By Elizabeth Lancaster (@lizzydl)
As if “Princess of China” wasn’t already awesome enough, Coldplay and Rihanna have upped the ante by changing the vibe of the hit with a new acoustic version, released this morning. This new version is reminiscent of the charismatic collaborative performance the two brought to the Grammy Awards this past year.
Coldplay haven’t been shy about signing the praise of the pop princess, going on record (several times) to tell the world just how great they think she is. Coldplay have described Rihanna as an “incredible artist,” who was their first choice for the track. And after the original release, the Grammy performance, the video and now this acoustic version, we think it’s fair to say they made a great choice.
Chris Martin had his eye on Rihanna for a while, telling MTV News back in September (interview, after the jump) just before the release of Mylo Xyloto, “So, in like a dream scenario, we had a song that I’d secretly kind of written to see if Rihanna would want to sing it.” Sing it she did, and RiRi provided just the edge the tune needed.
What do you think of the acoustic version? Listen here and sound off in the comments.
MTV News Extended Play: Coldplay