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14 May 2014 / submitted by Martin, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,
I just finished watching the Mylo Xyloto Live Movie and noticed in the credits that there was a 3d management crew for the film. My question is was the film suppose to be in 3d? If so, why was is not? That would have been really amazing to see the movie that way. Thanks Oracle
3D Management is the name of the band manager's management company; it isn't referring to Live 2012 being a 3 dimensional film.


14 May 2014 / submitted by Nicholas, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

Why isn't there a song named after the album Ghost Stories like the rest of the past albums by Coldplay?

Thank you
There is no law saying an album must contain a song bearing its name but... in this case my friend, there actually is a track called Ghost Story. You just haven't heard it yet ;-)


14 May 2014 / submitted by Safy, Egypt
Q.  Wise Oracle,

You replied on May 8th on a question about the band's earnings & how theyare split 40/20/20/20 as Chris mentioned in the Zane Lowe interview. I remember he said afterwards, that everything else is split 25/25/25/25. I am confused, what is split 25% & what is split 40/20/20/20?
In general terms when people talk about spilts, they're referring to songwriting. This means that the publishing spilts are 40/20/20/20. The 25/25/25/25 refers to all other earnings. For example revenue from merch sales, touring etc.
There are a heck of a lot of outgoings too of course.



13 May 2014 / submitted by Kristin , United States of America
Q.  Dear Orcale,
Who sings the very last bit of O? And why is there a long pause inbetween?

Love Kristin

P.s. Love love love the new album!
The pause after O is leading into a sort of secret track and those vocals are actually Chris' daughter, Apple and her friend Mabel.


13 May 2014 / submitted by John, United Kingdom
Q.  I've just listened to the full album on iTunes. Sounds great, but why the lack of the use of drum kit? It's mostly electronic now?
I can only pick up on your keyword ("now"), John. The drumkit that Will plays on this album is mostly electronic - it fits don't you think? It seems the perfect match to me but that's not to say Will won't be thrashing his full kit again.


13 May 2014 / submitted by Peter, United Kingdom
Q.  You might be bombarded with this question for the next while. Did Chris really get a tatoo as said in Ink.
Chris does have tattoos - as we've discussed here before - but he hasn't got one that says "Together Through Life", no.


13 May 2014 / submitted by Valeria, Mexico
Q.  Dear Oracle:

I heard today the full Ghost Stories album and it's amazing!!
I was wondering which was the "secret" song played in the concerts (the one that the band asked the crowd not to record or upload to YouTube) ?
Thanks
It was two different songs but they weren't secret; it was to avoid bootleg versions turning up online.

The iTunes Festival premiered a few of the new album's tracks but any that weren't played there, were kept under wraps as much as possible. The first one to be performed with the request not to record was A Sky Full Of Stars and the second, that I mentioned in an answer last week, was True Love.



12 May 2014 / submitted by Frida, Sweden
Q.  Who decides the contestant for United Kingdom in Eurovision Song Contest? Have wondered ever since I can remember.
This year our Molly was selected internally by the BBC. That hasn't always been the case and in the past we have had an open vote for some.


12 May 2014 / submitted by Feike, Netherlands
Q.  Have the guys ever thought about or being asked to participate at the Eurovision Songcontest for their country? This year and last year, my country has sent big names (Anouk last year and Waylon/Ilse de Lange this year) and both times we made it to the finals.
I'm tempted to answer this with, "over my dead body!" I am too much of a music snob to take this seriously. It's all fun to me but I hope they never participate.
I just checked as I recall answering questions about Eurovision before. It turns out that we didn't discuss it in 2012 or 2013 but I did answer one back in 2010 and again in 2011.
The known acts that usually represent the UK are pop acts or what I'd call veterans. Whether one likes to watch or not, I just simply can't see an act such as Coldplay ever competing. It's hard enough to get votes with all the political nonsense going on that I'm not sure the best song in the world would win if it was the UK entrant!
I managed to watch most of it this year and overall I thought the show was pretty good and I felt the standard much better. I actually thought yours was the best song, Feike. Well, not yours per se. The Netherlands entry was my personal favourite.



12 May 2014 / submitted by Ben, New Zealand
Q.  Hello Oracle!
This was posted on the Coldplay twitter a wee while ago. My question is who is that standing behind Jonny? his guitar tech? Also do you know what "awesome" song he is playing?
Many thanks
That is Dan Green. he's the band's sound engineer/co-producer and has been with them since their early days.
I don't know what the "awesome" song is but shall ask soon.





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