Coldplay's new album includes what's likely the most star-studded guest list of the year, with Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, and President Barack Obama (well, his voice, at least). Today, we get to hear the one of the biggest with "Hymn for the Weekend" featuring Bey.
Premiered on BBC Radio 1 on Monday (Nov. 30), the new track sounds less like Coldplay featuring Beyonce the superstar and more like a Coldplay song featuring Beyonce the instrument. The songbird subtly serves harmonic embellishments on Chris Martin's vocals and the pounding percussion so much that you might not even hear her if you weren't listening. But Bey's famous breathy coos are unmistakable once the bridge hits.
Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman called in to BBC Radio to talk about the song's origins:
"It actually started up being some different type of vibe. Chris wanted to write a sort of party song. The lyrics were, 'Drinks on me, drinks on me' and we told him, 'You can't say that, you can't get away with that.' Then the whole kind of story of the song changed and he asked Beyonce to sing on it and she very kindly said she would. And it was amazing!"