Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has promised the band's next album will surprise fans - because it's influenced by hip-hop star Jay-Z and experimental German outfit Kraftwerk.

And the CLOCKS singer - who grew up in rural Devon, England - jokes it's always been his ambition to become a gangster rapper.

Martin says, "I've been listening to Jay-Z and Kraftwerk a lot while trying to get some inspiration for the last few songs on the album.

"I think every white guy growing up in Devon dreams of being able to rap."

20/07/2004 09:15