Coldplay have launched their new single Higher Power on board the International Space Station (ISS) with the help of French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

Mr Pesquet was sent a special performance of Higher Power featuring dancing alien holograms to give the track its first play after midnight on board the station.

The award-winning band, fronted by Chris Martin, also joined the 43-year-old aerospace engineer for a chat via video call.

In the recorded performance, the four-piece are seen playing in their trademark colourful outfits in front of shipping containers, while a troupe of hologram dancers perform in front of them.

The Max Martin-produced song was teased last week via a cryptic video and website referencing an Alien Radio.

A snippet of the track later appeared on TikTok for a 24-hour period.

Coldplay will perform Higher Power at the Brit Awards on Tuesday, where they will open the ceremony from a pontoon on the River Thames.

Coldplay's co-founder Chris Martin told BBC Radio 2 that he is "trying to stay level about everything".

"I'm trying in my life right now to not attach too much to being a pop star, and try not to get my self worth from external validation," he said.

"So, if you like it, that's great; if you don't like it, that's great."

He added: "A lot of people who do my job, last year was quite an eyeopener, like who am I without Wembley Stadium saying 'You're awesome'?

"I really mean what I say, I'm trying to just do the music that wants to be done and give it and leave it at that."

Coldplay currently hold the title of being the most nominated group at the Brits, with 28 nominations in total and nine award wins.

The band will also play during Glastonbury's Live At Worthy Farm global livestream on May 22.