16 oracle items tagged as poc
May 7, 2015 / submitted by Duy, Vietnam
Q.  Does the band like Sigur Ros? Because they covered Svefn-g-englar and they even sampled Takk. I love both bands so it's really nice if Coldplay like them.

Absolutely! Coldplay have been fans of Sigur Ros for many years.
For anyone unfamiliar with Sigur Ros, check out Takk. As Duy mentioned, Princess of China incorporates elements of Takk.

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).

December 10, 2012 / submitted by Jennifer, Australia
Q.  I was wondering, did Rhianna help Coldplay write Princess of China or was she just selected to sing it as a duet with them? (meaning they wrote the song on their own)

Also, why Rhianna and not someone else such as Alicia Keys?

Although Coldplay LOVE Alicia Keys and have performed with her, there was no doubt that Princess of China was meant for Rihanna from the very inception of the song. The band wrote it & recorded it before Rihanna's vocals were added.

August 1, 2012 / submitted by Nicole, Canada
Q.  Dearest Oracle,
I attended the concert on Monday night and it was AMAZING. Truly unforgettable.
I just had one question; I was excited to hear Princess of China and I was curious as to how they would fill the sections sung by Rihanna, but quite frankly I was disappointed that her section was filled by a recording. As much as I love Rihanna I would have liked that those parts be sung by one of the openers as they both featured female artists.
Has Coldplay ever considered involving another female artist in the event Rihanna wasn't present?
Thanks for your time!

The answer is rather like the one I gave on 26th July on a similar subject; no.
The song was written with Rihanna in mind, recorded with her and released featuring her so it wouldn't feel quite right to have anyone else perform it.
It does seem like we've had a lot of talented ladies on tour with us this time but how would you pick between two?
Marina vs. Rita vs. Robyn vs. The Pierces etc. See what I mean? That would be a tricky decision even if they wanted to make it.

July 26, 2012 / submitted by Lauren, United Kingdom
Q.  Who would Coldplay's choice have been for Princess of China with if it was not Rihanna?

If Rihanna hadn't wanted to be involved there wouldn't have been a second choice. It was her or nobody as they had her in mind when writing it.

June 7, 2012 / submitted by Gabriela, Paraguay
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I was wondering what do you feel about the Princess of China video? It seems to be a lot of mixed emotions about it. Personally I can't find the connection between the video and the song's lyrics. Also I've been reading that a lot of people are questioning the fact that there are Ninjas in the video, which are originally from Japan so.. I guess there's no relevance in their appearance. Anyhow, hope you're doing well and I'll wait for a possible answer! Thanks!

Videos aren't necessarily a literal visual translation of the audio. They may sometimes take a line or a theme but it's not set in stone.
I think the PoC video is great by the way - like a short film. Looks very classy and I've always loved the song.

May 8, 2012 / submitted by Grace, United States of America
Q.  So far in the preview of the video Princess of China, only Rhianna is in it... where is Chris and the rest of the band? :(

What you've seen is not a preview of the PoC video; it's a stand alone video for the live shows only - hence it only featuring Rihanna as the band are there in the flesh.
I'm not at liberty to give any details away but I will tell you that the entire band aren't in the PoC video - only Chris.

May 3, 2012 / submitted by Matiss, Latvia
Q.  Hey Oracle, I've just noticed at one of Coldplay last concerts that they played Princess of China with Rihanna in it. I was at Rock Im Park last year and there they played it too but without Rihanna. And I just wanna know why Chris doesn't sing all of the song without Rihanna. The Rock Im Park version sounded really great!! Thank you so much!!

Chris sang all parts at Rock Im Park because that was before the album had been released and there hadn't been any announcements about it being a duet. It didn't feel right so the song was dropped from the live set until now.

May 1, 2012 / submitted by Joshua, United Kingdom
Q.  Oracle,
It has recently been rumoured that the official Princess of China music video will be released during the London gig on 2nd June. Can you confirm this?

I can't confirm when the video will be premiered but I can tell you that it wouldn't be at a show mid-tour. They will have already played London the night before not to mention Coventry a few days earlier.
It wouldn't make sense to show it at their 3rd UK show so no, that won't be the case.

April 3, 2012 / submitted by Matt, Channel Islands
Q.  Dear Oracle,
My wife and I are going to see Coldplay on the 1st of June. First big Stadium gig... very excited. Unfortunately can't get to queue as early as we'd like as our flight doesn't get in till midday :(
But... we both adore Princess of China, will Coldplay ever play it live? Obviously they will need a female vocalist.... I've heard Marina and the Diamonds are supporting...??

Don't worry, you'll still have time to get a good spot.
Marina & the Diamonds opened for the band in Manchester and Emeli Sande supported on the dates before Christmas. Neither female vocalists took the lead in PoC so I doubt very much that it's going to happen this Summer either.