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Coldplay debut new song with Little Simz during Glastonbury headliner set

Coldplay debut new song with Little Simz during Glastonbury headliner set

Coldplay brought out rapper Little Simz as a surprise guest at their Glastonbury headliner on Saturday night, to debut a new collaboration.

The song is rumoured to be titled ‘Supernova’, with the chorus prominently featuring the lyrics ‘and so we pray’. Burna Boy also has a verse on the song, although he was not present at the Glastonbury performance. Palestinian singer Elyanna was also on stage to assist with vocals.

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Simz’s surprise appearance came after she played directly in front of Coldplay on the Pyramid Stage. Before Simz took the stage, the band played a series of their biggest hits, starting with “Yellow,” slowing things down with “The Scientist” and performing “Viva La Vida” with a live orchestra.

Earlier in the set, Coldplay welcomed Victoria Canal for “Paradise.” The 25-year-old singer-songwriter joined the band on vocals and piano.

Coldplay is a legend at Glastonbury: the rock band, led by Chris Martin, made its first appearance at the festival in 1999 and subsequently headlined in 2002 (replacing The Strokes at the last minute), 2005, 2011 and 2016. This year’s performance marks the fifth time Coldplay has held the top spot, making the band the first act to do so.

Saturday night’s show followed last week’s news that the band’s 10th album, “Moon Music,” will be released on Oct. 4. The record’s first single, “Feels Like I’m Falling in Love,” dropped Friday. “Moon Music” was produced by hitmaker Max Martin, who has worked with everyone from Britney Spears to The Weeknd. The album is the band’s first since 2021’s “Music of the Spheres.”

Coldplay are currently still touring with ‘Music of the Spheres’ and have made significant efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, having so far produced 59% less carbon emissions than their last stadium tour. With revenues of over $810 million, the “Music of the Spheres” run has become the third highest-grossing and second most attended tour of all time. The trek concludes in New Zealand in November.

Coldplay was formed in 1997 at University College London and currently consists of lead singer Martin, guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion. The band has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music acts of all time.

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