Fans also noticed a possible BTS connection in Coldplay’s July 20 album teaser. They thought the infinity logo shown during the clip looked a lot like BTS’ 2021 Muster Sowoozoo stage setup. BTS has also had a lot of cosmic-themed merchandise and music videos following the release of their song “Mikrokosmos” in April 2019, which only added to the theory Coldplay was hinting at a collab with them.
On Sept. 3, it was announced BTS would be joining Martin on an episode of YouTube’s weekly music show Released to have an “intimate conversation” about their latest single “Permission to Dance.” Fans thought they were going to reveal their collab that day, but BTS and Coldplay made them wait until Sept. 13 for the official announcement. “#MyUniverse // Coldplay X BTS // September 24th // Pre-order & pre-save now,” the band announced on Twitter.
Coldplay shared a snippet of the new single with BTS on TikTok. When you click on the audio, you could hear the groups sing the following lyrics: “I fly together with you/ When I'm without you/ I'm crazy/ Oh hold my, hold my hand/ We are made of each other baby/ You (you) you are my universe and I just want to put you first/ You (you) you are my universe/ You make my heart light up inside.”
Check out the video of BTS and Coldplay singing “My Universe” below.
How can I pre-order Music of the Spheres?
Fans can pre-order Music of the Spheres on Coldplay’s official website, where the album is available on a standard CD, vinyl, cassette, and more.
October will be here before you know it, so make sure to purchase your copy ASAP!
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