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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, California, while the music video for 'Resistance' was filmed in Madrid at the Sports Palace venue.


Updated MUSE Career Gigs (1,578) by Country/Market and Venue Type from 1994-2021  [Not intended to be all-inclusive] 

Sources:  muse.mu and setlist.fm


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 (140):

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 (18)

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)

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.

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

#31 US Alternative Airplay

Trivia:  UK Downloadable Single Release. Music video was shot using a thermal camera


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

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 featuring Matt on the Grand Organ at that venue:








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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 both versions of the MUSE track 'Algorithm' including the ARV 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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