When two musical heavyweights from varying genres team up to release a new song, often times the results can vary. The fact of the matter is, no matter how talented the duo may be, certain musical styles just simply do not mix. However, when British alternative rock ban Coldplay and popular female recording artist Rihanna joined together to release the duet, “Princess of China,” the results were magical. After being released to mainstream radio in February of 2012, the song was greeted with a great response from critics around the world.
It instantly began climbing up the charts as it made its way on to the Ipods, MP3 players, computers, and several other musical devices of intrigued fans around the world. The song sustained its initial success by climbing all the way to number four on the United Kingdom Singles Chart and number twenty on the Billboard Hot One Hundred. It also catapulted into the top ten of several other musical charts around the world.
This unique song was written by Coldplay band members Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and lead singer Chris Martin. “Princess of China” became the fourth single on Coldplay’s fifth album entitled Mylo Xyloto. The elaborate video that coincided with the song was met with an equal amount of positivity from critics around the world. Directed by Adria Petty and Alan Bibby, the Asian themed video does a great job in detailing a fiery love passion between Martin and Rihanna. The intense and well thought out scenes combined with futuristic graphics make this video highly entertaining and well worth a watch. It was filmed in Los Angeles in March of 2012, eventually being released three months later in June. It has been performed around the world as audiences spanning from France, England, United States, and many more have filled stadiums and arenas to enjoy the unparalleled tag team’s version of this popular piece of music.
This song about love displays a great example of how successful a collaboration can be if the two artists work well with one another, as seemed to be the case in this scenario. No matter how different their music may be, sometimes both vocal and visual art can join together and create a memorable piece of history. This unique collaboration will stand as a quality example of how successful that a song and video combination can be.