During the in-depth interview, the Coldplay frontman, 39, discussed the power of music, his band’s halftime gig at Super Bowl 50 and, of course, the 28-year-old Barbadian beauty.
“She is the Frank Sinatra of our generation,” he told the newspaper. “She can turn anything into gold with that voice. Here’s the thing: If you speak to a good singing teacher about great opera singers, they will talk about consistency of tone. Or there’s a book by Alfred Tomatoes about why some people like certain people’s voices and other people hate them, like Bob Dylan or me or whoever, some people say, ‘Oh, I hate that voice,’ so there’s a thing about people’s frequency responses — what they are pleased by.”
Martin then compared Rihanna to dentifrice with a hilariously peculiar metaphor.
“Rihanna has this thick tone, so it’s very hard to annoy anybody. It’s like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste,” he explained. “When you think of Rihanna’s voice you think of this whole, rich thing, solid like a tree trunk, and Drake is pretty similar. But Rihanna’s voice is just delicious for your ear. Sinatra had the same thing; anything he sang sounded pleasing to most people.”
Coldplay and Rihanna collaborated on the British rock band’s 2012 single “Princess of China,” which was released as the fourth single off their 2011 album Mylo Xyloto.
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