Coldplay Cover Rihanna's New Hit 'We Found Love'

British rockers pay tribute to the singer on BBC Radio 1

October 27, 2011 11:20 AM ET
Chris Martin performs with Coldplay in Rio de Janeiro.
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Coldplay teamed up with Rihanna for "Princess of China," a track on the band's new album, Mylo Xyloto, so it's not exactly a surprise that they would cover her new single "We Found Love" when asked to perform another artist's tune on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge show. It may surprise that their rendition is actually pretty good. Whereas Rihanna's version is a thumping rave anthem, Chris Martin and company transform it into a lovely piano ballad nearly indistinguishable from many of their own songs. You can listen for yourself in the stream below.

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