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Jay Z Reckons Coldplay's Chris Martin Is A ‘Modern Day Shakespeare’

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Jay Z Reckons Coldplay's Chris Martin Is A ‘Modern Day Shakespeare’

As a band, Coldplay has been running for more than two decades, released seven studio albums and won 62 awards. Not bad for a group which started when lead singer Chris Martin and guitarist Jonny Buckland met during orientation week at University College London.

But Chris might have just received one of the biggest compliments from a fellow artist.

Speaking to Metro's Guilty Pleasures, legendary rapper Jay Z says: "I have been in the industry long enough to know when I'm in the presence of a genius... and Chris Martin is just that.

"In years to come, Britain will look back at him as a modern day Shakespeare. He is an incredible recording artist, an incredible songwriter, but where he really comes alive is performing live. If you get the chance to see Coldplay live, do it - you ain't going to regret it."

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Chris Martin during live performance
Chris Martin during live performance

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That's a big pat on the back from someone who has been around the industry longer than Chris, has received 21 Grammy Awards and sold more than 100 million records.

He's definitely not wrong about Chris and Coldplay's live performances, they're utterly incredible. It's hard to work out whether the visuals or the audio is better, because the band fuses both to put on an incredible performance.

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Jay Z
Jay Z

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They're still crisscrossing the globe with their Head Full of Dreams tour, which has seen 123 shows performed in Latin America, Europe, North America, Asia and the Oceania area. It's due to wrap up on November 17 this year.

Jay Z and Coldplay have collaborated a few times, with the rapper appearing on the British band's track 'Lost+' which is from their Prospekt's March EP. But that was paying the favour for when Martin appeared on Jay's song 'Most Kingz'. Chris also put together a few chords together for the track 'Beach Chair', which was later mixed together with the help of Dr Dre.

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They also brought in 2013 together when they both performed at a New Year's Eve concert at the Barclay's Centre.

Outside of their profession, they've been mates for some time, along with Jay's wife Beyonce.

While some people aren't a fan of Coldplay or Chris Martin, at least he has the backing of one of the music industry's biggest names.

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Topics: Jay Z, Coldplay

Stewart Perrie
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