It was influenced by Flo Rida and once contained the lyric 'drinks on me'
Coldplay have unveiled their collaboration with Beyoncé, ‘Hymn For The Weekend’. It is the third studio recording to be revealed in full from their seventh album ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’, following lead single ‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’ and ‘Everglow’, which features Gwyneth Paltrow.
‘Hymn For The Weekend’ was premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World tonight (November 30). Following the record’s first play, Annie Mac spoke to Coldplay’s bassist, Guy Berryman, to discuss the track.
Speaking about the song’s chorus, which contains the line ‘drink from me’, Berryman said, “It started off being quite a different kind of vibe. Chris was wanting to write a sort of party song, and the words were ‘drinks on me, drinks on me’.
“We said to him, ‘Look: you can’t say that, you can’t get away with that.’ So the whole story of the song changed – then he asked Beyoncé to sing on it and she very kindly said she would. It was amazing, she came in, she did her thing, she was unbelievably professional. I think she was in and out in five minutes.”
On Thursday (December 3) Coldplay will play BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge and St John-at-Hackney Church in London, ahead of the release of their album ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ on Friday (December 4).
Earlier this month the band’s frontman, Chris Martin, spoke about ‘Hymn For The Weekend’ to The Wall Street Journal, with a story along the lines of Berryman’s. He said, “The original kernel was that I was listening to Flo Rida or something, and I thought, it’s such a shame that Coldplay could never have one of those late-night club songs, like ‘Turn Down For What’. What would we call it if we had one? I thought I’d like to have a song called ‘Drinks On Me’ where you sit on the side of a club and buy everyone drinks because you’re so fucking cool.
“I was chuckling about that, when this melody came — ‘drinks on me, drinks on me’ – then the rest of the song came out. I presented it to the rest of the band and they said, ‘We love this song, but there’s no way you can sing ‘drinks on me’. So that changed into ‘drink from me’ and the idea of having an angelic person in your life. Then that turned into asking Beyoncé to sing on it.”
Recently Chris Martin explained that ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ marries “all the music that we love, from Drake to Oasis.” Speaking about the new record, Martin told Rolling Stone: “We wanted to marry all the music that we love, from Drake to Oasis. There was a feeling that we don’t have anything to lose. We’re very comfortable now with the fact that we’re not for everybody.”
He also described the record as a “hippie album”. “It’s about love and acceptance and embracing what happens to you,” he explained. “All of our records were a journey to get to this one.”
As previously reported, Gwyneth Paltrow provides backing vocals on the track ‘Everglow’, Noel Gallagher plays guitar on ‘Up&Up’. As well as ‘Hymn For The Weekend’, Beyoncé also guests on another track, ‘Colour Spectrum’.