Martin drops hint over Coldplay end
Chris Martin has suggested Coldplay's seventh album could be the band's last.
Although he did not rule out more material one day, he said their next release - A Head Full Of Dreams - felt like "the completion of something".
And during an interview on Radio 1, he compared the album to the Harry Potter novels which saw the boy wizard bow out after seven adventures - although author JK Rowling has written spin-offs.
Frontman Chris said the group were now working on the album, a follow-up to Ghost Stories released in May.
The 37-year-old was appearing as a guest on presenter Zane Lowe's programme when he announced they were "right in the middle" of working on another collection of tracks.
"I feel a bit nervous to have said it because I didn't get permission," he admitted.
Chris, whose band made their debut in 2000 with Parachutes, went on: "It's our seventh thing and the way we look at it is like the last Harry Potter book or something. Not to say that there might not be another thing one day, but this is the completion of something."
"It was great to go from Ghost Stories to go right back in the studio. Now we're making things that sound different and it's just a very fun time to be in our band."
The chart star then appeared to backtrack a little about the demise of the band though, when he added that framing it that way helped the creative process.
"I have to think of it as the final thing we're doing otherwise we wouldn't put everything into it. Do you see what I mean? Then we will go on tour."
The band's single Magic topped Lowe's countdown of the "hottest records" of 2014, although the track in fourth position, Hozier's Take Me To Church was released last year.
The top 10 tracks were:
1. Coldplay - Magic
2. The 1975 - Medicine
3. Eminem featuring Sia - Guts Over Fear
4. Hozier - Take Me To Church
5. Slipknot - The Negative One
6. Bring Me the Horizon - Drown
7. Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
8. Ed Sheeran - Sing
9. Royal Blood - Little Monster
10. Bastille - The Driver