June 3, 2011 13:39

Coldplay inspired by Peter Allen's 1976 single 'I Go To Rio' on new single - video

Band take direct inspiration from Australian songwriter on comeback track

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Coldplay's long awaited comeback single 'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall', which you can hear by scrolling down and clicking at the bottom of the page, has been heavily inspired by Australian 1970s songwriter Peter Allen's single 'I Go To Rio', the band have confirmed.

According to the band's publicist, Chris Martin was inspired to write the song after watching the film Biutiful, in which the track is playing in the background of a nightclub scene. As a result, Peter Allen and his songwriting partner Adrienne Anderson are also credited as writers on 'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall'.

The track, which you can hear below, was released in 1976 on Allen's fourth album 'Taught By Experts' and has since been covered by a number of high profile artists, including Peggy Lee.



Allen, who died in 1992, enjoyed a successful music career in the 1970s and 1980s, releasing over ten solo albums. He has also seen his songs covered by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dusty Springfield and Olivia Newton-John.



Coldplay have credited Allen as a songwriter on the list of writers for 'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall' on their official website Coldplay.com, possibly as an extra precaution after they were sued by Joe Satriani in December 2008 over claims they plagiarized his 2004 track 'If I Could Fly' for their 2008 single 'Viva La Vida'. The case was settled out of court.



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