Coldplay Head To “Paradise” On New Single, Reveal Rihanna Collaboration

Robbie Daw | September 12, 2011 7:30 am

It’s a good start to the week for those in the Chris Martin/Gwyneth Paltrow household, given that the former’s band Coldplay have unveiled “Paradise,” their second single off upcoming album Mylo Xyloto, and the latter has a brand new Emmy to add to the mantle (and, not to mention, the #1 movie at the box office). Another reveal for Martin’s band: album track “Princess Of China” will be a collab with Rihanna. Hear “Paradise” below. “Paradise” is a far moodier affair than previous single “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” with dramatic strings and chords and just the right touch of melancholy for the onset of the fall season.

That said, Martin makes lyrical reference to Coldplay’s sunny summer jam in their new offering: “Life goes on it gets so heavy, the wheel breaks the butterfly / every tear a waterfall, in the night, the stormy night she closed her eyes.”

As for “Princess Of China,” the band’s official site had this to say about working with Rihanna: “ooh!”

Martin was a bit more forthcoming to The Sun:

“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. “She has such an amazing voice and it’s so different to mine. When the vocal happened I thought ‘Wow, you sound different’ but 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.”

What do you think of “Paradise”? Does it have you more excited for Mylo Xyloto?