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Origin of Symmetry entered the official album downloads charts in the following markets in the first week after the remixed and remastered version was released on 18 June 2021:

#2 United Kingdom

#7 Germany

#9 Australia

The 20th anniversary of this album also re-entered the Top Albums charts in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Belgium despite not being available on physical formats. It may not have been eligible to chart in France because the original album was released more than two years ago and did not contain new tracks.  It could have charted on the non-published 'back catalogue'  SNEP chart instead.  It also charted in around 60 global markets on the Apple Music streaming album charts and likely sold several thousand downloads worldwide at digital retailers Apple iTunes and Amazon Music.


Undisclosed Desires becomes the fourth MUSE song to surpass 100 million streams each on both Spotify and YouTube after Uprising, Starlight and Madness.


Reach Out (I'll Be There) by the Four Tops covered by The Jaded Hearts Club with Matt on bass recently passed the 1 million streams mark on Spotify and is by far the most viewed JHC video on YouTube with over 300k streams.


MUSE and Alfred Hitchcock Connections:

Lake Como/Italy

Royal Albert Hall/London-UK

Elstree Studios/Borehamwood-UK

Ivor Novello

Salvador Dali



Songs superimposed/based in part on Prelude No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846, from the Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach, first published in 1722:

'Ave Maria' by French Romantic Composer Charles Gounod, versions published in 1853 and 1859 

'Unintended (Acoustic and Piano Lullaby versions)' by Matt Bellamy, published in 2020/2021 

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Azzurri v Three Lions at Wembley Stadium on 11 July 2021 - UEFA Euro 2020 Final

Congratulazioni Italia - Te lo sei meritato!


First performance in Italy took place at a festival on 16 June 2000 at the Ferrari Racetrack in Imola near Bologna

4:  Career Gigs at Wembley - London (England's national football team's home stadium) - Est. 260,000+ attendance and $20 million gross ticket sales

2:  Career Gigs at Stadio Olimpico - Roma (Italia's national football team's home stadium) - Est. 112,000+ attendance and $6 million gross ticket sales

1:  Live Album Recording at Wembley (HAARP)

1:  Live Album Recording at Stadio Olimpico 

1.31 million video views/listens on YouTube the past 28 days:  #5 United Kingdom

1.21 million video views/listens on YouTube the past 28 days:  #6 Italia

259K views on YouTube the past 28 days:  #6 London

258K views on YouTube the past 28 days:  #7 Milano


England v Denmark at Wembley on 7 July 2021 - UEFA Euro 2020  Semifinal

Matt and Chris attended this match and were happy with the home team advancing to the final - See Instagram post and pic


England v West Germany at Wembley on 30 July 1966 - FIFA World Cup Final 

Kenneth Wolstenholme, an English football commentator for the BBC [Apparently no relation to Chris]:

"...some people are on the pitch...they think it's all over...it is now!"

Died in Torquay - Devon in 2002  


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The most successful breakthrough British recording artists in the 21st Century (Ranked by estimated career touring grosses and record sales and streams)

Coldplay - $1.6 billion concert ticket sales [unadjusted for inflation] and 100 million records sold (70 million pure album sales and 100 million singles sales) and over 16 billion Spotify streams and 18 billion YouTube streams

Ed Sheeran - $1.2 billion concert ticket sales and 150 million records sold worldwide (30 million pure album sales and over 100 million singles)

Adele - $260 million concert ticket sales and 130 million records sold (70 million pure album sales)

One Direction - Over $600 million concert ticket sales and 50 million records sold (25 million pure album sales)

MUSE - Over $500 million concert ticket sales and 30 million records sold (20 million pure album sales and 15 million singles sales) and over 5 billion Spotify streams and 2.5 billion YouTube streams

Harry Styles - Over $600 million concert ticket sales and over 5 million pure album sales

Calvin Harris - Over $300 million DJ concert ticket sales and over 10 million albums sold worldwide

Mumford & Sons - $250 million concert ticket sales and 20 million records sold (15 million pure album sales)

Sam Smith - $150 million concert ticket sales and 30 million records sold (20 million pure album sales)

Arctic Monkeys - $225 million concert ticket sales and 16 million records sold (14 million pure album sales)

Snow Patrol - $175 million concert ticket sales and 14 million records sold (12 million pure album sales)

Florence + The Machine - $125 million concert ticket sales and 8 million records sold (7 million pure album sales)

Paulo Nutini - 8 million albums sold

Bastille - $50 million concert ticket sales and 10 million records sold (8 million pure album sales)

Franz Ferdinand - $40 million concert ticket sales and 9 million records sold (7 million pure album sales)

Gorillaz - 8 million pure album sales

Dua Lipa - 2 million pure album sales

Lewis Capaldi - 1.5 million pure album sales

George Ezra - 1.5 million pure album sales


Note: The metric to measure record sales today is album equivalent units which includes traditional album sales and weighted physical and digital download singles sales and audio and video streams for album tracks

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Origin of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX

Amazon Store Best Sellers Peak Chart Positions - First Day of Vinyl Release on Friday 9 July 2021

United Kingdom:

#2 Vinyl  (#1 Queen's Greatest Hits 1) - #5 on Sunday; #7 on Monday;#16 on Tuesday; #15 on Wednesday; and #13 on Thursday

#8 Downloads - #37 on Monday

#15 CDs & Vinyl - #38 on Sunday; #79 on Tuesday; #69 on Wednesday; and #56 on Thursday


#6 Vinyle - #48 on Sunday and #20 on Tuesday

#21 CD et Vinyle - #52 on Tuesday


#16 Vinyl


#32 CD e Vinili

United States:

#16 CDs & Vinyl - #75 on Sunday



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Official UK Albums Chart Update (9 July-11 July):

Origin of Symmetry is at #3 on the midweek tally and is on track to reach its highest chart position on the Top 100 albums survey since its original debut release in June 2001.



From The Official Charts Company website posted on Monday:

"Take a deep breath Inhaler fans – the Irish rock band are on course for Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart with their debut album It Won’t Always Be Like This.

The Dublin quartet lead today’s Official Chart Update by over 7,000 chart sales having racked up the most physical and download sales this past weekend. Should Inhaler hold onto the top spot by Friday’s final chart, they’ll become the third Irish group to top the albums chart in the last decade, following The Script and Westlife.

Last week’s Number 1 SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo is the most streamed album of the week so far placing at 2, while Muse album Origin of Symmetry is on track for a return to the Top 5 at 3 following its XX Anniversary RemiXX edition release. The revamped offering was released digitally last month, with its vinyl rollout occurring last Friday (9 July)."


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Classical and rock elements in the band's magnum opus 2nd studio album released 20 years ago this month in 2001: 

Besides providing vocals, guitar, piano and keyboards on the album, Matt plays harpsichord and pipe organ on tracks 'Micro Cuts' featuring his falsetto vocal range peaking at G5 and 'Megalomana' respectively and was inspired by Bach's Toccata and Fugue BWV 565 on 'Plugged in Baby' and by Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2  on 'Space Dementia' and 'Megalomania.'  Händel, Bach and Mozart were skillful performers on both the harpsichord and organ in the baroque classical era.

'Hyper Music' has similarities to 'Snakecharmer' by RATM and the beginning of 'Futurism' resembles 'Too Many Puppies' by Primus.



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Album Weekly Chart Positions from the Official Charts Company:

Origin of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX

#6 Official UK Albums Chart Top 100 (#1 Rock & Metal Albums; #2 Physical; #2 Vinyl; #3 Sales; and #69 Downloads)

This represents a new peak on the physical album sales chart and only its second ever position in the Top 10 on this tally since its debut at #3 in June 2001. The following week it dropped to #11 and has now spent a total of 44 weeks in the Top 100.  It re-entered the survey at #89 a month ago after the remixed anniversary edition was released digitally and on streaming platforms. Origin of Muse which also contained remastered and live versions of OoS debuted at #70 on the top albums list in December 2019.



#1 Vinili Albums Top 20 in Italy - FIMI

#1 Vinilos Albums Weekly Top 100 in Spain - Promusicae

#1 Vinyl Albums Top 10 in Switzerland - Hitparade.ch

#2 Albums Top 100 in Scotland - OCC

#3 Vinyl Albums Top 25 in the United States - MRC/Billboard

#4 Albums Physiques Top 200 in France [Nouvelle Entrée]- SNEP

#4 Albums Top 200 in Belgium Wallonia - Ultratop

#4 Vinyl Albums Top 20 in Australia - ARIA  [Albums from three Aussie bands debuted ahead of OoS]

#5 Vinyl Albums Top 33 in the Netherlands - Dutch Charts

#6 Albums Top 200 in Switzerland [New Peak] - Hitparade.ch

#11 Albums Top 50 in Portugal - Portuguesecharts.com  A.C.Nielsen

#12 Top 100 Physical Albums in Australia - ARIA

#14 Top 100 Albums Weekly in Spain - Promusicae

#15 Album Sales Top 100 in the United States - MRC/Billboard

#15 Vinyl Albums Top 40 in Denmark - Danishchart.com IFPI Danmark  

#19 Albums Top 200 in France [Nouvelle Entrée] in France - SNEP

#26 Strano Albums Top 40 in Croatia

#28 Offizielle Albums Top 100 in Germany - Offizielle Deutsche Charts/MTV

#45 Albums and Compilations Top 100 in Italy - FIMI

#55 Albums Top 100 in Ireland  - OCC/IRMA

#62 Albums Top 200 in Belgium Flanders - Ultratop


Origin of Symmetry

Estimated Cumulative Sales To Date by Country:

UK - 800,000   2x Platinum Certification

France - 400,000 - 450,000

Germany - 100,000

United States - 50,000 - 100,000

Australia - 80,000   Platinum

Netherlands - 50,000   Gold

Italy - 30,000  Gold

Belgium - 30,000  Gold

Switzerland 25,000  Gold

Worldwide - 1.8 - 2.0 Million



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Album: Cryosleep

Apple iTunes All-Genre Album Chart Positions During First Week of Release from 16-22 July 2021:

Origin of Symmetry also re-entered the latest weekly album charts in the USA, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium and debuted in Spain for the first time.  See updated details in the preceding post. 

MUSE Spotify Streams as of July 2021 (Top 5 From Each Album Era)


  1. Unintended (33,000,000+)

  2. Sunburn (28,000,000+)

  3. Muscle Museum (22,000,000+)

  4. Showbiz (8,000,000+)

  5. Cave (7,000,000+)


  1. Feeling Good (94,000,000+)

  2. Plug In Baby (90,000,000+)

  3. New Born (55,000,000+)

  4. Bliss (34,000,000+)

  5. Citizen Erased (16,000,000+)


  1. Hysteria (135,000,000+)

  2. Time Is Running Out (132,000,000+)

  3. Stockholm Syndrome (36,000,000+)

  4. Butterflies & Hurricanes (26,000,000+)

  5. Sing for Absolution (21,000,000+)


  1. Supermassive Black Hole (262,000,000+)

  2. Starlight (237,000,000+)

  3. Knights Of Cydonia (144,000,000+)

  4. Map Of The Problematique (33,000,000+)

  5. Assassin (19,000,000+)


  1. Uprising (380,000,000+)

  2. Undisclosed Desires (124,000,000+)

  3. Resistance (75,000,000+)

  4. I Belong To You (23,000,000+)

  5. Unnatural Selection (22,000,000+)


  1. Madness (225,000,000+)

  2. Panic Station (62,000,000+)

  3. Supremacy (57,000,000+)

  4. Survival (34,000,000+)

  5. Follow Me (31,000,000+)


  1. Psycho (167,000,000+)

  2. Mercy (66,0000,000+)

  3. Dead Inside (66,000,000+)

  4. Reapers (41,000,000+)

  5. The Handler (31,000,000+)


  1. Pressure (73,000,000+)

  2. Thought Contagion (60,000,000+)

  3. Dig Down (53,000,000+)

  4. The Dark Side (31,000,000+)

  5. Something Human (30,000,000+)

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Origin of Symmetry  debuts on two Billboard album charts in the United States:

#3 Vinyl Albums

#15 Top Album Sales [New Peak] 

I am estimating it sold about 3K copies this past week presumably most of them the XX Anniversary RemiXX edition on vinyl.  The original Origin of Symmetry debuted belatedly at #161 in January 2010  for one week on the Billboard 200 album chart which at that time was sales-based only.  It likely sold about 3K copies that week as well.


Matt raises funds for the homeless population in the UK:



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Origin of Symmetry is the top selling vinyl album in Spain this past week according to Promusicae and also enters at #14 on the Top 100 albums chart in that market. It also debuts at #11 on the albums chart in neighboring Portugal.

It spends a second consecutive week on the UK album charts (OCC) dropping to #79 Sales and #81 Physical and falling to #71 on the France Top Albums Physiques chart and descending to #74 on the Belgium-Wallonia album chart.  It reaches a new peak of #15 on the Danish vinyl albums in its second week of release after debuting at #26 last week.

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Fun Facts from past interviews and various web sites


Some of the first songs Matt learned on the guitar:

Shazam by Duane Eddy

Grace by Jeff Buckley

Blue Valentines by Tom Waits

Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tárrega

Études Simples No. 6 by Leo Brouwer


Some of the first songs Matt learned on the piano:

What'd I Say by Ray Charles [Played at a local talent competition in Teignmouth won by Matt at age 13]

The theme from the American TV night-time soap opera Dallas which aired from 1978-1991 [Urged to play at age 6 at home by his older brother]


The first song Dom performed live while attending school:

(I've Had) The Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing


Songs composed by Matt covered by notable artists:

Uprising by Andra Day in 2012

Starlight by the Killers at Lollapalooza in Chicago in 2017 

Endlessly by Renée Fleming in 2010 - Track on her album Dark Hope

Endlessly by Ewan McGregor in 2020 - From Episode 6 of his documentary series "Long Way Up"

Soaked by Adam Lambert in 2009 - Track on his album For Your Entertainment

Madness by Chris Martin in 2012 - Snippet played during Coldplay's performance of Clocks at the Stade de France

Unintended  by Nathan Barlowe - Teaser played at several dates of Keith Urban's worldwide tour in 2016

Knights of Cydonia by Deadmau5 - Remix version played at several of his shows in 2008 and 2009





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Most Top 10s, Rock & Alternative Airplay Chart in the USA (JUNE 2009-CURRENT)
16, Foo Fighters

15, Shinedown
13, twenty one pilots
13, Cage The Elephant
13, Imagine Dragons
11, MUSE
11, The Black Keys

10, Weezer
10, Disturbed
9, Coldplay


MUSE songs ranked by peak position reached on Billboard's Alternative Airplay chart based on weekly spins monitored by Luminate at 60+ modern rock radio stations in the USA:

1 "Madness" (a chart record-setting 19 non-consecutive weeks @ No. 1 and 38 consecutive weeks in the top ten and a total of 41 weeks on the chart) - Certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA selling over 2 million downloads plus streaming - Billboard Hot 100 Chart Peak Position #45 and Billboard Triple A Chart Peak Position #4

#1 "Uprising" (17 non-consecutive weeks @ No. 1; 28 weeks in the top three; 44 weeks in the top ten; and 53 total weeks on the chart) - Certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2010 but now has sold over 3 million downloads - Billboard Hot 100 Chart Peak Position #37

#1 "Dead Inside" (5 weeks @ No. 1 and 20 total weeks on the chart) - Mainstream Rock Songs Airplay Chart Peak Position at #10 and Bubbling Under Billboard Hot 100 Chart Peak Position #111

#1 "Resistance" (4 weeks @ No. 1 and 33 total weeks on the chart) - Bubbling Under Billboard Hot 100 Chart Peak Position #114

#1 "Thought Contagion" (1 week @ No. 1 and 20 total weeks on the chart) - Mainstream Rock Songs Airplay Chart Peak Position at #9

#2 "Starlight" (Certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling over 1 million downloads - 3 weeks @ No. 2 and 26 total weeks on the chart) - Bubbling Under Billboard Hot 100 Chart Peak Position #101

#2 "Panic Station" -14 weeks in the Top 10 and 24 total weeks on the chart

#3 "Dig Down" - 20 total weeks on chart

#3 "Won't Stand Down''  [Peaked at #1 at Mainstream Rock Airplay]

#4 "Undisclosed Desires"

#5 "Pressure" - 21 weeks at Alternative [Peaked at #19 at Mainstream Rock Airplay]

#6 "Supermassive Black Hole" - Certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling over 1 million digital downloads

#9 "Hysteria" - Bubbling Under Billboard Hot 100 Chart Peak Position #118

#9 "Time Is Running Out" - First single for the band debuted on the U.S. charts in April 2004 - Certified Gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 downloads

#10 "Knights of Cydonia" - Certified Gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000  downloads

#10 "Mercy"

#10 "Something Human" - Billboard Triple A Chart Peak Position #9

#13 "Compliance" - 17 weeks on the chart 

#14 "Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)" - Billboard Hot 100 Chart Debut and Peak Position #77

#19 "Follow Me"

#22 "You Make Me Feel Like It's Halloween"

#31 "Stockholm Syndrome"

#39 "Psycho" - Also peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart

Other Charts:

#2 "Reapers" - Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay - Peak Position

#14 "Kill Or Be Killed" - Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay - Peak Position

#23 "Will Of The People" - Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay - Peak Position

#32 "The Dark Side" - Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart Peak Position - Peak Position

#39 "Survival" - Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart Peak Position - Promo Track

#39 "Supremacy" - Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart Peak Position - Promo Track


MUSE Albums ranked by peak positions reached on the Billboard 200 chart:

#1 Drones (79k+ first week pure album sales and over 250k units sold to date)

#2 The 2nd Law (Certified Gold by the RIAA - Over 500k units sold to date)

#3 The Resistance (Certified Platinum by the RIAA - Over 1 million units sold to date)

#9 Black Holes and Revelations (Certified Platinum by the RIAA - Over 1 million units sold to date)

#12 Simulation Theory (31k first week pure album sales and over 200k equivalent album units sold to date)

#15 Will Of The People (24k equivalent album units including 20k+ first week pure album sales)  

#46 HAARP (CD/DVD Certified Gold by the RIAA)

#107 Absolution (Certified Platinum  by the RIAA - Over 1 million units sold to date)

#115 Live at Rome Olympic Stadium - Over 20k copies sold to date

#161 Origin of Symmetry (Debuted for one week in January 2010)

Other charts:

#1 Absolution (Heatseekers Albums) - Peak position reached in July 2004 ranking debut albums not making the Top 100 tier on the Billboard 200 chart

#3 Origin of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX (Top Vinyl Album Sales) - Debuted in July 2021

#6 Simulation Theory (Top Album Sales) - Debuted in November 2018

#15 Origin of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX (Top Album Sales) - 3k first week est. sales in July 2021

#79 Cryosleep [Matt Bellamy Solo Album] (Top Current Album Sales) - 1k first week est. sales in July 2021

#97 Origin of Muse (Top Current Albums) - Deluxe box set compilation of Showbiz and Origin of Symmetry album recordings including early demos and b-side tracks selling about 1k units in it first week of release in December 2019

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More Sundry Fun Facts and Trivia...

In November 2009 during rehearsals for the Children in Need charity event at the Royal Albert Hall in London,  Matt and his band mates noticed Sir Paul McCartney was watching them play at the side of the stage.  Eight years later in January 2018 Sir Paul joined The Jaded Hearts Club [w/ Matt on bass guitar] on stage at a charity event in Los Angeles to sing two of his Beatles songs:  'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Helter Skelter.'

On 4 July 2010 at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark Matt disguised himself as a member of the crew with gaffer tape to watch Prince perform some of his greatest hits including 'Kiss' on the side of the stage.  In 2012 MUSE covered 'Sign o' the Times' at three gigs in Paris, London, and Los Angeles.  Later during the recording of Simulation Theory,  Matt composed and produced track 'Propaganda' along with Timbaland.  “We had this sort of Prince thing going on. My voice is not a traditional rock voice, so with my falsetto I like to go down the Prince route. That is what that song is really. It’s influenced by hip-hop and funk. Jumps out as being influenced by the American beat — a slow, almost hip-hop type beat”.   The lyrics for these two songs address contemporary social and political issues.  One of the band's biggest hit singles 'Supermassive Black Hole' also has Prince-like funk elements and falsetto vocals.  MUSE have also played three career gigs at the Target Center in Minneapolis across the street from the First Avenue club where Prince played many of his first shows and where the majority of the Purple Rain movie was filmed and recorded. 


Top Rock Guitarists who have inspired and influenced Matt the most:  Tom Morello, Jeff Buckley, Jimi Hendrix, Brian May and Eddie Van Halen

Favourite Rock Bands by Matt, Dom and Chris early in their career:   Nirvana, Primus, Deftones, Smashing Pumpkins, and NIN 

Among the other artists who have influenced MUSE on various tracks later in their career or have had songs or riffs covered by the band or by Matt's supergroup cover band the Jaded Hearts Club:   Queen, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, The Kinks, Tornados, Radiohead, U2, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Tom Waits, The Animals, Guns N' Roses, Simon & Garfunkel, Vera Lynn, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Ray Charles, Four Tops, the Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Robert Johnson, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Timbaland, Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra, Trent Reznor, Weezer, Belgium bands Millionaire and dEUS, the Smiths, the Strokes, QOTSA, Franz Ferdinand, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Oasis, The Troggs, Chvrches, Lightning Bolt, Talking Heads, Justice, Rush,  Iron Maiden, Skrillex, The Shadows, The Cramps, and Ben Folds Five

Most Different Rock Riffs Played by MUSE  - Top 2 Artists

Rage Against the Machine (14 songs in no particular order or ranking)


  Maggie's Farm [Bob Dylan cover]

  Killing In The Name

  Know Your Enemy

  People Of The Sun

  Township Rebellion

  Bulls on Parade



  Microphone Fiend  [Rakim & Eric B cover]


  How I Could Just Kill A Man  [Cypress Hill cover]

  War Within A Breath

  Snakecharmer  [No riff played but may have inspired tracks Hyper Music and Ashamed] 

Nirvana (7)

  Lithium [Performed 2 times in 2014 at Lollapalooza-Brazil and Coachella in California to remember the 20th             anniversary of Kurt Cobain's passing]

 Endless Nameless


 Negative Creep

 Very Ape


 tourette's [Performed only once at the band's first gig as MUSE in Dawlish-Devon in March 1994]


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1977 Chris Martin born in Exeter and later attends local prep school Hylton School and Exeter Cathedral School and forms his first band the Rockin' Honkies and writes his first songs before going to Dorset to study at Sherborne School from 1990-1995 and University College in London where he met his future bandmates and formed Starfish in 1996 [later renamed Coldplay in 1998]

1985-86 Dominic Howard and family move to Teignmouth at age 8

1987-91 Thom Yorke attends Exeter University to pursue a degree in English and Fine Art and also forms a new local band Headless Chickens while his first band On A Friday [later renamed Radiohead] was on hiatus.  He plays gigs at local venues and also DJ's and signs a record deal in 1991.  Future album tracks 'High and Dry' and 'Creep' reportedly composed in Exeter during this time

1988-89 Matt Bellamy and family move to Teignmouth at age 10

1989-90 Chris Wolstenholme and family move to Teignmouth at age 11

1989-90  These five future rock musicians and multi-millionaires whose bands would collectively sell over 120 million albums worldwide and gross nearly $2 billion in concert ticket sales on their many tours and win 15 GRAMMY Awards were all living within about 15 miles of each other in Devon in SW England

1994 MUSE is formed after several personnel and name changes

2000 Coldplay opens for MUSE at 8 gigs in the UK in May and June including 2 at the Astoria club in London


After MUSE winning Best Alternative Act in 2010 at the American Music Awards and before leaving the stage with Matt and Dom, whom did video director and close friend of the band Tom Kirk thank instead of GOD in accepting the award while Chris was away in the UK:

Charles Darwin 


Matt's Favourite Composers:  Top 3 (Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Liszt) followed in no particular order by JS Bach, Glass, Morricone, Zimmer, Jarre, John Williams, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, Berlioz, Elgar, Albinoni, Bellini, Barber, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos, and Palestrina


Most MUSE riffs played by Matt  - Top Classical Composers

Rachmaninoff (4)

Prelude in B-Flat Major Op. 23 No. 2 - [Played several times during the Origin of Symmetry era]

Prelude in G-Minor Op. 23 No. 5  - [Assassin track on Black Holes and Revelations]

Prelude in C-Sharp Minor Op. 3 No. 2 - [Played several times during the Origin of Symmetry era]

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18  [Inspired and influenced several MUSE tracks:  Space Dementia, Megalomania, Butterflies & Hurricanes, Exogenesis Symphony and Neutron Star Collision]

Chopin (5)

Nocturne in E-Flat Major Op. 9 No. 2 - [Collateral Damage track on The Resistance]

Étude Op. 25, No. 12 in C Minor (Ocean) - [Blockades track on Simulation Theory and Piano Thing track]

Étude Op. 10, No. 3 in E Major (Tristesse) - [Prelude track on The 2nd Law]

Étude Op. 10, No. 1 in C Major - [Sunburn track on Showbiz]

Nocturne in C Minor Op. 48 No. 1 [Piano Thing track]

JS Bach (4)

Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor (BWV 565) - [Plug in Baby track on Origin of Symmetry]

Bourrée from Suite in E minor for Lute (BWV 996) - [May have inspired both tracks Falling Away With You on Absolution and Blackbird by the Beatles]

Prelude No. 1 in C Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier (BWV 846) - [Unintended (Acoustic) track from Cryosleep (Matt's solo EP)]

Prelude in C Minor for Lute (BMV 999) - [May have inspired Pray track from Cryosleep (Matt's solo EP)]

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"In the US the conspiracy theory subculture has been hijacked by the right to try to take down people like [President Barack] Obama and put forward right-wing libertarianism [populism]," Matt 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."

The Observer interview with Matt in 2012



"The track [Thought Contagion] 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." 

- Mark Savage BBC Music Reporter interview with Matt in February 2018



On the cover of Black Holes and Revelations appear the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelations as envisioned by MUSE and Storm Thorgerson presaging contemporary social and political dangers*

Paranoia, Fear and Panic (eyes)

Intolerance and Xenophobia (religious symbols)

Narcissism and Megalomania (mirrors)

Greed and Corruption (in gold) - Lyrics to 'Take A Bow'


*Wars and Conflicts - Military and Economic/Trade

 False Prophets/Messiahs, Demagogues and Dictators/Autocrats

 Plagues, Pandemics and Famines/Poverty

 Natural Disasters: Global Warming/Climate Change, Wildfires, Floods, Hurricanes/Tsunamis and Earthquakes




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The solo release from Matt Bellamy debuts on national album charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States

#46 - Official UK Album Downloads (Compiled by the Official Charts Company)

#79 - Top Current Album Sales (Compiled by MRC Data/Billboard)  Around 1,000 mostly vinyl LPs sold at $39.00 or higher price

Please note the limited edition [4000 pressed worldwide] picture disc vinyl LP+ was held up by French customs so no physical copies were apparently available at retail for pickup or shipping for Record Store Day this past week in the UK or continental Europe.  Not affected markets include the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan


Matt's reported vocal range in studio album recordings:

Highest falsetto:  G♯5 or A♭5 on tracks Showbiz, Micro Cuts [sung entirely in falsetto]  and Survival 

Highest chest:  B♭4 on tracks Feeling Good, Futurism, United States of Eurasia, Unnatural Selection, Madness, Survival, Follow Me, Explorers, Big Freeze and Dead Inside

Lowest Note:  A2 on tracks Spiral Static, Soldier's Poem, MK Ultra, Explorers and The Globalist

Widest Range:  2 octaves, 10 semitones on tracks Spiral Static and Survival

Vocal Range Live Performances:  As high as C♯6 on track Agitated to B4 chest on various tracks to as low as E2 on track Ashamed

Total Vocal Range:  About 3.5 octaves 


The first European venues where MUSE sold over 10,000 concert tickets at each arena in late 2003:

Halle Tony Garnier in Lyon, France - 16.8k attendance

Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, France  [Current Name:  AccorHotels Arena]  - 16.2k attendance

SSE Wembley Arena in London, UK - 11.5k attendance

Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK - 14.7k attendance

NEC Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, UK - 10.8k attendance


The first North American venues where MUSE sold over 10,000 concert tickets at each arena in 2007:

Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City - 18.2k attendance

Forum in Inglewood, California - 14k attendance

Madison Square Garden in New York City - 12k attendance


The first North American festivals where MUSE performed:

Woodstock (NY) and Popscene (San Francisco) in July 1999


The three persons who first attempted to sign MUSE to American record labels:

Rick Rubin for Columbia Records

Guy Oseary for Maverick Records - Currently manages Madonna, U2 and RHCP

Serj Tankian [System of a Down] for his own record label 

MUSE signed with Maverick in late 1998 and Showbiz was released in the US in 1999 but the band left the label over creative differences on the recording and release of Origin of Symmetry.  Matt bought a Madonna CD as a present for his older brother Paul a few years before signing to her record label.  Madonna and Matt both have made celestial references in their lyrics to several songs notably singles 'Lucky Star' and 'Starlight.' 



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Cryosleep bows on several UK album sales charts this past week including #27 Vinyl while Origin of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX spends a third consecutive week on both the France Top Albums Physiques list at #110 and the Belgium Wallonia Top Albums chart at #87 and re-enters at #33 on the Dutch Top Vinyl albums survey after debuting at #5 two week ago 

Matt's solo vinyl picture disc (with a sheet music booklet) released on his record label Globalist Industries LLP 

Official UK Album Chart Positions (OCC) for Tracking Week Ending 29 July 2021:

#21 Independent Albums Top 50

#27 Vinyl Albums Top 100

#44 Scottish Albums Top 100

#48 Album Sales Top 100  [Includes digital sales but not streaming]

#49 Physical Album Sales Top 100

#87 Album Downloads Top 100 [Last week it debuted at #46 on this tally]



#13  Netherlands Vinyl Album Sales Top 33 - dutchcharts.nl

As noted in an earlier post, it debuted last week at #79 on the Billboard Top 100 Current Album Sales chart in the USA


Ranking the three new tracks on Cryosleep by total streams/plays/views to date on Spotify and YouTube:

65k  Guiding Light (on Jeff's Guitar)

54k  Take A Bow (Four Hands Piano)

36k  Pray 


Ranking Matt's other recent tracks by total streams/plays to date on Spotify:

3 million  Pray (High Valyrian)

814k  Tomorrow's World

786k  Unintended (Acoustic)

420k  Bridge Over Troubled Water

403k  We'll Meet Again  [The Jaded Hearts Club]

258k  Unintended (Piano Lullaby)

159k  Behold, The Glove

145k  Fever [The Jaded Hearts Club]

114k  Simulation Theory (Instrumental)


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Origin of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX

Latest chart positions:

#18(-7) Portugal Albums - 2nd week on the chart (Peak #11)

#26(+7) Netherlands Vinyl Albums - 3rd week on the chart (Peak #5)

#36(-5) Spain Vinyl Albums - 4th week on the chart (Peak #1)

#140(-68) Belgium Wallonia Albums - 5th week on the chart (Peak #4)

#193(RE) France Albums Physiques - 5th week on the chart (Peak #4)


'Uprising' celebrates its 12th anniversary of release this month. The first single from The Resistance was produced by MUSE and composed by Matt.

It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #81 in the USA becoming the band's first song to appear on this chart after 'Starlight' just missed out in 2007 peaking at Bubbling Under position #101.  'Uprising' would peak at #37 in October and sell 53,039 units following the band's performance of the track at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City in late September 2009. The music video for this track won the the MTV Video Award for Best Special Effects the following year.  It spent a total of 20 weeks on the Hot 100 and 17 weeks at number one on the magazine's Alternative airplay chart.  In 2013 it was ranked the top song of all time in Billboard's 25th anniversary list of the top 100 songs to appear on its Alternative Songs airplay survey.  In 2018 'Uprising' retained its Greatest Of All Time #1 ranking with 'Madness' currently placing at #4. The single has also has sold over 2 million copies in the States and likely over 4 million worldwide including over 600K in the UK.  To date the official music video [perhaps inspired in part by the movie Ghostbusters] has received over 200 million views on YouTube and the track is approaching 400 million plays on Spotify with perhaps another 100 million streams on other platforms such as Deezer, Apple Music, Amazon, Tidal and Google Play.

In February 1963 'Ridin' the Wind' by the Tornados produced by Joe Meek and composed by Matt's father George who played rhythm guitar with the band entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #80 peaking at #63 and spending 5 weeks on this tally.  The Tornado's instrumental 'Telstar' had earlier become the first song by a British group to reach the pop chart summit in the States in late 1962 before the Beatles achieved multiple number ones in 1964.


2019 MUSE Touring Stats Comparison:

225,000 total estimated attendance in France for four shows (4 stadium gigs in Paris, Marseille and Bordeaux)

184,000 total estimated attendance in the United Kingdom for six shows (3 stadium gigs in London, Manchester and Bristol and 3 arena gigs in London and Birmingham)


The top MUSE venue in Canada ranked by total concert attendees:

85,000 at Bell Centre - Montreal  (6 shows from 2010-2019)


Russia - Career MUSE Estimated Attendance for 11 shows from 2001-2019 

130,000 Moscow (7 concerts including a 2019 headlining gig at the national Luzhniki Stadium [Grand Sports Arena] and two shows at Olympijskiy Stadium plus two festivals including one sole headliner show at Otkritie [Spartak] Arena)

45,000 Saint Petersburg (4 concerts including one festival at Petrovsky stadium)


China - Career MUSE Estimated Attendance for 2 shows in 2015

18,000 at arena gigs in Beijing and Shanghai

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Where People Are Listening to MUSE on YouTube Ranked by Cumulative Views Over the Past 90 Days

Top European Cities:











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Where People Are Listening to MUSE on YouTube Ranked by Cumulative Views Over the Past 90 Days

Top Cities in the United States:

Los Angeles

New York City







San Diego


Las Vegas



Salt Lake City




San Jose


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Oldest Shooting Location for a MUSE album cover:
Bardenas Reales in Navarre, Spain for Black Holes and Revelations
Oldest Shooting Location for a MUSE official music video:
Red Rock Canyon State Park in California where 'Knights of Cydonia' was filmed
Oldest Venues MUSE have played over the years 
Ancient Roman Amphitheatres and Arenas:
Théâtre Antique de Fourvière (near Lyon), France (15 BC)
Arena di Verona,, Italy (30 AD)
Arènes de Nîmes, France (70 AD)
Théâtre Antique de Vienne, France (1st Century)
Amphithéâtre d'Avenches, Switzerland (130 AD)
High Middle Ages:
Nürburg Castle [Rock Am Ring], Germany (1166)
Dublin Castle-Dublin, Ireland (1204)
17th to 19th Centuries:
Versailles Palace, France
Horse Guards Parade-London, England
Plaines d'Abraham-Quebec, Canada
Champ de Mars/Tour Eiffel-Paris, France
Slane Castle-Slane, Ireland
Old Trafford Cricket Ground-Manchester, England
Roundhouse-London, England
Le Bataclan-Paris, France
Royal Albert Hall-London, England
Bull & Gate-London, England
Parc Jean-Drapeau-Quebec, Canada
La Cigale-Paris, France
Ashton Gate Stadium-Bristol, England
Early to Mid-20th Century:
Olympic Stadium-Stockholm, Sweden
Tempelhof Airport-Berlin, Germany
Memorial Coliseum-Los Angeles, United States
Wembley Stadium-London, England
Wankdorf Stadion-Bern, Switzerland 
Stadio San Siro-Milan, Italy
Stadio Olimpico-Rome, Italy
Petrovsky Stadium-Saint Petersburg, Russia
Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys-Barcelona, Spain
Astoria-London, England
Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino-Turin, Italy
Waldbühne-Berlin, Germany
Freilichtbühne Loreley-Sankt Goarshausen, Germany
Stade Velodrome-Marseille, France
Estadio Nacional-Santiago, Chile
Zeppelinfeld [Rock Im Park]-Nuremberg, Germany
Balado [T in the Park]-Kinross, Scotland
Red Rocks Amphitheater-Morrison CO, United States
Imola Racetrack-Imola, Italy
Columbiahalle-Berlin, Germany
Knaak Club-Berlin, Germany
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Top MUSE Worldwide Tours Ranked by Estimated Gross Concert Ticket Sales and Festival Headliner Artist Fees

Over US$100 million each:

Drones Tour 

2nd Law Tour

The Resistance Tour

Simulation Theory Tour

Over US$20 million:

Black Holes and Revelations Tour

Less than US$5 million total:


Origin of Symmetry


Total All Tours:  US$500 million [Not Adjusted for Inflation]


Play Count for the Medley [Stockholm Syndrome/Assassin/Reapers/The Handler/New Born] during the Simulation Theory World Tour in 2019

59 (including 1 performance in support of The Prince's Trust at RAH in late 2018 which also included riffs from Dead Star and Micro Cuts)


Song inspired by Italian folk music and opera and Frank Sinatra and featuring a mandolin:



Band member who lists the Beach Boys as one of his favourite bands:

Chris Wolstenholme

Note:  MUSE and the Beach Boys were on the stage together on Later...With Jools Holland in September 2012.  Each band played three songs in their repertoire including respectively Panic Station, Madness and Supremacy and UK chart topper Do It Again and UK #3 Barbara Ann


Guest Performers at MUSE gigs:

Tom Morello (1) - Break It To Me - 2019 Manchester Etihad Stadium  [Song in Phrygian Dominant Mode inspired by RATM]

Nic Cester (6) - Back in Black - 2010 Italy San Siro & Australia Big Day Out

Brian Johnson (1) - Back in Black - 2017 Reading Festival

The Edge (1) - Where The Streets Have No Name - 2010 Glastonbury Festival

Jools Holland (1) - Dig Down - 2018 Later...With Jools Holland BBC 2

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Filming locations for some of the band's official music videos:

Shibuya/Tokyo in Japan - Panic Station

Pacific Ocean/Off the coast of Los Angeles, CA on a bulk carrier cargo ship - Starlight

Pacific Coast Line of LA County in California - Supremacy

Union Station in Los Angeles, CA - Madness

Downtown Los Angeles - Several singles/tracks on Simulation Theory

Red Rock Canyon State Park in California - Knights of Cydonia [Some scenes also shot in Romania and London]

Elstree Studios in Borehamwood UK - Undisclosed Desires

London - Hysteria (UK version)

Toronto and New York City - Hysteria (US version)

Glastonbury in the UK - Butterflies & Hurricanes

Tower Bridge in London - Uno (1st version)

Germany - Uno (2nd version)

Brighton, UK - Dead Star

Palacio de Deportes in Madrid, Spain - Resistance

Prague, Czech Republic - New Born

Kyiv, Ukraine - Won't Stand Down

Warsaw, Poland - Compliance

Portugal - Animals (Animated)

Japan - Exogenesis Symphony Part 3 (Redemption); Follow Me; and Aftermath (All animated by Tekken)


Collaborations that almost took place:

With David Bowie in 2006 during the recording of BH&R in New York City

With Elton John in 2012 for a theme song for the 2012 Olympic Games in London


MUSE songs written in minor keys:

More than 60% of their discography (including almost every track on Origin of Symmetry)

Most popular minor keys with selected songs composed in original keys*

D minor - Uprising, Stockholm Syndrome, Butterflies & Hurricanes, Psycho, Reapers, The Handler, Assassin, Hyper Music, Micro Cuts, MK Ultra, Darkshines, Sing For Absolution, Blockades, City of Delusion, Hyper Chondriac Music, Shrinking Universe, Yes Please, Who Knows Who, Compliance

E minor - Supermassive Black Hole, Knights of Cydonia, New Born, Unintended, Sunburn, Panic Station, The Dark Side, Space Dementia, Megalomania, Unnatural Selection, Uno, Piano Thing

A minor - Hysteria, Time Is Running Out, Resistance, Thought Contagion, Supremacy, Endlessly, Spiral Static, Eternally Missed, Easily, Host, T2L: Unsustainable, Liquid State, Interlude, Recess, In Your World, The Gallery, Forced In

C minor - Undisclosed Desires, Bliss, Map Of The Problematique, Dead Inside, I Belong to You, Hoodoo, The Dark Side (ARV)

G minor - Feeling Good, Algorithm, The Void, Screenager, Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist, T2L-Isolated System, Con-Science

B minor - Plug In Baby, Won't Stand Down, The Small Print, Hate This And I'll Love You, Crying Shame, Sober, Minimum, Nishe, Jimmy Kane, Nature_1

F♯ minor - Muscle Museum, Showbiz, Apocalypse Please, The Groove, Ashamed, Nishe, Pink Ego Box

F minor - Ruled By Secrecy

E♭ minor - Animals

C♯ minor - Break It To Me

Most popular major keys with selected songs composed in original keys*

G major - Pressure, Mercy, Dig Down, The Globalist, Exogenesis: Symphony Part 3 (Redemption), Futurism, Revolt, Fillip, Soaked, Prague, Do We Need This

C Major - Citizen Erased, Explorers, Invincible, Fury, Guiding Light, Exogenesis: Symphony Part 2 (Cross-Pollination), Falling Away With You, Dead Star, Exo-politics, Shine

D major - Cave, Take A Bow, Soldier's Poem, Propaganda, Defector, Save Me, Drones, Escape, Overdue, Coma

B major - Starlight, Glorious

E♭ major - United States of Eurasia, Collateral Damage, Follow Me, Big Freeze

B♭ major - Madness, Survival, Blackout, Prelude

A major - Something Human, Exogenesis: Symphony Part 1 (Overture), Falling Down, Aftermath, Map Of Your Head

E major - Get Up And Fight, Bedroom Acoustics

D♭ major - Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)


*Sources:  Sheet Music, MuseWiki, Musicnotes.com, Notediscover.com


Songs on this MUSE album give composer/songwriter credits to all three band members:  Matt, Dom, and Chris



First instruments Matt attempted to play:

Clarinet and Violin


Songs Matt plays with piano trills:

Butterflies & Hurricanes

Collateral Damage


Matt's songs characteristics include:

Guitar Riffs/Jams

Guitar Solos

High pitched vocals/falsettos


Broken Chords

Alternative Rock

Progressive Rock

Sci-Fi Space Rock

Romantic Classical 

Baroque Classical

Orchestrations for Strings



Spanish Flamenco Guitar


Synth-wave from the 80s

Dystopian themes

Love and Relationships


The Dark Side features a combination of the natural minor, the harmonic minor, and the melodic minor creating a nine-note scale: 

 E → F♯ → G → A → B → C/C♯ → D/D♯


Key Changes in MUSE songs

More than 20 tracks contain modulations including Citizen Erased, Starlight, Explorers, and the three Exogenesis Symphony parts

Cave is the first song composed by Matt in the mid-90s to feature multiple modulations showcasing classical techniques learned in his musical theory classes:

D Major - Intro

D Minor - Verses

G Minor - Chorus

Knights of Cydonia contains a modulation and chord progression spanning three keys (E minor to C minor to G♯ minor)

Take A Bow has a remarkable 13 key changes beginning in D and ending in B utilizing the circle of fifths technique.


Notable songs by other artists with multiple key changes/modulations:

Bohemian Rhapsody/Save Me/The Show Must Go On - Queen

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds/Penny Lane - The Beatles

Love On Top - Beyoncé

I Will Always Love You/I Have Nothing/I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston

Man In The Mirror/Earth Song - Michael Jackson

My Girl - The Temptations

I Just Called To Say I Love You/Overjoyed - Stevie Wonder

Overture from Tommy/Pinball Wizard/My Generation - The Who

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

One - U2

Money Money Money - ABBA

La Isla Bonita - Madonna

Perfect Illusion - Lady Gaga

Good Vibrations/Wouldn't It Be Nice/In My Room - The Beach Boys

Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion

Take My Breath Away - Berlin

Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler

Love Story - Taylor Swift

Heaven Is A Place On Earth - Belinda Carlisle

So What - P!nk

Sometimes - Britney Spears

Layla - Derek and the Dominos

Invisible Touch - Genesis

42 - Coldplay

Undone (The Sweater Song) - Weezer

Stand - R.E.M.

Surrender - Cheap Trick

Our House - Madness

All By Myself - Eric Carmen

I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones

Since You Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson

Mandy - Barry Manilow

I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys

The Sign - Ace Of Base

To Be With You - Mr. Big

Birdhouse In Your Soul - They Might Be Giants



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