Coldplay’s new album A Head Full of Dreams is out this week, and to kick things off they’ve got a pretty big guest star in the form of Beyoncé. The singer joined the band to contribute vocals to”Hymn for the Weekend” which premiered today on Annie Mac’s BBC radio show.
“We had a song idea, and it actually started out being quite a different kind of vibe,” Coldplay’s Guy Berryman told Mac.
The title is rather fitting. The song has a churchly feel, with Coldplay’s trademark balance of grandeur and uplift, but in subject matter is decidedly party-focused.
“Chris was wanting to write a sort of party song. And the words were ‘Drinks on me, drinks on me.’ And we said to him ‘Look, you can’t say that, you can’t get away with that,'” Berryman went on. “So the whole kind of story of the song changed. And he asked Beyonce to sing on it and she very kindly said she would, and it was amazing. She came in, did her thing, she’s unbelievably professional. I think she was in and out in five minutes. And we’re just blessed to have her sing on one of our songs.”
As Mac points out, Beyoncé is largely an underlying presence throughout the song, save for a few passages of solo vocals, she’s mostly draped over the entire affair like a gauzy sweater adding an extra layer of warmth. “It’s quite understated actually, which I like,” he said. “It was never really supposed to be a duet or anything.”