Coldplay have unveiled the first single from their upcoming album, with the premiere of Higher Power taking place on board the International Space Station.

Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion teamed up with French astronaut Thomas Pesquet for the stunt, which saw the track played on the ISS and beamed back to Earth by satellite.

In a video chat, Martin told the 43-year-old aerospace engineer: “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.”

It’s a busy week for Coldplay with performances on American Idol and the Brit Awards. The Band is the most nominated group at the Brits, with 28 nominations in total and nine award wins.

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