Published Nov 23, 2015Coldplay have slowly been rolling out the details of their forthcoming full-length A Headful of Dreams, following up with cryptic gimmicks with hints at some of the special guests due to appear on the album. Now, Chris Martin and co. have unveiled that the President of the United States himself can be heard on the new record.
A sample of Barack Obama singing "Amazing Grace" at the funeral of Charleston shooting victim Clementa C. Pinckney's funeral has been incorporated into the record's title track.
"We have a tiny clip of the president singing 'Amazing Grace' at that church," Martin told The Sun . "Because of the historical significance of what he did and also that song being about, 'I'm lost but now I'm found.'"
Obama joins a prestigious list of guest collaborators on the album, which also includes Martin's ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyoncé (and her and Jay Z's daughter Blue Ivy Carter), Noel Gallagher and Tove Lo.
The band reportedly debuted "A Headful of Dreams" and another new song called "Up & Up" at a Tidal exclusive show at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday night (November 21).
While we wait for official audio footage of the new songs to emerge, relive the band's latest single "Adventure of a Lifetime" in the player below.
A Headful of Dreams is out December 4 via Parlophone.