Coldplay: ‘Kanye West has changed the way we listen to music’

Chris Martin says the rapper has opened people's ears to other genres

Coldplay‘s Chris Martin has said he believes Kanye West has helped music buyers embrace the idea that they can be open to more than one genre of music.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1, the frontman said that he and his band were convinced that music buyers no longer felt confined by particular genres anymore.

The band feature a collaboration with Rihanna on their fifth studio album ‘Mylo Xyloto’, which is due for release a week on Monday (October 24) and the frontman said that the band felt unafraid to do this as people’s attitudes towards music consumption have changed.

He said:

Don’t you think that music now shouldn’t fall into a particular box? I don’t think anyone thinks like that any more. You don’t see so many goths, hippies, rockers and hip hoppers any more. People like Kanye West are changing the way we all listen and the internet.

He continued:

Look at Tinie Tempah. Just the song ‘Pass Out’ has about eight different types of music in it. This time, we’re on our fifth record, we’re all in our early to mid-30s so there’s an element of, ‘If we don’t make it now we’ve got to give up.’

Coldplay tour the UK in December, playing three arena shows. You can watch a compilation video of the 10 best Coldplay tracks by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Rihanna is currently Number One in the UK singles chart with her new collaboration with Calvin Harris ‘We Found Love’.

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