27 oracle items tagged as paradise
December 30, 2014 / submitted by Miranda, United States of America
Q.  Chris has said many times that Paradise was originally written for the winner's original song on X Factor but the band decided to keep it. Did he go on to write the winner's song for the show? If so, what is the title of that song and can we find it on YouTube?

No, he didn't. As it's never happened, there isn't a video I can point you towards.
I'm so glad they kept Paradise. I can't imagine anyone else singing it and I love it. To think of a world without that song & video in it... well, it just doesn't bear thinking about!

November 4, 2014 / submitted by Kayla, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle! I was listening to the Princess of China - EP and I was wondering who created the Paradise Tiesto remix?
Love from America!

Er, that'll be Tiesto - the Dutch DJ/ producer. Funnily enough, his latest 2014 album is called A Town Called Paradise (nothing to do with Coldplay).

August 18, 2014 / submitted by Michael, United Kingdom
Q.  To The Oracle
Paradise (an awesome song, from an awesome album, from an awesome band) has some strings in it. Are they 'real' or from a string synthesizer?

Davide Rossi arranged the strings for Paradise. When the band plays live, the strings aren't live but Davide's original strings are on backing tape.

March 20, 2014 / submitted by Emilio , Mexico
Q.  Oracle:

In which gig the band put on the elephant's mask appeared on the Paradise video?


It was at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 8 October, 2011.

February 25, 2014 / submitted by Gerardo, Mexico
Q.  Hi Oracle,
Since I saw the Paradise video I've had this question in my head and right until this moment I took the time to put it together and send it to you.
What is this picture?
I thought that was at the recording of the Paradise video, as it says in the caption, but it never came up. I hope you can answer this question as I'm sure I'm not the only Coldplay fan that noticed this.

This Paradise video never made the light of day - I've never seen it - and was replaced with the wonderful Mat Whitecross video.

January 7, 2014 / submitted by Raj , Canada
Q.  Hi all-knowing Oracle,
A question about the Paradise video. Why does Chris Martin in the middle of Africa riding a unicycle come out of character and take his elephant head off?
Take care,
RK from Canada.

Because it was blooming boiling hot in that suit - especially in the heat of the weather! I think the real question is why it was included in the video. There were discussions about keeping Chris' identity anonymous but there was also the feeling that perhaps people wouldn't believe it was really Chris unless they saw him so the decision was made to keep that reveal in the video.

December 10, 2013 / submitted by Reyes, Spain
Q.  Hi there!
I was wondering, did Chris know how to ride a monocycle before the Paradise video, or did he have to learn?
Thanks very much, lots of love from Spain!

Yes, he did. Mat Whitecross mentions the fact in this interview along with more interesting facts about the Paradise video.

September 11, 2013 / submitted by Kaylie, United States of America
Q.  Did Chris have to learn to ride a unicycle for the Paradise video?

No, he already knew how to ride one.

August 14, 2013 / submitted by Maren, Germany
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I have another question about underground scenes in Video PARADISE. We all know it was recorded at Belsize Park Station but this station has no escelator and in Min 0:40, Elephant Chris is standing between signs Northern Line and Bakerloo Line. As you know Elephant wants to go to Heathrow. Only Piccadilly Line goes there. So he has to change. My question: Was it recorded also in Charing Cross Underground (because of Northern and Bakerloo Line) and he changes at Piccadilly Station to Heathrow?? Sorry for my bad English.


Well, the first thing to tell you is that a video isn't necessarily factually correct. That means that artistic license can be used to create illusion. The elephant appears to make that journey but that doesn't mean he actually did. You are right that Belsize Park Underground station doesn't have an escalator.
If I was going to Heathrow from Belsize Park, I would take the Northern Line to Leicester Square and change for the Piccadilly Line there.
However, it is indeed Charing Cross station that we see our elephant stood between signs for the Northern & Bakerloo line. London has several airports and none of them would require getting off at Charing Cross station. This is where the artistic license comes in.
The video is shot and edited to tell a story but shouldn't be taken as 100% accurate.
Some scenes look better with the benefit of those aesthetic choices (the escalator for sure).
I'd never really paid attention to the details or inaccuracies but you went to a lot of trouble so I hope I made sense of it for you.

March 28, 2013 / submitted by Maria, Italy
Q.  Hi Dear Oracle. Hope everything's ok over there ;)
I got excited reading that Life Of Pi won as Best Soundtrack at Oscars 2013... so is it true that Paradise is part of it? If yes I'll be more excited. actually! And you? Thanks a lot xxx MC

No, Paradise was used as a trailer for the film but the Oscar was given to Mychael Danna for the Best Original Score.