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Rock on TV Preview: Coldplay Bring 'Paradise' to 'Letterman'

Also: Kelly Clarkson on 'Leno' and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on 'Fallon'

September 20, 2011 5:30 PM ET
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Will Champion and Chris Martin of Coldplay perform in Westwood, California.
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The promotional push for Coldplay's new album, Mylo Xyloto, will kick into high gear tonight when the British quartet makes an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman. The band is likely to play their dramatic new single "Paradise," but who knows, there could be other surprises. Like, what if Chris Martin duets with his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow? That'd be something, right?

Coldplay - Late Show with David Letterman, CBS 11:35 p.m.

Kelly Clarkson - Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC 11:35 p.m.

Gavin DeGraw - Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC 12:00 a.m.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NBC 12:35 a.m.

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