Coldplay frontman Chris Martin says that the band's upcoming ninth album was inspired by Star Wars.

Martin says re-watching the sci-fi franchise made him wonder what musicians from other planets would sound like.

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"One time I was watching Star Wars and they had the scene with the Cantina band, right? And I was like: 'I wonder what musicians are like across the universe?’ and that led to this whole thing and now here we are." he told The Zach Sang Show.

The band, who last played Ireland in 2017, have just released the music video for their new single Higher Power and it sees them perform on the planet of Kaotica, which is "populated by robot dogs, giant holograms and a street-gang of dancing aliens".

Martin has now confirmed that the whole album will be set on the fictional planet.

"It led us to imagining this whole other place called ‘the spheres’, which is like a group of planets, like a solar system with lots of different places and creatures and stuff," he said.

"And what I found is when you've imagined a place like that, you can sort of become any artist within that.

"It's a very freeing thing to take yourself out of Coldplay and just think: 'OK, I'm not even human, what does music sound like?"

He also said that the new album could be one of the last they releases, as he doesn't think the band have much time left before they "stop making albums".

"I do know how many albums we have left as a band and it's not that many before we're gonna stop making albums, I think." he said.