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    Coldplay's Oracle on LP5, Wedding Bells and the role of 'Producer'

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    May 10, 2011 - submitted by Ch, United States of America

    Q. So from Roadie 42's blogs it sounds like the guys are always changing their songs. You said LP5's been named, so did its name have to change multiple times until one was finally decided on, was it the one that always stood out, did it come earlier or later in the process of making the album...?

    The Oracle replies:

    There's always speculation about album titles but I've noticed that fans have been referring to the next album as "LP5" for so long that it almost feels like that is the title! In answer to your question, unlike some song titles the name of the album was decided and settled on very early in the process. With the upcoming live dates we've got a lot to look forward to so it hopefully won't feel too long before the album drops and all will be revealed...

    May 10, 2011 - submitted by Nao, Netherlands

    Q. Goodmorning Oracle, First of all, thanks for answering so many questions. I was wondering what a producer's role is exactly during the recording of an album. Are they in the studio every day and do they eventually decide which songs are going to be on the album? Are they still, in any way, involved when the band starts touring? Thanks a lot! Greetz, Nao

    The Oracle replies:

    It can vary slightly depending on the band & the producer. For example a new band may (or may not) need more guidance in the studio than a more experienced band. Coldplay have been a hands on band from the start of their career so their relationship with a producer is very collaborative. Producers are involved in all sonic aspects bringing musical suggestions (tempos, arrangements, instrumentation) whilst working closely with the artist and engineer to achieve the perfect sound for the recording. Great producers have such good relationships with their artists that they really bring the best out of the bands they work with pushing them, encouraging new ideas and techniques. Generally speaking a producer would be in the studio every day. If it's a co-producer or executive producer, they're in less but still oversee the whole album making process. They don't solely decide on the album tracks but of course their opinion is valuable and taken into consideration jointly. A producer isn't needed once the album has been recorded and mixed so during the tour there's not much call for one.


    May 9, 2011 - submitted by Lilac, United Arab Emirates

    Q. Does Fix You move you to tears like it does to me? If not, what song does? (it doesn't have to be a Coldplay song.)

    The Oracle replies:

    Don't tell anyone but I have actually shed a tear to that song. I can also tell you that out of every Coldplay song in existence, that is the one that I receive most comments alluding to the fact that we are not alone. Fix You followed by The Scientist seem to be the top 2 tear inducing tracks. Ooh just by saying tears and tracks in one sentence reminds me of a non-related brilliant song that doesn't really need any excuse to share.


    May 9, 2011 - submitted by Sindy, South Africa

    Q. Oracle, please can you confirm if Coldplay is really coming to South Africa. Quite a few people are talking about Coldplay coming to SA but on the website there is no information. We would be super excited if this is really true. We love Coldplay. The Rainbow nation is ready for them, maybe they can meet Mandela who knows!!

    The Oracle replies:

    How excited are the fans in S.A today? Anchorman announced dates this morning. It's the first time the band have ever played there so it's pretty exciting for us too!


    May 9, 2011 - submitted by Junior, Australia

    Q. G'day Oracle, I noticed in the song Christmas Lights that some of the lyrics used in the song were also from the unreleased song Wedding Bells. Does this mean we will never see a finished version of Wedding Bells? It would be a shame if it wasn't. Keep up the good work!

    The Oracle replies:

    I very much doubt it myself but never say never. It isn't uncommon for a song to end up with lyrics from a previously written one as they often lend themselves better. If Wedding Bells ever does make the light of day, I would say there'd be some adjustment to the lyrics.




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