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Watch Coldplay Cover Prince’s Classic Cut “1999” for NPR’s Tiny Desk

Watch Coldplay Cover Prince’s Classic Cut “1999” for NPR’s Tiny Desk

The group played new material from their 2019 album Everyday Life.

Grammy Award-winning band Coldplay were the latest guests on NPR’s Tiny Desk series. The group performed five songs, three of which appeared on their latest album Everyday Life.

“I’m in f****** heaven right now,” lead singer Chris Martin said before the band’s performance of “Cry Cry Cry.” Subsequently, the band performed its 2008 hit song “Viva La Vida.”

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This time around, the backing vocals took on a more bluesy aesthetic. This twist came courtesy of the nine-piece choir joining the band. The soulful sojourn continued as the band played a gospel-tinged performance of “Broken,” then went on to cover Prince‘s 1982 classic “1999.” Watch the full performance above.

Nine vocalists make up the backing choir. Denise Green, Shaneka Hamilton, Dorian Holley, Stephen Mackey, Lamarcus Eldridge, Lawrence Young, Surrenity Xyz, Tiffany Smith, and Mabvuto Carpenter. Chris Martin plays the keys and handles lead vocals, while Jonny Buckland handles the guitar.

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The guest vocalists carry the “Broken” and “1999” renditions, with Martin taking a step back to focus on the keys. Martin commented that the band hasn’t done much promotion for Everyday Life. “We’ve been trying to stay in semi-hibernation,” he said, “but coming out for something like Tiny Desk is so pure,” he said, “it makes us feel like ‘oh that’s why we do what we do.”

Coldplay’s Everyday Life is available on all major streaming platforms.

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