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Highest Grossing Two-Night Engagement Boxscores:

1.  USD 12.2 million (10.8 million euros / 9.5 million British pounds) - MUSE - Stade de France/Saint-Denis   5-6 July 2019  (As reported to Pollstar) 

2.  USD 11.8 million (10.5 million euros)  - P!NK - Olympiastadion/Munich   26-27 July 2019 (As reported to Billboard)

Highest Attended Two-Night Engagement Boxscores:

1.  139K - Ed Sheeran - Letnany Airport/Prague  7-8 July 2019 (As reported to Billboard)

2.  131K - MUSE - Stade de France/Saint-Denis - 5-6 July 2019 (As reported to Pollstar)



Source:  https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/chart-beat/8527993/pink-conquers-july-boxscore-charts


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$2.0 Billion - U2

$1.5 Billion - Bon Jovi

$1.4 Billion - Metallica

$1.2 Billion - Celine Dion

$1.1 Billion - Coldplay

$1.0 Billion - Ed Sheeran**

$1.0 Billion - Taylor Swift

$1.0 Billion - Dave Matthews Band

$1.0 Billion - Garth Brooks

$1.0 Billion - Kenny Chesney

$900 Million - Beyoncé  [Solo + Destiny's Child]

$850 Million - Guns N' Roses

$800 Million - Depeche Mode

$750 Million - Justin Timberlake [Solo]

$750 Million - P!NK

$700 Million - One Direction

$700 Million - Justin Bieber

$700 Million - Bruno Mars

$600 Million - Michael Bublé

$600 Million - Take That

$600 Million - Jay-Z

$550 Million - Lady Gaga

$525 Million - MUSE

$500 Million - Robbie Williams [Solo]

$500 Million - Backstreet Boys

$450 Million - Foo Fighters

$450 Million - Red Hot Chili Peppers

$400 Million - Rihanna

$400 Million - Katy Perry

$400 Million - Britney Spears

$400 Million - Luke Bryan

$350 Million - Toby Keith

$350 Million - Oasis

$350 Million - Jason Aldean

$350 Million - Brad Paisley

$350 Million - Shania Twain

$300 Million - Green Day

$300 Million - Drake

$300 Million - John Mayer

$300 Million - *NSYNC

$300 Million - Keith Urban

$300 Million - Kylie Minogue

$250 Million - Radiohead

$250 Million - Pearl Jam

$250 Million - Def Leppard

$250 Million - Mumford & Sons

$250 Million - Maroon 5

$250 Million - New Kids On The Block

$250 Million - BTS

$250 Million - Blake Shelton

$250 Million - Nickelback

$225 Million - Zac Brown Band

$225 Million - Imagine Dragons

$200 Million - LINKIN PARK

$200 Million - Adele

$200 Million - Tim McGraw

$200 Million - Carrie Underwood

$200 Million - Jonas Brothers

$200 Million - Spice Girls

$200 Million - Florida Georgia Line

$150 Million - The Killers

$150 Million - Kings of Leon

$150 Million - Ariana Grande

$125 Million - twenty one pilots

$125 Million - Arctic Monkeys

$125 Million - Eminem

$125 Million - Jennifer Lopez

$125 Million - Sam Smith

$125 Million - Shakira

$125 Million - Shawn Mendes

$125 Million - Faith Hill

$115 Million - Chris Stapleton

$115 Million - Post Malone

$100 Million - Miranda Lambert

$100 Million - Eric Church

$85 Million - Hugh Jackman

$75 Million- The Black Keys

$75 Million - Fall Out Boy

$75 Million - Panic! At The Disco

$75 Million - My Chemical Romance

$75 Million - Florence + The Machine

$75 Million - Harry Styles [Solo]

$75 Million - Lady Antebellum

$75 Million - Thomas Rhett

$75 Million - Hootie & the Blowfish

$60 Million - Weezer

$60 Million - Thirty Seconds To Mars

$60 Million - Blink-182

$60 Million - No Doubt

$60 Million - Travis Scott

$60 Million - Khalid

Highest-grossing and best-selling touring artists aged 60 and over in the past forty years include:  The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, AC/DC, Roger Waters, Iron Maiden, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Sting/Police, George Strait, Tina Turner, and Cher.

*Typical breakdown of concert grosses:  40% tour production costs and promoter expenses (including 10-15% net profit split); 25-30% booking agent and management commissions; and 35% performing artist (guarantees plus 85-90% net profit split).  Veteran heritage acts, solo artists, and acts with less elaborate stage productions earn the most.

**Ed Sheeran's Record-Breaking Divide Tour (2017-2019) Posts Final Numbers: 255 Shows, $776.2 Million Grossed, 8.9 Million Tickets Sold








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MUSE Simulation Theory World Tour 2019 Box Office Reports  (Source: Pollstar)


London Stadium/London - 1  June

72,751 Attendance

$6,652,663 / £5,275,202 Gross


Etihad Stadium/Manchester - 8 June

43,128 Attendance

$3,732,041 / £2,959,307


Ashton Gate Stadium/Bristol - 5 June

23,579 Attendance

$2,068,648 / £1,640,326


SJM Concerts (UK Promoter)


Hallenstadion/Zurich - 3 July  (Source: Billboard Boxscore)

14,176 Attendance (Sellout)

$1,775,270 / CHF 1,751,000


MAAG Music & Arts AG (Swiss Promoter)


Stadthalle/Graz  29 May

$1,029,318 / 918,730 euros

14,365 Attendance


PSI Music (Austrian Promoter)


Suvilahti/Helsinki  18 June

$1,407,586 / 1,262,341 euros

15,979 Attendance


Live Nation Los Angeles (Promoter)


Tauron Arena/Krakow  22 June

$1,182,544 / 4,545,847 zloty

14,222 Attendance


Live Nation Los Angeles (Promoter)


Arena/Riga  12 June


8,962 Attendance


Positivus Music (Latvian Promoter)








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MUSE Simulation Theory World Tour 2019 Box Office Reports  (Source: Pollstar)


Stade de France/Paris  5-6 July

$12,225,296 / 10,755,645 euros

131,321 Attendance


Stade Velodrome/Marseille  9 July

$4,432,254/ 3,899,435 euros

55,330 Attendance


Stade Matmut Atlantique/Bordeaux  16 July

$3,163,978 / 2,695,645 euros

38,613 Attendance


ALIAS / JHD Production (French Promoter)


Stadio San Siro/Milano  12-13 July

$6,158,308 / 5,417,993 euros

89,619 Attendance


Stadio Olimpico/Roma  20 July

$3,506,064 / 3.084,586 euros

50,385 Attendance


Estadio Wanda Metropolitano/Madrid  26 July

$4,083,636 / 3.592,726 euros

50,719 Attendance


Goffertpark/Nijmegen  27 June

$4,276,518 / 3,835,236 euros

65,004 Attendance


RheinEnergieStadion/Köln  29 June

$3,113,013 / 2,791,790 euros

40,400 Attendance


Luzhniki Stadium (Grand Sports Arena)/Moskva  15 June

$3,683,656 / 240,919,300 rubles

46,340 Attendance


Live Nation Los Angeles (Promoter)


MUSE 2019 Simulation Theory World Tour TOTALS

20 North America Leg Concert Dates (February thru April)

$14.5 million Gross (Est)

185,000 Attendance (Est)

19 Out of 22 MUSE European Leg Concert Dates (May thru July) - Box Office Reports for Gigs in the UK and continental Europe:

$63.5 million Gross

775,000 Attendance

3 Out of 22 European Dates (May thru July) Box Office Results Not Yet Reported for Gigs in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Portugal

$4 million Gross (Est)

50,000 Attendance (Est)

7 Future MUSE European Leg Dates (September) in the UK and continental Europe:

$8.0 Million Gross (Est)

95,000 Attendance (Est)

Mexico and South America Concert Dates in October to follow...

$8.0 million Gross (Est)

145,000 Attendance (Est)














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Rare footage above of the band's gig in West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip six weeks before the worldwide release of the Devon trio's first studio album Showbiz. It features live excerpts of Cave, Sunburn and Uno from that album and brief interview clips from all three band members.

Showbiz celebrates its 20th anniversary on 7 September.  It debuted at #66 on the France album chart dated 18 September and spent three consecutive weeks on the tally falling to #67 and #71. The album debuted at #69 on the UK album chart in its initial chart run.  SB re-entered the charts in both France and the UK in 2000 and also bowed that year on the national album charts in the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, and Australia.  It made its most recent album chart appearance in France in July 2015 in its 50th week on the survey in that market.

Meanwhile, Simulation Theory spends a 44th consecutive week on the France albums chart compiled by SNEP ranking at #96(+10) on the album downloads chart and at #189(+1) on the Top 200 Albums chart which combines sales and streams.  ST has also spent more than 20 week on the national album charts in the following markets:  Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Portugal

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MUSE debut this week on the Global Concert Tours chart from Pollstar which ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes their average show ticket price:

1. The Rolling Stones; $13,544,597; $228.41 [No Filter tour ended in August 2019 grossing $416 million and 2.3 million tickets sold]

2. Spice Girls; $9,750,671; $112.13  [Reunion tour ended in June 2019 grossing $78 million and 700K tickets sold at 13 venues in the UK and Ireland]

3. Ed Sheeran; $7,794,393; $85.99 [Divide tour ended in August 2019 grossing $776 million and 8.9 million tickets sold]

4. Pink; $6,641,718; $110.34  [Beautiful Trauma tour ended in August 2019 grossing around $400 million and 3.1 million tickets sold]

5. Paul McCartney; $4,736,387; $155.40 [Freshen Up tour ended in July 2019 grossing over $110 million and 900K tickets sold]

6. MUSE; $3,724,200; $81.80 [19 shows at venues in 17 cities in Europe] 


The Simulation Theory World Tour has grossed about $82 million and sold over 1 million tickets  from 42 shows in Europe and North America thru July 2019 and is projected to end with about $100 million in ticket sales from 1,250,000 concert attendees assuming no additional shows are scheduled in 2020.


Top 20 Global Concert Tours chart dated 9 September 2019  linked below:



Top 20 Global Concert Tours chart dated 16 September 2019 linked below [Metallica enters updated tally at #4, MUSE remain at #6 and Spice Girls drop off the list]



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Billboard Chart Update

Most USA Rock Airplay Top 10s  (2009-2019)

12, Shinedown
11, Cage the Elephant
10, Foo Fighters
10, MUSE*
9, The Black Keys
9, Imagine Dragons
9, twenty one pilots
7, Bastille
7, Disturbed
7, Mumford & Sons
7, Rise Against

*Uprising, Resistance, Undisclosed Desires, Madness, Panic Station, Dead Inside, Dig Down, Thought Contagion, Something Human, and Pressure [Mercy peaked at #12, Reapers at #16, Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) at #24, Survival at #39, and Follow Me at #47]


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MUSE have sold over 700K concert tickets at various London UK venues in the band's 25-year career

Estimates by Calendar Year

103K - 2019  London Stadium (1) and O2 Arena (2)

5K - 2018  Royal Albert Hall (Charity Gig)

2K - 2017  Shepherd's Bush Empire

92K - 2016  O2 Arena (5)

1.5K - 2015  Electric Ballroom

0 - 2014 [Only 3 gigs this year took place at Coachella and Lollapalooza Brazil]

101K - 2013  Emirates Stadium (2), Horse Guards Parade and Shepherd's Bush Empire

34.5K - 2012   O2 Arena (2) and BBC Radio Theatre

0 - 2011 [Did play Reading Festival just outside London]

125K - 2010  Wembley Stadium (2)

38K - 2009  O2 Arena (2)

5K -2008  Royal Albert Hall (Charity Gig)

134K - 2007  Wembley Stadium (2)

37K - 2006  Wembley Arena (3), Shepherd's Bush Empire and Covent Garden

0 - 2005  [Originally listed to play Live 8 at Hyde Park in London but were moved to Versailles Palace courtyard in France instead]

30K - 2004  Earls Court (2)

12K - 2003  Wembley Arena (1) and Carling Academy

0 - 2002 [Did play Reading Festival just outside London and also had a couple of television/radio performances at studios in London]

12K - 2001  London Arena (1) and Brixton Academy

3K - 2000  Astoria Theatre (2) [with Coldplay support] and Barfly

2K - 1999 Astoria Theatre (2), Brixton Academy (2) and various other clubs often supporting other bands like LIVE

500 - 1998  Astoria 2, The Monarch and two other clubs likely supporting other bands

100 - 1997  Bull & Gate (1) supporting other bands

100 - 1996  Bull & Gate (1) supporting other bands

250 - 1995 Bull & Gate (2) and The Monarch (1) supporting other bands

0 - 1994  Played various Devon club gigs in Teignmouth, Dawlish, Totnes, Exeter, and Torquay






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6-Night Engagement

108K AccorHotels Arena/Paris (2016)

62K Mediolanum Forum di Assago/Milano (2016)


5-Night Engagement

92K O2 Arena/London (2016)


4-Night Engagement

95K Palacio de los Deportes/Mexico City (2013)

58K Palais 12 Heysel/Brussels (2016)


3-Night Engagement

74K Palacio de los Deportes/Mexico City (2015)

50K Ziggo Dome/Amsterdam (2016)

44K Staples Center/Los Angeles (2013)

33K Wembley Arena/London (2006)


2-Night Engagement > 20K

151K Stade de France Saint-Denis/Paris (2013)

150K Stade de France Saint-Denis/Paris (2010)

134K Wembley Stadium/London (2007)

131K Stade de France Saint Denis/Paris (2019)

125K Wembley Stadium/London (2010)

94K Foro Sol/Mexico City (2019)

90K Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro)/Milano (2019)

90K Emirates Stadium/London (2013)

63K Stadio Olimpico/Torino (2013)

40K The Den/Teignmouth (2009) - A Seaside Rendezvous

38K O2 Arena/London (2009)

38K Manchester Arena/Manchester (2016)

35K MEO Arena/Lisboa (2016)

34K O2 Arena/London (2012)

34K Staples Center/Los Angeles (2015)

33K Palacio de Deportes (WiZink Center) / Madrid (2016)

32K Staples Center/Los Angeles (2010)

31K O2 Arena/London (2019)

30K Acer Arena/Sydney (2010)

29K Manchester Arena/Manchester (2006)

28K Rod Laver Arena/Melbourne (2010)

28K Bell Centre/Montreal (2016)

27K Centre Videotron/Quebec City (2016)

26K Hallenstadion/Zurich (2016)

25K Madison Square Garden (2013)

25K Bell Centre/Montreal (2013)

24K NEC Arena/Birmingham (2006)

23K Saitama Super Arena/Tokyo (2013)

23K Rod Laver Arena/Melbourne (2013)

22K Scotiabank Arena/Toronto (2013)

22K SSE Hydro/Glasgow (2016)

22K Yokohama Arena/Yokohama (2017)


One-Night Engagement > 20K

73K London Stadium/London (2019)

65K Goffertpark/Nijmegen (2019)

61K Stadio Olimpico/Roma (2013)

58K Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro)/Milano (2010)

56K Foro Sol/Mexico City (2010)

55K Stade Velodrome/Marseille (2019)

54K Memorial Coliseum/Los Angeles (2011) - L.A. Rising co-headlined with Rage Against the Machine

51K Estadio Wanda Metropolitano/Madrid (2019)

50K Stadio Olimpico/Roma (2019)

50K Goffertpark/Nijmegen (2010)

50K Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel/Paris (2016)

50K Old Trafford Cricket Ground/Manchester (2010)

48K Parc des Princes/Paris (2007)

48K Passeio Maritimo de Alges/Lisboa (2019(

46K Luzhniki Stadium (Grand Sports Arena)/Moscow (2019)

45K Stade de Suisse Wankdork/Bern (2013)

43K Etihad Stadium/Manchester (2019)

43K Stade Charles-Ehrmann/Nice (2013)

41K Etihad Stadium/Manchester (2013)

41K Estádio do Dragão/Oporto (2013)

40K RheinEnergieStadion/Köln (2019)

39K Estadio Vicente Calderon/Madrid (2010)

38K Stade Matmut Atlantique/Bordeaux (2019)

35K Stade de Suisse Wankdorf/Bern (2010)

34K Festival Park Werchter/Werchter (2013)

33K Johan Cruijff ArenA/Amsterdam (2013)

33K Estadi de Montjuic (Olímpic Lluís Companys)/Barcelona (2013)

33K Letnany Airport/Prague (2019)

30K Estadio San Mamés/Bilbao (2018) - MTV World Stage

28K Okritie Arena(Spartak Stadium)/Moscow (2015)

25K Olympijskiy Stadium/Moscow (2013)

24K Ashton Gate Stadium/Bristol (2019)

24K Olympiastadion/Helsinki (2013)

23K Marlay Park/Dublin (2008)

23K Olympijskiy Stadium/Moscow (2016)

22K Shoreline Amphitheatre/Mountain View, CA (2017)

21K Ricoh Arena/Coventry (2013)

21K Allianz Parque/São Paulo (2015)

21K Sportpaleis Merksem/Antwerp (2012)

21K Kaisaniemi Park/Helsinki (2010)













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100 Most Popular Rock Bands Of All Time

MUSE rank at #36 on the list below based on metrics like the number of Spotify followers, Facebook likes and Wikipedia page views


Breakdown of Bands by Country of Origin:

62 USA

29 UK (Queen, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac, Iron Maiden, Gorillaz, Arctic Monkeys, The Who, Radiohead, MUSE, Deep Purple, Dire Straits, Cream, Oasis, Depeche Mode, Def Leppard, The Police, The Cure, Electric Light Orchestra, Bullet for My Valentine, The Kinks, Motörhead. Judas Priest, The Smiths, and The Clash.

4 Canada

2 Ireland

2 Germany

1 Australia

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2019 Q3 Worldwide Concert Ticket Sales

MUSE rank at #6 on the chart below for tickets sold as reported to Pollstar from shows played between 22 November 2018 to 21 August 2019

919,164 Tickets Sold for 34 Shows Reported in Europe (19) and North America (15)

$73,993,776 Gross

$80.50 Avg Ticket Price

27,034 Avg Attendance

100,000 Additional Tickets Sold for 8 Shows Unreported in Europe (3) and North America (5)

$7,000,000 Additional Gross




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Most downloaded and streamed songs and albums after the two MUSE concert dates at the FORO SOL:


40. Starlight
126. The Dark Side
135. Supermassive Black Hole
136. Knights of Cydonia
137. Time Is Running Out
148. Pressure
169. Psycho
173. Mercy

221. Algorithm

284. Uprising

286. Madness
315. Hysteria
317. Undisclosed Desires
329. Plug In Baby

449. Neutron Star Collision
465. Can't Take My Eyes Off You
484. Resistance

Apple Music:
230. Starlight
287. Uprising
433. Madness

iTunes Albums:
14. Simulation Theory
170. Drones
229. The Resistance
416. The 2nd Law

Apple Music Albums:
7. Simulation Theory
49. Black Holes and Revelations
69. The Resistance
85. Drones
89. The 2nd Law
97. Absolution
122. Origin of Symmetry
272. Showbiz
309. Live At Rome Olympic Stadium
337. Six Studio Albums

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Most downloaded and streamed songs and albums after the ROCK IN RIO closing night performance in front of 100,000 festival attendees [Imagine Dragons and Nickelback preceded MUSE. Headliners on other dates during the festival included P!nk, Iron Maiden, RHCP, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, and Drake]


41. Starlight
43. Uprising
92. Supermassive Black Hole
154. Supremacy
159. Madness
168. Time Is Running Out
176. Hysteria
178. Knights of Cydonia

iTunes Albums:
12. Simulation Theory

Apple Music Albums:
189. Simulation Theory
241. Black Holes and Revelations
394. The 2nd Law
425. Drones

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MUSE Box Office Reports from Pollstar:


Arena Birmingham, Birmingham UK  - 17 September 2019

13,191 Attendance

USD 1,192.030 Gross [980,602 GBP]

SJM Concerts [Promoter]


Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Canada - 31 March 2019

13,127 Attendance

USD 732,281 [898,857 CAD]

Live Nation [Promoter]


Pechanga Arena, San Diego, CA - 5 March 2019

9,315 Attendance

USD 698,359

AEG Presents / Concerts West / Goldenvoice [Promoter]


Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT - 28 February 2019

7,064 Attendance

USD 522,140

Live Nation [Promoter]


Luzhniki Sports Palace, Moscow, Russia - 22 September 2001

4,200 Attendance

USD 49,188 [RUB 1,239,000]

JSA Professional Stage Company [Promoter]


At Red Square in 2001 (St. Basil's Cathedral and Spasskaya Tower)











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Boxscore from Billboard


O2 Arena, London (14-15 September 2019)

30,600 Attendance / Tickets Sold

$3,032,640 / £2,434,041 Gross Sales

SJM Concerts (Promoter)


Box Office Report from Pollstar


Foro Sol, Mexico City (2-3 October 2019)

94,400 Attendance / Tickets Sold

$4,968,447 / 97,958,335 pesos Gross Sales

OCESA-CIE  (Promoter)


Most streamed MUSE albums following the concert date in Santiago and the first-ever gig in Lima and the last stop of the ST World Tour:


Apple Music Albums:
7. Simulation Theory
55. Absolution
61. Origin of Symmetry
69. Drones
72. Black Holes and Revelations
103. The 2nd Law



Apple Music Albums:
8. Simulation Theory
25. Absolution
29. The 2nd Law

33. Drones
38. Black Holes and Revelations
40. Origin of Symmetry
79.  The Resistance
96.  Live at Rome Olympic Stadium

143. Showbiz

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Neutron Star Collision (2019)

(CNN) - "Two years ago astronomers for the first time observed the collision of two neutron stars, which created gravitational waves and light and created heavy elements such as gold, platinum and lead..."


Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)  (2010)

Composed by Matt in late 2009, the song was recorded and released by MUSE in May 2010 as the lead single from the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and went on to chart in more than 17 countries including Italy (#10 Peak and certified Gold), the UK (#11 Peak) and the USA (#77 Billboard Hot 100).

"...Then our hearts combined like
A neutron star collision..."
"...The world is broken
Halos fail to glisten
You try to make a difference
But no one wants to listen..."

"...The preachers [demagogues], fake and proud
Their doctrines will be cloud [to cover up and confuse]
Then they'll [hopefully] dissipate
Like snowflakes in an ocean..."
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First-ever MUSE gigs at venues in various world capital cities:


LONDON (The Bull and Gate in February 1995) - Some friends from Devon traveled with the band via coach from Exeter to attend the show - Tribute to Nothing topped the bill - Pub/Club Capacity 120 - Bands such as Nirvana, Coldplay, Oasis, Blur, and Suede have also played shows at this venue early in their careers

EDINBURGH (The Venue in February 2000)

CARDIFF (University Terminal 396 in May 1999)

BELFAST (Ulster Hall in February 2004)

DUBLIN (Whelan's in October 1999)

PARIS (Le New Morning in July 1999) - Nightclub which has featured performances in the past from Prince and Bob Dylan and many legendary jazz musicians like Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, and Dizzy Gillespie

BERLIN (Knaak-Klub in October 1999) - Named after Ernst Knaak, the local communist resistance fighter against the Nazi regime in the 1940's - Artists such as Rammstein, Snow Patrol and Keane have performed at this club in the past - Closed in 2010 but there are plans to re-open at a different location

MOSKVA (Dvorets Sporta Luzhniki in September 2001) - About 4,000 Russian fans in attendance at this Sports Palace arena which was originally named after Vladimir Lenin before the name change in 1992

KYIV (Palats Sportu in October 2007) - First gig in Ukraine - Arena capacity 10K

BERN (Stade de Suisse Wankdorf in June 2010) - 35,000 estimated attendance as headliners  - The band also performed at two festivals near the city in 2002 (Muri) and 2001 (Wohlen)

ROME (Teatro Palladium in April 2001) - Built in 1926 - Venue Capacity 1,000

BRUSSELS (Le Botanique in January 2000) - Venue Capacity 250

AMSTERDAM (Paradiso in January 2000) - Venue Capacity 1,500

VIENNA (Flex in November 1999)

STOCKHOLM (Cirkus in December 1999)

COPENHAGEN (Vega in December 1999)

OSLO (Rockefeller Music Hall in December 1999)

HELSINKI (Tavastia in October 2000)

MADRID (Sala Arena in April 2001) - Capacity 1,600 - Venue closed in 2017

LISBON (Aula Magna in April 2002) - Concert Hall at Lisbon University

WARSAW (Orange Fest in June 2015)

PRAGUE (O2 Arena in November 2012)

BUDAPEST (Papp Laszlo Sportarena in October 2007)

BUCHAREST (Arc de  Triumf in October 2007)

ATHENS (Rockwave Festival in July 2000)

ZAGREB (Dom Sportova in October 2007)

BELGRADE (Beogradska Arena in October 2007)

LUXEMBOURG (Den Atelier in May 2001)

MONACO (Stade Louis II in July 2007)

REYKJAVIK (Laugardalsholl in December 2002)

RIGA (Arena in July 2007)

TALLINN (Saku Suurhall in December 2012)

ANKARA (No Gigs) - MUSE first played a couple of shows in Turkey in Istanbul in 2002 and another festival date in the same city in 2006 but unfortunately the last scheduled festival show in 2016 was cancelled due to political instability/security reasons.

VILNIUS (No Gigs) - MUSE have not performed in Lithuania in the nation's capital but did play their first-ever show in that country at Zalgiris Arena in Kaunas in June 2016



MEXICO CITY (Palacio de los Deportes in April 2007) - 18,500 concert-goers

OTTAWA (Capital Music Hall in November 2004) - 500 estimated attendance - Closed in 2011

WASHINGTON DC (Metro Cafe in April 2000) - Located 1 mile north of the White House - About 10 people in attendance including some fans who were at a MUSE gig in Baltimore, MD two nights before

BRASILIA (Porao do Rock Festival in August 2008)

BUENOS AIRES (Teatro Gran Rex in July 2008)

SANTIAGO (Teatro Caupolican in July 2008)

BOGOTA (Palacio de los Deportes in July 2008)

LIMA (Jockey Club Hipodromo in October 2019)


ASIA (8 National Capitals + 2 China Regional Capitals)

BEIJING (Wukesong Arena in September 2015) - First gig in mainland China with over 7,500 fans in attendance - Metallica, Eagles, Iron Maiden, Elton John, Beyonce, Backstreet Boys, the Killers, and Avril Lavigne are among the other Western artists who have performed at this indoor arena

TOKYO (Shibuya O-West in March 2000) - 500 estimated attendance

SINGAPORE (Fort Canning Park in January 2007) - 6,500 estimated attendance

SEOUL (Jamsil Gymnasium in March 2007) - 7,000 estimated attendance

JAKARTA (Istora Senayan in February 2007) - 7,000 estimated attendance

KUALA LUMPUR (Stadium Negara in February 2007) - 9,000 estimated attendance

BANGKOK (Impact Arena in September 2015) - About 7,000 in attendance

ABU DHABI (Formula 1 Grand Prix in November 2013) - MUSE performed their first concert in the United Arab Emirates at the Desert Rock Festival in Dubai in March 2008.

HONG KONG SAR (Asia-World Expo in March 2007) -  Central (formerly Victoria City) on Hong Kong Island across from the Kowloon Peninsula could be called the capital of HK. The venue where MUSE performed is located on another island (Chek Lap Kok) next to the HK International Airport.

TAIPEI (Spirit of Taiwan Festival in February 2007)



CAPE TOWN (My Coke Fest in March 2008) - MUSE also played another festival engagement in Johannesburg in the same month.



CANBERRA (No Gigs) - MUSE have performed over 60 gigs in Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, and Perth but none in the nation's capital. The band's first performances Down Under took place at venues in Melbourne and Sydney in March 2000.

WELLINGTON (No Gigs) - MUSE have played 6 shows in Auckland and Christchurch but none in the nation's capital. The band's first concert in New Zealand took place at the Big Day Out Festival in Auckland in January 2004.





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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:


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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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



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.


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Billboard Boxscore:


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


Undisclosed Desires

Knights of Cydonia

Time Is Running Out


Supermassive Black Hole

Feeling Good

Dead Inside

Plug In Baby

Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)

New Born





Follow Me

The Handler

Thought Contagion

Stockholm Syndrome


Dig Down


Panic Station

Sing for Absolution



Something Human

The Dark Side

Map Of The Problematique

Butterflies and Hurricanes

Hyper Music


The 2nd Law: Unsustainable


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  • 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.



Box Office Reports from Pollstar:



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

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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


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


One Direction

Lady Gaga

Justin Bieber


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


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)














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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)


Muscle Museum





Citizen Erased

Hyper Music

Space Dementia (Inspired by Rachmaninov)

Megalomania (Inspired by Rachmaninov)



Micro Cuts


The Gallery






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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



'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



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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.

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