16 oracle items tagged as album
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.

February 12, 2014 / submitted by Grace, Australia
Q.  Hello Oracle!! :D
How are you? I hope you're well!! My question is: Which album was the hardest to make. I understand that every album has its long hours where you probably feel sick of the sight of seeing instruments , but did the boys find one album harder? Perhaps Parachutes being their first, or MX because it was a completely new wave of material for the band.
Thanks Oracle!

The short answer is X&Y.

Parachutes got off to a tough start as they began working with a producer who just wasn't right for them so they had to start again. Once they "found" Ken Nelson, things went pretty smoothly for a debut record.
There was a fair amount of pressure recording the follow up, A Rush Of Blood to the Head. Not just because an artist's second album is often notoriously called the Difficult Second Album but the sessions produced a lot of new material - written and demoed. The band decided to push the release date back to get it right.
X&Y was the most difficult for a number of reasons mostly down to many changes. The major one being Phil was on hiatus and they really felt the huge gap he left behind. Without him, they drifted a little.
Phil's return and the set up of The Bakery & Beehive for Viva & MX has certainly made the process easier. Hurrah!

September 23, 2013 / submitted by SG, United Kingdom
Q.  Thanks for your excellent work Oracle I wonder if you could clarify has Chris relocated to LA for a while?
How will this affect recording the next album? Will the other guys move out there too or will he commute back to London?

As you may know, I'm not keen on commenting on any personal aspects but the work part is something you need not worry about. As far as I know Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol lives (at times) in the U.S. and that works for both his bands. It doesn't really matter to be honest.
When a band tours, they're all in the same place at the same time. Writing & recording can be done in various ways - here, there, anywhere. It's all good.