Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow may be divorced, but that doesn’t mean they can’t literally make sweet music together. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the singer revealed that Paltrow, along with Blue Ivy Carter and the previously announced Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher and Tove Lo are all featured on tracks from Coldplay‘s forthcoming seventh album, A Head Full of Dreams.
Martin said that a poem by 13th century poet Rumi inspired the collaborations.
“Everyone who got asked to sing on our album has an important part in our lives. This is The Wall Street Journal, so I don’t want to get too hippie, but what I’m trying to learn in my life is the value of every human,” Martin told the paper. “Inclusiveness is the key thing, and it all comes from that ‘Guest House’ poem. The ‘choir’ started with my two kids coming in after school and recording. We recorded Blue Ivy Carter in New York when her mom Beyoncé was in the studio. It comes from learning about Greek tragedy, where the chorus chimes in at times. To me, when we use that sound, it’s to affirm what I’m saying. ‘We agree with you, Chris. Keep singing.'”
Paltrow appears on the song “Everglow,” which WSJ describes as a ballad “about a relationship’s enduring spark.” Other songs feature their two children and additional friends and family members singing choir-style while Martin’s current girlfriend, actress Annabelle Wallis, sings on one song.
The band also teamed up with an unlikely pair when they collaborated with dance-pop/hip-hop producers Stargate for the song “Hymn for the Weekend,” which is one of two songs that features Beyoncé. “The original kernel was that I was listening to Flo Rida or something, and I thought, it’s such a shame that Coldplay could never have one of those late-night club songs, like ‘Turn Down for What.'” The song originally had the words “drinks on me, drinks on me,” but he said they changed it to “drink from me” because the band said, “We love this song, but there’s no way you can sing ‘drinks on me.'”
A Head Full of Dreams will be released on December 4th.