updated 10/31/2011 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/02/2011 AT 9:45 AM ET
They may seem an unlikely pair, but Chris Martin and Jay-Z are closer than you may think.
“We’re from very different backgrounds. But we love the same stuff everyone else loves,” Martin, 34, tells online music magazine Pitchfork.
“I love his music, and he’s a super cool guy, and he’s genuine. I respect his decisions, and we have the same feelings about trying to be true in your art. It just happens that one of us is a nerd and the other is the coolest multi-entrepreneur on the planet.”
Martin – whose latest album with Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto, has been getting rave reviews – may not be giving himself enough credit.