Coldplay released their second single, "Paradise" and announced that one of their album tracks "Princess of China" will be a collaboration with Rihanna.
This is a big deal, half of all Coldplay fans are married yuppies who bring quiches to potlucks who probably hate Rihanna and the other half of Coldplay fans are Clear Channel share holders who probably have bronze statues of Rihanna above their fireplaces. So this collaboration will undoubtedly come to mixed reviews, therefore, I am very excited to hear this song when the album finally releases on October 24, 2011.
The Rihanna assisted "Princess of China" should prove to be a very eclectic combination of voices. The band released a statement on their site that said this about working with Rihanna: "ooh!"
However, Chris Brown said a few more words about what it was like working with the pop diva:
"The album is designed as a whole piece. It has boy and girl lead characters and top of our list for the girl part was Rihanna, but it took a while to pluck up the courage to ask her. We did a show in Las Vegas and I met her and said, 'Do you think there's any chance?' I was very Hugh Grant-like and spluttering about it."
Ahh I can just imagine him and his little British accent afraid of Rihanna because she sings songs about chains and whips.
Chris explains that he wanted Rihanna for the song because their voices are so completely different.
"She has such an amazing voice and it's so different to mine. When the vocal happened I though, 'Wow, you sound different." says Martin, but then he turned the auto-tune on and Rihanna went back to sounding like Rihanna.
Martin says he wasn't expecting her voice to sound different because the Coldplay song is not what Rihanna is used to singing, "I think that's also because she was singing a different song to what we are used to hearing from her and it is written by a bloke from Devon."
While you wait for the Rihanna/Coldplay track, listen to their newest single, "Paradise," a slightly moodier melancholy jam than their last single.
I normally don't like Coldplay because I feel like Coldplay are just a bunch of grown-up Urban Outfitters models with too much time on their hands, but in this instance, the new single "Paradise" is very very good. The song is reminiscent of a more upbeat Radiohead and already begging for airplay.
"Paradise" is far less annoying than their single, "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" and you'll probably hear this new song playing at your local Starbucks any minute now.