January 22, 2014 - submitted by Mollie, United States of America

Q. Dear Oracle.
Does Coldplay actually play in their music videos or are they lip singing?
Mollie U.S.A

The Oracle replies:

The band are miming playing their instruments when they perform in a video. They're using guide tracks. Miming or lip syncing - not singing - is common practice. That's why you sometimes see a delay.
Live videos are matched up with the recorded music. Ooh this isn't the case for live DVDs of course - those performances are 100% live.