Coldplay – “Princess Of China” (Feat. Rihanna)

Here it is, the track Chris Martin has called his “favorite bit” from next week’s Mylo Xyloto LP. “Princess Of China” features a vocal from Rihanna in the band’s most interesting pairing since working with Eno. (Or maybe since getting covered by Willie for Chipotle.) “Princess” is a swing for the fences, with Rihanna scene-setting on a big wordless melody and some new-look stuttering Europop synths. Chris told MTV News it’s “a song that I’d secretly kind of written to see if Rihanna would want to sing it,” and that “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.

Experience this attempt at boundary dissolving for yourself:

Previously, Mylo Xyloto has proffered “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” and “Paradise.” The album hits stores on 10/24 via Capitol. Two days later, on 10/26, Coldplay will webcast their Madrid show at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas via a 12-camera shoot with Anton Corbin at the helm on VEVO. If nothing else, respect their collaborative swagger.

Tags: Coldplay, Rihanna