Frontman Chris Martin and actress Jessica Lucas (Evil Dead, Cloverfield) star as sumo-suited “big” ballerinas in the video for Coldplay‘s third Ghost Stories single, “True Love.” The message for the clip, as displayed at the end, is “anything is possible,” and in the case of the clip – directed by Jonas Åkerlund (Madonna, the Rolling Stones, Coldplay’s “Magic”) – the thing that is seemingly impossible is the couple being taken seriously as dancers and people, as they each face various humiliations including getting turned away by a bus driver, getting ignored as a street performer and being mocked at a casting call. But as is always the case, at least in Coldplay videos, things work out for the star-crossed lovers.
In other recent Coldplay news, the group teamed with Cat Power for a dreamy new ballad, “Wish I Was Here,” for the soundtrack for Zach Braff’s film of the same name. Braff told NPR that it was Martin’s idea to have the song sung by a woman, an idea that appealed to him because it dovetailed into the plot of the movie. “When Chris and I were talking, we both kind of simultaneously said, ‘Cat Power,'” the director and actor said.
More recently, Coldplay were among the artists, along with Rihanna and Katy Perry, that the NFL propositioned in a reported pay-for-play bid for a spot in the Super Bowl Halftime Show, in which the league allegedly asked for post-Super Bowl touring earnings or other compensation. The request from the NFL has been greeted with derision from the music industry, prompting the touring agent for Metallica, Billy Joel and Rush to say to Rolling Stone, “Is Paul McCartney going to pay? I doubt it.”