You'd think that global stardom and rock star status would assure you a spot at the front of the line when it comes to writing songs for Rihanna. But to hear Coldplay singer Chris Martin tell it, he's just plugging away with his notepad hoping that Rih Rih will give him a shot at landing a song on her next album.
After collaboration with Rihanna on "Princess of China" from 2011's Mylo Xyloto, Martin recently told New York's Fresh 102.7 FM that he's trying his hand at writing a song for Eminem's tour mate. "I wasn't necessarily with [Rihanna in the studio], I was working for her," Martin said. "I don't think she even asked, I just said, 'please can I try something?'"
He described the effort as a typical Englishman's "busman's holiday," in other words, he's on vacation doing the thing that he normally does anyway: writing songs. "Sometimes as a break from Coldplay stuff I love to go and work on other music," he said. "It kind of gives you fresh angles and new ideas."
So, did it work? Will we hear this song on her next album? "I don't know," Martin said. "She has so many amazing people writing for her. It’s like trying to win 'American Idol,' getting a song on Rihanna’s album. It's hard. Everybody wants to write songs for her."
Martin also said Coldplay is already on to the next one, working on tracks for the follow-up to this year's Ghost Stories. And, oh yeah, he's already got a song that he hopes to get Rihanna on for that one. So, either way...