Beyoncé is a smart woman.
She knows that if she tides us over with new music -- like "Runnin' (Lose It All)” with Naughy Boy or “Feelin’ Myself” performances with Nicki Minaj -- we won’t start badgering her for a new album. Even if she is basically a glorified backup singer, as she is on Coldplay’s new song, “Hymn for the Weekend,” off their new album, A Head Full of Dreams.
Alongside frontman Chris Martin, Bey sings, “So drink from me, drink from me / When I was so thirsty / We're on a symphony / Now I just can't get enough.”
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Elsewhere on the album, Martin's consciously uncoupled ex-wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, also lends her voice, as well as the couple's children, Blue Ivy (marking her second feature on an album before the age of four), and President Barack Obama.
Of the origin of “Hymn for the Weekend,” Martin told Wall Street Journal:
"I thought I’d like to have a song called 'Drinks on Me' where you sit on the side of a club and buy everyone drinks because you’re so f**ing cool. I was chuckling about that, when this melody came -- ‘drinks on me, drinks on me’ -- then the rest of the song came out. I presented it to the rest of the band and they said, ‘We love this song, but there’s no way you can sing ‘drinks on me.’‘ So that changed into ‘drink from me’ and the idea of having an angelic person in your life.
“Then that turned into asking Beyoncé to sing on it,” Martin recalled.
“She’s just fab. We love her,” bassist Guy Berryman added on BBC Radio 1, where the song premiered. “She’s so sweet and down to earth, it was such a great experience.”
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