Coldplay’s Chris Martin on ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’: ‘It sounds like Oasis and Drake’

Singer also reveals how the band joined forces with Beyoncé

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has said the band’s forthcoming new album ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ marries “all the music that we love, from Drake to Oasis.”

The album, which will be released on December 4 via Parlophone/Atlantic, is the band’s seventh studio album.

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. “It’s quite a hippie album. 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’ and Beyoncé guests on two tracks including ‘Hymn For The Weekend’.


Speaking about the latter, Martin told The Wall Street Journal: “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.”

The band recently rescheduled a gig they pulled when news of the Paris attacks broke last week.

They were due to perform at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on Friday night (November 13), the same night the attacks on the French capital took place. The gig was due to be streamed live around the world via Tidal however the band postponed the date until this Saturday (November 21).