Wednesday 5 September 2012, 11:14 | By

Jay-Z, Rihanna to (maybe) play Paralympics closing ceremony

Gigs & Festivals

Jay-Z

It’s been rumoured that Chris Martin has persuaded Jay-Z to perform alongside his (Jay-Z’s, not Chris Martin’s) Roc Nation protégée Rihanna at the Paralympics closing ceremony, which takes place this Saturday (9 Sep).

Despite neither Rihanna nor Z having been officially added to the ceremony’s live music roster, as so far stars Coldplay, the Daily Mirror has quoted a slightly suspect-sounding “show source” as saying: “Jay-Z and Chris Martin are close friends so he helped to get the rapper on board. They are putting together a spectacular set list – one likely to include a duet”.

The “source” continues: “The Paralympics has exceeded all expectation and, like the rest of the world, Jay-Z has been blown away by [the athletes'] bravery and athleticism. This will be a concert like no other and a fantastic end to what has been the most successful Paralympics ever”.

If we decide to believe Rihanna is playing the show this weekend, then why not have this other bit of gossip that she might also collaborate live with Coldplay on their ‘Mylo Xyloto’ duet ‘Princess Of China’. The R&B ‘diva’ did conclude that Chris Martin et al “fuckin rule” after making an on-stage cameo with the band in Paris over the weekend, so this isn’t perhaps that ridiculous a rumour. Unlike that thing Ed Sheeran said about Stephane Grappelli.

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