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Though it’s not an official single, Rihanna and Coldplay‘s duet “Princess Of China” off the band’s Mylo Xyloto disc is already No. 4 on iTunes — BALLER STATUS. So Coldplay decided to say a quick “Thanks” to Rihanna by covering her latest smash “We Found Love” during their stop at BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge.
As you might expect, Coldplay completely reworked Rihanna’s Calvin Harris-produced club jam and turned “We Found Love” into a soft, uptempo ballad. Led by a piano melody, Chris’s voice puts a new spin on the dance-pop track: “Yellow diamonds in the light/Now we’re standing side by side/As your shadow crosses mine/What it takes to feel alive/It’s the way I’m feeling, I just can’t describe/It’s the way I’m feeling now.” Chris throws in a few of his signature falsetto notes too, just in case anyone didn’t think this cover was emo enough.
I know we’re supposed to focus on the music and all, but can we just take a second to imagine Chris Martin as the leading man in the video? Going on a drug-fueled binge with Rihanna and trying to win her affection by pulling off some dope moves at the skate park?! He’s such a good little British boy! He would never! Also, original video stud Dudley O’Shaughnessy (aka the BOXER who punches things) and wifey Gwyneth Paltrow might have something to say about that.
+ Listen to Coldplay’s cover of Rihanna’s “We Found Love.”