Listen to this: New singles from Coldplay and Mumford & Sons

By Nicholas Jennings

Coldplay and Mumford & Sons, two of the biggest bands to come out of England in recent years, will be vying with the late David Bowie, Alabama Shakes and twenty one pilots for the top rock album prize at next month’s Billboard Music Awards, taking place May 22 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Both groups, intent on keeping things fresh, have taken a collaborative approach on their latest recordings, partnering with diverse guests to take their sounds in more experimental directions.

Coldplay: “Up&Up”
The English pop quartet has usually gone it alone on recordings. But the new single from the group’s bestselling Head Full of Dreams album is a dreamy, positive track that features guest vocals from Beyoncé and legendary “Gimme Shelter” singer Merry Clayton, as well as a guitar solo from ex-Oasis man Noel Gallagher.

Chris Martin and his bandmates wasted no time in posting a graphic to their Instagram account that features a kaleidoscopic full of trumpets, clouds and hot-air balloons to reflect the song’s uplifting vibe.

Mumford & Sons: “There Will Be Time” feat. Baaba Maal
England’s folk-rock foursome became stars with a joyous, acoustic sound, but switched it up on the group’s third album, Wilder Mind, by trading banjos for synthesized pop-rock. The first single from its forthcoming EP Johannesburg is an even bigger departure, as Marcus Mumford trades vocals with Senegalese singing star Baaba Maal on the euphoric track.

The group posted a trailer to explain the nature of the Johannesburg project, which was recorded in South Africa and features other guests like the Very Best and Beatenberg.

Hello! music columnist Nicholas Jennings surveys the pop landscape each week to find the most dynamic tracks to add to your playlist.

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