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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Coldplay salutes US immigrants in new video

It is the second song to raise social issues from the five-track EP by the popular British rock band

Miracles is a track on the latest Coldplay's album Kaleidoscope. Courtesy: Atlantic Records
Miracles is a track on the latest Coldplay's album Kaleidoscope. Courtesy: Atlantic Records

British rock band Coldplay has hailed the contributions of immigrants to the United States in the video for their new song, Miracles (Someone Special).

Without any explicit reference to US President Donald Trump and his crackdown on immigration, Coldplay made clear the history of America goes beyond people of European heritage.

The video starts with a wall of old photos. The shot zooms in to show immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, the station in New York Harbour through which 40 per cent of Americans trace lineage.

The video intersperses black-and-white pictures of European immigrants with new Americans of other backgrounds, starting with a family of turbaned Sikhs.

"You could be someone special / You've got fire in your eyes, I see Heaven inside / You'll go further than we've ever gone," frontman Chris Martin sings on the mid-tempo pop track led by keyboards.

Rapper Big Sean contributes a verse in which he speaks of the struggle to earn a stable living in contemporary America.

The video came was released on the weekend after the song appeared on Coldplay's EP, Kaleidoscope, which was released last Friday.

It is the second song to raise social issues from the five-track EP by Coldplay, which has long been active on humanitarian causes.

Coldplay earlier this month released the track Aliens after performing at the Global Citizen concert against global poverty on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg.

The band says proceeds from Aliens will support a charity that rescues migrants attempting the perilous trip across the Mediterranean into Europe.

Coldplay, one of the most successful rock bands of the early 21st century, released Kaleidoscope two years after A Head Full of Dreams, which the band had hinted could be its final full-length album.

Agence France Presse

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