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    Coldplay's Oracle discusses Hurts Like Heaven inclusion, Mylo Xyloto meaning, last album rumours, Phil's tweets...

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    August 16, 2011 - submitted by Matthew, United Kingdom

    Q. I know you can't talk about it, but this concerns Hurts Like Heaven. With the album being announced and the billboard story, there's a massive thing going around that HLH won't make it to the album. Why?! It seems to be THE song for the album, and ties in with everything that has been promoted so far (running man, graffiti, opening song to the concerts!, etc). It's my (and a lot of others) favorite song so far, and I guess that all I want is for Coldplay to know what a great song they have here, and that it deserves to be on Mylo Xyloto. I know you know nothing of final track listing, and you can't say anything to us; but is there the chance that you can let the boys know that this song deserves everything it can get for the album? Thanks from a lot of fans.

    The Oracle replies:

    I have to say I think it's great that you - and others - are worried that it won't be on the album because you've heard it and love it but trust me, whether it does or doesn't won't matter when the album comes out. You're right I can't say but I will tell you a story. Just before X&Y was finished I heard that Talk was going to be left off. I felt I had to step in so texted Chris. The next thing I knew, it was being mixed and included on the album. Hand on heart I don't know the tracklisting right now but if I did and Hurts Like Heaven wasn't on, I wouldn't text about it. I absolutely LOVE the song but I have faith that this is the album the band wanted to make and want to release so that's good enough for me.

    August 16, 2011 - submitted by Sarah, United Kingdom

    Q. Hey Oracle! In the beginning of Coldplay's performance at the iTunes Festival and Lollapalooza, there's an orchestra recording playing that sounds like something from Disney. Is that Coldplay's doing or the festival's way of introducing them?

    Thanks!! :)

    The Oracle replies:

    It's actually the Back To The Future Theme Song. I don't know if you've seen the film or not but it was made back in 1985 and is a modern day classic worth checking out.


    August 15, 2011 - submitted by Bella, United Kingdom

    Q. Dear Oracle, What does Mylo Xyloto mean?

    The Oracle replies:

    This could win the prize for the most asked question in the shortest space of time! All I will say is that if the band are asked it as many times as I have been asked, an answer will appear soon enough! I'd rather not be the revealer on this occasion. I will dispel a couple of suggestions I received though. It's not been randomly made up with no meaning at all nor is it a foreign language. Everyone has been so patient so far with all the teasing that has been going on during the past 3 months so I'm sure we can hang on a little longer...


    August 15, 2011 - submitted by Cerenna, United Kingdom

    Q. So Phil tweeted recently the band is relieved to have announced the name of the album and it's release date. He also said this : 'Paradise, Up in Flames, Princess of China...let's get 'em out there!' Can you confirm these songs are definitely going to be released, no matter if on an album or as an EP? Because many fans, like me, fret we won't get to hear them (at least not PoC and Up in Flames) despite the tweet. And you could actually respond to a question related to the new album once in a year. Thanks much.

    The Oracle replies:

    If Phil tweeted them at this stage, they will be on the album / released. He wouldn't tweet song titles before a tracklisting had been settled on. It occurred to me that I haven't heard Up in Flames yet, so I better get in on the action!


    August 15, 2011 - submitted by Sam, United Kingdom

    Q. Dear Oracle, I read on the Daily Mirror and NME that Chris Martin is saying that Mylo Xyloto may be the last album for the band and this time he means it. Why is this so? As a big fan of Coldplay I am very sad about this. Since you know Chris and the rest of the boys, do you think that it is likely that the band splits up at this point of its career? I wish that you could pick up my question and reply to it!! Thanks! Sam

    The Oracle replies:

    I haven't read the article but I would draw your attention to the word "may". What Chris said or meant - whether taken out of context or not - is familiar to many. Anyone who has been a fan for a very long time will know that this kind of quote is not uncommon when an album is completed. Chris has said this kind of thing before, ooh at least 3 times I'd say. Even if a band intend to be together forever, not one single person in the world could possibly know when or if an album is the last one until song ideas are conceived, written, recorded and deemed good enough. That's not to say that Mylo Xyloto* will be their last album but at this moment in time it is the only album that we're all thinking about. Let's not rush the future or try to see into it, let's enjoy the present - after all, it is a gift. * You have no idea how great it is to finally be able to say the name of the album!




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