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Coldplay reveal admiration for Leona Lewis

Brit sensations Coldplay have previously opened up about other contemporary artists they like, but have now revealed the name of one British artist they have a lot of respect for.

The 'Paradise' rockers recently recruited Bajan beauty Rihanna for a collaboration on 'Princess Of China' and explained that if they were younger they might have considered a duet with Canadian superstar Justin Bieber, but have now admitted that Leona Lewis is someone they think has a fantastic talent.

In a new interview with CFM Radio, drummer Will Champion confessed that Lewis has an "amazing" gift and even praised her cover of Snow Patrol's 'Run':

"[Leona Lewis] is brilliant, I think. Amazing voice. She did a fantastic cover of the Snow Patrol song ['Run'], it was wonderful."

Referring to their joint project with Rihanna, Champion added that the band were initially unsure if it was a good idea as they didn't know how if would affect their status and sound:

"We questioned whether we should have anyone sing on our album because we hadn't done it before, is it cool to do that? Or is it cool to get somebody who's got such a huge profile to be the other half of the duet? Or should we get somebody that has a great voice that is completely unknown?"




"We all love Rihanna and we came to the decision that if we are going to get someone to come and sing on it, it should be the best person and she's obviously an incredible artist. She was the original intention for the female part, so it just had to be her really!"

Watch Coldplay and Rihanna's music video for 'Princess Of China' below: