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    Coldplay's Oracle dispels the MMIX/2009 rumour, discusses Rihanna's vocals and European tour venue omissions

    oracle.jpgMore questions answered by The Oracle... (over 2000 questions now answered - submit yours now!)


    September 21, 2011 - submitted by Phil, France

    Q. Dear Oracle, What's your favourite song from MX and from the olders albums and why ? See you soon

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm loving all the new songs that I have heard so far and cannot wait to hear the rest but my current favourite is Princess of China. It's so hard to choose favourites so I shall just answer on how I feel today. Parachutes - Everything's Not Lost. It always fills me with hope. It also reminds me of when Coldplay used to close the live set with this track and that makes me feel nostalgic. AROBTTH - Politik. It's always been a firm favourite. The pounding rhythm and the way it's performed live never fails to get me moving. X&Y - Square One. Similar to Politik in that it's the album opener and thrills me every time I hear it - loud preferably. There's also so much going on in this song. What If is so beautiful that it's a close second which technically it is as it's the second track on the album. Viva - Yes. Maybe it's because it wasn't played live much that it feels such a treat t hear it but from the first listen of this song I was hooked.


    September 20, 2011 - submitted by Stews, Ireland

    Q. No shows in Ireland this time round? Phoenix Park/O2 etc...

    The Oracle replies:

    Not on this leg, no. I'm sure that they'll be back there at some point but we've only released this tour at present.

    September 21, 2011 - submitted by Tim, United States of America

    Q. Hello Oracle, I could really use your advice right now. I'm in a long distance relationship, and I've been in it for 2 years now. I have become best friends with a girl I attend school with and I have fallen in love with her, but she, as well as me, is in a long distance relationship. I do not know what to do and I don't want to lose her as a friend, but I want to be more than her friend, please help me. Thank you.

    The Oracle replies:

    It's tricky when you develop feelings for a friend, but hardly surprising given you both spend a lot of time together and have long distance relationships in common. I think it's best to just see where time takes you. It would be a risk telling her how you feel if those feelings aren't reciprocated. There may arise an appropriate moment for you to talk to her about your relationships and try to broach the subject that way, but tread carefully as it sounds like you have a lot to lose.


    September 20, 2011 - submitted by Dimple, United Kingdom

    Q. Hello, Erm I was just wondering who chooses the pieces (which, may I just say, are amazing) that go up in the Exhibition Room? Do Coldplay actually choose them or do they ever give any input?? Thank you ;) xx

    The Oracle replies:

    I love the Exhibition Room and we're happy to see people are still sending in their art even though it's moved from the front page. As for who runs that section it's an anonymous entity; a Curator. They choose exhibits from the vaults. I assure it's a real person and not a random computer generated role. I know that Phil keeps a close eye on the work we receive but I'm not sure the band have time to see every single one. Keep 'em coming!


    September 20, 2011 - submitted by Augusto, Brazil

    Q. Oracle if you know everything, why the people ask only in English? And you answer only in English?

    The Oracle replies:

    I guess because the band are from the UK and sing in English, it makes more sense to stick to the one language and their mother tongue. I do get a question in Spanish or French every so often but figured that more fans understand English.


    September 19, 2011 - submitted by Sebastien, Switzerland

    Q. Dear all-knowing Oracle, Who is the man standing on the right of the stage during the ACL show? We can see him for example in this video. Is he Coldplay-related or ACL Festival-related? Thank you!

    The Oracle replies:

    I've never seen him before in my life, he's not one of 'ours'.



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    September 19, 2011 - submitted by Corey, United Kingdom

    Q. Do you know if the upcoming Coldplay show at the Manchester Evening News Arena will have seats on the floor? Because to be honest I'd prefer it if there weren't so I can really go crazy to Charlie Brown :)

    The Oracle replies:

    The seats have remained on the floor every time they have played there previously so I'd be amazed if they removed them on the next occasion. You'll still be able to go crazy though!


    September 16, 2011 - submitted by Kyle, United States of America

    Q. Hello Oracle! Here's a question about: M.M.I.X. "MMIX is Roman Numerals for 2009." - Wikicoldplay.com. Does it have anything to do with 2009? Also, whats your favorite song on the album? Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    It doesn't stand for the year 2009 so ignore that entry. I can see why people assume that of course. As you may have noticed, there were press interviews last week so soon enough details about the album will filter through the media but I do know that when that question was asked, the answer given had nothing to do with Roman Numerals but in fact a crew member. I won't spoil the journalist's fun by repeating the answer. If it doesn't make the final printed interview, I shall let you know! I haven't heard the whole album yet but PoC is certainly a front runner at the moment. I am loving everything I have heard by the way.


    September 16, 2011 - submitted by Dave, United States of America

    Q. Are Rihanna's vocals a duet, a solo, or a part similar to Emily Bart-Smith on Rainy Day?

    The Oracle replies:

    It's not at all like the EBS backing vocals that are a subtle part of Rainy Day. This is a proper duet and honestly guys, it's incredible.


    September 15, 2011 - submitted by Adrienne, United States of America

    Q. Dearest Oracle, I was just wondering for the Team Oracle questions that anyone can answer, do you choose every single answer that was submitted? Thanks. Adrienne

    The Oracle replies:

    Team Oracle will return in October so won't be 'here' tomorrow. I am hoping we get lots of new people involved then. I don't read any of the answers sent in until I have myself written a reply. I then read the responses sent in but I don't print all. I like to encourage new contributors so of course print some of those. I do get a regular group who write every week but some fans are confused thinking Team Oracle is only open to certain people but it is open to ALL so please all watch out next month and join in. It's one of my favourite spots.


    September 15, 2011 - submitted by Jed, United Kingdom

    Q. Dear Oracle, Near the end of Paradise, am I hearing a little girl singing? Is she the "girl" Chris is referring to in the song?? :)

    The Oracle replies:

    Well Jed, I am hearing Chris singing near the end! If it was a little girl, it wouldn't be the girl he is singing about...


    September 15, 2011 - submitted by Anonymous, United States of America

    Q. Hey, Oracle. I don't think I've ever been in so much stress. My choir teacher's nephew ( my best friend ) is under the influence of drugs. He's been planning to take alcohol/drugs to a hotel the choir will be staying at and having people come to the room late at night. I finally decided to tell my teacher ( his aunt ) what he's been doing and how worried I am. My dad called one of his cop friends to see if they can catch the guy supplying it and drug test my friend today. It didn't happen, due to the fact they needed my name. I want to remain anonymous. I think I'm going to tell him that he should quit and if he can't do that, then I don't want to hang out with him anymore. It's going to be tough, but that's what I'm going to have to resort to. The police is going to investigate the guy selling it, but as for my friend, I'm just scared for him and I love him like a brother. Anyways, What should I do? I'm on the verge of tears right now. Words can not express my gratitude...

    The Oracle replies:

    You did a very brave thing but now, it's out of your hands. You can choose not to be friends with this boy but you cannot expect him to choose you. I know you hope he will but he may choose the drugs. Whatever happens you did what you think is right and is best for you and your friend. It's called tough love but sadly it will be tough for you too.


    September 14, 2011 - submitted by TImmy, United States of America

    Q. What happened to PoC and Up in Flames? I thought Phil announced that they would be the b sides to the Paradise. Confused.

    The Oracle replies:

    I know what you're referring to but when Phil tweeted "Weird sense of relief announcing Mylo Xyloto and release date. Paradise, Up in flames, Princess of China - let's get em out there! PH", he wasn't putting those songs together as one release, he was just freely mentioning some song titles from the album for the first time.


    September 14, 2011 - submitted by Carina, United Kingdom

    Q. Dear Almighty Oracle! Did you know that there is a Berryman Close and a Buckland Road right next to each other in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK? I just wanted to know if they're Coldplay related or just a coincidence? If it is Coldplay related, then I need to live there! XD Please answer my question! From an obsessive Coldplayer. X

    The Oracle replies:

    Wow Carina, how do you find this stuff out? Amazing! It's a total coincidence but if you'd like a closer look, go to Google maps, type in Buckland Rd, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5TQ, UK and have a nosey around.




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