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17 April 2014 - submitted by Lourdes, United States of America

Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #164
My relationship is complicated, my boyfriend and I come from two very different cultures. He's not allowed to date, but he's dating me. Right now, when people ask me about how do I see our future, I always tell them that our future is unknown. His family doesn't know about me, and I don't know if he'll tell them one day. I'm trying to hold on to this, it's complicated, but he makes me happy. I'm just afraid that one day I'll get hurt if he decides to take his family's way. What should I do?

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17 April 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 24 April.

I suppose this isn't so much a question for advice as much as it is simply looking for some sort of comfort. Oracle, have you ever lost someone who you considered a best-friend? You see a couple of years ago someone became my friend and was the first person I ever considered a true best-friend, and the first person I ever trusted. He was a year older than me and after graduating high school, left for college, never contacting me on his own afterwards.
When I asked him why, he said he did so to many people, but I know he kept in touch with those he considered close friends. This has left me in a whirl of confusion, guilt and loneliness. I'm sure he thinks I am too clingy and fragile - the last time I talked to him, it seemed forced when saying he wanted to be friends.
I'm a college freshman now, and as the year ends, I'm beginning to see that I haven't even made any new memories or friends because nothing can measure up to what I had with this friend.
Ann, USA.


Look forward to seeing your replies.

The Oracle.

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17 April 2014 - submitted by Isaiah, United States of America

Q.  Hello,
Is the Midnight 7-inch vinyl release include a b-side?

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17 April 2014 - submitted by Anna Maria, Thailand

Q.  This may seem a bit odd, but every time I listen to Katy Perry's song Roar, especially in the first verse, all I can hear is Hurts Like Heaven. I think the bass line or the chord progression or something must be similar, do you agree? All my friends think I'm an over-obsessed weirdo for noticing this, but I'd rather be obsessed with a good band than the stuff they listen to (not mentioning any names...)

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17 April 2014 - submitted by Tomer , Israel

Q.  Dear Oracle,can you please tell us when Coldplay will announced the info about the tickets to the Royal Albert Hall show??

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16 April 2014 - submitted by Jayden, Australia

Q.  Hello,

The only live version of Yes I can find is from Toronto, 2008.

Is this the only time Yes has been played live, and if so, why?

Thanks!

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16 April 2014 - submitted by Andrea, Peru

Q.  Hi Oracle
Why Guy sangs in Apparatjik taking lead vocals and in Coldplay don't? Why is too difficult for Guy to sing in Coldplay?
Thanks!

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16 April 2014 - submitted by Greg, United States of America

Q.  Howdy Oracle!

I'm not sure if this had been answered before, but who are the two people sitting in the back of the In My Place video?

Thanks a bunch!

Greg

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15 April 2014 - submitted by Norbert, United Kingdom

Q.  Who actually won the Lost? video competition?

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15 April 2014 - submitted by Christian, Sweden

Q.  Hey, How many copies of Midnight 7-inch vinyl will be released?

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14 April 2014 - submitted by Brock, Canada

Q.  I was just wondering if the song Ode to Deodorant was really the first song ever recorded by Coldplay?

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14 April 2014 - submitted by Andy, Sweden

Q.  Hey, I've grown rather fond of Apparatjik which I know Guy is apart of. Do you know if they will be releasing a new album anytime soon?

P.s will Chris ever let Guy solo sing an/a part of a song?

Thanks!!

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14 April 2014 - submitted by Sam, Australia

Q.  Oh Oracle why must you deprive us of Midnight?
Ps. Listening to Magic for the 500000th time ??

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11 April 2014 - submitted by Cristine, Brazil

Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #163
I have been listening to Coldplay since 2006, which is the year when my godfather (who was also my uncle and someone I used to consider my father) passed away. I was only 12. Since he died, I have developed a strange sense that I should be responsible for myself as much as possible, and give my parents the least trouble as I can, to help them. But I am really tired of not asking for what I want and not being free and irresponsible even if just for a bit. What should I do?

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11 April 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 17th April.

My relationship is complicated, my boyfriend and I come from two very different cultures. He's not allowed to date, but he's dating me. Right now, when people ask me about how do I see our future, I always tell them that our future is unknown. His family doesn't know about me, and I don't know if he'll tell them one day. I'm trying to hold on to this, it's complicated, but he makes me happy. I'm just afraid that one day I'll get hurt if he decides to take his family's way. What should I do? Lourdes, USA.

Look forward to seeing your replies.

The Oracle.

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10 April 2014 - submitted by Karolyn, Ecuador

Q.  Hi:) Did Chris learned the magic tricks he did in Magic video? I mean, he really did that? Thanks, love you.

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10 April 2014 - submitted by Anonymous, Australia

Q.  Hey Oracle, when was the last time Coldplay played Shiver?

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9 April 2014 - submitted by Sam, United States of America

Q.  Hello, Oracle!
A while back I saw something (that I believe Jonny wrote) that said at "Coldplay"'s first gig, they played one song twice because they only had a few songs. Do you happen to know which it was? Thanks!

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9 April 2014 - submitted by Daniela , United States of America

Q.  I have a boyfriend he really likes me but I lost feelings for him already. I don't feel the same no more. I don't want to be with him no more but I don't want to hurt his feelings and then feel guilty.
What should I do?

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9 April 2014 - submitted by Mike, United Kingdom

Q.  Is being 23 too old to be serious about starting a band? I've wanted to for years and after jamming with my mate recently feel as if it's now or never. However, I'm also at the age where I need to be looking for a proper career etc and think it's a bit silly to try to set up a band now.

I know most bands start at college or uni much younger, plus I wouldn't know where to start in terms of organising gigs and getting the right equipment

Many thanks

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8 April 2014 - submitted by Magic Vanessa, Germany

Q.  Dearest Oracle,

I love the official video to MAGIC? Chris is so sweet and handsome as Christopher the assistant ;-). But could you please tell me , who are the actor and actress who are playing Claude and Cecile ? And where is the venue for the video shot ?

Thank you so much

yours
MaGic -)

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8 April 2014 - submitted by Jonathan G, Germany

Q.  While I was watching the latest performance of Colplay where they're playing Magic at Sport Relief 2014 I noticed that Jonny first of all plays the piano (which is great I think!) and then he switches to his guitar - but the piano sounds are still there. Do they use a pedal for that? Is most of their instrumental music played live at all, since they have so many different layers of sounds in their songs - especially in the ones from Mylo Xyloto and Ghost stories:

Thank you and greetings from Germany! :)

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7 April 2014 - submitted by Jenny, United States of America

Q.  Dear Oracle,
I found this on wikiquotes for Guy: 'it's pretty amazing that no one died in that crash. It's not the best way to start a tour.' I have absolutely no idea what he's talking about, could you clarify please?

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7 April 2014 - submitted by Megan, United States of America

Q.  Hello Oraccle!

What prompted the band to divert back to their original acoustic roots when making the new album? Coldplay is a band whose always been known for being "set apart" from other bands with their musical style. Why did they decide to go back rather than forward?

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7 April 2014 - submitted by Roger, Netherlands

Q.  Hey O!
I really want to go to the Pinkpop festival, but most of my friends don't have the time/money to go. My question is, is it weird to go to a festival on your own? Have you ever done it?

Greets,
Roger

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4 April 2014 - submitted by Christian, Australia

Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #162
I come from a country town by the bay. Ever since I was little, I witnessed my mother being harassed by a group of people, and it seems they are still up to their old tricks. They would follow mom in the street, to parties, and eventually into her employment and would scream at her face with profanities or just sit down next to her at the cafeteria and openly talk about rumours and just be plain rude. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and the other details would be too personal too mention. My mother is too nice, so I am just wondering if it is my place to intervene now, that I have enough information accumulated over 3 decades.

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4 April 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 (GMT) Thursday 10th April.

I have been listening to Coldplay since 2006, which is the year when my godfather (who was also my uncle and someone I used to consider my father) passed away. I was only 12. Since he died, I have developed a strange sense that I should be responsible for myself as much as possible, and give my parents the least trouble as I can, to help them. But I am really tired of not asking for what I want and not being free and irresponsible even if just for a bit. What should I do? Cristine, Brazil.

Look forward to seeing your replies.

The Oracle.

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3 April 2014 - submitted by Laura, Spain

Q.  Hello, dear Oracle.
I found this on Youtube and I think it's just beautiful. I was wondering if it is really an Ink preview or just a fake.
Thank you very much :)

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3 April 2014 - submitted by Dave, United States of America

Q.  Dear Oracle,
I was at a job interview the other day and one of the questions asked was if I liked Coldplay or not. I responded quickly with a yes and the interviewer and I went on a ten minute rant of how much we liked their music. Nonetheless, I got the job! So my question is this... Why can't everybody love this great band!?

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3 April 2014 - submitted by Arthur, Paraguay

Q.  So.. No April Fools' joke this year huh?

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2 April 2014 - submitted by Nick, United Kingdom

Q.  R42 refers to his keyboard station. Is he responsible for setting off the bands click tracks, etc? And does he actually play some of the stuff we hear?

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2 April 2014 - submitted by Craig, United Kingdom

Q.  I noticed in the final pics of a Live Blog, Guy handed his custom monitors to somebody. Do their roadies clean their ears and look after them for the next show?
Mine are like my prized possession. I wouldn't want to let them go.

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2 April 2014 - submitted by John, United Kingdom

Q.  Thought you might be interested to see what happened when you left Madrid.

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1 April 2014 - submitted by Neil, Philippines

Q.  Hi, all-knowing Oracle! I was just wondering, did Jonny ever use his Lake Placid Blue Fender Telecaster live?

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1 April 2014 - submitted by Dean, United Kingdom

Q.  Hi Oracle, can you please ask Matt McGinn what Jonny's new amps are that he's been using for the recent shows since the iTunes gig? How come he's abandoned his trusty Fender Devilles?

Cheers

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31 March 2014 - submitted by Forrest, United States of America

Q.  How many pairs of sticks does Will go through each night on tour?

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31 March 2014 - submitted by Matthew, United States of America

Q.  Dear Oracle,

During Every Teardrop, were the streamers supposed to come down like that?! It seemed as if the guys weren't prepared for them and they just blanketed everything! It seemed as if everybody had to hold themselves from laughing while they could barely play their instruments!

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28 March 2014 - submitted by Sydney, United States of America

Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #161
I've had a long issue with my temper... I'm a very forgiving person. Really, I hold very few grudges. But I have a temper as well, and a bad one at that. But recently I've been taking it out on my friend; because I'm fed up with the way she treats me. When she's depressed/angry/sad, I try to listen and help, but when I'm one of those things, she laughs it off or criticizes me. Now, with anyone else, I would get away from them, but this is my only friend. And without her I wouldn't survive school. How can I
1. Stop getting so mad at her
2. Get her to please, stop making things worse for me
3. Calm down?

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28 March 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 3 April.

I come from a country town by the bay. Ever since I was little, I witnessed my mother being harassed by a group of people, and it seems they are still up to their old tricks. They would follow mom in the street, to parties, and eventually into her employment and would scream at her face with profanities or just sit down next to her at the cafeteria and openly talk about rumours and just be plain rude. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and the other details would be too personal too mention. My mother is too nice, so I am just wondering if it is my place to intervene now, that I have enough information accumulated over 3 decades.

Look forward to seeing your replies.

The Oracle.

The Oracle replies...



27 March 2014 - submitted by Jack, United Kingdom

Q.  Did you ever solve the mystery of who covered the song, Call Me?

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27 March 2014 - submitted by Mel , Venezuela

Q.  Oracle!
Hello I don't know if you have answer a question like this but well
Do you know why the Coldplay fandom calls Coldplayers. I mean, it's a great name, but it was a decision of Coldplay or is just a name that born from the own fans?
I REALLY hope that you answer this because I have curiosity about it. Thanks Oracle.

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27 March 2014 - submitted by Shaun K, Malaysia

Q.  Hello Dear Oracle, greetings from sunny Malaysia. I was wondering, did Chris really added Fix You to the setlist last minute to dedicate the tragedy of flight MH370? If so, us Malaysian fans will be truly grateful for the support from the band and relevant parties. :) Many thanks in advance!

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26 March 2014 - submitted by Abhishek, India

Q.  Hey Oracle!! I just wanted to know the significance of
OBA
MAR
BCK
Saw it on Chris Martin's left arm in a poster.

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26 March 2014 - submitted by Amber, United States of America

Q.  How did the guys find time to rehearse and write music while at university? In the US, there is a lot of pressure to earn high marks (GPA), participate in many clubs, and volunteer for organizations. With all that, I find it hard to even play the guitar or piano by myself. I can't imagine trying to figure out how to make four separate school schedules work for band practice.

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26 March 2014 - submitted by Linus, Sweden

Q.  Dear Oracle,
I know this may seem like a stupid question, but I would really like to know... Was Chris high/drunk when he wrote Ode To Deodorant?

Thanks,
Linus :)

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25 March 2014 - submitted by Victor, Sweden

Q.  Dear Oracle, I once saw a documentary about Coldplay, not sure if it was official but anyway, in it they said that Coldplay choose from hundreds of songs when choosing songs for Parachutes. Did they really have that many songs to choose from that early in their career?

Kind regards

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25 March 2014 - submitted by Dandelion, United Kingdom

Q.  Hi, dear Oracle!

I once read the band said they thought albums should be no longer than 42 minutes OR 9 tracks. Does this mean that Ghost Stories is longer than 42 minutes??

Thanks dear Oracle! Have a nice week!

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25 March 2014 - submitted by Ysabelle, France

Q.  I read on a French site that Ghost Stories would be only an experimental album (or an EP) not the real LP 6. Is it true? Thank you so much for your answer.

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25 March 2014 - submitted by Luis, Mexico

Q.  Hi Oracle, I was wondering if you could help me out with something, see, I've been with this girl, she's also a coldplayer, for a year now, but we've been fighting a lot lately, and when I say a lot I mean A LOT, I don't know what to do, I'm sure she's the person I want to be married with but I'm getting tired of all this pain and fights lately, any advice?

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24 March 2014 - submitted by Jake, United States of America

Q.  It is darn near impossible to find out I have looked everywhere online! Your my last hope. Should have been my first go too since your all knowing. What guitar strings (brand/gauge) does Jonny like to use?

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