The band’s lead singer confirms they nabbed pop star for mega collaboration.
Rihanna has worked with some of pop and hip hop's biggest stars in her career, from Justin Timberlake to Jay-Z. But soon the Barbadian chanteuse will be adding a song with one of the world's biggest rock bands to her repertoire.
Coldplay front man Chris Martin told The Sun that he recruited RiRi for a special guest appearance on the band's upcoming concept album Mylo Xyloto.
"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," he revealed.
Martin said he met Rihanna in Vegas and did his best to charm the 23-year-old, recently elected by Esquire as the Sexiest Woman Alive, into appearing on the song "Princess of China."
"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."
According to Martin, once the two were at work in the studio, the pairing made for a pleasant contrast.
"She has such an amazing voice and it's so different to mine,"
Coldplay collaborated previously with Rihanna's mentor, Jay-Z, on the 2009 song "Lost."
Mylo Xyloto is in stores October 24.