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'Not a very good song': Why David Bowie rejected a collaboration with Coldplay

Coldplay drummer Will Champion has revealed the late David Bowie turned down collaborating on a song with the band because he didn't think it was good enough.

Champion told NME that the band wrote a three-part harmony and had "a Bowie-type character" in mind to sing on the song, so they approached him. "Chris wrote him a letter and phoned him up," Champion recalled.

They sent it to him but the great man's reaction on hearing the song nixed the joint effort. "It's not a very good song, is it?" Champion recalls Bowie saying.

"I was like, 'Mm, okay, I'll take that as a no,'

"He was very discerning. He wouldn't just put his name to anything. I'll give him credit for that."


Meanwhile, global mourning for Bowie, who died on January 11, continues. He's been immortalised in many ways, from a parade in New Orleans a street sign in Austin, Texas, to various petitions (including putting him on the £20 note, renaming Glasgow's Duke Street to Thin White Duke Street and mentioning him in the World of Warcraft game). This week a constellation was even named after his musical alter ego, Ziggy Stardust.

Now January 20 is to be declared David Bowie Day in New York City, according to the official Bowie Facebook page.

The page carried a statement which said: "It was announced today that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has proclaimed today, January 20, 2016 in the City of New York as David Bowie Day."

Brixton-born Bowie lived in New York for many years and was inspired by the city's world-famous arts and music scenes.