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Chris Martin Compares Rihanna’s Voice to a ‘Beautifully Squeezed Tube of Toothpaste’

Say what?! Chris Martin spoke highly of his fellow collaborator Rihanna in the most bizarre but sweetest way possible during a new interview with The Guardian on Thursday, June 23.

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During the in-depth interview, the Coldplay frontman, 39, discussed the power of music, his band’s halftime gig at Super Bowl 50 and, of course, the 28-year-old Barbadian beauty.

Rihanna and Chris Martin
Rihanna performs with Chris Martin on September 9, 2012. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

“She is the Frank Sinatra of our generation,” he told the newspaper. “She can turn anything into gold with that voice. Here’s the thing: If you speak to a good singing teacher about great opera singers, they will talk about consistency of tone. Or there’s a book by Alfred Tomatoes about why some people like certain people’s voices and other people hate them, like Bob Dylan or me or whoever, some people say, ‘Oh, I hate that voice,’ so there’s a thing about people’s frequency responses — what they are pleased by.”

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Martin then compared Rihanna to dentifrice with a hilariously peculiar metaphor.

“Rihanna has this thick tone, so it’s very hard to annoy anybody. It’s like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste,” he explained. “When you think of Rihanna’s voice you think of this whole, rich thing, solid like a tree trunk, and Drake is pretty similar. But Rihanna’s voice is just delicious for your ear. Sinatra had the same thing; anything he sang sounded pleasing to most people.”

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Coldplay and Rihanna collaborated on the British rock band’s 2012 single “Princess of China,” which was released as the fourth single off their 2011 album Mylo Xyloto.

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