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“Up & Up” is the twelfth and ultimate song from British indie-rock-pop band Coldplay’s 2015 album: “A Head Full of Dreams”. Featuring additional vocals from Beyoncé and her daughter Blue Ivy, as well as a guitar solo from infamous British musician Noel Gallagher.

“Up & Up” is a track that discusses growing as an individual and progressing through life’s trials and tribulations with a positive attitude. The song features heavy choir vocals, and gospel singer Merry Clayton appeared on the tracks. Chris Martin (main vocalist for the band), spoke to British newspaper “The Sun” about having Clayton on the track: “It had been a dream to work with her so we just called her up. Clayton had just had both legs amputated at the knee following a serious car accident. She came in a wheelchair and did her thing and then said, ‘I just lost my legs. We didn’t know. She’d just come out of hospital the week before but was so full of joy, gratitude, love and life.” Noel Gallagher also spoke to Q Magazine about his contribution to the track: “I just happened to be in Los Angeles and matey boy called us up and said, ‘What are you doing tonight?’ They only looped this 12–bar bit, that’s the only thing they would play me.”

The music video for the track was released on Coldplay official YouTube channel on the 16th May 2016. Directed by Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia, the video is made up of overlayered and smooth visuals, merging random concepts or items together, such as popcorn popping in the pit of a volcano, or a young child playing with a puddle of water that is actually a miniature version of the San Francisco (known as the Golden Gate Bridge). The track features the band playing in various locations around the world, such as the Croatian mountain range of Biokovo, where Chris Martin is shown sitting. The visuals were created by GloriaFX, a Ukraine based visual effects company. Martin has openly expressed his pride and love for the video: “The video is – I’m going to drop the mic here and say – I think it’s one of the best videos people have made. Even if you take the music away. That’s my point.” As of October 2019, the video has over 180.5 million views and over 1.8 million likes.

Release Date: 22nd April 2016

Songwriter/s: Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin

Producer/s: Rik Simpson & Stargate

Label: Parlophone

Music Video Release Date: 16th May 2016

Music Video Director/s: Vania Heymann & Gal Muggia

Chart Rankings & Certifications: “Up & Up” charted in many countries across the globe, from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Iceland, Italy, Slovenia, the UK and the US. The track was certified 3x Gold in Ireland, Gold in Poland, Silver in the UK and 2x Platinum in Italy.

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