Did BTS and Coldplay collaborate on a song? The K-pop stars' reps have an answer
Speculation first began when the alleged lyrics of Coldplay's new song were leaked online and were said to feature BTS and Korean words.
BTS’ label Big Hit Music has responded to rumours of a possible collaboration between the K-pop stars and British band Coldplay.
According to Soompi, speculation of the partnership began on Thursday (Jul 15), when the alleged lyrics to Coldplay’s new song, My Universe, were leaked on the site MatchLyric. The entertainment site added that the song featured BTS and included Korean lyrics.
As rumours began circulating, leaked sound sources of what appeared to be the song spread online. It contained voices believed to belong to Coldplay’s Chris Martin and BTS’ Jungkook.
In response, Warner Music Korea and Big Hit Music released a short statement saying, “It’s difficult to confirm the related content”.
Both bands have not officially collaborated before, although they have communicated several times over social media – including an occasion earlier this year where BTS covered Coldplay’s song Fix You, and the British rock band praised the group’s performance.
Martin also has not ruled out the possibility of a future collaboration with BTS.
In an interview with PopCrush in June, the Coldplay frontman said, "When it comes to BTS, I just have nothing but love and respect for them. All seven guys, I think they're just cool, stand for good things and sing about cool things. I love the fact that they are so huge and sing a lot in Korean, they don't always have to sing in English. I love them a lot and so if the right song came along, I wouldn't ever say no."
The two bands are slated to perform for the 2021 Global Citizen Live 24-hour special alongside Ed Sheeran and Billie Eilish.
Last week, BTS unveiled their latest song, the Sheeran-penned Permission to Dance, as part of their CD single Butter. The title track has topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven consecutive weeks, marking their longest run on the No 1 spot.