What we have to say about Coldplay x BTS: ‘My Universe’ Collaboration

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This music video is literally out of this world.

Verdict after listening to ‘My Universe’

Frankly, I did not know what to expect when Coldplay and BTS first announced their collaboration. These are two powerhouses in the music industry, so I was intrigued to say the least. When the lyric video was first released on 24th September (days prior to the music video), I listened to it twice in a row. The first time with my eyes closed, just paying close attention to the vocals, instruments and general music arrangement of it all. The second time I focused on the lyrics and since the song was sung partly in Korean, I read the english translation for it to fully understand what the song is about. All I can say is, it was phenomenal. Don’t even get me started on the visuals of the music video, it gave me Guardians of the Galaxy vibes and I’m here for it.

What the song is about

Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay, spoke about this collaboration with BTS on The Kelly Clarkson Show. “We really don’t believe in any boundaries or separation of anything really, and so the song My Universe is about someone being told they can’t love a certain other person, or can’t be with this race, or they can’t be gay – whatever it might be,” he said. He even did a short acoustic rendition of the song on the show while singing the Korean lyrics, I was impressed. Not just by the fact that he sung it in Korean, it’s him taking the time to learn the Korean lyrics properly and not just playing BTS in the background singing their part while he sings his. He truly showed how language does not need to be a barrier when it comes to music.

This guy gets it.

“But you don’t even understand, it’s in a different language!”

Well then, make the effort to understand it before you dismiss it. Here’s the thing, the vocals in a song are just one part of it, the music is the other. Say you’re vibing to a song and suddenly someone starts singing in a language you don’t understand, do you instantly decide, “Okay, nope, don’t understand it, next!”? Maybe, but all that does is you lose the opportunity to possibly like the song. Sometimes you may not understand the language but you might be able to pick up on the emotions the singer is trying to express through the song. At the very root of it, music transcends language.

At the end of the day…

Music is here to unite us, not divide us. We all have different tastes in music and that’s the beauty of music. It speaks to all of us in unique ways, some connect with certain songs or genres more than others and that’s fine. All I’m saying is that before you found the song you fell in love with, you didn’t know you were going to love it until you heard it. That’s just it, keeping an open mind when it comes to music, give the song a chance before you dismiss it because of external factors. What I mean by external factors are things like judging an entire band or genre because of that one song you heard in the past that you did not fancy, or because of their fans. Don’t just like a band because they are famous or hate on them because they sing in a language you don’t understand. Simply listen to the song and decide on your own, do you like it or not? If you like it, enjoy. If you don’t like it, next!

I for one, enjoyed this collaboration – adds to playlist.

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