By John Ezekiel J. Hirro
Crashing worlds create new universes.
When did the big bang occur? On Friday, apparently, as global superstars BTS and Coldplay dropped “My Universe,” a best-of-both-worlds musical bombshell.
“My Universe” is the 10th track off Coldplay’s upcoming otherworldly-themed album, “Music of the Spheres.”
Sung in both Korean and English, “My Universe” features the musical elegance of both the Kpop kings BTS and famous genre-benders Coldplay.
The song starts with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin singing the song’s eventual chorus: “You, you are my universe, and I just want to put you first.”
Cue the funk, and Martin proceeds to sing, à la “A Sky Full of Stars,” about his adoration for someone, likening the person to the wonders of the cosmos.
Smooth as butter, Jungkook’s vocals slide in, delivering the first Korean lines in a Coldplay song.
“매일 밤 네게 날아가 (가) // I fly to you every night
꿈이란 것도 잊은 채 // Forgetting that it’s just a dream
나 웃으며 너를 만나 (나) // I meet you with a smile
Never-ending, forever, baby”
The song’s chorus kicks in, with Martin singing accompanied by a chanting BTS and synth-infused melodies.
V, RM and Jimin sing the second verse:
“어둠이 내겐 더 편했었지 // Darkness used to be more comfortable for me
길어진 그림자 속에서 (eyes) // In the long shadow (eyes)
And they said that we can’t be togеther
Because, bеcause we come from different sides”
Jin briefly joins Martin in singing the post-chorus, before j-hope and SUGA hop in to deliver their rap verses:
나를 밝혀주는 건 // What brightens me up
너란 사랑으로 수 놓아진 별 // Is the star embroidered with love called you
내 우주의 넌 // You in my universe
또 다른 세상을 만들어 주는 걸 // Make another world for me
너는 내 별이자 나의 우주니까 // You are my star and my universe
지금 이 시련도 결국엔 잠시니까 // After all, this hardship is just brief
너는 언제까지나 지금처럼 밝게만 빛나줘 // Always shine bright as you are now
우리는 너를 따라 이 긴 밤을 수놓을 거야 // We will follow you through this long night
Jungkook and Jimin accompany Martin in the final pre-chorus:
너와 함께 날아가 // I fly with you
When I’m without you I’m crazy
자 어서 내 손을 잡아 // Hold my hand
We are made of each other, baby
Finally, jam-style, BTS and Coldplay sing and chant the song’s catchy chorus one last time.
“My Universe” is a transcendent song for both the Korean group and the British band. Arguably BTS’s biggest collaboration yet, the song further reintroduces Kpop to a wider global audience thanks to Coldplay, one of the best-selling music artists in history.
Watch the lyric video for “My Universe” below and join BTS and Coldplay in chanting the masterpiece: