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    Coldplay's Oracle on collaborations with Beyonce and singles selections

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    July 13, 2010 - submitted by Hope, United States of America

    Q. Would Coldplay ever do a song with Beyonce?

    The Oracle replies:

    Chris & Beyonce performed her track Halo together at the Hope For Haiti show. It is quite an emotional rendition of the song I have to say. Other than that it's not likely that the band will do a song with her. Historically they haven't really done a song as a collective for another artist.

    July 13, 2010 - submitted by Anna, Sweden

    Q. Dear Oracle, I have a question. Where do the tube trains go when they reach their final destination? Do they turn somewhere and go the other way or do they just go to some sort of garage? This really puzzled me and my friend today. All the best!

    The Oracle replies:

    Some stay at the end of their line and others go to their depot. As a side note: As you're probably aware; tube trains cannot turn around. Trains don't generally need to be rotated to make their return journeys there are "points" which adjust the track to avoid collisions etc. Most of the tube trains just reverse their route as they are simply equipped so that the front of the train becomes the back and vice versa. The Circle Line is cicular (obviously) so that operates differently...


    July 12, 2010 - submitted by Zach, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, How does a band determine what song becomes a single?

    The Oracle replies:

    It's fairly obvious to those involved which tracks are going to be singles. The hardest decision is usually which one to choose as the first. Sometimes there may be more than two or three obvious choices but between the artist, manager, record label and close confidants discussions are had based on various factors including potential radio songs and/or hits. It's quite unusual for the more obscure or darker tracks to be chosen. In particular singles are known to be marketing tools to sell albums and so the decision isn't taken lightly.


    July 12, 2010 - submitted by Ellie, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, What deodorant do you use?

    The Oracle replies:

    Mitchum because I love their marketing slogan: "So effective you can skip a day" not that I would of course...


    July 12, 2010 - submitted by Jennifer, Canada

    Q. Dear Oracle, who makes the selections for The Exhibition Room? Is it random process or do the band members get to vote?

    The Oracle replies:

    There is a curator of the Exhibition Room who selects each one but I am assured that it is "most certainly not a random process". They would say that because this definitely isn't random! Looking at the amazing exhibits I'd say their task is far easier. Most certainly in your face Curator.


    July 12, 2010 - submitted by Anthony, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, Can you please tell me where I can find a video of Coldplay playing High Speed at the HMV at London's Oxford Street (otherwise known as their one hundredth show)? I know you have posted a recording on your website, but I have checked YouTube and cannot find a video of it. I would absolutely love to see them playing that song live! Thanks for all of your help! Sincerely, Anthony.

    The Oracle replies:

    It seems there is a void where a video could be. We ourselves struggled to find footage of that gig and it has proven to be elusive. Xfm Radio recorded and broadcast the show but obviously that was only audio - as you heard. Then... along came Craig from here in the UK with

    proving that footage does exist from that historical day.




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