Beyoncé left cold by Coldplay

Beyoncé has better taste than Rihanna. It’s long been a suspicion in music circles, but confirmation came in an interview with Chris Martin of Coldplay.

Mr Paltrow, as he is called by people who want to annoy him (and the queue probably tails back several blocks) admitted to Maxim magazine that Beyoncé, or Beyoncé’s people, rejected a song he had written for her.

Rihanna on the other hand, was only too pleased to add her vocals and personality to one of his insipid compositions. The song, called Princess of China, can be heard on Coldplay’s new album Mylo Xyloto (which is ancient Peruvian for "won’t offend your dinner guests").

"I did write a song for Beyoncé, but it got rejected by her A & R people," Martin complained, probably in the same tone of voice he uses when he’s asking Gwyneth if they really have to eat quinoa three times a day.

"The one I wrote for Rihanna didn’t get rejected, but it did take so long. There's still this tribalism in music where we're rock and you're hip hop, and sometimes it takes a while to get across those barriers."

"We’re rock" is probably the most inaccurate part of that statement, but perhaps Coldplay’s music defies easy categorisation.

It’s good to know that Beyoncé does seem to have her finger on the pulse of what remains cool in the UK music scene. So, getting Tricky up on stage at Glastonbury is acceptable. Singing the mawkish verses of England’s blandest frontman remains beyond the pale.

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