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December 16, 2014 / submitted by Chris, United States of America
Q.  Is this movie actually happening? As a Coldplay/Foo Fighters fan, I would absolutely love it!!

Not so much "happnening" as "happened"! This is very old news - going back as far as 2002.
I've answered questions about it before in 2009, 2012 & 2013.



December 16, 2014 / submitted by Dino, Switzerland
Q.  Dear Oracle,
what does it mean that Simon Pegg is godfather to Chris's daughter? I mean, is it like godfather in baptism (sacrament) or something else? Thanks, stay strong and cool, cheers and merry Christmas! D.

Yes, it's exactly that - like in Baptism. Traditionally a godparent (you have a godmother and godmother) agrees to be the guardian of the child in the event of the parent's death. Non-religious people can also appoint someone in a similar role. It's usually someone close to the parent & child in a position of valued friendship & trust who holds shared values.
It's definitely not like The Godfather.



December 10, 2014 / submitted by Eric, United States of America
Q.  When recording Lost+ did Chris help write Jay Z's rap?

I can't imagine for one second that Jay needs any help with his rap lyrics despite Chris' rapesque technique on The Nappies track!


December 2, 2014 / submitted by Allen, Philippines
Q.  Hello Oracle!
Did Chris ever had a duet? Instead of Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna?

Yes. One particularly overlooked duet was with Ron Sexmith on the lovely Gold In Them Hills. Chris sings the second verse.

Aside from this duet, Chris has also collaborated with quite a few artists contributing to varying degrees with songwriting, playing and singing. Some of his original vocals that were recorded didn't end up on the final cuts. For example, there were different versions of Nelly Furtado's All Good Things that Chris co-wrote and performed on.
Chris also originally sang the backing vocals on The Streets' Dry Your Eyes but due to a label issue, he was totally replaced.



November 10, 2014 / submitted by Chiara, Italy
Q.  Hello Oracle! :)
I was enjoying the new Damien Rice's album called My Favourite Faded Fantasy, when around the 4th minute of a song titled It Takes A Lot To Know A Man there's a deep voice in the background that I identified as Chris' one.
Is it possible that he collaborated for latest Damien Rice album or is it just my imagination?
Thanks and lots of love.

There are a few backing vocals on that track but none of them are Chris. The guy's voice belongs to Helgi Jonsson.
That makes It Takes A Lot To Know A Man a somewhat ironic title...



October 30, 2014 / submitted by George, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle,
Does anyone at Coldplay.com care very much that Chris sometimes doesn't sing quite the same words as given in the posted lyrics? For instance, on the song Ghost Story there's a line that reads: "A spectre on a rollercoaster" but Chris is clearly not singing the word "rollercoaster" on the recording.
Thanks


Given they're Chris' lyrics and he wrote them, we don't care at all if he changes them up as he does when performing live from time to time. On the odd occasion there have been mistakes when Chris gives us the wrong lyrics (or the case of missing lyrics that nobody seems to be able to decipher) but to be honest, I think he does sing "rollercoaster" albeit a rather different phrasing of the word.


October 23, 2014 / submitted by Adam, United Kingdom
Q.  Dear Oracle, has Chris ever forgot lyrics to songs while performing live?

Oh yes, that's happened so many times! Chris generally stops the song and starts again. There are certain songs that Chris has repeatedly forgotten parts of which given he wrote them, is quite a funny - and perhaps surprising - thing to happen.


October 22, 2014 / submitted by Alana, Ireland
Q.  Hello Oracle, nerdy question alert. Did Chris learn singing technique to avoid getting polyps on his vocal chords? He has a great range but I can't imagine the strain all that falsetto, particularly live, puts on his voice. I used to sing, and my teacher had this problem. Told you it was nerdy.

Thanks
Alana

That's not a nerdy question; it's a fair one.
Chris has various techniques for looking after his voice and in fact, Will, Jonny & Guy also have a specific warm-up regime before every show. Chris also uses steam before and, where possible, after a show.



October 15, 2014 / submitted by Shady, Egypt
Q.  Hello Oracle!
I know it may be a bit old, but would the band ever consider recording Sweet Marianne?

I wouldn't think that songs from the past will ever be recorded if they haven't been already. As Sweet Marianne wasn't ever released, it probably won't see the light of day (again).


October 14, 2014 / submitted by Andrea, Peru
Q.  So I was searching on wikipedia and I take a look of all songs written by Chris... and no! There are a few of Coldplay songs, did Chris writes all the songs or what?
Thanks!

I think I understand your question.
Chris wrote all Coldplay songs bar one - Sweet Marianne*, written by Will - though the band all have song writing credits.

Chris does write outside of Coldplay; he wrote the anthem for the recent Invictus Games. He has also written for a number of other performers and has collaborated with or featured on other artists records with or without having a hand in the writing.

*Sweet Marianne was played live but never released on a recording.



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