Coldplay get whimsical in ‘Champion of the World’

Coldplay’s message in their brand new music video is a clear one that all of us should take note of; dream big.

On Tuesday (Feb. 25), the United Kingdom-founded band unleashed the music video for their latest single, “Champion of the World.”

The over-four-minute clip begins with a group of kids huddled in the middle of a yard during recess. From what the viewer can see, it’s safe to assume that it’s a group of kids showing their worst sides as they pick on a defensive kid played by…Chris Martin?

Yup, the Coldplay frontman takes center stage as a kid who is constantly being bullied by his classmates. While fighting back seems to be a reasonable solution, he channels his imagination by playing with a rocket and watching as his tormentors turn into butterflies.

School isn’t the only place where he’s tormented. His parents argue and scream at him, but he finds solace in his room, dreaming about getting on a rocket and going into space. From a television screen in the bedroom, we see the band performing in a space station…you know, sticking with the theme.

The whimsical music video plays well with the lyrics of the song, which talks about getting on a rocket and flying away.

The newly released video was directed by CloƩ Bailly.

“The video is about this magic power that kids have to switch off from reality and jump into their own world,” Bailly explains in a press statement.

Watch the music video for “Champion of the World” above.

The clip for “Champion of the World” comes on the heels of Coldplay’s romance-through-the-years-inspired music video for “Cry Cry Cry.” The video was directed by actress Dakota Johnson and Cory Bailey.

“Champion of the World” is featured on Coldplay’s recently released record, Everyday Life.

In addition to the new video, the band also announced a new acoustic EP and its accompanying short film. Titled Coldplay Reimagined, both the record and film are due out later this week through Apple Music.

The film/EP will feature Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland’s stripped-down performances of “Cry Cry Cry,” “BrokEn,” and “Champion of the World.” More information about the upcoming release can be found here.