4 oracle items tagged as hlh
April 17, 2014 / submitted by Anna Maria, Thailand
Q.  This may seem a bit odd, but every time I listen to Katy Perry's song Roar, especially in the first verse, all I can hear is Hurts Like Heaven. I think the bass line or the chord progression or something must be similar, do you agree? All my friends think I'm an over-obsessed weirdo for noticing this, but I'd rather be obsessed with a good band than the stuff they listen to (not mentioning any names...)

I actually do disagree, Anna-Marie. The first time I heard Roar in August of last year, I thought of American Authors' Best Day Of My Life which was released in March 2013.
The rest of the world noticed its similarity to a song that Katy openly loves by her friend Sara Bareilles - Brave, released in April 2013.
Whether inspired by or paying homage to Brave, Roar is a great piece of pop.
You can even sing Jay Z's Empire State of Mind over the top if you want to. Lots of songs bear resemblances to others but it's not always deliberate - there isn't an infinite supply of musical notes, chords and riffs to make a song.

April 16, 2013 / submitted by Wendy, United Kingdom
Q.  I have not heard one thing about Coldplay in so long. I was listening to my two favorite songs off of MX last night, Hurts Like Heaven, and Don't let it Break Your Heart, and thinking these songs are so special to me and make me feel like crying but in a good way. I hope the band will make more music in the near future. Thanks.


We have been updating the news section of the website & tweeting. In fact, today's news (& imminent Coldplay Messenger newsletter) contain info about one of your aforementioned favourite tracks.

It's Record Store Day in the UK on Saturday (20th April). There is a special picture disc limited edition release of Hurts Like Heaven and Us Against The World (Live). It will also contain Issue One of the Mylo Xyloto Comic.

More information was posted by Anchorman earlier.

August 8, 2012 / submitted by Greg, United States of America
Q.  I was watching some early live versions of Hurts Like Heaven like this and Chris sang the part "On every street, every car, every surface are names" in a different way. And he seemed to do this for little while until changing it soon after the beginning of the festival tour last year.

I just realized this isn't a question so it's not going to be an answers as er, yes, you're right. Chris often does this; he may change either the way he sings or the lyrics as the tour goes on.

August 16, 2011 / submitted by Matthew, United Kingdom
Q.  I know you can't talk about it, but this concerns Hurts Like Heaven. With the album being announced and the billboard story, there's a massive thing going around that HLH won't make it to the album. Why?! It seems to be THE song for the album, and ties in with everything that has been promoted so far (running man, graffiti, opening song to the concerts!, etc). It's my (and a lot of others) favorite song so far, and I guess that all I want is for Coldplay to know what a great song they have here, and that it deserves to be on Mylo Xyloto. I know you know nothing of final track listing, and you can't say anything to us; but is there the chance that you can let the boys know that this song deserves everything it can get for the album? Thanks from a lot of fans.

I have to say I think it's great that you - and others - are worried that it won't be on the album because you've heard it and love it but trust me, whether it does or doesn't won't matter when the album comes out.
You're right I can't say but I will tell you a story. Just before X&Y was finished I heard that Talk was going to be left off. I felt I had to step in so texted Chris. The next thing I knew, it was being mixed and included on the album.
Hand on heart I don't know the tracklisting right now but if I did and Hurts Like Heaven wasn't on, I wouldn't text about it. I absolutely LOVE the song but I have faith that this is the album the band wanted to make and want to release so that's good enough for me.