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Singer says it was difficult to overcome barriers between rock and hip-hop

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has revealed that Beyonce turned down a song he had written for her.

In an interview with Maxim, the singer said that he’d penned a song for the pop star, only for her A&R team to reject it, whereas the tune he wrote for Rihanna to sing on – ‘Princess Of China’, which appears on the band’s new album ‘Mylo Xyloto’ – was given the green light by her management team.

Martin – who recently admitted that the first song he ever wrote was about the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson’s breasts – said:

Well, I did write a song for Beyonce, but it got rejected by her A&R people. And the one I wrote for Rihanna didn’t get rejected.

He went on to reveal: “It was when [Rihanna] was doing ‘Rated R’, but it took so long – there’s still this tribalism in music where we’re rock and you’re hip hop, and sometimes it takes a while to get across those barriers.”

You can see a video interview with Coldplay in which they discuss why the duet with Rihanna is their highlight from ‘Mylo Xyloto’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Coldplay will be playing five stadium shows in the UK next summer.

The band will first headline Coventry‘s Ricoh Arena on May 29, before playing two dates at London‘s Emirates Stadium on June 1 and 2. They will then play Sunderland‘s Stadium Of Light on June 7 and Manchester‘s Etihad Stadium on June 9.

Coldplay will play:

Coventry Ricoh Stadium (May 29)
London Emirates Stadium (June 1, 2)
Sunderland Stadium Of Light (7)
Manchester Etihad Stadium (9)

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