4 April 2013 / submitted by Jamie, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi, The Mighty Oracle. I have just been listening to Coldplay's concert from Zurich on the 26th May, and before the band play Yellow, Chris dedicates the song to Phillip Schofield.

Any idea as to why Chris dedicated it to "Schofe"?

You can hear it here - go to minute 24:25.

Thanks :)
This is an easy peasy one. Phillip and his missus were in attendance at that show so Chris dedicated Yellow to him.

4 April 2013 / submitted by Caro, Argentina
Q.  Dearest Oracle, I was watching videos in French to practice a little bit and all of a sudden I found this song.
The piano sounds just like the acoustic version of Lost by Coldplay. Is it simply sheer coincidence, have they asked Coldplay for permission, or what happened...?
It IS Lost? - the acoustic version of Lost!
You need to clear a sample before using it. That means La Fouine will have needed permission to sample Lost? in this song, Papa. Not necessarily from the band but their label/publisher. La Fouine will also have had paid a royalty to Coldplay for its use.

3 April 2013 / submitted by Erin, United States of America
Q.  Hey guys
I am totally wondering about the Blue Room e.p. and Brothers and Sisters e.p.
Are these the first Coldplay recordings or just demos? Thank you in advance! (PS you guys are awesome!)
Brothers & Sisters was a band demo that was released as a single by Fierce Panda. There was a subsequent version of Brothers & Sisters recorded for the b side of Trouble.
Coldplay's first release for EMI was The Blue Room. It contained a couple of tracks from their professionally studio recorded Safety ep demo.
So to answer your question, both eps are made up of both.
Coldplay's demos were all of high quality though so it's hard to see them as demonstration when they were so good.

3 April 2013 / submitted by Kat, Mexico
Q.  Dear Oracle, I wonder have you ever meet any friend or closest friend being a fan? Or have you ever seen someone special through the public on the stage when you look all the people, does someone stand out?
Yes and yes. One of my very best friends is someone I met through being a fan; not of Coldplay, this was before they existed. I once spotted someone in a crowd of 30,000. I was also in the crowd - not on stage - but a very long way away from them. It felt like love at first sight. After the show I was at a party and so were they. I think it was fate rather than destiny.

2 April 2013 / submitted by Taynara, Brazil
Q.  Hi Oracle! Today I was watching the video clip Clocks and I was with this doubt: who is the people on the crowd? Like, they're fans or something like? Thanks a lot.
Before the video I recall a message was sent out asking for fans to partake in the crowd part of the video but I know that local students (from London) feature.

2 April 2013 / submitted by Tim, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

Why is Coldplay not performing at Glastonbury this year? They are always there!
Also where do I send my fan mail to Coldplay? I am going to England this fall. What areas of the UK do you love to go to? I have to do to a Manchester United football game! LOVE THEM!!!
Tim( who is pretending he is from England).
They are far from always there. Their first appearance was as a new band in the John Peel Tent*, 1999. The year after they performed on the Other Stage. They first headlined on the Pyramid Stage in 2002 and again in 2005. They didn't play the festival again until 2011 where they headlined on the Saturday night.

We don't have a fan mail address but there's a contact button on this site - the band don't read/reply to those personally though.

Without knowing how long you're in England it's hard to suggest places. If you're going to Old Trafford I would say go a little further north to The Lake District. There are plenty of beautiful places of interest in the UK so you won't be short of things to see.

*It was called The New Bands Tent at the time, later renamed to John Peel Tent in honour of the radio DJ who championed new music. Incidentally, the bands playing the tent weren't always "new" bands playing for the first time.

2 April 2013 / submitted by Trinidad, Argentina
Q.  Hi Oracle, well I've a simple question, I love Christmas Lights, but I don't know from what cd is (I have all the cd's from Coldplay, and it isn't in no one). So, it's in a EP?
Thanks for your time. Congrats from Argentina.
Christmas Lights was released as a digital download only so is not available on any physical release.

29 March 2013 / submitted by Vieve, Philippines
Hey Oracle! I just want to ask: what can be done if you're always bugged by your mind with the query: "Where is really my rightful place in this world?" It's like it's the question that always get into me because of the drastic turn out of events (e.g. One day, I'm with my friends, next day I feel very alienated) I really don't know what to do.
It probably seems very flippant of me to say this but just try to chill out and stop stressing about it. Maybe the whole point of life is to find the answer to your question and maybe it may take a lifetime to work it out.
I will now rattle off a list of cliches (because they are true) and then finally throw my personal view your way.
You can either take each day as it comes or live each day like it's your last or simply make the most out of it.
I'm thinking that what you describe as drastic is merely a blip, a glitch if you will. Try not to worry about the small stuff. What you could do is find out what YOU want from your life. Where you see yourself heading and if that's the right direction. Your place is the place where you feel happy. It could be any number of things that make you happy. A quiet life with contentment or you may discover you want to make a difference to the world or at least leave some impact of your existence. You might see that having a family or a great career or being successful is your life plan. Whatever works and each to their own.
I think to expect things to go a certain way will only bring disappointment.

I use goal setting along with the law of attraction and when I'm mentally positive I find the rest falls into place. That's my place. My place in the world is wherever I put myself - geographically or metaphorically.
Not every day will bring joy but I can find the joy or make it myself. It takes some effort on my part. I learn from the past and make the present count. I feel pretty much in control of my life despite the future being an unknown entity. I try to think of that as exciting rather than worrying. Life really is what you make (of) it.
Over to you.

Many X&Y tracks have made me open my eyes to see that one's rightful place in life is whatever one choses. "You see no meaning to your life. You should try" is a quote from Low that, to me, means that one should never believe that they are alone. Consider this, you make a difference in your friends and family's day, everyday. That can be considered your "rightful place" in life, to be with friends, to make people smile. Just emphasize on it everyday, and you may see your would a little different. ("It's how you see the world") (I love that song). Feeling alienated is a feeling everyone gets for no real reason sometimes (or it's just us two + we're crazy). Hope this helps! Mitchell

It is not always easy to be in a place, to deal with feelings and emotions that you are not used to, it's not easy to accept new ideas, but I can say that your place could be any place, since you are with the people you like, doing everything you love and where anyone can stop you from doing it. Your place is where you can be yourself, and where you are accepted by who you are.
Maybe one day you wake up feeling lost, sad, or alienated as you said, and you will notice that you are in the right place if a person, an action, a music, or any other minor thing makes you feel better, feel satisfied, feel good by just being who you really are. The right place do not tell you how to be, it actually teaches you that being yourself is better than adapting to what others want to see from you. Of course in some situations you'll have adapt yourself to do accept some actions and new ideas, but that doesn't mean you are not acting like you should, it means that you are opening your mind to new ideas an analysing how good they are and how they fit your way of seeing things. I'm sure you have your place already, but you maybe didn't noticed it yet. Jorge.

Listen to more Coldplay & stop thinking about it. Life's too short to spend it bugged by what to do & where to be. Just do whatever makes you happy ,the minute you'll stop wondering about it you'll realize that this is your rightful place. Boshkash.

Really, that is for you to decide. You have the choice on what you want to do, where you want to go, who you want to be. You just have to go with what you feel. If your so-called “friends",” alienate you, I wouldn’t really call them friends, but this is just from an outsider’s point of view.
Regardless, it is up to you to decide where you fit in, where your rightful place is. It will require self-exploration and dedication, but you can figure it out. There will be trial and error, but eventually you will find that rightful place, and once there, you will be able to have the greatest impact on the world around you. Brianna, USA.

Wow you really ask a very deep question . We all struggle with a sense of belonging, the desire to feel a part of something special and something good . Sometimes depending on our circumstances it is an easy fit , but life is always changing and as we grow up and change and enter the adult world , more change is likely, All this can leave us feeling 'left in the dust ' by our friends who are at a different stage in life. So how to cope... by realizing that here and now is to be embraced, enjoy your life and the journey it takes you on , many twists and turns in the road occur before you get to a place and you feel "this is why I am here , this is what I am meant to do'. You may try different friends, jobs, travel and education to sort it out , in the process you will discover what you are truly passionate about, and what brings you the greatest joy. Right now, the important thing is to not focus too much on the destination , but let the journey answer this for you. You will get there , best wishes, Laurie.

Keep yourself busy! Always have something to look forward to, even if it's as simple as watching the sunrise. By doing this you will find that you won't be so worried about where you are, but you'll be drawing the lines to where you will end up. All of the events in your life have shaped where you are at this moment. Spend time with friends, family, and loved ones, and you will see that you are right where you need to be. Blake.

I find myself feeling the same way sometimes. To me, it changes depending on what we do or plant to do. I feel that contributing to something bigger than you is important. Try things that make you think of yourself as a successful person. This can be different for everyone depending on what they consider success, so do what *you* want to do. People are complex and have different roles in different peoples lives. The boys, for example, are great inspirational rock stars to us fans, but there is another big part of their lives when they're just parents or husbands. Your place in the world depends on the person you are or sometimes simply the kind of attitude you have towards other people. There are some days when the nicest person I come across is the bus driver. Hope this helps. Love, Darem.

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Happy Easter!

29 March 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
When I answer questions of a personal nature, readers often get in touch with their own thoughts. So, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday (with the question asker's permission) we open up a question to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I'll post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.
ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following question, in no more than 250 words, to before midnight Thursday 4th April.

I am a 21 year-old woman who has been in a committed relationship for 3 years. About 6 months ago, I met another person who I now think I am completely in love with. We just get along in ways that make me feel more complete and more in love and I think about him every day. However, I still have the person I am with. I have never cheated, and I would never plan to. I also have never hinted to this new person in my life that I have feelings for him. He has met my current boyfriend a few times and they both got along just fine. I'm not sure what I should do. If I'm dissatisfied in the relationship I'm in should I just end it and start a new one? Or am I just infatuated and I don't really know what I want? I just don't want to ruin the relationship I have with both of them and I don't want to hurt the person I am currently with because he has done nothing more than love me. Please help. Analisa, USA.

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28 March 2013 / submitted by Maria, Italy
Q.  Hi Dear Oracle. Hope everything's ok over there ;)
I got excited reading that Life Of Pi won as Best Soundtrack at Oscars 2013... so is it true that Paradise is part of it? If yes I'll be more excited. actually! And you? Thanks a lot xxx MC
No, Paradise was used as a trailer for the film but the Oscar was given to Mychael Danna for the Best Original Score.