18 oracle items tagged as album
April 7, 2015 / submitted by Millie, United States of America
Q.  Hi! I heard that Coldplay was recording with Rik Simpson in Malibu/LA. Was it the whole band or just Chris? Thanks!

That particular session was just Rik but that's obviously not always the case.
It's worth remembering the band often do bits & pieces alone, together or in smaller groups (Jonny & Chris, Chris & Rik etc.) They have always recorded together & separately.

April 1, 2015 / submitted by Freyja, Australia
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I was wondering if there is a particular reason as to why no members of Coldplay ever feature on any album artworks? Thank you & I hope all is well, I love what you do for Coldplayers around the world!

They do, just not on the covers. I can name hundreds of artists that also don't.
An album contains a body of work and the right artwork can reflect the mood of the entire record. Coldplay don't strike me as a band whose image would do the same. I don't really think a band photo would tell you anything about their albums.
I can't imagine Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon or Muse's Black Holes and Revelations with a picture of the respective bands on the cover. Ooh I just realised that coincidentally Storm Thorgerson designed both of those sleeves.
That's not to say there haven't been some ace album sleeves with artists on the front (Prince, Michael Jackson, Queen...)

February 17, 2015 / submitted by Faye, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle,
Just curious, generally (not specifically Coldplay) how long is there between an album being completely recorded (the last day in studio) and the release/the album going on sale to the public?

Thanks :) LOVE YOU!

It depends. As you can imagine there are many reasons that it can be faster or slower than average. The last day of recording in the studio, is followed by post-production, mixing, mastering and manufacture - there may also be (as is the case with Coldplay) late additions to the album.
It's usually been 2 or 3 months after the songs are recorded before album release but that's not set in stone.

February 5, 2015 / submitted by Chris, Canada
Q.  I heard that when the band was recording X & Y they recorded many songs that they did not release. Do these songs exist and if so will they ever be released for us to hear?

It's true of every album. Some made it as b sides, some didn't. I don't recall Parachutes having that many but Coldplay have never been a band who'll write just ten songs and record them for an album. There have been occasions where a song will come very late in the recording process and that may mean sacrificing a track to make room for it.
Unless - as with Prospekt's March - the band record an EP with some of the songs considered for an album's inclusion, I'm afraid you're never likely to hear them.

November 12, 2014 / submitted by Cooper, United States of America
Q.  I heard rumors of Coldplay going back into the studio and recording another album, instead of touring for Ghost Stories. is this true?

It's not "instead of". The plan was always to do a very small tour of Ghost Stories, which they did. They visited a very few number places at intimate venues.
They returned to the studio soon after which was also the plan.

October 20, 2014 / submitted by Tricia, United Kingdom
Q.  Mabuhay from Philippines, O!

I hope you're grand. :) Anyway, I have a question. I've been playing the QuizUp app and took the Coldplay quiz. There's this one question that says "which among these is Coldplay's music album?" I didn't get it right because I am not sure if Coldplay has released a Christmas album, all I know is that they released Christmas Lights and it was only available through digital download. Is there anything I'm missing?


There has never been a Christmas album; only a single - Christmas Lights.
I don't follow any Coldplay quizzes so without seeing the exact question / possible answers myself, I can't be more specific.
If you check the Recordings section, you can see all the official releases.

September 17, 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?

Not necessarily, there were only two years before the first two albums: 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 & 2014.
As we discussed in Team Oracle a couple of weeks ago, anything is possible (within reason), so yes it is possible the next album could be released in 2017 though as Chris has already been on record saying they are recording, it's likely to come well before then.

August 7, 2014 / submitted by Isabelle, Netherlands
Q.  Dear Oracle,

Ghost Stories is out now for over two months. That isn't very long, but though I have a question about the next album:

Chronologically, there is the year of the album, and in that same year and the year after that there is the tour. After the tour the band takes a year/half a year of rest and then starts recording. This all takes 3 years (or 2 between Parachutes an AROBTTH).
But now there is no tour. Does this mean we can expect the next album in 2016 instead of 2017? I'd love to know that, if possible.

Greetings from the Netherlands,

I can see why people are working out what has gone before but in this case it doesn't necessarily give an indication of what will follow.
At this stage I obviously can't comment but as you see, the Ghost Stories tour and promo was not comparable to previous album campaigns so it would be useless speculating just yet.

August 6, 2014 / submitted by Steven, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

Has there ever been a case where one of the guys didn't like a certain song for an album, but was "out voted" by the rest of the band? Or does the entire band have to agree with everything that goes on the record?


There are sessions where the band discuss which songs will make it and which won't.
There was one song (I'm not divulging which) on the last album that split decision.
Chris had the final say which is quite unusual - Will usually has the casting vote.

March 19, 2014 / submitted by Tomek, Poland
Q.  The Dearest Oracle!

For shure, this question has been asked several times, but just once more - what's Your favorite Coldplay album and why? Take care!

It's never been asked, Tomek. I don't have a favourite overall but purely for nostalgic reasons, Parachutes will always hold a special place in my heart over the others.