The rumours are true – BTS and Coldplay are collaborating!
Coldplay and BTS unveil a constellation of wonder in their new collaborative single 'My Universe' – listen
After months of endless speculation and built-up excitement, the two musical acts are joining together for a new single titled 'My Universe' Written by Coldplay and BTS, and produced by legendary pop producer Max Martin, the new track will be sung in both English and Korean and is slated for release on 24 September.
#Coldplay X #BTS - My Universe🪐— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) September 13, 2021
🌌 https://t.co/Iyf5QVrN3l #ColdplayXBTS #MyUniverse https://t.co/8MBuWnuM0m
Since announcing the track, both the groups have released teasers of their recording session in Korea earlier this year, including a photo of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin with BTS.
It's coming.@coldplay pic.twitter.com/kcSm4i31Ev— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) September 14, 2021
The groups also met in New York, after BTS' speech at the 76th UN General Assembly. BTS were decked out in Louis Vuitton, while Coldplay were wearing modern hanboks.
❤️💙 @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/iWrE5vQxXv— Coldplay (@coldplay) September 22, 2021
My Universe Crew !— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) September 22, 2021
Fans set up streaming parties, fundraisers, and more for Coldplay and BTS' upcoming collaborative single 'My Universe'
Coldplay's record label Parlophone has revealed the release schedule for the lyric video (24 September, 1 PM KST) 'Inside My Universe' documentary (26 September, 9 PM KST), a remix and acoustic version (27 September, 8 AM KST), and an official music video.
Ahead of the single drop, Coldplay shared handwritten lyrics of 'My Universe' in English and Korean.
#MyUniverse // Tomorrow // https://t.co/fZyqWBtnmK // ❤️♾⭕️ // @BTS_twt @bts_bighit pic.twitter.com/VywVlK8LC0— Coldplay (@coldplay) September 23, 2021
A 'My Universe' CD single, exclusive to South Korea only, was available for pre-order on Weverse but sold out within 10 minutes. Shipping starts in October for fans who managed to get copies. Meanwhile, copies of the CD single are still available via the official Coldplay store.
On 20 September, Coldplay announced an alternate version of the CD single - Epiphane edition. Get it here.
My Universe // Alternate CD single (Epiphane edition) // Available to pre-order worldwide now // https://t.co/Vj33bkQZbE // @BTS_twt @bts_bighit pic.twitter.com/6TF9SCIMvP— Coldplay (@coldplay) September 20, 2021
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Both acts shared previews of the upcoming track via their official TikTok channels, showing the 7 members of BTS with Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin.
#MyUniverse // Coldplay X BTS // September 24th // ❤️♾⭕️ @bts_official_bighit #bts #coldplay♬ My Universe - Coldplay & BTS
#ColdplayXBTS #MyUniverse 🪐 Coming Soon..!♬ My Universe - Coldplay x BTS
On 22 September, Coldplay dropped a 15-second snippet of a lyric video.
"And they said that we can't be together…"#MyUniverse // Coldplay X BTS // Out Friday // https://t.co/yAcfYWIFgh // ❤️♾⭕️ // @BTS_twt @bts_bighit pic.twitter.com/pdu4ss7bOs— Coldplay (@coldplay) September 21, 2021
News of the collaboration was first posted on Twitter earlier this June, with both BTS and Coldplay fans anticipating the then-rumoured track.
In the last couple of months, BTS and Coldplay have shared their admiration for each other. The GRAMMY-nominated performed Coldplay's hit 'Fix You' on MTV Unplugged last March, which BTS shared was a significant song to the band, having helped them through their difficult time.
The British rock band took to Twitter to praise the pop icons for the beautiful rendition, and even recommended BTS' Billboard Hot 100 hit 'Butter' a few months later.
아름다운 @bts_twt 🤍🤍🤍— Coldplay (@coldplay) February 24, 2021
Love c, g, w & j #BTSUnplugged https://t.co/XkHAwMi0sl
pic.twitter.com/xzuKj8VkG8— Coldplay (@coldplay) May 26, 2021
In a recent interview with Popcrush, Martin shared: "When it comes to BTS, I just have nothing but love and respect for them. All seven guys, I think they're just cool, stand for good things and sing about cool things. I love the fact that they are so huge and sing a lot in Korean, they don't always have to sing in English. I love them a lot and so if the right song came along, I wouldn't ever say no."
He also revealed: "I love that band... because love what they stand for as people."
So, we asked #ChrisMartin of @Coldplay if he'd like to collab with @BTS_twt... 💜 🎶 #BTS pic.twitter.com/DcAm37hCGo— Most Requested Live (@MostRequestLive) June 20, 2021
'My Universe' comes as the second single off Coldplay's forthcoming album Music of the Spheres, following 'Higher Power'.
Meanwhile, BTS recently released their record-breaking singles 'Butter' and 'Permission To Dance'. Both groups are scheduled to perform at the upcoming Global Citizen Live event on 25 September which will be held across 8 cities around the world.
Pre-save the new single here.