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Coldplay say one of their final albums will soundtrack a musical they’re writing

Chris Martin confirms one of the band's final three albums will soundtrack a musical film

By Charlotte Krol

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs live in a light blue shirt during a 2017 concert
Chris Martin of Coldplay. (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Sebwes8)

One of Coldplay’s final albums will be the soundtrack to a musical film the band are creating.

That’s according to frontman Chris Martin, who confirmed the news in a recent interview while discussing the band’s plans to release three more albums before bowing out in 2025.

He told ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show‘ yesterday (January 26) that he and his bandmates are grateful to be able to do “what feels right to us”.

When DeGeneres mentioned the musical and its soundtrack, Martin joked that it’s called ‘East Side Story’ before confirming that the band envisage it as a musical film rather than a stage show.

He added that – while 2025 will be the last time new music will be released by Coldplay – he thinks they will continue to tour. “We’ll always be together as a group of musicians and friends, but I think the story of our albums ends then. Like ‘Harry Potter’ finishes at a certain point,” he said.

“That’s what we decided to do. That’s why our music changes a bit. Sometimes we lose people and we get other people in. But, really, it’s become so fun since we just had the privilege of following what feels correct. Everybody should do it.”

In an interview with NME last year Martin revealed that the band had decided to release a total of 12 albums. Their last, 2021’s ‘Music Of The Spheres‘, was their ninth studio album.

“I love it and it’s amazing,” Martin said, “but it’s very intense too. I feel like because I know that challenge is finite, making this music doesn’t feel difficult, it feels like, ‘This is what we’re supposed to be doing.’”

Meanwhile, last month Martin spoke about Coldplay’s forthcoming eco-friendly shows, explaining that there’s still “a long way to go” to find a sustainable way of touring. The band kick off their world tour in March.

When announcing the run of dates, Coldplay outlined a list of measures that would reduce their carbon footprint while out on the road. This includes giving discounts to fans who travel to the concerts by public transport and donating 10 per cent of earnings to climate change organisations.

In a statement at the time the group said they were “very conscious” of the climate crisis. “So we’ve spent the last two years consulting with environmental experts to make this tour as sustainable as possible, and, just as importantly, to harness the tour’s potential to push things forward.”