This Cover Of COLDPLAY's "Yellow" For 'Crazy Rich Asians' Has Us In Tears

Camille Santos

Posted at August 21, 2018

The hugely anticipated Crazy Rich Asians already got our waterworks going. Why? Just listen to this Chinese version of Coldplay's hit "Yellow" for the film and you'll know exactly why. 

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But did you know the track almost didn't make it to the official soundtrack? Coldplay initially turned down the request and Warner Bros. was concerned that the song's title will be problematic since the word is used as an ethnic slur for Asians. “We’re going to own that term,” director Jon M. Chu told The Hollywood Reporter. “If we’re going to be called yellow, we’re going to make it beautiful.”


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So the filmmaker directly wrote band members Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion about why he needs the track for the film. "I know it's a bit strange, but my whole life I've had a complicated relationship with the color yellow," Chu began in his letter. "That is, until I heard your song. For the first time in my life, it described the color in the most beautiful magical ways I had ever heard: the color of the stars, her skin, the love. It was an incredible image of attraction and aspiration that it made me rethink my own self image."

He continued, "It immediately became an anthem for me and my friends and gave us a new sense of pride we never felt before. It would be such an honor to use your song that gave me so much strength throughout the years, to underscore this final part of our film."

And within 24 hours of sending the letter, Coldplay approved their request. Yey! Read the letter in full below.

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