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  1. MUSE have performed several times in Roman venues dating from antiquity: Ancient Theater of Fourvière, Lyon, France (15 BC) Arena di Verona, Italy (30 AD) Arena of Nîmes, France (70 AD) Ancient Theater of Vienne, France (1st century AD) Amphitheater of Avenches, Switzerland (130 AD) Source: MuseFrance With the two festival dates in Austria and France featuring MUSE as headliners being cancelled this summer, I am going on hiatus until the next single is released by the band which is expected later this year or early in 2022. Thanks for reading my posts over the years.
  2. Eurockéennes : « On nous contraint à l’annulation » https://www.estrepublicain.fr/culture-loisirs/2021/04/01/eurockeennes-on-nous-contraint-a-l-annulation Not a surprise it was cancelled again this year but a shame nevertheless for the fans. MUSE and Coldplay both played this festival on 7 July 2000. Quotes from Matt at the close of this gig after playing Unintended: "Thanks very much this is our last song. This is off our... make sure to check out a band called Coldplay. I think they're playing later over at a tent, good band. This is uh, it's our last song isn't it? Alright this song is called Showbiz. Thank you very much. Have a good night. See you soon."
  3. Celebrating this year the 20th anniversary of Origin of Symmetry (#2 Debut France Top Albums, #3 Debut UK Official Albums) Plug In Baby - Most played song live (#11 UK Official Top Singles, #40 France Top Singles) New Born - 4th most played song live (#12 UK, #65 France) Bliss - 11th most played song live (#22 UK, #87 France) First live performance of New Born: 16 May 2000 at Le Aéronef, Lille, France Latest live performance [full] of New Born: 24 February 2018 at La Cigale, Paris, France Piano covers of New Born and Bliss arranged by Viktoriya Yermolyeva, born in Kviv, Ukraine
  4. What song inspired by MUSE according to the songwriter won the 2004 GRAMMY Award for Record of the Year and was recently named the No. 2 Greatest of All Time song on the Billboard Adult Alternative airplay chart on its 25th anniversary? Answer below. Looks like a new MUSE studio album will be coming out later this year or early 2022 with a tour to follow according to recent social media posts... A brief recap of the band's biggest touring and album sales career stats to date follows: Highest Grossing Venues Ranked by Career Estimated MUSE Concert Ticket Sales in USD: $34.8 million (28.7 million euros) - Stade de France/Saint-Denis (430,000 est. attendance at 6 shows) $20.2 million (11.6 million GBP) - Wembley Stadium/London (260,000 est. attendance at 4 shows) $16.8 million (11.7 million GBP) - O2 Arena/London (195,097 attendance at 11 shows) $12.3 million (10.6 million euros) - AccorHotels Arena/Paris-Bercy(190,000 est. attendance at 11 shows) $9.4 million (128 million pesos) - Palacio de los Deportes/Mexico City (187,721 attendance at 8 shows) $9.1 million (7.9 million euros) - Stadio San Siro/Milan (141,000 est. attendance at 3 shows) $8.6 million (8.3 million CHF) - Stade de Suisse Wankdorf/Bern (80,000 est. attendance at 2 shows) $7.7 million (8.6 million AUD) - Rod Laver Arena/Melbourne (77,000 est. attendance at 6 shows) $7.5 million (129 million pesos) - Foro Sol/Mexico City (150,000 est. attendance at 3 shows) $7.4 million (4.7 million GBP) - Emirates Stadium/London (89,000 est. attendance at 2 shows) $7.0 million (5.8 million euros) - Stadio Olimpico/Rome (111,000 est. attendance at 2 shows) $7.0 million (6.1 million euros) - Goffertpark/Nijmegen (115,000 est. attendance at 2 shows) $6.9 million (5.1 million GBP) - Etihad Stadium/Manchester (84,000 est. attendance at 2 shows) $6.7 million (4.2 million GBP) - Manchester Arena/Manchester (100,000 est. attendance at 6 shows) $6.7 million (5.3 million GBP) - London Stadium/London (73,000 est. attendance at 1 show) $6.5 million - Staples Center/Los Angeles (110,000 est. attendance at 7 shows) Sources: Billboard Boxscore and Pollstar Black Holes & Revelations was recently certified Platinum in Italy by FIMI bringing the band's total certified albums to eight in that market including 2x Platinum The Resistance. Total Career Estimated MUSE Album Sales by Country (Top 15): 5.2 million - United Kingdom 4.5 million - United States 4.0 million - France 750k - Germany 500k - Canada 450k - Italy 425k - Australia 300k - Japan 250k - Netherlands 180k - Switzerland 150k - Belgium 150k - Mexico 100k - Finland 90k - Denmark 80k - Norway Sales from the above territories represent about 85% of the band's total estimated world-wide album sales of 20 million. Clocks from A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay. The piano riff intro featuring the E♭ Mixolydian chord progression was possibly influenced by the opening arpeggios from MUSE tracks like Sunburn, New Born and Bliss. Incidentally, the most popular MUSE song on the Billboard Adult Alternative tally is Madness which spent 35 week on the survey peaking at No. 3 in 2013. The Coldplay front man praised the song back in 2012 on Twitter: 'Having been their opening act 13 years ago I’m proud to say that I think this is MUSE’s best song ever.' Chris also incorporated the organ on Fix You inspired by what Muse did on their track 'Megalomania' which Matt wrote on holiday in the Maldives.
  5. Two songs from British rock bands covered by contestants Tom Ross, a French rocker, and Alyah Lukunku, a Belgian teenager and daughter of Congolese footballer Ali Lukunku, on The Voice this past weekend on TF1 have entered the iTunes all-genres Top Singles chart in France Monday morning chart positions: #5 Creep - Radiohead [Peaked at #2 on Sunday] #40 Unintended - MUSE [Peaked at #17 on Sunday] Thom Yorke is said to have written 'Creep' while attending Exeter University in the late 1980's, where he studied art and literature and played a few shows with his pre-Radiohead band Headless Chickens. Matt wrote 'Unintended' at age 19 in Teignmouth (population 15,000) located about 20 km (12 miles) south of Exeter (population 130,000). During 1989-90 Matt, Dom and Chris were all attending Teignmouth Community College after their families had recently moved to Devon, Chris Martin front man for Coldplay and born in nearby Whitestone was attending Exeter Cathedral School and formed his first band The Rocking Honkies, and as noted above Thom Yorke was soon to graduate Exeter University and sign a record deal with EMI/Parlophone in 1991. The three rock bands later formed by these five English lads with Devon connections have sold over 130 million albums worldwide, grossed around US$2 billion in career concert ticket sales and won 15 GRAMMY Awards. The combined net worth of these three bands is estimated in the range of £550-600 million (US$800 million).
  6. UK Official Charts dated 26 February 2021 released by the Official Charts Company Album Sales Top 100 (Based on all sales including downloads) #79 Simulation Theory (Re-entry) - 18 weeks on chart Physical Albums Top 100 (Based on sales of CDs and vinyl) #85 Simulation Theory (Re-entry) - 19 weeks on chart Rock & Metal Albums Top 40 #19 Black Holes & Revelations (Re-entry) - 391 weeks on chart Rock & Metal Singles Top 40 #30(+3) Supermassive Black Hole - 451 weeks on chart Top 20 Biggest MUSE Songs on the UK Official Singles Chart (as of November 2018) Supermassive Black Hole (600,000 combined sales including over 20 million streams) Uprising Starlight Feeling Good Time Is Running Out Knights of Cydonia Plug In Baby Hysteria Madness Psycho Undisclosed Desires New Born Resistance Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) Survival Dead Inside Mercy Supremacy Unintended Map Of The Problematique Best-Selling MUSE Studio Albums on the UK Official Albums Chart Black Holes & Revelations (1.2 million combined sales including 1 million physical sales) Absolution The Resistance Origin of Symmetry Showbiz The 2nd Law Drones Simulation Theory https://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/muses-biggest-singles-and-albums-on-the-official-chart__24677/
  7. SIMULATION THEORY FILM makes its UK television debut tonight 19 February from 11.20pm GMT on BBCTwo Chart positions at iTunes in the UK before the broadcast Top Songs: 1467. Uprising 1486. Feeling Good Top Albums: 556. Absolution 1108. The Resistance 1192. Drones 1198. The 2nd Law 1209. Black Holes and Revelations 1359. Origin of Symmetry Peak UK chart positions after the broadcast Top Songs: 268. Uprising 330. Starlight 387. Supermassive Black Hole 583. Feeling Good 887. Madness 899. Hysteria 976. Psycho 980. Knights of Cydonia 997. Plug In Baby 1094. Dead Inside 1231. Resistance 1308. Pressure 1381. Time Is Running Out Top Albums: 94. Black Holes and Revelations 97. The Resistance 125. Drones 138. Simulation Theory (Deluxe) 171. Simulation Theory 196. Absolution 225. Origin of Symmetry 297. The 2nd Law 436. HAARP: Live from Wembley Stadium 626. Live At Rome Olympic Stadium 643. Showbiz 1341. The 2nd Law (Deluxe)
  8. French hopes for return of summer festivals dashed by 5,000-person limit NOTE: MUSE are headlining the last day of the festival on 4 July and reportedly sold 23,000+ tickets for the Sunday evening show. The scheduled 2021 gig would be the fourth concert (2006, 2002, 2000) for the band at this venue in Belfort located in northeastern France about 25 km from the border with Switzerland. The status of the band's other festival date at Nova Rock in Nickelsdorf, Austria located about 7km from the border with Hungary on 5 June also remains uncertain due to the slow vaccination rollout in continental Europe. Organisers of France's biggest music festivals have been left with a hard decision to make after the culture ministry said summer events would be allowed to go ahead – but with a limit of 5,000 people, all whom must remain seated, to meet Covid-19 restrictions. Reaction from festival directors has been anything but enthusiastic after Thursday's announcements from Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot. "We are in shock, backs to the wall," said Jean-Paul Roland, director of the Eurockéennes festival scheduled for early July, which gathered 128,000 people in 2019. Like most other festivals, the 2020 edition was cancelled. "5,000 people, seated, distanced...with no distinction between outdoor or indoor venues. It means we need 10,000 seats," the boss of Eurocks said. "We won't make any hasty decisions, we're going to meet with other festival organisers." 40,000 tickets have already been sold for this year's festival and a decision about cancelling or adapting/modifying it in some way will likely be made in March. The huge metal festival Hellfest this summer in France has already been cancelled. Source: Radio France Internationale
  9. Matt's complete vocal range spans arguably from D2 to C♯6 covering approximately 3½ octaves. Mike Patton, Corey Taylor, and Axl Rose are notable rock vocalists with a higher 5 to 6 octave range. Matt's range of low notes to high notes (chest, head, and falsetto) on selected tracks below: D2: KLOS Radio Interview E2: Ashamed (live) F#2: Execution Summary G2: Blackout (backing vocals) G#2: Animals A2: The Globalist, Explorers, MK Ultra, Spiral Static Bb2: Madness, Undisclosed Desires, Uno B2: I Belong To You, Knights of Cydonia, Sunburn, Can't Take My Eyes Off You C3: Falling Away With You, Follow Me, Assassin, Easily C#3 Knights of Cydonia D3-Eb3-E3-F3-F#3-G3-G#3-A3-Bb3-B3 C4-C#4-D4-Eb4-E4-F4-F#4: Take A Bow, Starlight G4: Sunburn, Map Of The Problematique, Uprising, Undisclosed Desires G#4: Ruled By Secrecy, Neutron Star Collision, Exogenesis Symphony, Part 3 (Redemption) A4: Sing for Absolution-Bb4: Madness, Explorers, Big Freeze, Survival, Feeling Good, Unnatural Selection, Futurism B4: Survival, New Born, Yes Please (live) C5: Map Of The Problematique, Mercy (backing vocals) C#5: Showbiz, Overdue, Fillip, Agitated D5: The Handler, Psycho, Megalomania, Exogenesis Symphony, Part 1 (Overture) Eb5: Knights of Cydonia, Take A Bow, Survival E5: New Born, Supremacy, Shrinking Universe, Shine, Spiral Static F5: Darkshines, Feeling Good F#5: Plug In Baby, Execution Commentary, Sober G5: Bliss (Live 8), Microcuts, Megalomania, Futurism, Do We Need This G#5: Showbiz, Microcuts, Survival A5: Showbiz, Space Dementia, Hyper Music, Dead Star, Fillip, Muscle Museum (live) Bb5: Microcuts, Muscle Museum (live) B5: New Born, Uno, Agitated (live) C6: Showbiz, Knights of Cydonia (live) C#6: Agitated (live)
  10. Simulation Theory has spent the past seven consecutive weeks (15 January-26 February 2021) on the Physical Album Sales chart in France (SNEP) at the following positions: 190-180-166-187-157-173-165 (Re-entry) Worldwide, Drones is the best selling album at digital retailer iTunes in 29 markets this week followed by The Resistance in 19 markets. 'Uprising' has passed 350 million total global streams on Spotify, while on YouTube the track is approaching the 210 million total streams mark with 1.1 million likes and only 26k dislikes for a likeability percentage of 97.705. The most streamed 'Live' MUSE music videos on YouTube are: 'Knights of Cydonia' - Live at Wembley Stadium with 27 million views Plug in Baby' - Live at Rome Olympic Stadium with 14 million views and Live at Wembley with 11 million views 'Time Is Running Out' - Live at Wembley with 21 million views 'Starlight' - Live at Rome Olympic Stadium with 11 million views and Live at Wembley with 7 million views 'Hysteria' - Live at Wembley with 18 million views 'Supermassive Black Hole' - Live at Wembley with 14 million views 'New Born' - Live at Wembley with 11 million views 'Madness' - Live at Rome Olympic Stadium with 9 million views The 'Live at Wembley' MUSE videos on YouTube with the highest like ratios are: 'Hoodoo' - 99.086 'Unintended' - 98.740 'Blackout' - 98.740 'Stockholm Syndrome' - 98.730 'Butterflies and Hurricanes' - 98.721 'Starlight' - 98.697 'Map of the Problematique' - 98.676 'Plug In Baby' - 98.620 'Feeling Good' - 98.566 'Take A Bow' - 98.518 Other MUSE videos with the highest like ratios: 'Dead Star' [Official Music Video] - 99.084 'Animals' [Competition Winner] - 99.039 'Sunburn' [Official Music Video] - 98.566 'Back in Black' [Cover w/ Brian Johnson of AC/DC at Reading Festival] - 98.539 'Sign O' The Times' [Prince Cover at BBC Radio Live Lounge] - 98.444
  11. Glastonbury Festival 2021 in the UK was cancelled for the second consecutive year due to the pandemic. The 50th anniversary edition in 2020 was scheduled to headline Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar. MUSE gigs at Glastonbury over the years: 2016: MUSE were Friday night headliners. The Devonshire trio became the first band to headline the Pyramid stage on all three nights of the festival – having previously topped the bill on Sunday in 2004 and Saturday in 2010. Coldplay has headlined the festival four times in 2016, 2011, 2005 and 2002. MUSE and Coldplay played their first gigs at the festival in both 1999 and 2000 on different nights. MUSE and Coldplay become eligible to be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2023 for the Class of 2024. Radiohead, Depeche Mode, the Cure, Def Leppard, Roxy Music and the Zombies were the most recent UK acts inducted. Kate Bush and Iron Maiden are among the nominees recently announced for the Class of 2021. UK musicians 'shamefully failed' by Brexit https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/jan/20/uk-government-rejects-musician-passports-as-stars-attack-shameful-touring-deal Pre-Pandemic Payouts [Dividends/Drawings] according to recent public accounts filed in the UK: £39.6 million (2016-2019) - MUSE/Matt (3) - Performance Fees/Royalties/Licensing/Merchandise/Company Stakes/Farming £61.7 million (2016-2019) - Beckhams (2) - Branding/Licensing/Image Rights/Partnerships/Company Stakes/Other Ventures £71.8 million (2016-2019) - Coldplay (4) - Performance Fees/Royalties/Licensing/Merchandise MUSE played their first gig in France in June 1995 at Cherbourg-Octeville, the port city in Normandy located about 50km from Utah Beach, one of the five landings in the Allied Normandy Invasion [D-Day] on 6 June 1944 Bellamy Surname Origins and Earliest Literary References: (Anglo-French-Latin) Fair Friend, Good Friend [French bel ami; Latin bell-us, fair + amic-us, friend] From Bellème, a town in the Normandy region of France 'Feste! fy! that were a wykyd treson! Belamy, thou shal be smytt.': York Mystery Plays (1376) 'Thou belamy, thou pardoner,': Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (1387) 'Belamy, fayre frynde': Promptorium Parvulorum - English/Latin bilingual dictionary (1440).
  12. Simulation Theory #165 Re-enters the France Top Albums Physiques chart for the sales tracking week ending 14 January 2021 (SNEP) Album has sold over 500,000 units (sales + streaming) world-wide to date debuting at #1 in the UK, Switzerland, and the Netherlands and bowing in the Top Ten in seventeen other countries (France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Estonia. In the USA it entered the Top Album Sales chart at #6 and the Billboard 200 Albums chart at #12). It has sold over 100,000 copies in three different markets (USA, UK, and France) and has been certified Platinum in both the UK and France and Gold in Italy. It also has appeared on the year-end album sales charts in both 2018 and 2019 in Switzerland, France and Belgium. 'Algorithm' - Peaked at #52 in Switzerland, #97 in the UK, and #137 in France on the top song charts despite it not being released as a single American figure skater Vincent Zhou placed second in the U.S. National Championships this past weekend becoming a three-time silver medalist in that competition. The 2019 World bronze medalist skated to MUSE tracks 'Algorithm' and 'Dark Side' during his free skate program, which was choreographed by Misha Ge, an Uzbek former Olympic figure skater who was born in Moscow and raised in China and now lives in California. Zhou's parents are computer scientists who emigrated to the United States from China. Zhou also used MUSE track 'Exogenesis: Symphony Part III for his short program in 2018-19. 'Thought Contagion' - Peaked at #24 in Switzerland and #197 in France on the singles charts and was the highest charting single from Simulation Theory in both the UK (#76 Official Singles) and the USA (#1 Billboard Alternative Airplay, #3 Rock Airplay, and #9 Mainstream Rock Airplay) Quoted from the Mark Savage BBC Music Reporter interview with Matt in February 2018: ...The track was inspired by watching rolling news in America, and seeing how it influenced voters. "We're living in an age where truth is getting less airtime than falsities; and that's a scary thing," said Bellamy. "When you live in that bubble, and see that bubble, the scariest thing about it all is you realise people's minds can be influenced by false belief systems or incorrect thinking." The title of the song came from a Richard Dawkins book that suggested that thoughts can become contagious and spread like a virus, "regardless of their accuracy and truth". In the chorus, Bellamy sings, "you've been bitten by a true believer / you've been bitten by someone who's hungrier than you". He said the lyric was a reference to preachers and pundits whose "belief system is in some way under threat". "They're the ones who scream the loudest and get the most airtime."...
  13. "In the US the conspiracy theory subculture has been hijacked by the right to try to take down people like Obama and put forward right-wing libertarianism [populism]," Bellamy said. Defining himself as "a left-leaning libertarian – more in the realm of Noam Chomsky," he added: "Uprising was requested by so many politicians in America for use in their rallies and we turned them down on a regular basis." - Quote from Matt's interview with The Observer in 2012 Matt took a tour of the U.S. Capitol in April 2019 before the band's gig at the nearby Capital One arena. Before last week's home-grown mob insurrection coup attempt there, the last time the Capitol was assaulted was by the British in 1814 when they set the building on fire which was extinguished by a thunderstorm. Congress was on break at the time. The President's mansion [White House] was also burned and damaged. Due to sale pricing at the iTunes stores this week for several alternative rock albums in two markets in North America, the following MUSE albums discounted to $4.99 have climbed the all-genre Top Albums tallies at that digital retailer the past few days peaking at the following positions: Canada #32 The Resistance #34 Black Holes and Revelations USA #98 Black Holes and Revelations #120 The Resistance #400 Simulation Theory #420 Origin of Symmetry World-wide the most downloaded MUSE albums on a total of 53 different national iTunes album charts ranked by sales, title and country this week are: Drones - 29 markets including Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Lithuania, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Colombia, South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macau The Resistance - 19 markets including the UK , France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Belarus, Luxembourg, Australia and New Zealand The 2nd Law - 4 markets including Italy, Hungary, Latvia and Estonia Black Holes and Revelations - 1 market - USA MUSE and director Alfred Hitchcock connections: Royal Albert Hall - London 3 MUSE charity gigs at that venue (2018, 2009 and 2008) 2 Hitchcock movie locations for The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 and 1934) Lake Como - Lombardy - Italy MUSE recording The Resistance at studio Bellini in Moltrasio [Bellini also composed his opera Norma and Verdi his opera La Traviata at Lake Como] Hitchcock movie location for The Pleasure Garden (1925) 'Megalomania' at RAH in 2008 featuring Matt on the Grand Organ:
  14. The release of the Simulation Theory Deluxe Film Box Sets on 11 December cause Simulation Theory to either re-enter or debut on the national albums charts below for the sales tracking week ending 17 December 2020: #21 UK Official Vinyl Album Sales compiled by the Official Charts Company - 4 weeks on chart #88 UK Official Physical Album Sales - 18 weeks on chart #93 UK Official Album Sales - 17 weeks on chart #106 Belgium-Wallonia Album Sales compiled by Ultratop - 55 weeks on chart #119 France Top Albums Physiques compiled by SNEP - Debut for the Simulation Theory Deluxe Film #169 France Top 200 Albums compiled by SNEP - Debut for the Simulation Theory Deluxe Film
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