August 1, 2012 - submitted by Nicole, Canada

Q. Dearest Oracle,
I attended the concert on Monday night and it was AMAZING. Truly unforgettable.
I just had one question; I was excited to hear Princess of China and I was curious as to how they would fill the sections sung by Rihanna, but quite frankly I was disappointed that her section was filled by a recording. As much as I love Rihanna I would have liked that those parts be sung by one of the openers as they both featured female artists.
Has Coldplay ever considered involving another female artist in the event Rihanna wasn't present?
Thanks for your time!
Nicole


The Oracle replies:

The answer is rather like the one I gave on 26th July on a similar subject; no.
The song was written with Rihanna in mind, recorded with her and released featuring her so it wouldn't feel quite right to have anyone else perform it.
It does seem like we've had a lot of talented ladies on tour with us this time but how would you pick between two?
Marina vs. Rita vs. Robyn vs. The Pierces etc. See what I mean? That would be a tricky decision even if they wanted to make it.