Oracle
8 May 2014 / submitted by Raphael, Australia
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I would like to start an official Coldplay Fan club. The concept would be to ask a yearly fee which would cover costs of special fan release, give access to pre release Tickets and would send some goods for Christmas or any other occasion. Coldplay used to have an official community and today there are several community on the web.
What about creating an 'official' community?

Thank you
Thanks, Raphael but the answer will have to be "no". Coldplay used to have a fan club in the early days but it was closed back in 2001. The band do not wish to have one. They feel that fans pay out enough money for music, tickets & merch without having anything else.
This is why we have the mailing list - by signing up, fans receive a newsletter. We have competition giveaways too as well as exclusive tour news etc.



8 May 2014 / submitted by Chris, Germany
Q.  Is it true that the members of Coldplay split their earnings 20-20-20-40?
Yes it is. Chris mentioned this during his interview with Zane Lowe last week. He added he wasn't sure if he'd said that before. He had - he told Howard Stern back in 2011.


8 May 2014 / submitted by Hugo, United Kingdom
Q.  Who made the artwork for Ghosts Stories?
Mila Furstova is the amazing artist. As always, the band have been involved with the process but Mila created it.



8 May 2014 / submitted by Nicolas, United States of America
Q.  Hey Oracle! Have the winners of the #morecoldplay sweepstakes been contacted?
I actually don't know though I would think so as the closing date was Monday. The #morecoldplay sweepstake was independently organised and executed by Target so I would suggest having a nosey on twitter. The hashtag should help.


7 May 2014 / submitted by Raymond, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,

Do you happen to know the whole setlist that was used this recent concert in NYC? The show aired on the SiriusXM only played 15 songs. Is that really the entirety of the show?
Yes, these intimate shows are shorter than previous arena / stadium shows but the reason the radio station only played 15 songs is at the request of the band not to air brand new, as yet unheard tracks from the album (True Love). Only 12 days to go!
The set list was:
Always in My Head
Charlie Brown
Paradise
Magic
Clocks
Another's Arms
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face
Til Kingdom Come
Midnight
Viva La Vida
Fix You
Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
Oceans
A Sky Full of Stars
Life Is for Living
True Love



7 May 2014 / submitted by Lele, Italy
Q.  Hi Oracle
Why and how Coldplay come to a decision to collaborating with Giorgio Moroder ? I love this collaboration...
I assume this follows on from the Avicii question.
This isn't a collaboration; it's a remix. Totally different thing but anyone who does an official remix - or that the band work with - the band will be fans of. That's the common denominator, they wouldn't pick someone if they didn't like their work.



6 May 2014 / submitted by Johnny, United States of America
Q.  I know Magic and A Sky Full Of Stars are the first two singles of the Ghost Stories era. What does that leave Midnight? How would this be classified?
Singles are usually taken from an album - but not always - and released for sale. Midnight was what they call in the biz, a promotional track.
The band premiered the video on the website but it wasn't released as a single. Promo items such as digital downloads are commonplace but of course in this case, there was also the limited pressing of a 7" for Record Store Day. That doesn't make it a single though - despite it having a video.



6 May 2014 / submitted by She , Philippines
Q.  Why and how did Coldplay come to a decision of collaborating with Avicii?
Chris is simply a massive fan of Avicii and was really keen to collaborate. That's it really.


6 May 2014 / submitted by Cynthia, Peru
Q.  Hello Oracle, I've noticed that you have missed South America for the lyrics hunt... Can you give us some love? Someday?
We DO love you. I promise you that. With almost 200 countries in the world, there were always going to be fans from around 191 of them that were disappointed.
I don't know when the band will come back to South America but they love you and when they can, I am sure they will.



5 May 2014 / submitted by Peter, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I was watching Jools Holland and I noticed Jonny sitting behind the piano during the start of Magic but the piano was playing itself, so I was wondering If Jonny played the intro or was he sat there for another reason?
Thanks!
A few people have asked about the piano playing itself. This isn't the first time the band have adopted this technique (don't forget, it also featured in the Christmas Lights video). More of you seem to have noticed with Magic especially as Chris wasn't sat at it.
Jonny does indeed play the beginning which can be seen more clearly from footage of their recent performance for Sports Relief.




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