Coldplay's official music video for "Magic" finds frontman Chris Martin in a love triangle… with Chris Martin as his bitter romantic rival. The imaginative clip comes courtesy of director Jonas Åkerlund, and co-stars "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" actress Ziyi Zhang as the object of their mutual affection.
The unassuming alternative single is paired with a black-and-white video with an old-timey introduction and cue cards for dialogue; the plot is also a throwback, with a hero, a damsel in distress and a mustachioed villain standing in the way of true love. With the help of the power of levitation, Good Chris (Christophe) defeats Dastardly Chris (Claude), and the magician's assistant becomes intertwined with the "beautiful young magicienne."
On last week's Hot 100 tally, "Magic" slips to No. 67, after peaking at No. 24 last month. The single continues to climb the Alternative chart, rising two spots to No. 13 last week.
"Magic" precedes Coldplay's sixth studio album, "Ghost Stories," due out on May 19 through Parlophone/Atlantic Records. Martin has yet to speak about the album since posting an announcement last month that he and his wife Gwyneth Paltrow had decided to separate.