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La démocratie
a gagné
à nouveau et a prévalu sur l'autocratie
Sauvé du côté obscur de la réalité alternative


59 Career MUSE Music Videos - Top Directors listed below

  17 Tom Kirk  [11 official + 6 lyric videos]

   8  Lance Drake

   4  David Slade

   4  Tim Qualtrough

   3  Tekken

   2  Joseph Kahn

   2  Andy Mandler

    2  Howard Greenhalgh

   1  Wayne Isham

   1  Paul Minor

   1  Floria Sigismondi

   1  Robert Hales


The band's first-ever music video for the single 'Uno' from Showbiz was filmed at the iconic Tower Bridge in London, while the second video for the same track was filmed in Germany. The official music video for 'Knights of Cydonia' was filmed in three different locations in Romania, London, and Red Rock Canyon State Park, California, while the music video for 'Resistance' was filmed in Madrid at the Sports Palace venue.


Updated MUSE Career Gigs (1,577) by Country/Market and Venue Type from 1994-2020  [Not intended to be all-inclusive] 

Sources:  MuseWiki, setlist.fm and muse.mu


United Kingdom (406):  [England 364; Scotland 26; Wales 11; and Northern Ireland 5]

33  Cavern Club - Exeter, Devon

12  O2 Arena - North Greenwich, London [Includes 1 BRIT Awards performance]

10  Top of the Pops (BBC) - London

8  The Cooperage - Plymouth, Devon 

6  Leeds Festival - Leeds

6  Reading Festival - Reading

6  Manchester Arena - Manchester

6  Astoria - London

6  Later...with Jools Holland (BBC) - London

5  Glastonbury Festival - Pilton

5  T in the Park - Kinross, Scotland

5  Bull & Gate - London

4  Wembley Stadium  - London

4  Wembley Arena - London

4  O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire - London

2  Emirates Stadium - London

2  Etihad Stadium - Manchester

2  London Stadium - London [Includes 2012 Summer Olympics performance]

2  The Den - Teignmouth, Devon


United States (359):

8  Staples Center - Los Angeles  [Includes 1 GRAMMY Awards performance)

5  Madison Square Garden - New York City

5  Pechanga Arena - San Diego, CA  [Includes 1 public dress rehearsal performance]

5  Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA  [Includes 1 Christmas holiday radio station show]

4  Coachella Festival - Indio, CA

4  United Center - Chicago, IL


France (139):

12  Bercy Arena - Paris  [Includes one 1999 gig supporting RHCP and Foo Fighters]

6  Stade de France - Saint Denis/Paris

5  Festival des Vieilles - Carhaix

4  Halle Tony Garnier - Lyon

Festival de Nîmes -  Nîmes


Germany (104):

6  Rock Am Ring Festival - Nürburg

6 Rock Im Park - Nürnberg

Große Freiheit 36 - Hamburg

4  Columbiahalle - Berlin

3  Mercedes-Benz Arena - Berlin

3  Barclaycard Arena - Hamburg

3  Lanxess Arena - Köln

3  Olympiahalle - München

1  RheinEnergieStadion - Köln


Australia (61):

17  Big Day Out Festival - Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Perth

6  Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne

4  Qudos Arena - Sydney

3  Festival Hall - Melbourne

3  Hordern Pavilion - Sydney


Italy (49):

7  Mediolanum Forum di Assago - Milan  [Including 1 X Factor Italia Finale performance]

3  Stadio San Siro - Milan

2  Stadio Olimpico - Rome

2  Stadio Olimpico di Torino - Turin

2 Arena di Verona - Verona


Japan (48):

4  Fuji Festival - Naeba Ski Resort Yuzawa

3  Zepp - Tokyo

2  Yokohama Arena - Yokohama

2  Super Arena - Saitama

2 Summer Sonic Festival - Osaka


Canada (45):

5  Bell Centre - Montreal

5  Scotiabank Arena - Toronto

3 Centre Videotron - Quebec City

2 Colisee Pepsi - Quebec City


Spain (33):

5  Palacio de Los Deportes - Madrid

3  Benicassim Festival - Valencia

2  Xacobeo Festival - Santiago de Compostela

1  Estadio Wanda Metropolitano - Madrid

1  Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys - Barcelona

1  Estadio Vicente Calderon - Madrid

1  Estadio San Mames - Bilbao


Switzerland (32):

4  Paleo Festival - Nyon

3  Hallenstadion - Zurich

2  Stade de Suisse Wankdorf - Bern


Netherlands (30):

5  Ziggo Dome - Amsterdam

3  Pinkpop Festival - Landgraaf

2  Goffertpark - Nijmegen


Belgium (25):

9  Rock Werchter Festival Park - Werchter

4  Palais 12 Laeken - Brussels

3  Sportpaleis Merksem - Antwerp


Ireland (20)

Denmark (19)

Norway (19)

Austria (17)

Mexico (17)

Portugal (15)

Sweden (14)

Finland (13)

Brazil (12)

Russia (11) - Россия

Argentina (9)

Hungary (6)

Poland (6)

New Zealand (6)

South Korea (6)

Latvia (5)

Czech Republic (4)

Greece (4)

Chile (4)

Luxembourg (4)

Singapore (4)

Hong Kong (3)

Turkey (3)

Ukraine (3)

China Mainland (2) - 中国大陆

Iceland (2)

Romania (2)

Colombia (2)

South Africa (2)

United Arab Emirates (2) - Abu Dhabi and Dubai      حب و سلام

Croatia (1)

Serbia (1)

Estonia (1)

Lithuania (1)

Monaco (1)

Peru (1)

Indonesia (1)

Malaysia (1)

Thailand (1)

Taiwan (1)


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Top artists who have have used drones to enhance the concert experience for fans on their recent tours:

MUSE - Drones World Tour (2015-16)   12 autonomous spherical drones in highly choreographed sequences during the show and 1 inflatable blimp 'Reapers' drone with 5 more in reserve

METALLICA - WorldWired Tour (2017-2019) - 100 autonomous mini drones for a light display accompanying 'Moth Into Flame'

DRAKE - Aubrey & the Three Migos World Tour (2018) - 200 autonomous mini drones dancing to 'Elevate' and 1 inflatable blimp 'Yellow Ferrari LaFerrari' drone

CELINE DION - Courage World Tour (2019-) - 104 autonomous mini drones for a light display closing the show with 'My Heart Will Go On'

Drones have also been notably featured at the 2017 Super Bowl opening performance by Lady Gaga in Houston featuring 300 drones, the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in PyeongChang, Korea featuring 1,200 drones, and at the Cirque du Soleil performances of 'Paramour' in 2016 on Broadway in NYC featuring 8 autonomous dancing quadrocopters.

20 September 2020 - Guinness World Record with a 3,051 drones light show in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China breaking the previous record of 2,198 drones used at the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on 3 September 2020.

7 November 2020 - U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and President-elect Joe Biden victory speeches featured a 200-drone light and firework celebration show in Wilmington, Delaware accompanied by Coldplay's 'A Sky Full of Stars.'


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MUSE, Coldplay and Madonna

Celestial 'Star' Songs and Lyrics - Ranked by Peak Chart Positions Reached on the UK Official Singles Chart

Yellow (2000)  - "Look at the stars, Look how they shine for you..."

#4 UK Official Singles - 2x Platinum; #48 US Billboard Hot 100; #6 US Alternative Airplay

Trivia:  Music video shot at Dorset in SW England in late May 2000 a few days before Coldplay opened for MUSE at 8 gigs in the UK including 2 shows at the Astoria in London

A Sky Full of Stars (2014)

#9 UK Singles - 3x Platinum; #10 US Billboard Hot 100; #5 US Alternative Airplay; #1 US Hot Rock Songs

Trivia:  Music video shot at Newtown, a suburb of Sydney, in Australia. Avicii plays the piano/keyboard on this track instead of Chris Martin. Inspired by EDM and chord structure and melodies of songs by Katy Perry and Nirvana according to Martin. Song is family favourite of U.S. President Joseph Biden

Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) - 2010

#11 UK Singles; #77 US Billboard Hot 100; #14 US Alternative Airplay

Trivia:  Matt wrote the song 8 months after a romantic breakup and is featured on the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack. Certified Gold in Italy. Inspired by Rachmaninoff

Starlight (2006)

#13 UK Singles - Gold; #101 US Billboard Hot 100 Bubbling Under - Platinum; #2 US Alternative Airplay

Trivia:  Music video filmed on a merchant cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Los Angeles. Band was seasick during the shoot.  Certified Platinum in the USA and Italy and Gold in the UK, Canada and Mexico. This love song is a Bellamy family favourite

Dead Star/In Your World (2002)

#13 UK Singles

Trivia: Music video for Dead Star shot in the southern coastal city of Brighton in the UK

Lucky Star (1983) - "...Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight..."

#14 UK Singles; #4 US Billboard Hot 100

Trivia:  Madonna is credited as the sole songwriter.  Her brother Christopher Ciccone is one of the two backup dancers in the official music video for this track. Matt Bellamy bought a Madonna CD as a gift for his older brother during the 80s according to a podcast interview he conducted three years ago

Sing for Absolution (2003) - "... Tip toe to your room, A starlight in the gloom, I only dream of you, And you never knew..."

#16 UK Singles

Trivia:  It was played again at the Shepherd's Bush Empire by-request gig on 19 August 2017, 10 years after its last performance. The official music video for this song is described as a ‘mini sci-fi disaster movie’ and stars the 3 band members as astronauts that travel from a populated civilised planet to the post-apocalyptic Earth.

Hyper Music/Feeling Good (2001) - "...Stars when they shine, You know how I feel..."

#24 UK Singles

Trivia: Double A-side single certified Gold in the UK.  A live version of Feeling Good from HAARP was released in 2008 and peaked at #54 on the chart.  Song was written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley in 1965. Other notable cover versions  by Nina Simone and Michael Bublé

Stockholm Syndrome (2003-05) -  "...Look to the stars, Let hope burn in your eyes..."

#31 US Alternative Airplay

Trivia:  Download-only single released in the UK in 2003 with more than 20,000 downloads sold at 99 pence. Later released as a single in the US in 2005. Music video was shot using a thermal camera and infrared filter


For E-Flat Major Aficionados


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MUSE and UK Prime Minister CHURCHILL Connections - Brighton and Moltrasio

"We lived in Brighton for most of 2002," Matt Bellamy declares to a howling south coast crowd. "It's like a cooler Teignmouth," he chuckles, with a nod to Muse's hometown. "We lived in Churchill's house and wrote most of Absolution here - it got a bit weird." - As quoted in a Gigwise.com feature article on the band's show at the Brighton Dome on 23 March 2015

The Iraq war weighed heavily on Bellamy as the band began recording the album in 2003.

"The biggest anti-war protests in history were going on outside our (London) studio," Bellamy said. "It was impossible to ignore, and the direction of our songwriting took a sharp turn in the middle of it all."

Historical notes:  Churchill attended a preparatory school for three years in nearby Hove in the mid 1880s and visited Brighton several times during his career including an early election campaign appearance in 1910, inspecting the south coastal defences with Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery in the summer of 1940 at the onset of WWII, in 1947 receiving a freedom award, and lastly in 1952.

The video for 'Dead Star' directed by Tom Kirk and costing only £50 was reportedly filmed in a basement cellar in Brighton during their time spent in this seaside resort located 76km south of London.  B-Side track 'The Groove' which Matt claims was an early version of 'SMBH' may also have been written there. Dom Howard also later participated in the London to Brighton charity bike ride in 2005.

Absolution became the band's first album to reach #1 on the album charts in the United Kingdom and France and the first album to chart on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States. It has been certified Platinum and/or Gold in ten different markets (UK, US, Canada, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and Russia) and also gave the band its first top ten single 'Time Is Running Out' in the UK and first charted singles 'TIRO' and 'Hysteria' on the American alternative rock radio airplay charts.

The Resistance was mostly written and recorded in Moltrasio, Lombardy, Italy from 2007-2009.  Winston Churchill vacationed there in September 1945 after his general election defeat and it inspired his famous Lakeside Scene, Lake Como oil-on-canvas painting.



US Billboard Decade-End 2010s Charts

Top Rock Artists - Rankings for British Acts [Based on album and song sales, radio airplay, and streams]

#3 Mumford & Sons

#6 Coldplay

#12 Queen

#14 MUSE

#21 Florence + The Machine

#22 Bastille

#44 The Beatles

#49 Ed Sheeran

Source: https://www.billboard.com/charts/decade-end/top-rock-artists

Hot Rock Songs - Rankings for British Acts

#11 'Pompeii' - Bastille

#30 'Uprising' - MUSE

#32 'Let Her Go' - Passenger

#37  'A Sky Full of Stars' - Coldplay

#43 'The Sound of Winter' - Bush

#45 'Little Lion Man' - Mumford & Sons

Imagine Dragons place seven songs in the Top 50 while twenty one pilots have three in the Top 10 on this tally.

Source: https://www.billboard.com/charts/decade-end/hot-rock-songs

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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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"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:


#32 The Resistance

#34 Black Holes and Revelations


#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:








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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."...

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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



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).









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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






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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)



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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

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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)

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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)



Feeling Good

Time Is Running Out

Knights of Cydonia

Plug In Baby




Undisclosed Desires

New Born


Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)


Dead Inside




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)


The Resistance

Origin of Symmetry


The 2nd Law


Simulation Theory


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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).



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Sometimes we two are the only active members 🙈 thx for coming back  👍 you‘re doing a great job!

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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.



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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





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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. 

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