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January 31, 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 6th February.

Have you ever been heartbroken? Because lately I have been. It all started when I broke up with my boyfriend/best friend (biggest mistake ever) a year ago and got consumed by a big depression (6 months).
His father sadly passed away in July, so I made a promise with myself that I would be strong for him and for me. Since then I feel a lot happier with myself. I love him, in the most-unbreakable-friendship way, but still, what should I do with my other feelings? Thanks. Kassandra, Mexico.


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January 24, 2014 / submitted by Fer, Spain
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #153
I have been feeling like a... loser, that's the word, lately. The reason? I'm 19 and I've never kissed a girl or gone on a date with any, no question there's never been anything further than that either.
I am really self confident, and I do think I'm really good looking but there's something that stops me when it comes to girls, I don't know why.
Also, I don't know if maybe I'm waiting for a Hollywood movie kind of love/girl but those don't really exist.
What can you say about the situation in general? Any advice?

I can understand there's a lot of pressure to have done certain things by a certain age but as it's not a competition you can't possibly be a loser ;-)
Forget what others are doing - or saying they're doing - and spend less time worrying. Worry never helps a situation. Approach this as a marathon rather than a sprint.
Youngsters are all too keen to give their love away and reach certain goals by a certain age but you've plenty of time to make sure it's the right time with the right person. Better to wait and get that right than rush into anything.

It's funny isn't it because making friends and subsequent plans with said friends doesn't seem quite so daunting yet throw in the opposite sex and attraction and fear can set in. Fear of rejection.
If there are girls you like, spend time with them and get to know them but try not to think about taking things further. Slow and steady wins the race - remember The Tortoise and the Hare? 19 may seem really late but it's not, not for you.
I knew someone who also at 19 was self-assured, good looking, popular and had many friends who were girls but hadn't had a girl friend. It was all down to a different kind of confidence. To me it seems that the confidence in every day life is separate to the one required for talking to girls. Nerves can play a part in preventing things going further.
Indeed love isn't always like a Hollywood film but when you find the right girl and the right time it may feel like one! I'm sure it will feel quite natural and just happen.
Dating is hard enough without you putting pressure on yourself. There are no rules or deadlines so don't impose any upon yourself.
Valentine's day is coming up, maybe you could ask someone out on a date and take it from there.
Over to you.

If you really want someone to share your life with, you should go to clubs or something from your hobbies. If you like reading, for example, spent some time in the library. Maybe you meet someone there. Talk with girls who appeal to you. About the book they read, or what they're searching for, something like that.
If you are nervous when you want to ask someone for a date, that's a good sign. If you just ask her for a date, I don't think she'll like that.
I'm afraid that's all the advice I, and most of the others, can give you. You can't just search love. It's chemical, it just happens.
Goodluck. Isabelle.


You're not alone in this. I felt the exact same thing as you when I turned 18 last summer and asked myself if there was something wrong with me. Because boys never took any contact with me, I had never had a boyfriend. But suddenly a few weeks later I was kissing a boy on a party and at the end of the summer, after a couple times out on nightclubs I got total confidence that it was nothing wrong with me, I had just met the wrong guys before.
Also, I think maybe you and me are alike in that matter that we wait for the other one to make the first move? If I'm right I don’t know how to change that. The fear of getting turned down is the main issue.
I’ll give you one advice, and promise to be better at it myself; take contact with girls, start talking to them, say that they look nice and if they don’t respond, well then they're not good enough for you! Mainly, there will by no doubt be other people around you who has never kissed anyone just like you, and it's nothing to be ashamed of. You'll kiss someone before you know it, and with that special someone it might be a movie-like kiss?
Hanna, Sweden

It is really no wonder you feel as you do, we live in a world saturated by sex and love and the need to have a perfect type of love. You are probably quite shy, so you need to go at your own pace with this whole thing. You are not alone, many people are 'late bloomers' and only find love later in life. You need to figure out what is stopping you when it comes to girls. Whatever the issue is, you need to be honest with yourself. Love comes in many forms, so don't be afraid if you feel something that scares you initially. I wish you success on your journey to love and self discovery, Laurie.

Nobody's perfect. Everyone has their flaws and even the Hollywood movie girls you mentioned aren't perfect. I don't think you are a loser at all. Some people have their first kiss when they're 13, others when they're 30, so don't worry about it. You're only 19, you've still got plenty of time to go out on dates and stuff, don't rush anything. Being self confident is good, but to someone who doesn't know you it may come across like you're being selfish and egotistical. So when first approaching a girl, try to tone it down a little. Stop looking for a perfect girl who doesn't exist. You have flaws, the girl you'll fall in love with has flaws, but when you truly love each other, you'll be a perfectly happy couple. Amanda.

There is no need to feel like a loser. Maybe you are a little shy? A lot of girls don’t like to approach guys and wait for them do make the move. Sometimes, you have to wait for the right person, there is going to be one girl who grabs your attention like no other and you are going to be able to go up to her and say hello. On the plus side, it is good you are self confident which is hard to find in most people. Every one wants to have that Hollywood type of partner from the movies but I think the reason why they make the movies is because no one really gets it and basically a dream come true if it does. Movies are made to make you feel like it can be reality because some writers can even make you feel like you are in the book. One day you will find someone right for you, and they will feel like a Hollywood girl just for you. My advice to you is to never give up, there is someone for you and that someone will make you the happiest man alive. If you are shy, most girls will find it cute and attractive, just tell them before hand. If you do see a girl in the street and you think they are beautiful, give them a smile and be confident with the smile. You never know, she might smile back.
Angeline, United States Of America


Well, first of all the situation is f****d (sorry my words are too honest for any kind of websites), because I lived a life, abiding logic. Is there such thing a perfect mate for you? If there is, the world would be against it as logic suggests. I'm in love with the most perfect man for me as I suggest it myself, but hell, I am just a girl. An ordinary one I might add. Hope is a good word. Hope is a word that is misjudged most of the time. But, I do believe in hope. In general everyone has to have hope in life. Love. hope to love and being love.
Sofia A.

I think everybody deserves his own Hollywood kind of love and hopefully will find it, in a sense of true love that makes both feel happy. Sure, if you have a list in your head of your perfect girl, what she has to look like, what her interests should be, if there’s too much prepared in your imagination, then for someone who really wanted to get to know you - it might be difficult for her to get a chance at all. So even if there is love at first sight sometimes it is not wrong to look twice. But then again don’t expect too much from any first dates, let both sides explore each other and find out successively if there can be more.
Don’t worry about your age, those who made their first experiences earlier were not always ending up as winners. Some of your friends might brag with being advanced in this issue, but usually that means they had more errors or break ups, they don’t need to be proud for that. There is no reason for you for feeling like a looser, if your heart is not ready for love, then wait. The one who is meant to be yours will love you for what you are and not for what you could be. Good luck! L.Q.


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January 24, 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 30th January.

I feel completely lost. My friends all like each other better than they like me. I used to be the glue, holding everyone together. Organising meet ups, a shoulder to cry on and sorting out disagreements. Now, they seek each other, looking for comfort, advice or a laugh amongst themselves. I haven't been cut out, but they simply do not care about me as much. How do you cope with a realisation like that? What changed? Confused and disappointed, Mindy, Australia.

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January 17, 2014 / submitted by Luke, United Kingdom
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #152
After previously having a long distant relationship (to some success) for 3 years I've always been extra cautious about falling in love again and forced myself not to get too close to someone to avoid the pain should, most likely, things come to an end.
Last year many great things happened including meeting a new girl in the last quarter, who for the first time in over two years I felt I could actually get close to. The problems were, although she's from my hometown she lives currently at the other end of the country on her work-placement year until April, after that she'll return to uni for another year, 3 hours away from me. Her Dad died when she was just 6 & she was once pregnant with her ex, he ran away & she lost the baby during her pregnancy. Traumatising experiences for anyone and she still hadn't recovered emotionally from the latter. She's still emotionally attached to her ex & what they once had. Even though he wants nothing to do with her and it has an effect on us. It seems to stand in the way of us moving forward or together & my friends and family recommend I give up on her as I'm "wasting my time" & that things shouldn't be this hard at the start of a relationship.
I fear she, like I once was, is scared to get closer as she's been hurt badly from a past relationship and clearly still has love for her ex. Yet when we're together things are great. There's just too much time apart during the week & too much time for her to think about it all when she's alone.
What do I do? Do I listen to the people who care the most about me? What would you do? Continue or accept that maybe it just isn't right & maybe won't work out?

It's natural to feel cautious but you have to be open to let love in. However, you and your girlfriend are not on the same page. You are further ahead in your recovery from past experiences and she seems to have a long way to go yet.
I can't comment too much on what may be best for her given she hasn't written and as you say, she has been through a lot. I'm going to focus - as you should - on YOU.
I'm assuming you've spoken to her about this? It's great you've been patient and supportive but for this relationship to work, there can only be two of you in it and it sounds like there's currently three.
You said "...not to get too close to someone to avoid the pain should, most likely, things come to an end". That tells me you are expecting the worst to happen and that’s not a healthy place to be. That's understandable when you've been through painful break-ups but as I said, you have to be open. There is never a guarantee that things will work out but as we've heard, "if you never try, you'll never know".
But... I have to say I agree with your friends to some extent. I'm not saying this relationship will never work but perhaps not right now.
Following your heart sometimes makes you do things you wouldn't do if using rational thought. Love is sometimes worth taking that risk. That said, I really feel you should listen to your gut in this case.
Over to you.

It's very, very hard for a girl to start a new relationship when her last boyfriend ran away, and leaves her behind with her baby. I think she still feels hope for her ex. What you should do, is giving her a new hope. Go live nearby, if necessary. Be there for her. Maybe then she will see what you can be for her. If she doesn't, tell her you love her really, really much. And tell her you'll be there for her, and you can together have what she and the ex had once. If she then still rejects you, I'm afraid you have to give up.
If you can do it, I wish you and your girlfriend a wonderful relationship. If not, I hope luck and love will be with you with someone else.
Isabelle.


I don't mean to be rude but: talk to her! That's what you should do. Tell her about the things that concern you about the relationship and ask her how she feels about everything. It's always good to listen to the advice your loved ones have to offer, but in the end it's your decision whether you want to continue this relationship or not. She's been through some very traumatising things, so if you want to stay together, you should both be prepared to fight for your relationship, because it won't always be easy. Good luck. Amanda.

I don't know what is the right thing to do but if I were u b4 u make a decision ask here if she is willing 2 forget her ex and give u a chance. Then trust ur instinct bcoz being n a relationship w/love is not just about feelings it's also a decision. Shed.

It's nice seeing a young person move on with the past. There is no worth in thinking about the past, the more you think about the past the more it becomes your future. If you take my advice, I would say, go for it. Long-distance relationships hard, but if it is meant to be, it will. The girl really had a traumatising past, but how could people know that you will be the one who can help her get over? Maybe at first, she would spend times thinking about her ex, but by time she will be thinking about you. And if not, I am sure it is worth a shot. Better once than never. The worse thing is looking at past and thinking: 'What if?'. If things end up bad, you will look at the past and say: 'I did what I can', and move on with no second thoughts.
I hope I managed to help you, but remember a person knows what is best for him or her. Best of luck, Mina.

First of all, I’d like to say that every situation is different, and you can’t know what’s going to happen in the future, so even if you make the right choice (if there’s even one), it may be different in some years. You always have to be aware of that. However, here’s my advice for you: as far as I’m concerned, the fact that she is still emotionaly attached to her ex-boyfriend is what actually is holding your relationship back, if you truly love her. This is my opinion. I believe that, if you love someone unconditionally, and she loves you back, there’s no distance that changes that. It’s hard, and you probably know it due to your past experience, but have you already compared the both situations? Do you think that, if she didn’t had the “ex-boyfriend issue”, your relationship would be stronger or weaker than the first one? And if stronger, would it be true enough to handle the distance? If so, than here’s your answer: she is not emotionally ready to that, yet. My advice? Wait for her, if you’re willing to. Help her, slowly, to get through her traumatic experience. Make her forget her problems. Have the mission to, everyday, put a smile on her face. By doing that, my friend, you will build the most important things in a relationship: friendship, trust and true love. And, hopefully, you both will be able to handle the distance. Best wishes! Love, Ana, from Portugal.

You seem to have a realistic view and understanding for this problematic situation. Still you focus the most important issue, when you say things are great being together. A long distance relationship is to handle with. I’m sure you will keep contact during the week, so she does know you care for her and against her loneliness. You are together for less than one year now? Things have much room to develop. I think your friends and family who seem to know so very well how relationships have to start are a bit hasty with their judgement. You are knowing about her feelings and later this shaky beginning could turn much more in a solid partnership than any other flash in the pan.
Why do you think your friends and family care the most about you? Do you think your girlfriend could never do this in a same way?
If you are still happy with her then it is “right”. Only your own feeling can tell you how to go on. Otherwise you won’t feel good and won’t be happy if you feel treated like a substitute for her ex. Try to work it out with her with love and patience, I think the both of you stand a good chance. L.Q.

Maybe it's not for your friends - or us - to decide. I think you two need to sit down and talk about how you can make it work, assuming you both want to. The distance shouldn't be a problem but the other issues clearly are and it's those you need to work on. Good luck. Dee.

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January 17, 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 23rd January.

I have been feeling like a... loser, that's the word, lately. The reason? I'm 19 and I've never kissed a girl or gone in a date with any, no question there's never been anything further than that either... I am really self confident, and I do think I'm really good looking but there's something that stops me when it comes to girls, I don't know why... Also, I don't know if maybe I'm waiting for a Hollywood movie kind of love/girl but those don't really exist... What can you say about the situation in general? Any advice? Fer, Spain.

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January 10, 2014 / submitted by Sally, United States of America
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #151
I recently met a guy through my graduate program - he works at the library. We went on a couple of dates and I was impressed by his intelligence, respect for me, kindness, and the goals he has. He seems to be a responsible person, he's had this same job for almost 7 years, and he's currently pursuing his second master's degree. The problem is that I found a suspicious-looking item in my room. I found it under the place where he had been sitting. Some friends think it could be drug paraphernalia, while another trusted friend, who used to do drugs, doesn't think so. I don't remember if I found the item before or after his visit, since I initially thought it was just a piece of broken plastic. The problem is, I don't know what else it could be or where it could've come from. No one else has been in my room. When I confronted him about it, he denied everything. He looked really sad. He was patient, listened, and didn't become angry or violent. He asked what he could do to prove his innocence, that he'd like the chance to do so. I don't know what to believe.

I'll be brutally honest with you, I think you played that all wrong. I would always approach suspicion with caution. There was no need to accuse when you could have casually shown him the plastic and asked him if he had any idea what it was - not if it was his.
If it does belong to him and fell out of his pocket for example, I wonder why he would bring it to you room and why he would deny ownership.
It might have fallen off something or been brought in on an occasion you can't recall - given you don't even know if it was before or after his visit.
The good news is this guy must really like you because he's keen to prove his innocence.
The fact you don't know what to believe either means you either have no gut feeling or you don't really trust he's telling the truth. If it's the latter you shouldn't be with him. Without trust you have nothing.
You don't know him very well yet as it's early days but the picture you have painted is of an incredible, loyal, respectful guy, not one of a liar yet you doubt him.
I'm not sure whether you're expecting him to volunteer to a lie-detector test or drugs test but what else can he do?
Here's what I suggest. Either take his word as fact and get on with getting to know him or end it. In the meantime, try to find out what this mysterious item is, that may shed more light on it.
Over to you.

This is a case for a matter of trust in my opinion. If you trust his response and that he wouldn't do anything like that, then you know your answer. If you don't trust his response, then you will know in your heart what you have to do. Good luck! Kate, U.K.

I'm sorry I have to confront you with this, but sometimes people look perfect, while they aren't. If you know your friends for a long, very long time, I think you may trust them better then your boyfriend. If you're still not sure, you should go to the police and ask what it is. But whatever you do, don't follow your boyfriend. If he really is a drug dealer, and he thinks you don't trust him or follow him, you are in danger.
Whatever you do, do it very careful.
Goodluck, Isabelle.

To be honest it's indeed hard to know what's true. If you really wanna know if he's using drugs and he wanna do everything to proof he's not using it, you can ask him if he wanna do a drugs test by a doctor. Let me tell you one thing, some people said at my old job that I'm using drugs that was the reason they sent me home. I was really sad because I'm not using anything. I was thinking and going to the doctor and I ask for a drugs test. After a week the doctor call me and give me the proof that I was totally clean. So if he is really not using anything it's easy to proof it so I hope it is nothing to worry about,
Good luck. Greets Marianne.


Seeing as you only just met the guy there's no way to know if he's telling the truth or not. You simply don't know him well enough yet. My advice to you is to trust your own instincts. If you still feel something for the guy and want to get to know him better, do so. Since you can't be sure if it was him who left the drugs (if it even was drugs) there, give him the benefit of the doubt and just take things easy. If your instinct tells you something is wrong and you feel like he can't be trusted, end your contact with him. If you choose the second option: In the end it doesn't matter whether you were right or wrong about him, because you can't build a relationship based on distrust.
Good luck with your decision! Amanda.

I am touched by your story and I can definitely connect to the heart-wrenching dilemma you are in at the moment. As a young woman in her mid-twenties, I know how rare those guys are - those who keep you guessing, yet all the while show kindness and stability in a relationship. I am therefore inclined to respond by asking you a simple question:
Would finding out what the piece of plastic this guy left in your room change your opinion about him drastically - no matter what it was - drugs or perhaps a broken guitar pick ?
If your feel that he is trustworthy, then better let sleeping dogs lie as they say. If you still have doubts (after his denial and trying to prove his innocence), then perhaps you should still let it go. Here's why, and again I ask you: is the relationship worth risking while you seek the truth about this piece of plastic ? Why not give the guy a chance - listen to Chris Martin's Wedding Bells performance at Apple, you'll see what I mean. Cheers, Irina.


Do you have faith in this person is a more fitting question, actually. What I think you should do is trust him, because it could really just be a piece of plastic or some garbage that he had; another reason you actually asked a friend that used to do drugs and that friend told you that it was meaningless therefore there really shouldn't be anything to worry about. Oh! If your main worry about this being a drug abuse issue, you should know that many people live, hang with or are friends with people that do drugs, just because he does not mean that you have to do it. Remember, it's your life no one can make you do something you don't want to! Tar'n.

You say you don't even know what this item could be, or even if he left it in your room yet you are willing to distrust him. Have you had a bad experience in the past?? Perhaps he seems 'too good to be true' and you are looking for a flaw somehwere. Maybe you need to just trust him, and in time, flags will come up, if he has a problem, it will come to light. Sometimes we can be afraid to hope or dare to believe we have found someone good, or maybe feel we don't deserve them in our life, that fear can cause us to sabotage it, if we are not careful. I hope you can work it out without letting fear cut you off from something good, take care, Laurie.

I think you should follow your heart because you're not dating the drug, you're dating him, and you should trust him. In a relationship you have to be honest, it won't work out if he lies or if you don't believe. If I were you, I would trust him and if you catch him, you'll know what to do then. Roberto.

I think you should believe in that guy. After all, you don't have any proof that the object was from him, and you don't have to lose the opportunity of have in your life someone that respects you and cares about you, because, though you are risking too much, and you don't know him, Coldplay says "if you never try you never know", right? So give him a chance, maybe was a misunderstanding, or maybe you'll regret of this someday or maybe you'll be happy for take this decision, but at least you will know that you gave him the opportunity that he asked, you never know.
Greets from Argentina, Guadalupe.


You are in a very tricky situation indeed. I am a firm believer of giving people second chances. But sometimes our own better judgment is being clouded if it involves a person that we are dating. One thing you may try is to agree with him to take more time getting to know each other through each others friends. Spend time not only between the two of you but also with your friends. That way, your friends may help you see his character more clearly. Hope this helps.
Jennilyn from Philippines.

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January 10, 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 16th January.

After previously having a long distant relationship (to some success) for 3 years I've always been extra cautious about falling in love again and forced myself not to get too close to someone to avoid the pain should, most likely, things come to an end. Last year many great things happened including meeting a new girl in the last quarter, who for the first time in over two years I felt I could actually get close to. The problems were, although she's from my hometown she lives currently at the other end of the country on her work-placement year until April, after that she'll return to uni for another year, 3 hours away from me. Her Dad died when she was just 6 & she was once pregnant with her ex, he ran away & she lost the baby during her pregnancy. Traumatising experiences for anyone and she still hadn't recovered emotionally from the latter. She's still emotionally attached to her ex & what they once had.. Even though he wants nothing to do with her and it has an effect on us. It seems to stand in the way of us moving forward or together & my friends and family recommend I give up on her as I'm "wasting my time" & that things shouldn't be this hard at the start of a relationship. I fear she, like I once was, is scared to get closer as she's been hurt badly from a past relationship and clearly still has love for her ex. Yet when we're together things are great. There's just too much time apart during the week & too much time for her to think about it all when she's alone. What do I do? Do I listen to the people who care the most about me? What would you do? Continue or accept that maybe it just isn't right & maybe wont work out? Luke, U.K.

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The Oracle.

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January 3, 2014 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #150 part ii
I'm asking you to look back and pick your favourite song and / or album of the 2013. What was it and why?

Happy New Year! This is part ii so my reply along with Anchorman & Phil Harvey's appeared here last week.
Over to you.

To be honest, this question is pretty hard to answer because of the amazing releases this year. For e.g Random Access Memories, The 2020 Experience, etc. have been huge hits. But I'd go with my favourite; AM by Arctic Monkeys. It is a brilliant Rock Album. My favourite songs from the album are Do I Wanna Know, Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High and R U Mine. To add to it, Arctic Monkeys is an amazing band and I've grown to become a fan of theirs this year. Saakshi.

Atlas. It's a milestone and a great Coldplay song no matter if it is related to the movie or not.
There's a lot of atmosphere in the book that gets lost in the movie. This song does restore it. Amazing.
Happy holidays and new year to everyone. L.Q.

For best album, I have to go with Kendrick Lamar Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. A mix of Frank Ocean R&B and old-school west coast hip/hop, a little bit of early 90’s Ice Cube. Plus, since it’s a debut, it’s fresh and unique. Which is always a plus.
As for best song: Gasoline by Alpine. One of those songs where the voices are an actual instrument to contend with. Catchy doesn’t begin to describe it. It’s a song that surprised me and I couldn’t move on in my playlist. This song wouldn’t let me. Greg.


My favorite song from 2013 is Take Your Time Girl from Niels Geusebroek. Why? I love that song, it's because he made the song special for his unborn child, you hear the heartbeat from his unborn child in the song, never hear that before so it really brought me in tears! It's sounds really special. Greets Marianne.

My favourite Song of 2013 has got to be Daft Punk's Get Lucky. From the moment the the ad's rolled out to the release of the album it's one song I just can't get out of my head... and I don't want to! My favourite album of 2013 is Days are Gone by HAIM. The way those girls combine the elements of soul and alternative style rock is so breathtaking and the way their voices harmonize together is so beautiful (not to mention the catchy songs). It just beats out Random Access Memories to the top of my list. Albert.

My favourite album of 2013 is In a Perfect World by Kodaline. Their album was released earlier this year, and since then, I became a fan or theirs. They haven't been in the Uk top charts yet, but they certainly deserve to be. They're similar to the Script, only much more acoustic sounding and not so perfected. They have their own unique type of sound, and I generally love them. In 2014 I will be lucky enough to see them live, and I believe that any coldplayer will be a fan of Kodaline. Millie.

Song: Arcade Fire - Afterlife. Just simply beautiful and the video fits the song perfectly.
Album: The National - Trouble Will Find Me. I love every song on this album and it was amazing to see them again in November. Tash.


My first favourite album was Avril Lavigne because I waited a long time for be released and it liked me the fact that it had some different sound, which seem me well done. My favourite song from the album was Let Me Go ft Chad Kroeger, cause the melody and the letter had some interesting drama. My second favourite album was the soundtrack from Catching Fire, "We Remain" really liked me and Atlas absolutely was my favourite one, I loved the fact that there were so much Rush of Blood sounding and Jonny's guitar sounded excellent!
Greets from Argentina! Love, Guadalupe.

I would say a really good album released this year is Michael Buble's To Be Loved. There are really jazzy songs and they are really slow songs. My favorite songs has to be Close Your Eyes the lyrics are amazing and the beat is really good! Sincerely, Mariam.

My favorite album this year is The National's Trouble Will Find Me: It's uplifting while still taking you to the sad/dark places of your heart. My favorite song is I Should Live in Salt. The harmonies are beautifull and the lyrics tell a story that we all wish we knew a little more about. It's just damn gorgeous. Thanks, Christa.

Favorite is the entire Night Visions and the Archive EP albums by Imagine Dragons. I've been listening to it all year, and there is not a single song I skip. Yes, it was released in Sept 2012, but didn't get a lot of airplay until 2013. I'm also hooked on Pompeii by Bastille - great catchy song. I'm not a Justin Timberlake fan, but I also love Holy Grail. Dianne.

My favourite song from 2013 is Atlas obviously, but if I had to pick another one I would say Go Gentle from Robbie Williams. I love the song because it's about a father giving advices to her daughter and showing her that the world can be cruel sometimes, but he's always going to be there for her. An album: Beyonce. It's simply the best. MDLA

Favorite album this year: Paradise Valley by John Mayer. It's great to see John happy with his life and the direction his music is going. Some great tunes on that record, definitely worth checking it out. Also see him live if you can, he's really on his game! Fantastic concert.
Forrest, Florida, USA.


My favorite album of this past year is a toss-up between When It Was Now by Atlas Genius and Mechanical Bull by Kings of Leon. As for my favorite song, Atlas takes the cake by far followed by Temple from Mechanical Bull. Steven, USA.

There were many excellent pieces of music to come out this year, but only a few really stood out for me personally. My favorite album has to be Linkin Park's Recharged; it mainly had remixes of previous tracks, but A Light That Never Comes is a very catchy new song. My song of the year, outside of Atlas (of course), would be Counting Stars by OneRepublic. That song is absolutely amazing and only seems to get better the more you listen to it.
Hope everyone has a happy and safe start to the new year! Evan.


My favorite album of the year was Laura Marling's Once I was an Eagle. She's a phenomenal song writer; wise beyond her years and seeing her live was amazing. She performed solo with just an acoustic guitar. The woman can SING!

Fave single is Haim's the Wire. Three sisters who obviously have a great bond. Can't wait to see them headline a show Spring 2014 after seeing them open for The Lumineers and Mumford and Sons in 2013. Eleanor.

My favourite album of 2013 is Sunbather by Deafheaven: a beautiful hour of sheer chaos.
I would say that my favourite song would be Dream House by the same band or Reflektor by Arcade Fire. What a fantastic piece of music. I love the album as well. Ben.


There was so much good music to choose from this year! Songwise is tough, as I really enjoyed Pompeii by Bastille and Entertainment by Phoenix (not to mention Atlas as an added bonus)- but my favorite has to be Do I Wanna Know? by the Arctic Monkeys. The guitar riff is incredible and Alex Turner’s rendition of pure infatuation with a girl is hauntingly relatable.
Album wise it only got better and AM was certainly up there, alongside Arcade Fire's Reflektor. Personally, I would have to go with Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend. They are my second favorite band behind Coldplay, and showed tremendous growth from their first two albums, with their sound finally rising to a new level on songs like Unbelievers and Hannah Hunt is amazing. And all the while never giving up their trademark philosophical statements in songs like Diane Young and Ya Hey. Defiantly got my money’s worth from that record. Mateo.

My favourite albums of 2013 are:
Mark Owen, The Art Of Doing Nothing: I love the vibe of this album, it reminds me of pre-Parachutes Coldplay blended with a bit of folk and rap.
Kanye West, Yeezus: This album was a bit of a change from his previous ones, but I did really enjoy it.
Jay Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail: I love the collaborations with JT and Frank Ocean, and I think Holy Grail might be my song of the year.
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience: This was also a change from his previous albums, and I love the collaborations with Jay Z and Drake as well.
Robbie Williams, Swings Both Ways: His last swing album was probably better, but this one had some great songs with Michael Buble and Lily Allen.
Happy Holidays to all, Rhys.


My favoutite song of 2013 is Reflektor by Arcade Fire. I loved it from the first time I heard it. Leave A Light On by Marble Sounds would be second and I just want to mention it because it's a perfect winter song and it deserves more attention (I was happy to see it in the Hypnofeed!)
My favourite album of this year is The Weight Of Your Love by Editors. I think I listen to it weekly and their concert in Belgium, my first concert, was one of the few things that made this year good.
Happy new year everyone! Hannah.

My favourite album of 2013 is definitely Editors’ The Weight Of Your Love. It’s a great album, quite different from their previous 3 albums; but they’re still true to themselves, even if their line-up changed slightly. I also have to say that Tom Smith is a great lyricist.
However, this album is closely followed by In A Perfect World by Kodaline which is their debut album. They are great Irish musicians and if someone likes Coldplay, I think they’ll have no problem to like Kodaline (Although, I’m not saying they’re the same AT ALL).
Then, my favourite song of the year is Atlas because what’s more exciting than your favourite band releasing a song for a very good movie? Atlas really is an amazing song that fits the theme of Catching Fire but it’s still a relatable song for the listener.
Finally, even if I only discovered her a few weeks ago, I really like Lorde’s music and her song Tennis Court is on repeat on my iPod which makes it another important song of 2013 for me.
Hope all is well, Mara.


2013 was, musically, a year filled with great discoveries for me. Picking the best and trying not to repeat what was said last week turned out to be quite difficult! But here are my choices: my favorite song would be Safe and Sound, by Capital Cities, and my favorite album The Golden Age, by Woodkid (especially the opening track, The Golden Age, and Conquests of Spaces). May I add that this album is not only beautiful to listen to but also a great record to get physically - they did a wonderful special edition with a little black and gold book, filled with stories and drawings - it looks and feels quite epic. Thank you very much for this wonderful Team Oracle question - I have been listening to John Grant's and The National’s albums on repeat since I read the answers from last week. Happy new year, I can’t wait for 2014! Lucas.

My favorite album of 2013 is Kveikur by Sigur Ros, because I love how unique and perfect this album is. My favorite songs (I couldn't choose only one) are Atlas by Coldplay and Shot At The Night by The Killers. Fatima.

I would say that my favorite song from 2013 is Entertainment by Phoenix, and probably the best album would be AM by the Arctic Monkeys
Thanks, happy holidays. Karen.

My favorite song of the year is probably Afterlife by Arcade Fire. I wasn't a huge fan of their new album, but I feel like that may be one of the best songs I've ever heard.
My favorite album is a pretty serious tie between Lucy Rose's Like I Used To and Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City.
Bombay Bicycle Club is one of my favorite bands around, so I was really excited to hear that Lucy Rose was releasing a full album of her own, and it really doesn't disappoint, with some songs reminding me of that same melancholic sound that was prominent in A Rush of Blood to the Head, and it's just really nice to hear something from Vampire Weekend that doesn't sound like it was recorded on a tropical island!
Here's to a new year!
Bradley H.


My favorite song was probably Atlas by Coldplay because it's by the best band living and in The Hunger Games Catching Fire also a great movie. Eliza.

The best album of 2013 was, for me, Bad Blood, which is Bastille's first full release. It's so versatile in terms of emotions, every song sounds like it could be the soundtrack to your biggest victory or your most tragic moment. Pompeii was absolutely fantastic from that album and really stood out to me, but of course all the other songs are brilliant too! Emily.

My favorite song that was released this year of course is Atlas! And my favorite album is DEMI by Demi Lovato! Both is because they are so so so good, so amazing, so magical, just love all the songs from DEMI and love much more Atlas! Thanks for this year Oracle! It was a big pleasure to help with the answers! Lots of love from Brazil! HAPPY NEW YEAR! xx Thuane.

My favorite album of the 2013 is Love Lust Faith + Dreams by 30 seconds to mars. Also my favorite song is Do or Die.. It helped me a lot to keep fighting for dreams. Maria.

I really have liked the work of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in 2013, especially with the likes of Can't Hold Us and Same Love. I feel that they've been great on the whole 'equal rights' aspect too, as it's been a touchy subject around the world in 2013. I also really enjoyed the album Bad Blood by Bastille. To say that they don't have a single guitar (apart from bass) in their band is amazing and the fact that they make great music too is just wow. And of course, Atlas was my main highlight. Fantastic.
Kate, U.K.

My favorite album of the year was Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend. It was so cool to see how they’d evolved since their last two albums. Lyrically, Ezra Koenig is genius, contemplating things like mortality, god, and other big questions. Yet even with these huge topics, they kept the fun in their music from the last two albums. Diane Young and Hannah Hunt were the standout tracks for me, although every track on the album is an A+.
JD Waldvogel.

My favourite album of the year is The Golden Age by Woodkid. He is French (but his songs are in English). There is a real story behind the album, it's really touching and impressive. This man has a deep voice and a deep soul!
My favourite track is probably Atlas or Red Eyes by Thomas Azier.
Cheers and Happy Musical New Year!
Sarah.


My favourite album released this year has to be Native - One Republic. This album really gets you thinking and puts me in a safe, and happy place. It is also one of them albums where you can dance to or just tap to!
I look forward to what the year brings and hope it brings you all what you need.
With love Daisy.

I REALLY love Best Day Of My Life by American Authors! Mollie U.S.A.

And finally, these selections from Thomas who clearly couldn't pick just one!

Fave records of 2013
- AM by the Arctic Monkeys
- ARTPOP by Lady Gaga
- Sweet Summer Sun, Hyde Park by the Rolling Stones
- The Shocking Miss Emerald by Caro Emerald
- Modern Vampires Of The City by Vampire Weekend

Fave songs of 2013
- Atlas by Coldplay
- Hard Out Here by Lily Allen
- Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High by the Arctic Monkeys
- Wildfire by John Mayer
- Royals by Lorde
- Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray

Thanks to all those who replied and hopefully some new music has been discovered. Remember, Team Oracle is open to anyone so if you fancy replying, click to read this week's question, and send us your answer.

Here's to a great 2014!



January 3, 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 9th January.

I recently met a guy through my graduate program-he works at the library. We went on a couple of dates and I was impressed by his intelligence, respect for me, kindness, and the goals he has. He seems to be a responsible person, he's had this same job for almost 7 years, and he's currently pursuing his second master's degree. The problem is that I found a suspicious-looking item in my room. I found it under the place where he had been sitting. Some friends think it could be drug paraphernalia, while another trusted friend, who used to do drugs, doesn't think so. I don't remember if I found the item before or I after his visit, since I initially thought it was just a piece of broken plastic. The problem is, I don't know what else it could be or where it could've come from. No one else has been in my room. When I confronted him about it, he denied everything. He looked really sad. He was patient, listened, and didn't become angry or violent. He asked what he could do to prove his innocence, that he'd like the chance to do so. I don't know what to believe.
Sally, USA.


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December 27, 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #150
I'm asking you to look back and pick your favourite song and / or album of the 2013. What was it and why?

My favourite single of the year is Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. Despite me not being a fan of the man, from the first time I heard it, I loved the reminiscent Prince feel of it. Pharrell's presence was a bonus as I'd been hooked on Daft Punk's Get Lucky - my second fave.
My favourite album is John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts. Stunning follow-up to his debut, Queen Of Denmark. His voice, the songs, their lyrics... not to mention the backing vocals, production and epic closer Glacier, all make this a sublime listening experience.
Over to you.

The album Racine Carre by Stromae. It’s a Belgium singer and songwriter who has become a phenomenon in France with the release of this second album. He’s a genius. It’s not the kind of music I’m used to listening to, but how be left unmoved in front of such a prodigy?! He’s so inspired and inspiring. The power of the lyrics, the beats, and above all the way he lives intensely through every word. There’s no word to describe the performer he is. Apart from Coldplay, he’s the only singer who can make me cry over a song. His music videos are gems as well. He’s the new Brel.
Even if English speakers won’t get how deep the words are, I sincerely hope they’ll see the talent of this guy. Love, Helene.


My favourite album of the 2013 is Love lust faith + dreams by 30 Seconds To Mars because it teaches me that we need to dream to live and we can't never give up about what we believe in. My favourite song of the 2013 is Do or Die. Maria.

I would have to choose Lady Gaga's ARTPOP. Its really a masterpiece and I'm humbled by the way she bares her soul. Claire.

My favorite album of 2013 is Black Sun by Gold Fields. The colors and chords in this album just make me smile. Very groovy. There's Michael Jackson-esque bass lines, shiver-up-the-spine dissonance, and incredible drums- they have two percussionists. My two favorite songs from the album are Closest I Could Get and Happy Boy, both give me that tingly my-god-this-is-incredible feeling. I also have to say that Jonny's guitar in Atlas is so awesome, and congrats to the band for such an amazing track. Allie.

My two favorite albums from the past year would be the Catching Fire Soundtrack (such diverse talent) and Pure Heroine by Lorde. (Pure magic!) Nick.

I would have to say that my favorite album was Native by Onerepublic. My favorite song of 2013 hmmm it's hard to think of just one...well there is Atlas, Who We Are ( Imagine Dragons ), Silhouettes ( Of Monsters and Men ), Gale song ( The Lumineers ) Can you tell that I really like the Catching fire album? There are many to name but those are my top 4 at the moment. Loved answering this Q!
Mollie U.S.A.

Not being ingratiating here, but of course my most favorite song for 2013 is Atlas because it's the combination of two of my favorite things in the world: Coldplay and the Hunger Games series. I can still remember how giddy I felt last September when I found out about a Coldplay song that's gonna be a soundtrack for the movie. When I saw the lyric video, I was pretty certain that lyrics and music-wise, the song aptly captures the "feels" of the main characters in the story.
Another favorite of mine this year is Lorde's EP, The Love Club. I was fascinated by her haunting vocals. Fascinated by how young she is even. Her songs give me this electronic-pop vibe that makes me want to dance party in my head or snap my fingers like some cool kid.
Hope you're all having a good time there, Jennilyn from Manila, Philippines.


I really enjoyed AM by Arctic Monkeys. It was slightly different from their other stuff, but I really liked it. Alex is a genius, no doubt about it.
I was really excited when I bought it, too. (Ran out of the shop with a giant grin on my face!)
But I really thought Comedown Machine by The Strokes was amazing too.
(All the Time would have to be one of my favourite songs to ever exist!!) I can't make up my mind....can I get away with listing two albums?? Lex.

My favorite song was definitely Atlas! Most of the music I like is by Coldplay, but I'm not just picking Atlas because it's the only song they released this year. I just really love the song. It was written very creatively. The verses give you the feeling that you are waiting for something. Then you hear the chorus and that something is here. It's like all your excitement just bursts (in a good way.) Anna.

Favorite album of 2013 was probably Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience. I liked Part 1 better than Part 2 bc Part 2 was angry and I got way too much to deal with in my life to feed into anger. I spent the better part of the summer listening to Part 1 and hearing it takes me back to the summer sun and half day work days. Tunnel Vision was my favorite of the collection. I've been married forever, but love remembering the way love starts with infatuation. I really loved the video, too. Racy but in a really benign way.
I haven't heard all of Eminem's MMLP2 but I really like what I've heard from it bc it speaks to the drive to keep going. Never quit. It's like my own personal Rocky anthem.
I liked Jay Z's song Holy Grail. I haven't heard the entire album, but that song is great but it blatantly spells out my practice of getting emotionally invested in ways that leave me feeling used up, but continuing to do it again and again and don't even really know why, and the truth is, when you put it into perspective, its not as bad as it seems. The song makes me feel like I'm not alone on the planet with that feeling.
Merry Christmas to all of you and yours, Miranda.

First time doing this and hoping it's not the last. My favorite album of 2013 was The National's Trouble Will Find Me and my favorite song is Hanalei from Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Thank you for being awesome all these years, Joao.


2013 has been a great year for music for me. From the new Daft Punk album early on to I'm Aquarius by Metronomy being released not too long ago, there's been a lot of meaningful music to me. My favourite moment though - discounting Atlas - would have to be AM by Arctic Monkeys. For a whole month after it came out I listened to it in full maybe 2 or 3 times a day. It helped me cope a lot with growing up and romantic problems - especially 'I Wanna Be Yours' which helped me understand exactly how I felt about this one girl. And on top of that, it's just an incredible album!
Merry christmas and a happy new year everyone! Harry.

Fave album - Jon Hopkins - Immunity
Fave song - Cool by Le Youth. Phil Harvey.


Song: I Love It by Icona Pop (Just a brilliant pop song. You know you'll hear in ten years time and memories of 2013 will come flooding back).

Album: Trouble Will Find Me by The National (It's oddly enjoyable to wallow in its magnificent gloom).
Anchorman.

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