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29 September 2014 - submitted by Bruno, Argentina

Q.  Hello there! I just wanted to know what Parachutes song was WRITTEN first. I'm getting into music writing and recording, and Coldplay is one of my biggest inspirations.
Thank you!

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29 September 2014 - submitted by Princess of China, United States of America

Q.  Hello to all!
Quick question:
Recently I visited Chris Martin's biography profile at Wikipedia.
And I noticed a big change!
Chris' name is listed as Christopher James John Martin ! Then lists his birth name, the name we know he by Christopher Anthony John. So my question is, Why the name change and is this official? Thanks a lot. Peace and love.
Say hi to the boys of Coldplay!

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29 September 2014 - submitted by Jason, United Kingdom

Q.  Hi Oracle
I have just returned from Las Vegas after seeing the wonderful Coldplay at the IHeart radio concert. I have been very lucky (and spent a fortune) to be able to have seen them in NY x2 , London & now Vegas
Whilst I was there I saw the local sights. Do any of the band get to see the local sights whilst they are in town i.e. being a tourist if they have time?

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26 September 2014 - submitted by Francis, Germany

Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #186
I've been going through a beautiful but also rather tough time this summer. My little sister developed a depression and hasn't been the same lately and although I'm positive about it and know it'll be alright again I sometimes feel guilty for departing from her because it affects me so much and it's hard finding energy every day to help her. I'm scared of being selfish! To which extent is it okay to think of my own well-being?
Thank you in advance.

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26 September 2014 - submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?

As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I 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 2 October.

Lately I've been feeling something strange. I haven't told anyone out of fear of sounding weird or dumb. Seeing people my age (I'm 18) who are famous and very successful (such as Lorde or Harry Styles) makes me wish I could have the success or happiness that they have. I've been feeling like because I am not famous, my life won't feel as significant or awesome, and I won't be able to do all of the cool things they get to do. Have you ever felt this? I'm curious to see your answer. Thank you. Gabby, USA.

Look forward to reading your replies.

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25 September 2014 - submitted by Erik, Brazil

Q.  Hi Oracle, I was wondering, back in 2000 when the boys were almost like anonymous, how did they get Shiver to the top 40 on UK?

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25 September 2014 - submitted by Isabel, Mexico

Q.  Hi dear Oracle!

It is my birthday on September 28, I know it's hard to say happy birthday to every coldplayer who asks this but I hope you answer it. Could you share with me and all coldplayers a beautiful, wonderful, amazing photo taken in the UK? This is my second favorite country and it'll be one of the special gifts I've been given.

Best wishes.

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25 September 2014 - submitted by Ihab, Jordan

Q.  Is it possible to get the EPs of Coldplay before they were named Coldplay?
Thank you

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24 September 2014 - submitted by Jacob, United States of America

Q.  Do you know if any members of the band have an opinion on Frank Ocean's cover of Strawberry Swing? Thanks!

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24 September 2014 - submitted by Guillaume , France

Q.  Hi Oracle!

In the clip True Love at 3:50 of the video we can see Chris and his partner dance, and in the background we see the decors representing a sun. Personally I find that the sun is behind a lot like the world of album cover Parachutes.

Thank you for the answer Oracle!

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24 September 2014 - submitted by Guido, Argentina

Q.  Hi Oracle.
What is this? Ghost Stories: amgvjcnkjajrmyrm ?
Live 2012: ymcvjmajrnkcam
Mylo Xyloto: ?jmyamgnatrcvjj
Thanks.

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24 September 2014 - submitted by Jessica, United Kingdom

Q.  What was the setlist for iheart radio festival?
Thanks!!

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23 September 2014 - submitted by Ana, United States of America

Q.  Is the song Charlie Brown slightly based in the 1987 Joel Schumacher "The Lost Boys" movie?
I saw the movie again over the weekend and it was all very familiar. .... Took a car downtown where the lost boys meet and took what they offered me to set me free... coincidence?

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23 September 2014 - submitted by PrinceOfChina, United Kingdom

Q.  Hello Oracle. I decided to go on YouTube and look up songs preformed on the Royal Albert Hall shows on July 1 and 2. I watched the legendary performance of Don't Panic where Jonny sang his verse like he did on the original track. Tell me, how did the rest of the band persuade "the shyest man in the universe" to sing his verse?

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22 September 2014 - submitted by Crashnz, New Zealand

Q.  via twitter

Coldplay's first producer Mike Beever (crashnz on twitter) releases 5th album of Music For Film.

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22 September 2014 - submitted by John, United Kingdom

Q.  Is this the official video for What If?

It's not from an official Coldplay account so I'm not sure, plus the person playing the piano doesn't seem to look like Chris.

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22 September 2014 - submitted by Amal, United Kingdom

Q.  Dear the great Oracle,
Will Coldplay ever perform any songs from Parachutes ever again? I only ask because this is my favourite album of Coldplay and to hear them perform it again would mean the world to me.

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19 September 2014 - submitted by Aubrey, Australia

Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #185
I have been through a lot of depressing stuff lately, a lot has been going wrong in my life. I don't know who I am anymore, and my personality has changed for the worse. I've been really depressed. My school life is terrible, my grades are going downhill rapidly, and I don't get on with my family, I'm the odd one out. All my friends have said they hate me now, after a false rumor was spread about me. I only ever let my feelings out in my writing and drawing, as well as when I play my guitar. I love all of Coldplay's songs, they really express how I feel a lot of the time. You see, I had a boyfriend, secretly, but my parents found out about it and are preventing me from seeing him again. I didn't get to say goodbye, or even explain why I'm not talking to him, it was all so sudden. I'm scared of what he thinks of me, but I couldn't help it. I miss him a lot in my life, he was the only person who understood me. Do you have any encouraging thoughts for me? Thank you.

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19 September 2014 - submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?

As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I 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 25 September.

I've been going through a beautiful but also rather tough time this summer. My little sister developed a depression and hasn't been the same lately and although I'm positive about it and know it'll be alright again I sometimes feel guilty for departing from her because it affects me so much and it's hard finding energy every day to help her. I'm scared of being selfish! To which extent is it okay to think of my own well-being?
Thank you in advance,
Francis, Germany.


Look forward to reading your replies.

The Oracle.

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18 September 2014 - submitted by Jackson, United States of America

Q.  Hello, mighty Oracle. I have a question regarding Spanish Rain/Don Quixote. If one were to record a cover of the song and release it, where would they have to get permission from? The song was never released officially, and was only performed live. Would someone still have to go through the record companies, or through Coldplay directly? I really would like an answer. Thank you for your time.

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18 September 2014 - submitted by Gees, Netherlands

Q.  Hi Oracle
I was just an ordinary people, but I have a lot of dreams like more people.
I love film and music (but I can't sing or play any instruments).
I would love to work in the field of film or music as crew but I never get a support from everyone's around me. They told me that I should be realistic. I thought that is my realistic.
I'm an Indonesian but now I live in Amsterdam with my aunty because I feel frustrated with my people opinion about me.
Do you think my dream is too much?

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18 September 2014 - submitted by Nick, United States of America

Q.  Oracle, what instruments do you compose with?

P.S. It's great to hear you have original music. With all of you life wisdom, I'm sure you've made some hauntingly-beautiful creations.

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18 September 2014 - submitted by Guillaume , France

Q.  Hi Oracle !


I was at the Royal Albert Hall on July 1 and saw some of the concert setlist on the table next to you! I tried to come and ask you a set list but you left at that time. Have you still setlist?

Thanks you!

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17 September 2014 - submitted by George, United States of America

Q.  Hi Oracle,
After lyrics are posted on coldplay.com, are they ever amended if Chris sings something different on the actual recording than the written lyrics?

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17 September 2014 - submitted by Jerry Balot , Philippines

Q.  Hello again Oracle,

I just noticed that Coldplay releases a new album every three years ever since A Rush of Blood to the Head in 2002. Is it possible (or even true) that the next Coldplay album will come out in 2017?

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17 September 2014 - submitted by Joshua, Indonesia

Q.  Hello, O. Is it true that Chris can't or couldn't read music sheet? Do you think that the capability of reading music is needed to expand musical talent? Thanks and sorry if someone has asked this before.

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17 September 2014 - submitted by Peter, United Kingdom

Q.  Does Coldplay have a tour bus?

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16 September 2014 - submitted by Maribel Dionisio, United States of America

Q.  Hey Oracle!
So I have currently downloaded the Origami Star because, well, I obviously wanted to try it out and I got stuck on Step 7. I need help! I feel like a complete idiot for not being able to understand it. I love Coldplay, and in my opinion, they're the best band ever. Anyways, have a wonderful day or evening Oracle!
-Yours Truly,
A Teen.

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16 September 2014 - submitted by Tricia, Philippines

Q.  Hello O,
Mabuhay!
Just curious, during tours or in between recordings, do our boys hang out in a single room and watch a particular TV show or something?
What are they collectively interested in other than the music they create together?

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16 September 2014 - submitted by Faye, Australia

Q.  Hi friend,
Even though Chris is the only band member in the True Love video were the other band members required at the video shot, possibly to make any decisions or make sure they are happy as a whole band with what was happening?

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15 September 2014 - submitted by Ellie, United Kingdom

Q.  I was wondering what your favourite Coldplay video is?
And whether there's a video in particular the band enjoyed filming the most?

X

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15 September 2014 - submitted by Kira, Australia

Q.  Do any of the guys have social media?

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15 September 2014 - submitted by Jonny, Germany

Q.  Hey there!
Are there other band members than Chris in the True Love Video?
Thanks!

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12 September 2014 - submitted by Benny, United States of America

Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #184
How can I help my older brother stop smoking? He has been smoking for about 3 years and does it moderately at home. I've told my parents and they have tried to make him stop but since he is in his twenties they can't make him do anything. I find lighters and stuff when I go into his room, but I'm too scared to do anything or confront him about it. And whenever I see those commercials with lung cancer patients...
I just want to help him.
Thanks.

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12 September 2014 - submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE? As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I 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 18 September.

I have been through a lot of depressing stuff lately, a lot has been going wrong in my life. I don't know who I am anymore, and my personality has changed for the worse. I've been really depressed. My school life is terrible, my grades are going downhill rapidly, and I don't get on with my family, I'm the odd one out. All my friends have said they hate me now, after a false rumor was spread about me. I only ever let my feelings out in my writing and drawing, as well as when I play my guitar. I love all of Coldplay's songs, they really express how I feel a lot of the time. You see, I had a boyfriend, secretly, but my parents found out about it and are preventing me from seeing him again. I didn't get to say goodbye, or even explain why I'm not talking to him, it was all so sudden. I'm scared of what he thinks of me, but I couldn't help it. I miss him a lot in my life, he was the only person who understood me. Do you have any encouraging thoughts for me? Thank you.
Aubrey, Australia.


Look forward to reading your replies.
The Oracle.

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11 September 2014 - submitted by Isabelle, Netherlands

Q.  Hello Oracle,

I just found this video of a concert in Australia. What does Chris say at 40:18? I'd love to know that.

Isabelle, Netherlands.

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11 September 2014 - submitted by Hans, Germany

Q.  Is there a friendship between the Coldplay boys and the band members from Keane?
I read that Chris was a roomate of a Keane member in the college.

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11 September 2014 - submitted by Liam, Canada

Q.  Hey Mr. Oracle, I was just wondering. Due to his heavy involvement (6 of 10 tracks on VLV, 10 of 14 tracks on MX, and 1 track on GS) on the more recent LPs, would I be correct in saying Davide Rossi is an unofficial member of the band?

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10 September 2014 - submitted by Jordan, United States of America

Q.  Was that Chris in the green shirt sitting next to Apple Designer Jony Ive at the Apple Watch Event?

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10 September 2014 - submitted by Maedeh, Iran

Q.  You said Roadie #42 is in ASFOS video but I've never seen him so I can't recognize him. Would you help me find him in the video?

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10 September 2014 - submitted by Harry, United Kingdom

Q.  Dear Oracle,

Do the band ever play songs differently than on the record when on tour? For example would Chris or Jonny ever revise chords or a riff to make them simpler/easier to play in front of such big audiences? Or are they always played the exact record way? I'm very keen to know.

Diolch! Harry

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9 September 2014 - submitted by Agnes, Australia

Q.  Hi there! Where can I but the B-Sides to all of Coldplay's albums? I've heard quite a few of them and I think some of them are even better than their singles etc... PLEASE TELL ME!!

Agnes xxx

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9 September 2014 - submitted by Carlos, Ecuador

Q.  Coldplay has a song to tell someone that you miss her and his name?

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9 September 2014 - submitted by Katherine , United Kingdom

Q.  Hi Oracle,
This is the first time I am writing to you but I am so awaiting your response. I am studying music and I always look'' beyond'' songs, videos meaning ''how it is made''. I have question regarding video A Sky Full of Stars that I love btw. In the minute 1:13 Chris is joining the rest of the band, then they play together, after that he walks away and the rest of the band left behind turns their left, then in the minute 2:40 they meet again but Jonny, Guy and Will come from Chris'... RIGHT. In my opinion this is the mistake in video making. You may hate me for that but although I love the video that outside scenery does not match studio recording that can he hear in the song but car's honks and people screaming gives us great impression that the music is actually played! My love to all the band! Ps. I regret I did not manage to purchase ticket for Royal Albert Hall as the photos are marvelous.

Regards

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8 September 2014 - submitted by Millie, United Kingdom

Q.  Hey Oracle,
I was just curious on who decides what songs are to be released as singles?
Thanks!
:)

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8 September 2014 - submitted by Heather, United Kingdom

Q.  Hello Oracle! Nowadays everybody seems to have a smart phone. People seem attached at the hip to technology. Do you think that it is tragic that humans are now watching concerts through their cellphones and should be living in the moment, or do you think capturing the moment is special? Thanks!

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8 September 2014 - submitted by Ryan, United Kingdom

Q.  Almighty Oracle !

I was looking to get into playing bass & was wondering what is Guy's preferred bass ? I was sifting through posts but couldn't find anything so help would be appreciated greatly.

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5 September 2014 - submitted by Tatiana, Indonesia

Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #183
Is anything possible?

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5 September 2014 - submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?

As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I 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 11 September.

How can I help my older brother stop smoking? He has been smoking for about 3 years and does it moderately at home. I've told my parents and they have tried to make him stop but since he is in his twenties they can't make him do anything. I find lighters and stuff when I go into his room, but I'm too scared to do anything or confront him about it. And whenever I see those commercials with lung cancer patients... I just want to help him. Thanks. Benny, USA.

Look forward to reading your replies.

The Oracle.

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4 September 2014 - submitted by Rie, Japan

Q.  Dear Oracle,

I got a copy of Roadie's book a couple of days ago at last! :-) I was looking forward to see some photos Guy had taken. There are some people who contributed to the photo section in the book in addition to Guy and I don't know which photos he took. Could you please give me a clue?

I think I may have seen photos he took but just don't know they were taken by him. I am trying hard to imagine how he would capture what he sees through the lense if I were him.

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