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  1. Final MUSE Stats Updates for 2019 before I take my leave of absence: Decade 2010s World Tours (TR; T2L; DR; and ST) From September 2009 thru October 2019 Total Estimated Concert Tickets Sold: 6.2 Million Total Estimated Gross: $480 Million [Concert Ticket Sales + Festival Headliner Artist Fees] Simulation Theory World Tour Box Office Break-down [Excluding four festival dates in Belgium, Brazil, Singapore, and Austin, TX] Total Attendance: 1,312,500 (963.8K Europe; 292K North America; and 56.7K South America) Total Gross: $102.6 Million ($78.9M Europe; $20M North America; and $3.7M South America) Average Ticket Price: $78.17 Total Shows: 55 Total Cities: 50 Total Countries: 24 Final ST Tour Venue Box Office Reports: Passeio Maritimo de Alges/Lisboa - 24 July 48,319 Attendance $3,420,621 Gross Ticket Sales Source: Touring Data Papp Lazslo Sportarena/Budapest - 28 May 11,000 Attendance (Estimated) $770,000 Gross (Estimated) Capital One Arena/Washington DC - 2 April 10,000 Attendance (Estimated) $800,000 Gross (Estimated) Simulation Theory - Year End Album Chart Positions in Selected Markets Switzerland (#16 in 2018; #88 in 2019) - Schweizer Hitparade Belgium Wallonia (#21 in 2018; #64 in 2019) - Ultratop United States (#46 in 2019) - Billboard Top Current Albums [Over 130,000 pure album sales from November 2018 thru November 2019 per Nielsen Music] France (#50 in 2018; #118 in 2019) - SNEP [Platinum Certified - Over 130,000 sales and streams] Netherlands (#67 in 2018) - Dutch Megacharts Italy (#72 in 2018) - FIMI [Gold Certified - Over 25,000 sales and streams] Belgium Flanders (#73 in 2018; #197 in 2019 - Ultratop United Kingdom (#77 in 2018) - Official Charts Company [Gold Certified - Over 100,000 sales and streams] 2019 Year End Billboard Rock Genre Chart Positions in the USA Simulation Theory #30 Alternative Albums #52 Top Rock Albums 'Pressure' #25 Rock Airplay Songs #27 Alternative Songs #43 Hot Rock Songs
  2. More MUSE Box Office Reports from the 2019 Simulation Theory World Tour: Ziggo Dome/Amsterdam - 12 September 16,389 Attendance $1,224,252 Gross Royal Arena/Copenhagen - 8 September 11,948 Attendance $1,102,931 Gross Telenor Arena/Fortenu (Oslo)- 7 September 12,666 Attendance $937,001 Gross Bell Centre/Montreal - 30 March 15,930 Attendance $968,738 United Center/Chicago - 12 April 12,035 Attendance $968,738 Gross Talking Stick Resort Arena/Phoenix - 26 February 7,706 Attendance $604,336 Gross BB&T Center/Sunrise(Fort Lauderdale) - 24 March 6,902 Attendance $543,793 Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo/Buenos Aires - 11 October 14,378 Attendance $660,211 Gross Ginasio do Ibirapuera/Sao Paulo - 9 October 8,480 Attendance $452,603 Gross Source: As reported to POLLSTAR from promoters Live Nation; AEG Live; Evenko; and Jam Productions Personal Note to Musers: I am now on hiatus and do not plan to post again until 2021 or until the next single is released from the band. Hope you enjoyed my posts and best wishes to all.
  3. US Billboard Charts Dated 21 December 2019 - Debut peak positions Origin of Muse #11 Alternative Album Sales #21 Rock Album Sales #97 Top Current Albums (#1 WHO by The Who) Showbiz as part of the OoM box set makes its first ever album chart appearance in the US after it failed to chart on its initial release 20 years ago in September 1999 while Origin of Symmetry makes its second album chart appearance after debuting and spending one week on the Billboard 200 chart at #161 in February 2010 following the commercial success of The Resistance. "The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command." - 1984 George Orwell
  4. 'Dig Down' and 'The Handler' re-enter the iTunes alternative rock song downloads charts in both the US and the UK this weekend. Both tracks are featured on the soundtrack to the '6 Underground' Netflix film starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Michael Bay released on 13 December. 2019 Year End Top 100 Tours - POLLSTAR MUSE rank at #7 with over 1.2 million tickets sold and at #13 with gross ticket sales revenue over USD 97 million. The only rock band that sold more concert tickets than MUSE in calendar year 2019 was Metallica. https://www.pollstar.com/Chart/2019/12/Top100 WorldwideTours_790.pdf
  5. More album chart action updates for Origin of Muse: #5 Australia Top Vinyl Albums (ARIA) #34 Switzerland Top 100 Albums (SCHWEIZER HITPARADE) #48 Germany Top 100 Albums (OFFIZIELLE DEUTSCHE CHARTS) #55 Spain Top 100 Albums (PROMUSICAE) #85 Irish Top 100 Albums (IRMA) #100 Italy Top 100 Albums (FIMI)
  6. Debut Chart Positions in the United Kingdom and continental Europe for the sales tracking week 6-12 December 2019 Origin of Muse #2 Official UK Vinyl Albums (#1 WHO by The Who) #48 Official UK Physical Albums (CDs and Vinyl Sales) #50 Official Scottish Albums Top 100 #58 Netherlands Albums (Dutch charts) #68 Belgium-Wallonia Albums (Ultratop) #70 Official UK Albums Top 100* #121 Belgium-Flanders Albums (Ultratop) *Prior album chart appearances and positions for Origin of Symmetry and Showbiz on this UK chart compiled by the Official Charts Company were September 2011 at #75 and October 2009 at #93, respectively. Note: Chart positions for this box set in other markets including France, Switzerland, Italy, and the US will be revealed early next week.
  7. Amazon UK Bestsellers Rank - Update for 10 December 2019 Origin of Muse #1 in Vinyl #4 in Alternative Rock #9 in Box Sets (CDs & Vinyl) #68 in CDs & Vinyl Official Albums Chart Update (based on UK sales across 6-8 December 2019) #1 WHO - The Who (12th studio album) #33 Origin of Muse - MUSE (Early years vinyl box set) with a price tag exceeding 100 quid https://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/the-who-on-course-for-first-uk-number-1-in-almost-50-years-with-their-twelfth-studio-album-who__27946/ 'Take A Bow' - Opening track from Black Holes and Revelations released in 2006 Corruption by world political leaders just as prevalent in 2019 as it was in 2003 when the track was first performed in Helsinki as a piano outro after 'Citizen Erased' Inspired by Philip Glass Alternate Title 'Hex' Used in the trailer for the 2009 film Watchmen Likely written at the end of the Absolution sessions with the lyrics at least in part a protest against the Iraq War Moves through three stages: classical; techno; and a heavy apocalyptic rock ending Its structure is mathematical, the main idea being a formula with neither chorus nor verse Chords move in fourths upwards, by using the augmented fifth in between to move. The key of the song changes a total of 13 times, each time moving to the nearest key in the circle of fifths. It begins in D major before following the circle counter-clockwise to E-Flat Major. After the lyric "Our freedom's consuming itself," the song goes clockwise back to F Major. After the techno mid-section, the song again begins moving counter-clockwise around the circle, changing key 6 times before finishing in B Major which is the key of the second track 'Starlight'. Source: MuseWiki
  8. Origin of Muse 6 December 2019 - First Day of Release Price From £157.99 Amazon UK Bestsellers Highest Rank: #93 in CDs & Vinyl #7 in Vinyl (#1 Billie Eilish; #2 Lewis Capaldi; #3 Winter Wonderland; #4 Queen; #5 The Who; #6 Harry Styles; #8 The Beatles; #9 Pink Floyd; and #10 Coldplay) #5 in Alternative Rock #16 in Box Sets (CDs & Vinyl) Price From US$135.99 Amazon US Bestsellers Highest Rank: #31 in CDs & Vinyl I pre-ordered my copy at Amazon and expect to receive it on Monday. After first reading the 48-page book, among the tracks I am looking forward to listening to the most: Plug In Baby - Demo Version Recess - Alternate Version Bliss (I heard it performed live for the first time this year at the London Stadium gig which was the 11th MUSE concert I have attended since 2009) Piano Thing (Inspired by Chopin) Host (Inspired by Tchaikovsky -I heard the first half of the song performed live at the O2 Arena in London in late October 2012) Unintended Muscle Museum Sunburn Showbiz Uno Cave Citizen Erased Hyper Music Space Dementia (Inspired by Rachmaninov) Megalomania (Inspired by Rachmaninov) Screenager Darkshines Micro Cuts Agitated The Gallery Con-Science
  9. TOP TOURING ARTISTS OF THE 2010s DECADE WHO HAVE SOLD OVER 5 MILLION GLOBAL CONCERT TICKETS FROM 2010-2019: Ed Sheeran - 11.3 million tickets sold and #3 top grossing artist with over $900M in sales U2 - 9.8 million tickets sold and the #1 top grossing artist during this decade and box office sales approaching $1.1 billion with the Rolling Stones placing #2 with over $900M in sales Taylor Swift - 9.0M and #4 top grossing artist with over $900M in sales Coldplay - 8.0M and #8 top grossing artist with over $700M in sales Beyoncé - 7.5M and #5 top grossing artist with over $800M in sales Garth Brooks 7.0M+ Kenny Chesney 7.0M+ Luke Bryan 7.0M+ Bon Jovi Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Metallica Roger Waters Guns N' Roses Paul McCartney Elton John MUSE - 5.6M+ tickets sold with the band grossing over $400 million during this 10-year time span compared with 1.5M+ tickets sold and around $50 million in sales from 2000-2009 Depeche Mode Jay-Z One Direction Lady Gaga Justin Bieber P!nk Bruno Mars Justin Timberlake Sources: Pollstar, Billboard Boxscore, and Wikipedia Chart-topping pop songs, MUSE tracks, and well-known classical compositions in the original key of E-Flat Major often associated with bold, heroic music. Its key signature notably has 3 flats: B, E, and A. The Long and Winding Road (John Lennon-Paul McCartney/The Beatles) Bridge Over Troubled Water (Paul Simon/Simon & Garfunkel) Your Song (Bernie Taupin/Elton John) When A Man Loves A Woman (Calvin Lewis-Andrew Wright/Percy Sledge and Michael Bolton) Send In The Clowns (Stephen Sondheim/Judy Collins and Barbra Streisand) Beautiful (Linda Perry/Christina Aguilera) That's What Friends Are For (Burt Bacharach and Carol Bayer Sager/Dionne and Friends [Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder] Save The Best For Last (P. Galdston, W. Waldman and J. Lind/Vanessa Williams) Mirrors (J. Timberlake, T. Mosley, J.Harmon, J. Fauntleroy/Justin Timberlake) United States of Eurasia (Matt Bellamy/MUSE) - References to 1984 by George Orwell and The Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brzezinski Follow Me (Matt Bellamy/MUSE) Big Freeze (Matt Bellamy/MUSE) Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 (Chopin) Grande Valse Brillante Op. 18 (Chopin) Symphony No. 3 'Eroica' (Beethoven) Piano Concerto No. 5 'Emperor' (Beethoven) Symphony No. 39 (Mozart) Piano Concertos No. 9 and No. 22 (Mozart) Overture to The Magic Flute (Mozart) - Reference to Freemasonry Horn Concertos No. 2, 3, and 4 (Mozart) Trumpet Concerto (Haydn) Largo 2nd Movement from The Four Seasons 'Winter' Violin Concerto No. 4 (Vivaldi) Cello Suite No. 4 (Bach) 1812 Overture (Tchaikovksy) Stars and Stripes Forever (Sousa) Symphony No. 9 (Shostakovich) The relative minor of E Flat Major is C minor also with 3 flats in its key signature. MUSE tracks and some well-known pop and classical compositions in original key of C minor include the following: Dead Inside Map of the Problematique The Dark Side -Alternate Reality Version Hoodoo Piano Thing Crazy (Gnarls Barkley) It's Gonna Be Me (*NSYNC) Piano Concerto No 2 (Rachmaninov) Étude Op. 25, No. 12 (Chopin) Nocturne Op. 48, No. 1 (Chopin) Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven) Piano Concerto No. 3 (Beethoven) Piano Sonata No. 8 (Beethoven) Piano Concerto No. 24 (Mozart)
  10. DECADE-END 2010s CHARTS (BILLBOARD USA) Top Rock Artists #14 MUSE Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, and Queen are the British artists who rank ahead MUSE due to greater album sales and audio track streams during this period. https://www.billboard.com/charts/decade-end/top-rock-artists Top Rock Songs #30 'Uprising' https://www.billboard.com/charts/decade-end/hot-rock-songs Box Office Reports from Pollstar: MUSE 13 October 2019 Pista Atletico Estadio Nacional Santiago, Chile 15,701 Attendance $1,114,378 / 813,414,800 Pesos - Gross Ticket Sales DG Medios / Live Nation (Promoters) 15 October 2019 Jockey Club Hipodromo Lima, Peru 18,154 Attendance $1,447,698 / 4,868,319 Nuevo Sol - Gross Ticket Sales Live Nation (Promoter) MUSE Tour Grosses in USD for 'Simulation Theory World Tour' for reported shows to Pollstar and Billboard: Ranked by Continent: Europe $79 Million with an estimated 963,000 concert tickets sold at 29 shows North America $20 Million with an estimated 291,000 concert tickets sold at 22 shows South America $3.7 Million with an estimated 56,000 concert tickets sold at 4 shows Ranked by Country: France $19.7 Million United Kingdom $16.8M United States $12.7M Italy $9.7M Netherlands $5.5M Mexico $5.0M Germany $4.2M Spain $4.1M Portugal $3.8M Russia $3.7M Canada $2.4M Czech Republic $2.3M Switzerland $1.8M Finland $1.4M Peru $1.4M Poland $1.2M Chile $1.1M Denmark $1.1M Austria $1.0M Norway $0.9M Latvia $0.9M Hungary $0.8M (Est.) Argentina $0.7M Brazil $0.5M
  11. Billboard Boxscore: MUSE Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany - 10 September 2019 $1,055,850 Gross Ticket Sales 12,500 Attendance Live Nation (Promoter) Chart Updates: Simulation Theory (#195 on the latest chart; debuted at #1) and Imagine Dragons' Origins (#47 on the latest chart; debuted and peaked at #3) have now both spent 52 consecutive weeks on the France Top Album Downloads Sales chart compiled by SNEP. MUSE’s Top 20 biggest songs in the United Kingdom according to the Official Charts Company as of November 2018 1 Supermassive Black Hole - Certified Platinum (BPI) - 580K+ combined UK sales including > 20 million streams - Highest charting single #4 2 Uprising - Certified Gold - 526K+ combined sales 3 Starlight - Certified Gold - 400K+ combined sales 4 Feeling Good - Certified Silver - 377K+ combined sales including > 10 million streams 5 Time Is Running Out - Certified Silver - 292K+ combined sales 6 Knights of Cydonia - Certified Silver 7 Plug In Baby - Certified Silver 8 Hysteria - Certified Silver 9 Madness - Certified Silver 10 Psycho 11 Undisclosed Desires 12 New Born 13 Resistance 14 Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) 15 Survival 16 Dead Inside 17 Mercy 18 Supremacy 19 Unintended 20 Map Of The Problematique MUSE have a career spanning 22 Top 40 songs on the UK Official Singles Chart, 32 songs in the Top 100, and 37 charting tracks overall in the Top 200. Source: https://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/muses-biggest-singles-and-albums-on-the-official-chart__24677/ MUSE's biggest songs ranked by total global streams as of November 2019 Spotify > 50 Million Streams: Uprising - 276 million Madness - 182 million Supermassive Black Hole - 170 million Starlight - 166 million Psycho - 122 million Knights of Cydonia- 102 million Time Is Running Out - 95 million Hysteria - 88 million Plug In Baby - 59 Million Feeling Good - 55 Million YouTube > 5 Million Streams (Official Music Videos, Lyric Videos and Live Performances): Uprising - 182 million Madness - 150 million Starlight - 132 million Resistance - 99 million Hysteria Undisclosed Desires Knights of Cydonia Time Is Running Out Psycho Supermassive Black Hole Feeling Good Dead Inside Plug In Baby Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) New Born Bliss Supremacy Mercy Unintended Follow Me The Handler Thought Contagion Stockholm Syndrome Reapers Dig Down Invincible Panic Station Sing for Absolution Sunburn Pressure Something Human The Dark Side Map Of The Problematique Butterflies and Hurricanes Hyper Music Defector The 2nd Law: Unsustainable Algorithm
  12. Rock stars & Russian figure skaters: MUSE front-man Matt Bellamy congratulates teen sensation Alexandra Trusova after Grand Prix win at Skate Canada on 26 October 2019 "Trusova’s routine included a stunning three quads as well as a triple lutz-triple loop and a triple flip to tally 166.62 points for her free skate and 241.02 in total – both of which were world record-leading scores. The Russian youngster's masterful skating was carried out to the tune of ‘Pray (High Valyrian)’, a piece of music written by Brit rocker Bellamy and inspired by the ‘Game of Thrones’ hit TV series. There was another MUSE association with Russian star Evgenia Medvedeva, who skated to the tune of the band’s ‘Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 3’ for her short program and finished fifth overall." - Source: www.rt.com Two other Russian skaters also featured MUSE in their skating programs at the following week's ISU Grand Prix Internationaux de France event in Grenoble: Alena Kostornaia won the ladies' singles title after landing two triple axels while skating to Twilight-themed music including 'Supermassive Black Hole' in the latter part of her free skate program Sergei Voronov finished sixth overall in the men's singles competition skating to 'I Belong To You' in his free skate program Alexandra Trusova wins as Evgenia Medvedeva finishes second at Rostelecom Cup in Moscow https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/stories/news/detail/evgenia-medvedeva-alexandra-trusova-rostelecom-cup-figure-skating/ Chart Fun Fact: 'Pray (High Valyrian)' debuted at #107 and spent one week on the France Digital (Download) Singles chart dated 3 May 2019 compiled by SNEP.
  13. Chart Update: Simulation Theory is likely to rank among the top 100 best selling albums for the 2019 chart year in the USA according to Billboard/Nielsen (12 month tracking period from 9 November 2018 thru 7 November 2019). Estimated ST pure album sales: >125K Latest Box Office Reports: MUSE May 26, 2019: Letňany, Prague (32,987 – $2,251,588) - Highest attended concert ever for the band in the Czech Republic Simulation Theory World Tour Estimated Total Gross: $98-102 million (including festival headliner artist fees) Simulation Theory World Tour Estimated Total Attendance: 1,270,000 for 55 concert dates + 200,000 for 2 festivals in Belgium and Brazil and 2 special shows (Formula 1 Grand Prix in Singapore and IndyCar Classic COTA in Austin, TX) The Simulation Theory World Tour spanning only 8 months from February thru October in 2019 was the fifth most attended global concert tour this year among all acts (#1 Ed Sheeran, #2 P!nk), the second most attended tour behind #1 Metallica among all bands, and the third most attended tour behind Metallica and BTS among all groups according to Touring Data: Metallica 'WorldWired' 1,657,448 tickets; BTS 'Love/Speak Yourself' 1,175,378 tickets; MUSE 'Simulation Theory' 1,033,330 tickets [from 38 reported shows]; Backstreet Boys 'DNA' 912,392 tickets; and Kiss 'End of the Road' 823,868 tickets - From reported shows as of early October 2019 Bon Jovi's 'This House Is Not For Sale' (24 dates) and Rammstein's 'Europe Stadium Tour' (31 dates) both also likely sold over 1.2 million tickets each from May- October 2019 and grossed over $100 million in ticket sales. Source: https://touringdata.wordpress.com/2019/10/02/muse-simulation-theory-tour/
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