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Watch Coldplay Haunt ‘Fallon’ With Ardent ‘Ghost Stories’

Coldplay, "Magic," "Always in My Head," 'Fallon'

The Jack Black movie adaptation of creepy R.L. Stine kids’ book series Goosebumps has started shooting, but Coldplay trade in a different type of uncanny tale on their upcoming album Ghost Stories. Chris Martin recently acknowledged that the May 16 follow-up to 2011’s rhythm-heavy Mylo Xyloto is influenced by his very public “conscious uncoupling” from Gwyneth Paltrow, and the two stripped-down soliloquies the British band performed last night on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon are haunting in how they evoke human frailties, not supernatural spooks. Watch soft, introspective “Magic” — which Coldplay also performed on Saturday Night Live — above, and check out the rueful, crystalline “Always in My Head” — which previously debuted on BBC — below. Not sure we’d recommend watching Shallow Hal afterward, but, you know, synchronicity and all. (Also see: Coldplay Regale New York’s Beacon Theatre With New ‘Ghost Stories’)