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Coldplay’s Chris Martin Talks New Album: ‘It Isn’t for Everybody’

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(Frank Micelotta/Getty Images).

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By Annie Reuter

Chris Martin doesn’t think his band’s new album is for everyone, but he’s proud of it anyway.

The Coldplay frontman talked with Carson Daly this morning (May 16) on 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles in promotion of the band’s sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, due out next Tuesday (May 20).

Martin explained that the album is about “life itself and all its glorious colorfulness” — the album the quartet wanted to make.

“With this one I feel really proud,” Martin told Daly. “I feel like we made exactly what we wanted to make. It’s a strange feeling because we’ve only really achieved that once or twice before.

Related: Stream Coldplay’s New Album ‘Ghost Stories’

“To me, we’ve made a flavor of ice cream and we made it really well. Some people may not want that flavor that day or might not like ice cream. It doesn’t make me question that we should have made it. This is something we specifically designed. It isn’t for everybody. It’s never easy when someone says, ‘I really don’t like your music.’ In this instance, there’s nothing I can do about it, ’cause this is exactly what we were supposed to make.”

For the album, Coldplay enlisted help from an unlikely source on “A Sky Full of Stars” — EDM star Avicii.

“That’s not really something that we could have done 15 years ago but now I feel like you’re just free to do anything you like,” he said. “This song came out in five minutes. It just came through. The first person we thought of to produce it was Tim, Avicii. He was very sweet and we pushed him so hard on it. I’m so grateful that he lent us his backwards baseball hat services.”

Known for his self-deprecating humor, Martin addressed the band not having a “cool factor,” and being grateful for that.

“We’ve never been the coolest thing or the most fashionable thing,” he admitted. “We’ve never been the most unfashionable thing. Well, maybe for a period. It just feels like we’re able to keep rolling and no one really notices. This whole thing is crazy, I can’t believe we’re allowed to do it. I could not have asked for a more dreamy job. Despite all the weird stuff that comes with it, everyday I feel so grateful.”

Stream Coldplay’s Ghost Stories now on iTunes. Catch their hour-long special Coldplay: Ghost Stories on NBC Sunday, May 18.

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