Chris Martin Wants to Work on Rihanna's Next Album

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The Coldplay singer says writing for Rihanna is like trying to win 'American Idol'

It’s been a few years since Coldplay collaborated with Rihanna on "Princess of China" from 2011’s Mylo Xyloto, but frontman Chris Martin is hoping to work with the pop star again on her next album.

During a recent interview with New York’s Fresh 102.7, Martin said he’s been working in the studio on new material for RiRi. "I don’t think she even asked, I just said, 'please can I try something?' " he said.

It’s still unclear whether any of Martin’s song ideas will appear on Rihanna’s next musical project. "She has so many amazing people writing for her," he said. "It’s like trying to win American Idol, getting a song on Rihanna’s album. It’s hard. Everybody wants to write songs for her."

Meanwhile, Coldplay is still fresh off the May release of its sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, but Martin says the band is already working on new material.

"We knew we wanted to make this thing called Ghost Stories, and then make something else," he said. "We have just an idea and then we're gonna go on tour after that."

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