In 2021, Coldplay collaborated with BTS and released a single called “My Universe.” The single was later included on Coldplay’s album Music of the Spheres. To make the song, Coldplay’s Chris Martin traveled to South Korea to record with Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook of BTS. In a recent interview with Weverse Magazine, RM of BTS detailed what it was like to work with Martin.
BTS’ RM was ‘amazed’ by the Coldplay singer’s dedication
BTS released an anthology album called Proof on June 10. Following the release of the album, Weverse Magazine interviewed each member of BTS.
In his interview with Weverse Magazine, RM discussed what it was like for BTS to make “My Universe” with Coldplay. RM shared he was particularly impressed with Martin.
“I was surprised when he said he would come to Korea. He was also really genuine when we met him. Not only did he know all our names, he knew all about TOMORROW X TOGETHER and ENHYPEN, too. And not just in passing, either. Someone walked by while we were at the HYBE building and he said, ‘Isn’t that ENHYPEN?’ I was like, Yo, how much did he study before he came here?” RM told Weverse Magazine.
He added, “We also kept communicating while working on it and he was almost always the first one to send a text. I was seriously amazed.”
How BTS and Coldplay made ‘My Universe’
“My Universe” is sung in both English and Korean. The two bands have performed the song multiple times, including at the 2021 American Music Awards.
“It was important to decide the way we should arrange the Korean and English lyrics. We thought about splitting the first and second verses up between a Korean one and an English one. There were also talks of having Chris Martin try and sing part of the lyrics in Korean,” RM told Weverse Magazine.
The BTS rapper continued, “But in the end we decided to juxtapose the Korean and English. So then it became important to find a good flow in the way the Korean and English lyrics were connected.”
What RM wants to accomplish in the future
For the time being, the members of BTS will be putting more of an emphasis on solo careers. In his interview with Weverse Magazine, RM shared what he wants to do musically in the future.
“I don’t think I’m going to change the whole style of the genre or anything, but I’m still eager to be the one and only. It’s a given when you’re an artist: You have to be the one and only. And I think I’m in a good position to become him. Because I’m a member of BTS. I guess I’m trying to find that unparalleled something while still doing what I like,” he told Weverse Magazine.