November 23, 2015


Barack Obama's Voice Will Be on the New Coldplay Album, Too

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Peter Foley-Pool/Getty Images

Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams, due Dec. 4, snuck right up on us. The news of the band's seventh (and quite possibly final) album was already enough to have us reeling, but the hard info that's been trickling out is knocking us straight on our asses.

First we learned BeyoncéNoel Gallagher and Tove Lo would make appearances. Then we found out Bey would be on there twice, and accompanied by daughter Blue Ivy Carter, frontman Chris Martin's ex-wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, the couple's children, Apple and Moses, plus Martin's new bae, Peaky Blinders actress Annabelle Wallis. (Also: Martin will do some AutoTuned rapping??)

Not done, though. A Head Full of Dreams also has President Barack Obama on the tracklist (well, his sampled voice, anyway).

The collaboration, according to U.K. tabloid the Sun (requisite note to "take it with a grain of salt"), is a sample of Obama singing "Amazing Grace." The moment happened at the June funeral of Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, one of nine murdered in a racially motivated massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Martin is quoted in the Sun as saying:

“We have a tiny clip of the President singing Amazing Grace at that church. Because of the historical significance of what he did and also that that song being about, ‘I’m lost but now I’m found’.”

Here's the moment:

If you didn't catch Coldplay performing boisterous new single "Adventure of a Lifetime" at the 2015 American Music Awards, we've got the breakdown for you right here.