Photo: Sadao Turner/Ryan Seacrest Productions
By Kathleen Perricone
Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories, comes out on Monday, and we were lucky enough to have Chris Martin stop by On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Thursday morning to tell us more about their new album … as well as that kiss he shared with Spider-Man‘s Andrew Garfield on Saturday Night Live.
“We went tongue to tongue,” joked Chris about the hilarious TV moment, for which he didn’t even need cue cards. “I learned that scene like my life depended on it, and I’m still waiting for the call for the next movie.”
But did the two actually touch lips? Even though Chris had his back to the camera for the scene, he told Ryan and Ellen K., “The truth is absolutely. The director said, ‘You really don’t need to.’ [And] I said, ‘I really do.’”
As for Coldplay’s sixth album, the singer explained that he’s been working on its material “in some ways, over 30 years, and in other ways, about two.”
The lyrics for the songs, including “Magic” and “A Sky Full of Stars,” come to him “most often in the middle of the night. I don’t sleep so much between about 11 and 2 or 3.”
And he was especially creative during the full moon on Wednesday night when Chris told Ellen he wrote “one-and-a-half [songs] about dreaming.”
The cover of Ghost Stories — a pair of wings forming two halves of a heart — conveys the message behind the album, explained Chris. “The idea of Ghost Stories is how to turn something bad into something that gives you an uplift.”
The band also worked with Avicii — or “Tim” as Chris calls him — on “A Sky Full of Stars.”
“I had that song and it had just come out of the sky about 2 o’clock in the morning about five months ago,” explained Chris. “The rest of the band were in London because we had just finished a session together, but Tim was here, so I asked him, ‘Is there any way you can come in a do this demo?’ And in about 20 minutes, he turned it into this full-on thing and it was just wonderful to do that … he was there from the beginning.”
Ghost Stories will be released on Monday, May 19 … pre-order it on iTunes now!
Before then, Coldplay: Ghost Stories airs Sunday, May 18, at 7 p.m. on NBC.
Also, watch the exclusive stream of iHeartRadio Release Party With Coldplay on Monday at 6 p.m. ET on Yahoo! Screen here at that time.