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Coldplay Remembers the Time David Bowie Denied Their Collaboration Request

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Coldplay performs at their iHeartRadio Album Release Party at iHeartRadio Theater on November 19, 2015, in Burbank, California

Chris Martin has shared this David Bowie story before, but in the wake of the singer's death, it's too good not to hear again.

In a recent interview with NME, Coldplay's Will Champion recalled the time that the band had asked Bowie to collaborate with them, explaining that Martin had sent Bowie a letter asking if he would consider working on a tune that had a "David Bowie-type character" in it.

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He declined. According to a grinning Champion, Bowie replied, "It's not a very good song, is it?" Champion didn't mind too much: "He was very discerning -- he wouldn't just put his name to anything. I'll give him credit for that!" 

Watch their chat with NME about Bowie below:

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