While making their seventh album, Coldplay pushed the boundaries of what fans can typically expect from their records. For example, one track from the forthcoming A Head Full of Dreams, “Hymn for the Weekend,” came from frontman Chris Martin’s desire to create Coldplay’s version of “Turn Down For What.”
“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 f—ing cool,” Martin told The Wall Street Journal. “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.”
While in the studio with Bey, the group recorded vocals from three-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy for the album. Coldplay also put Martin’s ex-wife Gwenyth Paltrow on their song “Everglow.” “With this one we’re trying to do our whole spectrum,” Martin says. “The colors we’re missing within the band we tried to bring in with guests and other producers.”
Martin also put his kids and current girlfriend Annabelle Wallis on the record, out Dec. 4, and brought in Rihanna’s production team after collaborating with them for a track in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken.
“I was worried that the most musically conservative members of our band would [balk at] going with Rihanna’s producers,” the 38-year-old singer says. “But the band said they’d love to.” Coldplay continued to work with longtime producers Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen on Head Full of Dreams, and because of the collaboration, the final product is the result of a “long but wonderful process” — and fasting.
“You know what’s also good for creativity? Fasting,” Martin tells the paper. “Once a week I don’t eat for 24 or 30 hours. Your brain becomes very lucid about ideas. It also made me so grateful for food and for life, basically, and that’s why a lot more joy is coming through our music.”
For more from Martin, head to The Wall Street Journal.