The band began the night with the album's lead single, "Magic." The band released the track in March with the announcement of their new album, and in a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, frontman Chris Martin revealed that the song was inspired by the realizations that accompanied his "conscious uncoupling" with wife Gwyneth Paltrow. "It's not a question of you either really love someone or you really hate someone, it's more nuanced than that - especially with the modern world's complications - like travelling and all the stuff that comes to life, and illness and addiction and all that sort of thing," Martin told the BBC. "It's just saying – ultimately – there is magic between two people no matter what anyone else thinks."
For their second act, the band took the energy up a notch with "A Sky Full of Stars," which the band co-wrote with EDM star Avicii and released earlier this week.
Ghost Stories, Coldplay's first album since 2011's Mylo Xyloto, is due out on May 19th. The night before the release, the band returns to NBC for an hourlong special called Coldplay: Ghost Stories, which they describe as "an immersive blend of light and video, dramatic staging and an intimate world-premiere performance."