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22 January 2013 / submitted by Caitlin, United States of America
Q.  Hey over there in the UK!
I'm a senior in high school and a member of National Honors Society. I am creating a video speaking out against drugs and alcohol through a video of testimonies answering what dreams drugs and alcohol could prevent from coming true. Could I possibly get your permission to use one of my favorite Coldplay songs Fix You as the music for my video? Thank you!
This is one of the most popular questions I get asked. It's tricky because obviously many people want to use Coldplay's music for school projects, personal reasons or worthy causes and aren't showing it for any monetary value whatsoever but signed bands / songwriters do not own copyright to their songs so cannot grant permission.

You will have to contact EMI Records and Universal Publishing.




21 January 2013 / submitted by Emil, Norway
Q.  What happens to the instruments that Coldplay uses after the concerts? Are they using the same over again?

And on previous tours, what happens to the bass, guitar and the drums when it's over? Example, what has happened to the instruments that they used in Tokyo from 2009?
Apart from the instruments they auctioned during the end of decade sale, it depends. They do still use some of the same instruments in the studio / on tour but they have also acquired newer ones over the past 15 years. Jonny has guitars that he favours - one he sold in that auction he was pretty reluctant to let go of as one can get quite attached to instruments. His absolute favourite he's had over ten years and has played it on most of the albums and tours since A Rush of Blood to the Head.


21 January 2013 / submitted by Nya, United States of America
Q.  I was wondering how long this site has been around because I see that the dates on the Timeline notes are labeled, and I wanted to know if the band goes back and writes in the date or if the band had already written the notes on that date.
Coldplay.com has been around for many, many years (we had a different url originally) but the Timeline isn't indicative of when the website started.
The Timeline has been active just over 5 years in this format but yes, we have gone back into it to add things retrospectively.



18 January 2013 / submitted by Dani, United Kingdom
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #103
I'm finding the dating scene difficult. I joined an online dating site and have been on a few dates and I don't know what the etiquette is. If I don't like a guy, I don't know how to leave it when saying goodbye. That said, when I DO like a guy I don't know what to say either in case they don't feel the same! I met someone and we had a brilliant time but I haven't heard from him at all since. I sent one text and he didn't reply. I think that's rude but then... maybe he is also not knowing how to politely say he doesn't want to see me again. Help?!
Tricky. Some say there should be a 3 day rule. It looks like you're too keen if you contact someone sooner than that. I say, if you like someone, who cares?
If you like a guy, at the end of the date, say something like "I had a really great time, hopefully we can meet up again".
I'm not going to go into mind games but with dating I feel it's important to act with some decorum and not pester. If someone wants to see you, they will make time to so if they're giving you excuses or not replying to texts it probably means they're not interested.
The first and most important thing about to remember about dating is to be yourself; don't try to be someone you think they may like.
Also, if you then stick to being yourself, maybe you should say just respond however feels right for you.
Some people are happy to think that silence speaks volumes but obviously you're not one of them. You're not obviously going to like every single person you date (or they you) and letting them down gently is definitely a more respectful response. If you got on well but there was no spark, maybe you could say that you'd like to see them again as friends but don't feel it would lead to anything romantic - then they can decide whether that's good for them.
If you just don't want to see someone again, politely say "it was nice to meet you" when you leave, perhaps that might speak volumes.
If not, I'm not a fan of making excuses and fobbing folk off so either be direct and honest but if you can't face that, tell them you'll be in touch and contact them via the site or text/email with a tactful brush off.
Try not to take it personally if a guy doesn't reply and you never see him again even after a great date. He's obviously not the man for you. Next!

I think you know when you know - if that makes sense.
Over to you.

Dating is a very tricky thing for most of us. I think if you don't like a guy, simply thank him for the evening and don't respond to any of his further attempts to contact you. You don't owe him anything, nothing else is necessary. When a guy doesn't respond to your text, or doesn't text/call you after three days, delete his number and move on. If he was into you, he would have communicated. But most of us would rather not admit we don't like someone, for fear of hurting their feelings. So the general rule is, take silence as someone not being into you. If you like a guy, then reach out to him soon after the date, if he hasn't contacted you already. Don't text him too much. If he likes you, you shouldn't have to work very hard to get him to talk to you. Don't let people lead you on, and don't let guys allow you to do all the work - planning dates, initiating communication, all that stuff. You are more valuable than that. If a guy likes you, for real, he will make himself available to you and probably even pester you to hang out with him all the time. I hope this helped. Love, Amber.

Internet is an open house of coming and going and things to be left there for a long time. It is a help for those who are shy, but it is also an attraction pole for the dishonest ones and it can be a trap for the overcredulous.
For saying goodbye you could begin friendly, you think he is a nice guy, but you are sorry, you don’t seem to have a great deal in common or you both are too different. You are anonymous, so what should you be afraid of? To draw someone’s interest tell him why you are interested, be responsive to him.
The other thing, someone doesn’t answer and you never will know the reasons. I just can tell you not to give your heart to someone unreachable or something that you have created in your mind because of a few written lines. Watch the time you are spending with your computer, during the same time you could meet a boy from “next-door” and you would know much more about him. For meeting a chatting friend for the first time in reality take part on the decision where and when, and never go there completely alone. All the best! L.Q.

I believe the best etiquette is to be friendly and open minded with your date. And of course, be yourself! If you don't like a guy, tell him when the date is over. Explain you enjoyed the date, but that you are looking for something else. It's as simple as that. When you do like a guy, tell him you had a brilliant time and ask him about going out again. This lets him know straight away that you are interested, and you can make plans together face to face. This way, you can avoid the frustration of texting. If this guy doesn't text back, try calling him. You have nothing to lose by doing this, and everything to gain! In addition, there can be a number of reasons of why he isn't responding via text. You may discover he wasn't responding because he really likes you and remained quiet to keep from saying anything foolish. Some guys are shy like this, so give him a chance! Best of luck, Blake.

It's a minefield! There seem to be so many dos and don'ts. I can see why it's hard to tell someone you don't want to meet again if they do and to be ignored when you like someone who doesn't feel the same but... don't let your pride get in the way. Try not to be disappointed. See it as practice. At least you're out there and that's great. Your confidence may take a dip at times but it's better than sitting home alone. Congratulate yourself for dating and keep trying 'til you find your Prince! Sally, Ireland.

I suppose it depends what you're looking for - love, a long term relationship, a fling, company, someone to go out with... If you're looking for "the one", don't worry, it won't be with a guy who doesn't reply to your texts so you can cross him off your list. I think that the best way to take this is at face value. All you need to do is respect the response - or lack of - of another and move on. It doesn't really matter who does what or why / how they do it, it's your reaction to it and your feelings that count. Do what feels right and don't worry too much if it's outside your comfort zone. It's not unusual in the online dating world to have loads of contact from someone one week and nothing the next. Don't take it to heart. Keep trying and I'm sure you'll find what works best for you. Dee.

Thanks for your responses. Remember, Team Oracle is open to anyone so if you fancy replying, click to read this week's question, and send us your answer.



18 January 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?
When I answer questions of a personal nature, Coldplay.com 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 theoracle@coldplay.com before midnight Thursday 24th January.

I'm young and have been dating the same guy for almost two years (which is a long time when you're young as you know). We've been so close but lately I've been thinking about things, things that for so long I have overlooked-his obscene and inappropriate jokes, his moodiness, his anger which he directs towards me. I've always been a comfort to him, as he has to me (he can be very sweet and romantic) but I'm tired of his inability to be a true gentleman through and through. I know you should stick with someone and accept them as a whole, but he can be more of a jerk than the sweet guy I once knew, and I don't ever want to settle for someone who's only good for me half the time. How could I have overlooked this for so long? And how can I change things? Can things be fixed? Elise, USA.

Look forward to seeing your replies.
The Oracle
Please email your replies to theoracle@coldplay.com


17 January 2013 / submitted by Rhys, Canada
Q.  I know Coldplay used to be called Starfish, but did they have any other names before that?
They had plenty of names but none that they gigged or recorded under. Starfish was the one they settled on from a selection of equally terrible suggestions - sorry guys!
The only other name that they ever used live was Pectorlaz but that wasn't serious - it was a jokey side project that didn't last, though one of their songs (Call Me) was recorded by an EMI artist some years later after they themselves were signed as Coldplay (obviously).



17 January 2013 / submitted by Margaret, United States of America
Q.  I know on one of Faultline's albums, Chris sang in Your Love Means Everything pt.2, and Where is my Boy? So, I was questioning whether David Kosten wrote the song + lyrics, or did CPlay?
They're Faultline tracks with Chris featuring as a vocalist only rather than a songwriting collaboration, so no, Chris didn't write the lyrics.


16 January 2013 / submitted by Michele, Italy
Q.  Did Coldplay ever been opening act for someone in early days?
Yes, they opened for a few people including Muse, U2, Embrace and smaller bands such as Mercedes as well as a joint headline tour with Terris.


16 January 2013 / submitted by Theron, United States of America
Q.  Is this the address is should use to send a letter for coldplay:
Coldplay
EMI Records UK
EMI House
43 Brook Green
London, W6 7EF
UK

Or should I use this:
c/o PO Box 246
Cheadle
SK8 9AF

I would be so grateful to know, thanks!!!!!
Neither. EMI moved and the PO Box was closed 4 years ago.
We don't have a postal address for physical mail; we prefer to receive electronic messages.
It reduces the impact on the environment plus we don't have the resources to receive and house letters etc.
There's a contact button on the site...



16 January 2013 / submitted by Theron, United States of America
Q.  Is this the address is should use to send a letter for coldplay:
Coldplay
EMI Records UK
EMI House
43 Brook Green
London, W6 7EF
UK

Or should I use this:
c/o PO Box 246
Cheadle
SK8 9AF

I would be so grateful to know, thanks!!!!!
Neither. EMI moved and the PO Box was closed 4 years ago.
We don't have a postal address for physical mail; we prefer to receive electronic messages.
It reduces the impact on the environment plus we don't have the resources to receive and house letters etc.
There's a contact button on the site...




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