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Chris Martin Says Rihanna Is the 'Frank Sinatra of Our Generation'

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles.
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Chris Martin has some nice things to say about Rihanna. According to the Coldplay frontman, his partner on the band's 2011 single "Princess of China" "is the Frank Sinatra of our generation."
It may sound a bit strange, considering their different genders and genres, but Martin offered a good explanation when speaking with The Guardian for an extensive interview.

"She can turn anything into gold with that voice," he said. "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 Tomatis 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. Rihanna has this thick tone, so it's very hard to annoy anybody."
Martin went on to compare Rihanna's voice to a "beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste," which is a bit of an odd analogy but one we can all surely relate to on some level.

"When you think of Rihanna's voice you think of this whole, rich thing, solid like a tree trunk, and Drake is pretty similar," he went on. "But Rihanna's voice is just delicious for your ear. Sinatra had the same thing; anything he sang sounded pleasing to most people."

Maybe this'll still be playing in London somewhere at New Year's!

Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra's Relationship Exposed in New Play

Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra's Relationship Exposed in New Play
Marilyn and Sinatra: you know their names but you didn't know their intimate love story...until now! Acclaimed new play MARILYN & SINATRA tells the little-known, exhaustively researched, story of the relationship between showbiz icons Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, who lived together for five tempestuous weeks in 1955 and remained close right up until her death. On the night she died, Marilyn played nothing but Sinatra albums on her record player. It turns out the last voice she heard meant a great deal to her.

Marilyn & Sinatra stars Erin Gavin (Footballer's Wives) as Marilyn Monroe and an America's Got Talent finalist Jeff Bratz as Frank Sinatra. It is written and directed by Sandro Monetti. It is co-produced by Sandro Monetti and Jason Haigh-Ellery in
association with Erin Gavin.

Playwright and director Sandro Monetti said: "Ever since I was a kid growing up in Blackpool, I've been fascinated by Americana, especially showbiz icons. Marilyn and Frank Sinatra have always intrigued me but I thought every story about them had been told. Then I discovered that they lived together in Beverly Hills for five disastrous weeks in 1955. It was just after his heartbreaking split from Ava Gardner. He'd lost, to his mind, the most beautiful woman in the world. And then God sent him the sexiest. But their time together was like The Odd Couple. He was a neat freak; she was messy. It was never going to work out. It seems the sex was great but the relationship was a disaster!"

Raised in Glasgow but now resident in Los Angeles, Erin Gavin is the definitive Marilyn having played the part in numerous productions and projects in the US. Her TV credits include Footballer's Wives, Taggart and Still Game and she has worked with Michelle Pfeiffer, David Schwimmer and Elijah Wood.

Trained jazz musician Jeff Bratz was a top 12 finalist on America's Got Talent. His stage roles include the Emcee in Cabaret, Dr Frankenfurter in The Rocky Horror Show, Judas in Godspell, The 39 Steps and West Side Story. He is lead singer in the rock band Radium.
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