Published Nov 19, 2015As previously reported, Coldplay's forthcoming album A Head Full of Dreams hears the band teaming up with an impressive roster of guests that includes Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo and Merry Clayton, as well as producers Rik Simpson and Stargate. Now, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, frontman Chris Martin has revealed a few more famous names that made their way on to the record.
Although they may be consciously uncoupled, Martin and his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow seem to be on okay terms, with the Hollywood actress contributing vocals on "Everglow." The pair's two children are also featured on the record — amongst a recurring choir of a dozen other family members and friends. Martin's current girlfriend Annabelle Wallis also gets a vocal cameo.
He discussed working with Beyoncé, who appears on "Hymn for the Weekend" — a song that has some unlikely inspiration behind it. "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," Martin told the newspaper. He took on the challenge of concocting one anyways, but ultimately felt it was better suited for someone else to sing. Enter Bey.
Keeping it in the Carter-Knowles family, Jay Z and Beyoncé's daughter Blue Ivy Carter is another recognizable name listed as a member of the aforementioned choir.
"Everyone who got asked to sing on our album has an important part in our lives," he said. "The 'choir' started with my two kids coming in after school and recording. We recorded Blue Ivy Carter in New York when her mom Beyoncé was in the studio. It comes from learning about Greek tragedy, where the chorus chimes in at times. To me, when we use that sound, it's to affirm what I'm saying. 'We agree with you, Chris. Keep singing.'"
A Head Full of Dreams is out on December 4 via Parlophone.