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    Coldplay's Princess Of China music video leaks online, official release brought forward

    princessofchinaBTS1_1.jpgUPDATED! Despite the official release being brought forward to the early hours of Sunday (most likely as a result of the leak), it wasn't difficult to find a low-fi version of the video via a Google news search, the source being a Chinese website who leaked the video during Saturday 2nd June. The following websites have all reviewed the video based on the dodgy copy, before it was officially released. We'll see if we can find some reviews subsequent to the video's official release, but if you have seen it let us know at the PoC sub-forum now what you thought of it and don't forget to vote in the usual way on our latest 0-10 sliding scale poll!


    Soul Culture writes: And the wait is over! Since hearing the song back in October we’ve had promo pics and tour editions of the video, and after waiting what seems like a lifetime, Coldplay have finally delivered the full video for their collaboration with Rihanna, “Princess of China.” Taking the China theme and running with it, we see full Geisha attire as well as martial arts battles between Rihanna and Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin.


    The epic video sees Martin storming up to a building, seemingly on a mission to find Rihanna, battling people on the way. Rihanna’s there waiting upon his arrival, giving her Geisha attire an S&M twist with PVC thigh high boots. The video shows the pair flying through the air with swords and fighting in the desert, as well as getting up close and personal...

    MTV writes: Coldplay and Rihanna have been teasing their "Princess of China" video for a while now. On Saturday (June 2), the clip leaked ahead of its scheduled Monday release date. The trippy video is full of surreal images that play on the song's references to Asia, with Chris Martin and Rihanna donning all sorts of ninja and ninja-goddess couture. A desert, the sky and some ancient-looking Chinese palaces all serve as backgrounds. Martin and Rih Rih also do some sword-wielding and ninja kicks, for good measure.


    In more emotional parts of the clip, Rihanna and Martin, playing star-crossed lovers, kneel in the desert, forehead to forehead, as they mourn the loss of their love. But the moving image soon turns violent as they float through the air and partake in a ninja battle. Much like the characters in the song, the onscreen characters are torn up about their dying love. And while the love story is at the center of the clip, Rihanna's look is also a standout as she appears in several forms: multi-armed goddess, heartbroken geisha and fierce warrior princess.


    The official June 4 release date had been pushed back from May before leaking to the Net on Saturday, the same day Rihanna dropped some behind-the-scenes photos on Facebook. In the images, her hair is done up in a geisha bun and she wears long, fringe earrings. They're similar to shots she released back in March from the video shoot. "Her bit on our record is my favorite bit," the Coldplay frontman told MTV News last fall about Rihanna's feature on Mylo Xyloto. "When the song came out, it sort of asked for her to be on it. And I think at this point, we have nothing to lose, and so we've been trying some new things and trying to break down the perceived boundaries between different types of music."


    Popcrush writes: Though the video wasn’t scheduled for release until this Monday (June 4), the video for Coldplay and Rihanna‘s collaboration, ‘Princess of China,’ hit the Web today (June 2). The clip is designed to look like a classic Asian martial arts film and features all the elements of one: a trip through the desert, a forbidden romance, sword fighting and gravity-defying combat. We get to see the full spectrum of Rihanna’s bizarrely beautiful costumes that were first got a glimpse of in the video’s stills, behind-the-scenes footage and tour promo clip for the song. From her heavily sculpted hairstyles to her talon-like nails (and multiple moving arms), it’s a truly stunning visual, whether RiRi is lounging on a silk chaise in PVC pants or sailing through the sky in flowing white robes and sandals.


    Though the plot is a bit tricky to follow, the gist of it is this: Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Rihanna love one another … and also try to kill one another (this seems to be a common theme for the Bajan beauty, though this is far more artistic and romantic than anything she’s done with ex Chris Brown). There’s ninjas, a moonlit sword battle, deserts and dancers in between. Grab some chopsticks and tune in!


    Direct Lyrics writes: At last! Was the long wait worth it? Click 'play' and find out now! Coldplay have finally world premiered the music video for their new single, the Rihanna-assisted "Princess of China", a track lifted from the band's "Mylo Xyloto" album - Filmed back in April in Los Angeles, the Adria Petty & Alan Bibby co-directed visual pays tribute to old kung-fu movies. You'll see RiRi as a samurai ninja, who meets Chris Martin at her sanctuary to fight in sword-wielding flying scenes and have an intimate moment in the desert. Enjoy!


    Stupid Dope writes:Rihanna and Coldplay’s lead singer, Chris Martin, heat up the screen in the new video for their hit single, “Princess of China”. The video has a China cultured theme of course, and features Rihanna playing a hot, geisha chick! If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for? Check it out! And if you have seen it already, do you really need an excuse to watch it again? The sexy and edgy singer, Rihanna, has been on a steady rise since her music debut in 2005. She’s been turning heads and blowing minds with both her musical talents and her mesmerizing beauty for the past few years. And with all the hype that’s surrounding her and the success that she’s so well earned, it was only right, and natural, for British band, Cold Play to feature her on their album.



    The official Princess Of China photos ahead of Monday's release (via Coldplay.com):








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