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Coldplay is just over a week away from releasing their seventh studio album, Head Full of Dreams, on December 4. Chris Martin has gone to some unorthodox lengths to make slight improvements to his own contributions on the album, as well as sampling an unlikely contributor.

For himself, Martin has implemented a practice the average person would never consider attempting.

“I fast once a week,” says Martin, citing the adjustment has led to some subtle improvements to his music and life. “I found that I could sing a bit better and, also, I felt grateful for food and just grateful for everything in a way that I wasn’t so much before.”

Proving not to be sanctimonious, Martin makes use of his first meal more for pleasure than practicality.

“Well, you’re supposed to go for something like a kale salad or something,” says Martin. “I tend to have Nutella and pancakes.”

Head Full of Dreams will be filled with guest vocals from artists spanning several genres; Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo, and Merry Clayton. It may be hard to believe, but the popularity of those singers pale in comparison to one: President Barack Obama.

“We sampled a bit of the President singing ‘Amazing Grace,'” says Martin, referring to President Obama’s singing during the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed last June in a shooting at a Charleston church.

“That’s how we’re trying to sell it,” Martin says with a laugh.

Was POTUS’ voice put through auto-tune like so many others? “Of course not… He has this real resonate, round town. It’s lovely.”

(Photo: E.J. Judge / CBS Local)

(Photo: E.J. Judge / CBS Local)

Head Full of Dreams will be released on December 4 through Parlophone and Atlantic Records.

Watch Carson and Cane’s full interview with Chris Martin below:


~ E.J. Judge, CBS Local




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