Coldplay: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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This performance was recorded on January 23, 2020. We will continue releasing Tiny Desk videos of shows that had already been taped. In light of current events, NPR is postponing new live tapings of Tiny Desk Concerts. In the meantime, check out Tiny Desk (home) concerts! They’re recorded by the artists in their home. It’s the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space.
Watch Coldplay play "Cry Cry Cry", "Viva La Vida", "Broken", "1999" (Prince cover) and "Champion Of The World" at the Tiny Desk.
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March 12, 2020 | Robin Hilton -- Shortly into Coldplay's soundcheck, singer Chris Martin cut off the opening song, "Cry Cry Cry," right in the middle. His band had brought along a nine-piece choir, and he asked them to take "Cry Cry Cry" one more time. When one of the singers asked if there was a problem, Martin replied, "No, I'm just in f****** heaven right now!"
That feeling was obvious throughout the performance. Watching Martin at the keys, with the For Love Choir behind him and Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland at his side, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was the happiest day of his life. Laughing, bouncing to the music and playing off the crowd, Martin and company gave one of the most jubilant, uplifting and memorable performances we've ever had at the Tiny Desk.
Watching their gospel-infused take on "Viva La Vida," it was hard not to beam with joy; hearing their stirring cover of Prince's "1999" brought on a mass urge to leap up and dance. The entire set was a perfectly executed showcase of the band's creative spirit and love of community through music.
"Viva La Vida" was the only older track Coldplay performed, in addition to the surprise Prince cover. (The band had just performed at a Prince tribute show in January.) The other three songs - "Cry Cry Cry," "Broken" and "Champion of the World" - are all from the band's stellar new album, Everyday Life, which was recorded with some of the singers on hand for the Tiny Desk. Martin joked that, "In a very real way, they've Photoshopped our songs to be much better than they actually are." Whether or not that's true, for at least this one sunny afternoon at the NPR Music offices, the choir - and Coldplay's inspired reworking of its own music - felt transcendent.
"Cry Cry Cry"
"Viva La Vida"
"1999" (Prince cover)
"Champion Of The World"
Chris Martin: vocals, keys; Jonny Buckland: guitar; Denise Green: vocals; Shaneka Hamilton: vocals; Dorian Holley: vocals; Stephen Mackey: vocals; Lamarcus Eldridge: vocals; Lawrence Young: vocals; Surrenity Xyz: vocals; Tiffany Smith: vocals; Mabvuto Carpenter: vocals
Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Maia Stern, Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Jack Corbett, Melany Rochester; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Shanti Hands; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Emily Bogle/NPR


  1. NPR Music
    NPR Music
    4 maanden geleden

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    1. Marcos Merino
      Marcos Merino
      18 dagen geleden

      Congratulations from Chile !!

    2. Anthony Spackman
      Anthony Spackman
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    3. Luretha Lewis
      Luretha Lewis
      22 dagen geleden

      Love it.

    4. Mario Christian Oquias
      Mario Christian Oquias
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      Simple but beautiful 😊😊😊😍😍😍👌👌👍👍👍

    5. Érico Moreira Vasconcellos
      Érico Moreira Vasconcellos
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  2. Guillaume LEVET
    Guillaume LEVET
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    My wife IS in love with you!

  3. S B
    S B
    5 uur geleden

    Thank you NPR! Music is humanity's best representation.

  4. abc stv
    abc stv
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    why does this feel like a wedding?

  5. vani c
    vani c
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    Chris Gospel Martin

  6. net29
    Dag geleden

    I'm LIVING for this gospel choir feel

  7. Ogaga Atare
    Ogaga Atare
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    The backup singers deserve their own tiny desk

    2 dagen geleden


  9. Antonio gerardo Giampaolo
    Antonio gerardo Giampaolo
    2 dagen geleden

    Coldplay sounds really good here, obviously with the help of this For Love Choir of outstanding black singers. Thanks NPR for posting their names

  10. Alessandro Cellini
    Alessandro Cellini
    3 dagen geleden

    You all are the best! Thanks you guys!

  11. José ailton
    José ailton
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  12. José ailton
    José ailton
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  13. José ailton
    José ailton
    3 dagen geleden

    10 millions views coming soon👀

  14. Fabiola
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  15. Periclezng
    3 dagen geleden

    The best experience ever on this desk

  16. bibi
    3 dagen geleden

    This tiny desk concert is pure happiness.

  17. sparknado
    4 dagen geleden

    Lol. Accidentally had this on 1.25x speed and was like wow, Viva La Vida uptempo is really jammin'

  18. Edgar Daniel Morales Zuleta
    Edgar Daniel Morales Zuleta
    4 dagen geleden

    This was wonderful

  19. Eliane Airosa
    Eliane Airosa
    4 dagen geleden

    i want this viva la vida version forever

  20. Bastido
    4 dagen geleden

    Anyone knows the microphone the left and right choir uses? The middle one looks like a C414.

    4 dagen geleden


  22. Maryam
    4 dagen geleden

    this gives me so much joy

  23. Gigi Reddick
    Gigi Reddick
    4 dagen geleden

    Love this Chris Martin, Coldplay and those awesome background singers are no joke!! Love it!!

  24. Lalo Muñoz
    Lalo Muñoz
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  25. JM
    5 dagen geleden

    05:32 everyone is electric! but anyone who has ever been in a choir can see this lady pumping up the dynamics. reminds me of my high school chorus teacher

    1. JM
      5 dagen geleden

      (in a good way)

  26. マルサン
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  27. acifu86
    6 dagen geleden

    puro arte! gracias!

  28. Mylife Journal
    Mylife Journal
    6 dagen geleden

    He, white guy's filling-in for another white guy. I respect that Musician Chris Martin aside from the fact that the guy named his child 'apple'.

  29. Leah May
    Leah May
    6 dagen geleden

    Truly remarkable, wow👌🏾♥️♥️♥️♥️

  30. Ofelia B.
    Ofelia B.
    7 dagen geleden

    2:53 April 2021 Waching this when Philip die. Long live the King.

  31. Por Direito
    Por Direito
    7 dagen geleden

    Uma festa ✨ só queria estar nela

  32. Alex Sed
    Alex Sed
    7 dagen geleden

    this made my day..

  33. Augusta Becker
    Augusta Becker
    8 dagen geleden

    que onda ese coro qlo

  34. Super Mario
    Super Mario
    8 dagen geleden

    Wow... lo he escuchado mil veces... Buenísimo 👏👏👏👏👏

  35. Mbame Beckley
    Mbame Beckley
    8 dagen geleden

    he has Strong Soul , i was gonna say white boy soul .. but this dude is beyond racial barriers. just beautiful music that makes me happy . ROCK on CHRIS and Friends !!!! love This!

  36. Feteri Tapia
    Feteri Tapia
    8 dagen geleden

    Tiny things like this are a reminder to me of how beautiful life can be.

  37. Jav *
    Jav *
    8 dagen geleden

    Twenty one pilots

  38. Michael Rhodes
    Michael Rhodes
    8 dagen geleden

    All having fun

  39. Michael Rhodes
    Michael Rhodes
    8 dagen geleden

    They al seem to be having a great time

  40. Roxana Elizabeth
    Roxana Elizabeth
    9 dagen geleden

    Hermoso como siempre .... I love you 💓💓💃💃

  41. ed luk
    ed luk
    9 dagen geleden

    Black or white we are the same people.

  42. Malik Sharif
    Malik Sharif
    9 dagen geleden

    Awesome great choir

  43. Rádio Panter FM Itapetininga radiodifusao
    Rádio Panter FM Itapetininga radiodifusao
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  44. Richard Ruegg
    Richard Ruegg
    10 dagen geleden

    Feels to me like Robbie had some mushrooms leftover from his Vertigo!!! Whhhooo wwwooohooooo

  45. Staffan Olofsson
    Staffan Olofsson
    10 dagen geleden

    Me, 75: Coldplay, haven´t I heard about them? You: Yes, perhaps in another life. Me: I want to be in another life.

    1. Staffan Olofsson
      Staffan Olofsson
      10 dagen geleden

      As a fact I am 75, still living in this world. Best wishes to all of you!

  46. Andres Briceño
    Andres Briceño
    11 dagen geleden

    Well NPR ... There is hope, I know it, they know it, it is in our ancestors, it was forged by our grandparents, it is in the accomplice smile of the showgirl in the center, it is in us, of course. It is in us. Long live music, that magical thing stronger than the virus, more viruses than the virus, love of music, music of life and love of life.

  47. Jeffery Aigbedion
    Jeffery Aigbedion
    12 dagen geleden

    This is simply breathtaking. Everything was perfect but the rendition of " champion of the world" was beyond extraordinary. "So I'm flying on my bicycle, heading upwards from the Earth. I am jumping with no parachute, out into the universe. I have E.T. on my bicycle, because giving up won't work. I am riding on my rocketship, and I'm champion of the world" What an extraordinary piece of music.

  48. Feastsdonegood
    12 dagen geleden

    What’s beautiful moment ...full of goosebumps ❤️

    12 dagen geleden

    I like Gospel Music!

    12 dagen geleden

    Soo joyful!!! Thank for this! Is that a MKH416 Chris is singing on?

  51. Theonly One
    Theonly One
    12 dagen geleden

    An absolute pleasure to hear them sing.

  52. Davi Costa
    Davi Costa
    12 dagen geleden

    It made me trip without the use of acid's

  53. Ninopy
    12 dagen geleden

    but you guys don't earn any money of 9 milion views? strange.

    1. Ninopy
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  55. Matheus Cabral
    Matheus Cabral
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    This was how the world looked like before Covid!

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  57. Charlotte Garner-Read
    Charlotte Garner-Read
    13 dagen geleden

    Big ♥️ for that ! Was fantastic 🌟🎶🎸

  58. LittleFox
    14 dagen geleden

    An all black choir? This is probably the most racist NPR concert.

    1. Kilian Achalme
      Kilian Achalme
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  59. Jarub
    14 dagen geleden

    this has far too few views compared to other tiny desks

  60. Dolf Zeevogel
    Dolf Zeevogel
    14 dagen geleden

    5:57 Ik really like those harmonies.

  61. GeorgeAyodele
    14 dagen geleden

    This is what I call pure music, no drums just harmonizing voices, some strings and keys

  62. DJ St3rling
    DJ St3rling
    15 dagen geleden

    Love it!

  63. Yasmeen Alrumaidh
    Yasmeen Alrumaidh
    15 dagen geleden

    I came here to find joy!

  64. Pero Murk
    Pero Murk
    15 dagen geleden

    somebody obviously prepared ...

  65. Walther C. König
    Walther C. König
    16 dagen geleden

    real tiny place.... :-D but what a sound...

  66. Elizabeth Grubb
    Elizabeth Grubb
    16 dagen geleden

    I've always like Coldplay, but that choir behind them is everything

  67. Jisu Park
    Jisu Park
    16 dagen geleden

    The main dish is White. The Blacks are side. What is going on? I like those musics. But I cannot agree this uncomfortable situation.

  68. Zehava Grauman
    Zehava Grauman
    16 dagen geleden

    Looping it🤣🎶❤can't stop hearing this magic 🎶❤ you heal everything thanks 😊🙏❤ hugs 🤗from Israel 🇮🇱

  69. Matilde Costa
    Matilde Costa
    16 dagen geleden

    Janis joplin's vibess

    1. Matilde Costa
      Matilde Costa
      16 dagen geleden

      And Lou Reed as well

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    ahsn avdty
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  71. Spartan36
    16 dagen geleden

    This is the way music should be. Just a bunch of talented people together in harmony.

  72. Mourly Vold
    Mourly Vold
    16 dagen geleden

    Whoooo! Such joy! Who arranged the vocals?

  73. Grover Salgado
    Grover Salgado
    16 dagen geleden

    Es el set de WEREVERTUMORRO?😂😂

  74. David
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  75. arimi raldi
    arimi raldi
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  76. SavageLoss
    17 dagen geleden

    Watching this is 2021 its beautiful! The girl in the background middle is so gorgeous

  77. Amanda Penlaana
    Amanda Penlaana
    17 dagen geleden

    one of the most exciting uplifting eps of tdc. they're so happy and had so much fun and it made me so happyyyyyy love it you guyssss

  78. anthonyOA
    17 dagen geleden

    Great set, but Chris mate, I needed Green Eyes..

  79. Lorena Maving
    Lorena Maving
    17 dagen geleden

    Aló! Can I use this music? I just need the first 7 minutes of this song. It´s for a video dance. It´s a small project.

  80. Sivagurupatham Vadivelu
    Sivagurupatham Vadivelu
    18 dagen geleden

    Coldplay in their quest to prevent garbage from reaching the oceans have kindly donated a watercraft Interceptor 005 to clean up the rivers in Malaysia. A whole hearted thank you goes out to the band. 🙏☮️🍻

  81. Hemanth Anil
    Hemanth Anil
    18 dagen geleden

    Coldplay used to give me a rush of blood to the head... not anymore... please be the scientist and invent more ghost stories...🤗🤗

  82. Paddy OHara
    Paddy OHara
    18 dagen geleden


  83. Musar Dollarman The Kenyan Drummer
    Musar Dollarman The Kenyan Drummer
    19 dagen geleden

    Kujibamba nayo!that was fun. Loved viva la vida and that was a beautiful ending too

  84. Agungirwanto Irwanto
    Agungirwanto Irwanto
    19 dagen geleden

    Surabaya Indonesia stay tune.....

  85. iMaGe - studio fotografico
    iMaGe - studio fotografico
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  86. Anmei Zhong
    Anmei Zhong
    19 dagen geleden

    Extremely fantastically incredibly good!

  87. Gina Griffin
    Gina Griffin
    19 dagen geleden

    stevie mackey in the background, wow. Phenomenal singers.

  88. Rob Erto
    Rob Erto
    19 dagen geleden

    Look, they’ve made Mark Zuckerberg a human.

  89. Gabriel Valentim
    Gabriel Valentim
    20 dagen geleden

    2k + people have hearing problems.

  90. NN
    20 dagen geleden

    Anyone noticed Stevie Mackie ? 😉 Vocal coach singer and singer himself By the way, that was amazing 1999 !😉😊🤗

    1. Mourly Vold
      Mourly Vold
      16 dagen geleden

      @Daryll Dumo He did!

    2. Daryll Dumo
      Daryll Dumo
      16 dagen geleden

      @Mourly Vold oh no stevie is the person at the far left. Sadly i dont know the blue hat's name. He killed it fr

    3. Mourly Vold
      Mourly Vold
      16 dagen geleden

      Please tell me, is that the blue hat man? Do you happen to know who arranges the vocals? Transcendental stuff!

    4. Daryll Dumo
      Daryll Dumo
      18 dagen geleden

      The moment the camera focused on him singing got me shouting OH ITS STEVIEEE

  91. Uncharted Passions
    Uncharted Passions
    20 dagen geleden

    A year after this recording made my lockdown life bright, here we are again. God bless this managed to be created pre-quarantine, so it can transmit all that joy 💜💜💜

  92. Cesar Herrera
    Cesar Herrera
    20 dagen geleden

    I don't have a big house, but whenever i want to go to my favorite place on the house i just go to npr music youtube channel, and hear my favorite musicians inside my house

  93. Kathleen Zaper
    Kathleen Zaper
    20 dagen geleden

    Johnny is soo cool I love his hat

  94. nidal blila
    nidal blila
    20 dagen geleden

    About the good vibes in this

  95. Lazy Guitar
    Lazy Guitar
    20 dagen geleden

    why is no one talking about Champion of the world

  96. José ailton
    José ailton
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  97. Julius Martinez
    Julius Martinez
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  98. Rangel17
    22 dagen geleden

    Found Murphy from Z Nation, where´s my reward? :)

  99. Ursula O.
    Ursula O.
    22 dagen geleden

    OMG!!, Coldplay with gospel... just magic!!... beautiful!!... THANKS! 🙏🖒❤

  100. Estefany Diaz
    Estefany Diaz
    22 dagen geleden