Coldplay feared they would be 'thrown in prison' while making album in lockdown

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin says he fared pushing the limits of lockdown laws in order to make the band’s new album while travelling in search of inspiration.

The band are back with a new song called Higher Power which is released ahead of their hotly anticipated ninth studio album – Music Of The Spheres – which is their first since 2019.

And 44-year-old singer Chris says getting creative for the creation of the new music risked landing himself and band-mates, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion, in the slammer.

The boys decided to pack up their instruments to seek out inspiration for the new record in the midst of the still ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic.

Chris Marten has discussed the Covid-safe way Coldplay made their new album

Explaining the intricacies of their travel plans, Chris told Radio2: “We had to find countries where we were able to get in with permission and then be in a recording bubble.”

Explaining their creative ways further, Chris said he feared repercussions would be severe if the band ended up breaking Covid lockdown laws.

He said: ”We tried to stay within the rules but also get together when possible in a way so we wouldn’t be thrown in prison.”

Chris feared he, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Guy Berryman would be jailed if they breached Covid laws

While the boys managed to avoid jail, their music has been found being played somewhere more unexpected – outer space.

On Friday Coldplay debuted their new single from the International Space station.

The band enlisted the help of French astronaut Thomas Pesquet who played the track from 250 miles above the earth.

The band launched their brand new single on Friday

They launched the single by playing the song to International Space Station astronaut Thomas Pesquet

And the space performance was also inspired by the pandemic and the inability for bands to currently play to huge audiences.

Chris said to Thomas: “Right now we aren’t able to play for anybody on Earth, so we thought we’d just play for you. It’s like our one-man concert.”

The new single was co-written and produced by Swedish pop super producer Max Martin – who has been behind huge tracks for singer and musicians including Britney Spears, Ariana Grande and Katy Perry.


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