What we know about Coldplay’s new album: from expected title to possible new tour

Did the British band hide a clue to its name in their 2019 album 'Everyday Life'?

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin hopes the band's next tour will be carbon neutral. Mint Pictures
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin hopes the band's next tour will be carbon neutral. Mint Pictures

Nearly two years after premiering Everyday Life in a stunning pair of sunrise and sunset concerts in Jordan’s capital Amman, another Coldplay album is in the works.

In more news to excite faithful fans, the group even plans to tour after four years away from the stage.

With Coldplay scrapping concert plans for Everyday Life because of environmental concerns, the UK press reported that gigs were planned to promote the new album once safe to do so.

Here are four things to know about the impending release.

1. A space-inspired title

We may not have a release date, but we may have an album name.

According to British tabloid The Sun, Coldplay’s latest release will carry the title Music of the Spheres.

We know this because the group recently trademarked the title for use across various operations, including merchandise.

A source close to the band confirmed to the newspaper this is the album’s working title.

2. Band hinted at new work in their last album

If you are a hardcore fan and thought the title sounded familiar, you are right.

The phrase Music of the Spheres first appeared in the book accompanying Everyday Life's vinyl release.

Look even closer and underneath the words, you will find a small caption that reads: “Coldplay coming soon.”

3. New music at Glastonbury

Also supporting the theory that Coldplay is back in business is their coming performance at Glastonbury, albeit the digital version.

While the group would normally headline one of the five nights of the mammoth UK festival, they will have to settle for topping an online line-up on Saturday, May 22, with fellow acts including Damon Albarn, Haim, Michael Kiwanuka and Wolf Alice.

We expect the group to premiere new material as part of their set.

4. Solar-powered world tour

While trademarking Music of the Spheres implies cool new touring merchandise, rumours that Coldplay are returning to the road are not entirely unpredictable.

Martin confirmed in 2019 that the band eventually planned to tour once more.

He said the years spent between shows will give the group time to develop ways to conduct environmentally sustainable world tours.

"We would be disappointed if it's not carbon neutral," he told BBC News.

"The hardest thing is the flying side of things. But, for example, our dream is to have a show with no single-use plastic, to have it largely solar powered.

"We've done a lot of big tours at this point. How do we turn it around so it's not so much taking as giving?"

With the UAE’s ample amount of sunshine, not to mention Coldplay’s fondness for playing in the capital, Abu Dhabi is well placed to be in the mix when the boys are back on the road.

Updated: April 11, 2021 11:36 AM

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