Coldplay‘s love affair with Rihanna continued this week when the band stopped by BBC Radio 1 on Thursday. The Brits put their moody spin on “We Found Love,” the pop star’s Calvin Harris-produced track.
Their version, which was performed on the radio station’s Live Lounge series, mirrors the melancholy lyrics of the song, about wanting to be with someone despite knowing that it’s all going to end anyway. Lead singer Chris Martin’s haunting vocals and the band’s acoustic rendition, using drums, piano and guitar, play up the sadness of the track.
The performance was a nearly flawless interpretation of the song, minus a hiccup at the very beginning. As an alarm sounded, Martin giggled a bit delivering the first few lines.
If you’re wondering what Rihanna thinks of it, you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer. In the midst of putting the finishing touches on her own album, she hadn’t yet heard the Coldplay cover. “I can’t wait to watch/hear it RT @Sean_Hansen: Not a big fan of cover songs but @coldplay’s version of @rihanna’s WFL is just superb!” she responded after a fan tweeted about the song.
Rihanna appears on Coldplay’s just-released album, Mylo Xyloto, on the heartbreaking track “Princess of China.”
“Her bit on our record is my favorite bit. … When the song came out, it sort of asked for her to be on it. And I think at this point, we have nothing to lose, and so we’ve been trying some new things and trying to break down the perceived boundaries between different types of music,” Martin explained to MTV News. “Because from where we’re sitting, it seems like you can try and sound any way you like nowadays. You don’t have to be in a rock box or a hip-hop box or a pop box, and I think it’s fun when you embrace that idea.”
“We Found Love” is the house-heavy lead single off Rihanna’s Talk That Talk album, which drops November 21. Its video, directed by Melina Matsoukas, is in keeping with the album’s tone, according to Matsoukas herself.
“I think it sets up definitely the imagery for the album and it’s in line with what they’re doing,” she told MTV News shortly after the video dropped. “So that’s good, and I’m sure there’s plenty more, hopefully. I’m not sure, but [we'll see]. She called me after, and she loves it and I love it.”
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