Steven Wilson On Coldplay Singer Chris Martin’s Cynical Attempts to Regain Popularity

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In a recent interview with Rob Moore, Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson shared his thoughts about Coldplay frontman Chris Martin‘s choices to maintain peak popularity in the music industry.

Coldplay released their ninth album, ‘Music of the Spheres,’ featuring mainstream names such as Selena Gomez and BTS, on October 15, 2021. The band is currently on the Music of the Spheres World Tour, supporting the album. Coldplay’s eco-friendly tour started in San José on March 18, 2022, and will conclude in Buenos Aires on October 29, 2022.

The latest album also came with upsetting news for fans. The band’s lead singer, Chris Martin, said they only plan to release three more albums and will stop in 2025. The Coldplay singer broke the bitter-sweet news and said they would continue to tour and work on other projects. However, working on their craft for over 20 years is a mission accomplished for them as a band.

In a recent interview, Steven Wilson stated that Chris Martin is an excellent example of a musician who wants to be popular and stay relevant in the industry. He added that it’s not hard to assume that he enjoys being a celebrity when looking at his choice of spouse. Wilson mentioned that collaborations with BTS seem like a cynical choice. It is a way to regain the peak spot in the music industry. He also added that Radiohead and Coldplay weren’t that dissimilar musically. Still, as bands, they wanted to achieve different outcomes at the end of the day.

Steven Wilson’s thoughts about Coldplay’s choice of music to regain popularity:

Chris Martin is an example of someone who loves to be at the center of the universe. He is in love. You only have to look at his choice of ex-wife; you know he married a Hollywood superstar. He’s in love with the idea of being a star being a celebrity, being an icon, and I get that. You know, again, I grew up with Prince, and he was my idol, and there was none cooler than Prince, and you know, in the public eye at the time, I do get that.

He allows that because the last album with the collaborations with BTS and all those things felt very cynical to me. A very cynical attempt to regain some ground in terms of being at the peak of the pop industry, whereas I think Tom York couldn’t give a shit. There was a time when Coldplay and Radiohead were similar in terms of coolness. You know they weren’t dissimilar musically, but they had very different aspirations at the end of the day.”

You can watch the interview below.