The group linked up with the International Space Station to speak with French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet about life in space.
British band Coldplay has chosen an out of this world way to mark the release of their latest single "Higher Power" on Friday – by beaming it up into space.
The rock group, known for hit songs "Paradise" and "Viva la Vida," linked up with the International Space Station (ISS) to speak with French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet about life in space.
They also shared a recorded outdoor performance of their new song, featuring colourful alien holograms dancing to the tune, to Pesquet, who played it on board the ISS.
"Right now we aren't able to play for anybody on Earth, so we thought we'd just play for you," lead singer Chris Martin to Pesquet during their chat, a video of which was shared on Friday.
"It's like our one-man concert."
Last week, the band wrote on its Twitter page that the song, produced by Swedish songwriter and producer Max Martin, "arrived on a little keyboard and a bathroom sink at the start of 2020."
Higher Power is a song that arrived on a little keyboard and a bathroom sink at the start of 2020. It was produced by Max Martin who is a true wonder of the universe. It’s out on Friday 7 May.— Coldplay (@coldplay) April 29, 2021
Love c, g, w & jhttps://t.co/f26MzzGUxO pic.twitter.com/f79RioWmSf
Coldplay will open next week's BRIT Awards, Britain's pop music honours, with a performance of "Higher Power" on the River Thames near the ceremony's O2 arena venue in London.
They are also set to perform at Glastonbury's livestream concert on May 22 after the festival's usual greenfield music event was cancelled again this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.