Coldplay, Rihanna Duet Track “Princess of China” Leaked Online
Although Coldplay has added a few Mylo Xyloto tracks to their setlists, their duet with Rihanna has been kept under wraps – until today, that is. Supposedly singer Chris Martin’s favorite song from the upcoming album, “Princess of China” appeared online this morning.
The track itself is more adventurous than past Coldplay fare. At the same time, “Princess of China” clearly treads into Top 40 territory with its synth intro and use of the Barbadian singer. While the band has mentioned this track as one effort to expand their sound, purists may balk that Rihanna isn’t relegated to a guest appearance; rather, she accompanies Martin for the duration of the song.
About the track, Martin told MTV in a recent interview: "Well, her bit on our record is my favorite bit ... when the song came out, it sort of asked for her to be on it. And I think at this point, we have nothing to lose, and so we've been trying some new things and trying to break down the perceived boundaries between different types of music. ... Because from where we're sitting, it seems like you can try and sound any way you like nowadays. You don't have to be in a rock box or a hip-hop box or a pop box, and I think it's fun when you embrace that idea."
As far as the album and Rihanna’s involvement are concerned, Martin said: "Well, our new record is sort of a story; it's not quite a musical, but it's dangerously close. There's a bit of a love-story thread, so we really needed someone to sing even higher than me," frontman Chris Martin laughed. "[It's] hard, but very possible. You need to be a female really. For all [drummer] Will [Champion]'s good intentions, he [can't do it]. […] So, in like a dream scenario, we had a song that I'd secretly kind of written to see if Rihanna would want to sing it. And then the rest of the band wanted to keep it, so we came up with the idea of asking her to sing it with us, and, to our great surprise, she said OK."
If you haven’t had a chance to listen to “Princess of China,” hear it below:
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