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    Coldplay's Oracle dicusses returning to Latin America, Car Kids, Mylo Xyloto album length and ticking crocodiles...

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    October 4, 2011 - submitted by Micaela, Argentina

    Q. Hey Oracle. I wanted to know if Coldplay is coming or wants to come to Buenos Aires, Argentina again. And if it is, do I have to wait four years? I know it's not a very interesting or bizarre question, but it would mean a lot to me if you could answer that. My respects to every person (or Oracle) who gets this.

    The Oracle replies:

    Would you believe they were there the day after Rock in Rio this weekend? A great place to chill out before leaving for South Africa. There are no steadfast tour plans other than what we have announced. I wouldn't like to say yes or no but if there's a world tour coming, I'd be surprised if they didn't visit you again sometime.


    October 3, 2011 - submitted by Rik, United States of America

    Q. I've been wondering this for a long while now as I'm sure many others have, it was on Chris' shirt, the home page background. What does Car Kids mean? Is it a lyric or a song on the new album? Thanks Oracle!!

    The Oracle replies:

    Yeah, as far as I know it was a song pencilled in for inclusion on Mylo Xyloto but didn't make it on to the final tracklisting. We may hear it one day, who knows?

    October 4, 2011 - submitted by Logan, United States of America

    Q. I'm really pumped for the new album and I was wondering why the band hasn't played Princess of China in concert since Rock im Park?

    The Oracle replies:

    There wasn't really much point people hearing it all summer not knowing that it is actually a duet. After trying it out live twice it felt right to leave it out of the set.


    October 3, 2011 - submitted by Julian, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, Why doesn't Coldplay do a version of the song Hallelujah as sung by K.D. Lang? It would sound very beautiful. Especially with Chris Martin's voice.

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm sure it would sound very beautiful but there are definitely enough covers of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah around. Two other notable versions are by



    September 30, 2011 - submitted by Simon, United Kingdom

    Q. Hi Oracle. I heard a rumour that the new album was going to be a soundtrack to a Yellow Submarine style film, but this was decided against because of it would've took 5 years to make. Is there any truth in this?

    The Oracle replies:

    It's not a rumour; it has been documented in recent press interviews


    September 29, 2011 - submitted by Martin Johannessen, Norway

    Q. Dear Oracle! How many people work with Coldplay in the studio and in the dailylife?

    The Oracle replies:

    Well on any given day in the studio there are probably anything from 6 to the more common these days 13. On tour there is a much larger crew which I would hate to account for (in terms of numbers, I mean).


    September 29, 2011 - submitted by Matt, United States of America

    Q. Ok so I was just watching the 60 Minutes feature on Coldplay in which Chris points out the band's explicitly written rule number 1- an album may be no long than 42 minutes, or 9 tracks, long. The track listing for Mylo Xloto was just released, and it was revealed that the new album will contain 14 songs. What's with the sudden change?

    The Oracle replies:

    As with most things, there may have been an element of truth at the time it was said but everything is subject to change. Out of all their albums, Parachutes is, in fact, the nearest to 42 minutes with its length of 41'48. That said, Mylo Xyloto is actually only a shade over 44 minutes long.


    September 28, 2011 - submitted by Steve, United Kingdom

    Q. Hi Oracle! Right now I reading some news of Coldplay and there is a picture of Coldplay photoshoot.I was wondering where this picture was taken? Thanks.

    The Oracle replies:

    It was taken while they were in Japan back in July.


    September 28, 2011 - submitted by Anna, United States of America

    Q. A few years ago, my friends and I decided to upload videos of ourselves dancing on Youtube. Along with the silly dancing videos, my friend decided to upload one of just me. In the video I'm rolling around and laughing and acting really weird, and I'm just wearing tight dance clothing. I've since looked back at the video and found really hateful comments and more views than I would want. Also, as most people feel when they look back at their own stupidity, I cringe when I see the video. So, I decided to ask my friend to take the video down, or give me the password to the account. I thought she would understand, but she keeps ignoring me whenever I ask, and telling me that she has to check her home computer where all of her passwords on. How do I really get the point across to her, without completely annoying her to the point where she doesn't ever let me remove the embarrassing video? I'm just tired of people having access to my cringe worthy moments...

    The Oracle replies:

    Hmmm well we all do things we're not proud of and sometimes those moments are captured on photo, audio or video. We can later regret those things or we just cringe and laugh at our younger selves. Sadly we live in an age where faceless nameless morons (sorry) feel fit to comment and for whatever reason leave venom regardless of people's feelings. You can rise above them and ignore their spite as they're not important to you. As far as your friend goes, keep asking her. Do not stop asking her and maybe start by explaining it's not the video as much as the words left. Ask her to try and see it from your point of view and ask how she would feel if it was happening to her. Assure her that you would respect her wishes if it was the other way around. It's horrible when we hear bad things said of course but if your friend doesn't remove the video, all you can do is stop looking at it yourself so you don't have to see the comments.


    September 27, 2011 - submitted by Emmanuel, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, Is it true that Chris has a Boyz II Men tattoo? If so, where is it located?

    The Oracle replies:

    Ha, ha! Who on earth told you that? Gosh, that's pretty funny. I can assure you that Chris does not have a Boyz II Men tattoo but thank whoever told you for the laugh it gave me.


    September 27, 2011 - submitted by Patrick, United States of America

    Q. Okay this has been eating at for a long time, but in Major Minus, are the lyrics "I hear those clocks and dials ticking around the world" or is it "I hear those crocodiles ticking around the world"?

    The Oracle replies:

    It's crocodiles; I always think of Captain Hook from Peter Pan when I hear that line.


    September 26, 2011 - submitted by Milan, Serbia and Montenegro

    Q. Hey O, quick - top 3 male and female vocals ever, in your opinion? :) Hello from Serbia ;)

    The Oracle replies:

    Quick? I'm not sure that's something I can answer quickly. I change my mind a lot on this but ok, off the top of my head I'll go for these 6 all based only on live performances I have witnessed rather than recordings. I shall leave Chris out so I'm not accused of bias: John Grant; George Michael (well he was faultless); Tom Chaplin. Tori Amos; Amy Winehouse; Annie Lennox.


    September 26, 2011 - submitted by Catalina, Mexico

    Q. Q.Hi Oracle! The other day I saw the Movie The Bucket List. (In my opinion is a good movie) and I ask you if you have one?

    The Oracle replies:

    I am a simple soul with great ambition but I don't actually have a Bucket List (things to do before you kick the bucket). I love that film too but it never occurred to me to start a list. I have always wanted to go to the top of the Statue of Liberty as for one reason or another haven't managed to do that. It seems a rather pathetic one to start with, though. I may contemplate a bucket list in the coming weeks...




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