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Origin of Symmetry (XX Anniversary RemiXX)

Top 100 Vinyl Albums Chart Run in Spain:

#1 - Debut Week

#15 - 2nd week

#31 - 3rd week

#36 - 4th week

#30 - 5th week

#58 - 6th week

#51 - 7th week

#54 - 8th week

OoS also re-entered the France Physical Albums sales chart at #193 two weeks ago, spending a fifth week on this tally.

Sources:  Promusicae/SNEP

 

Miscellaneous Touring Stats:

Artist who has opened for/supported MUSE the most during the band's career tours:

Biffy Clyro - 32 shows from 2007-2013

Other artists who have supported MUSE over the years:  Coldplay [8 UK gigs in May/June 2000], Tom Morello [3 UK gigs in 2019], Thirty Seconds to Mars [special guests on North America amphitheatre tour in 2017], Nothing But Thieves, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, Bastille, Razorlight, Editors, Cage The Elephant, Silversun Pickups, Paramore, Fun., Nic Cester, Andy Burrows, Miles Kane, Kiefer Sutherland, Royal Blood, Lily Allen, Rise Against, Incubus, X Ambassadors, Cold War Kids, Walk The Moon, Phantogram, The Joy Formidable, Juliette and the Licks, Birds of Tokyo, Dizzee Rascal, Dead Sara, Band of Skulls, Passion Pit, Metric, White Lies, The Horrors, The Big Pink, The Noisettes, The Like, Everything Everything

 

Bands which MUSE have opened for/supported the most times:

U2 - 16 stadium shows in the USA (9), Brazil (3), Argentina (3) and Chile (1) in 11 different cities in 2009 and 2011

RHCP/Foo Fighters - 15 arena shows in France (1) and the USA (14) in 1999 and 2000

My Chemical Romance - 10 shows in the USA in 2007  [7 additional gigs were cancelled because of health issues]

The Cure - 10 shows in the USA in 2004 [MUSE performed on the second stage]

Among the other notable bands who have been supported by MUSE include:  Rage Against the Machine [a stadium show at LA Coliseum in 2011], Depeche Mode [a stadium show in Stockholm in 2006], Bush and LIVE [at club gigs in Europe early in their career]

 

Number of shows (1578) MUSE have played by calendar year (Setlist.fm):

2000 - 150 

1999 - 146

2004 - 137

2001 - 119

2006- 103

2007 - 101  [Black Holes and Revelations holds the distinction of the album world-wide tour with the most dates]

2013 - 97

2010 - 97

2016 - 82

2015 - 68

2019 - 61

2009 - 56

2003 - 56

1997 - 40

2012 - 39

2002 - 38

2017 - 37

2005 - 23

1998 - 23

1995 - 23

2018 - 21

2011 - 18

2008 - 17

1996 - 13

1994 - 10

2014 - 3

2022 - 9  [Scheduled - Subject to change]

2021 - TBD

2020 - 0  [Scheduled show in Berlin for the Global Citizen Festival was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic]

 

 

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RIP Charlie Watts

"To me, Charlie IS the Rolling Stones," Keith Richards once told Billboard. "We can be as wild as we want, all over the place, but Charlie never falls out of place. He keeps it all locked in and moving forward."

The Jaded Hearts Club covered 'Paint It Black' at the 100 Club in London back in 2019, a song which hit No.1 on the singles charts in the UK, the USA, Canada, and the Netherlands in 1966 and peaked at no. 2 in Germany, Austria, Norway and Ireland:

 

 

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As noted by Claudio O in a recent post, Matt has spent some time this summer at Abbey Road Studios. Below is a timeline of gigs and recording sessions by the band at that iconic recording studio in St. John's Wood over the years:

November 1999 - Muscle Museum  [There is video of this performance on YouTube for those interested]

Late 2000/Early 2001 -  Seven tracks from Origin of Symmetry (including Feeling Good, Micro Cuts and Hyper Music) partially recorded in Studio 2 including strings recorded for Citizen Erased, Space Dementia, and Megalomania and skeleton bones percussion for Screenager.

June 2001 - Bliss (BBC Radio 1 session)

August 2006 - Starlight, Map Of The Problematique and Knights Of Cydonia (Live from Abbey Road TV show)

Early to mid 2021 - Remastered Origin of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX at the studio by Alex Wharton

Mid to late 2021:  Perhaps working on LP9

Interview and live performances from the 2006 sessions at the studio for your viewing and listening pleasure on Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/82911894

 

 

 

 

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Total cumulative views of all MUSE videos on YouTube in the past 90 days (Origin of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX album era) sorted by continent and ranked by market in each region [Source: YouTube Music Charts & Insights]:

GLOBAL:  78.9 million views / 877K average daily views / Peak 1.195 million views on 18 June 2021 (Day of album release)

EUROPE

France  6.9 million total views

United Kingdom 3.99M 

Italy 3.7M

Russia 2.2M

Spain 1.95M

Ukraine  1.94M

Germany 1.37M

Turkey 1.15M

Poland 1.1M

Belgium 820K

Portugal

Netherlands

Greece

Switzerland

Romania

Czech Republic

Hungary

Austria

Israel

Finland

Ireland

Georgia

Sweden

Norway

Denmark

Bulgaria

Serbia

Slovakia

Croatia

Belarus

Kazakhstan

Lithuania

Latvia

Slovenia

Estonia

North Macedonia

Reunion (France territory)

Armenia

Cyprus

Azerbaijan

Moldova

Luxembourg

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Malta

Albania

Iceland 25K 

 

 

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AMERICAS:

United States 11.9M total views

Mexico 8.45M

Brazil 3.03M

Canada 1.73M

Colombia 1.55M

Argentina 1.47M

Chile 1.07M

Peru

Bolivia

Ecuador

Costa Rica

Guatemala

Venezuela

El Salvador

Paraguay

Honduras

Uruguay

Panama

Dominican Republic

Nicaragua

Puerto Rico (USA territory)

Trinidad and Tobago 18.8K

AFRICA:

South Africa 270K total views

Morocco

Egypt

Algeria

Tunisia

Mauritius

Kenya 16.3K

 

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OCEANIA:

Australia 1.18M total views

New Zealand 224K

ASIA:

Indonesia 6.17M total views

South Korea 1.97M

Malaysia 1.52M

India 800K

Japan 556K

Philippines

Thailand

Taiwan

Singapore

Saudi Arabia

Vietnam

Hong Kong

United Arab Emirates

Bangladesh

Pakistan

Iraq

Uzbekistan

Kyrgyzstan

Lebanon

Jordan

Kuwait

Nepal

Mongolia 16K

Brunei

Cambodia

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Top 20 most viewed MUSE videos on YouTube during the past 90 days:

Uprising

Supermassive Black Hole

Hysteria

Starlight

Madness

Knights of Cydonia

Time Is Running Out

Resistance

Undisclosed Desires

Plug In Baby

Psycho

Feeling Good

Unintended

Supremacy

Pressure

New Born

Dead Inside

Bliss

Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)

Stockholm Syndrome

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Matt and ABBA connections (Common UK Venue and Possible Song Inspiration)

Brighton Dome 1974:  ABBA win Eurovision performing Waterloo despite the UK panel giving them zero points

Brighton Dome 2015:  MUSE debut Dead Inside and also play rarities The Groove and Uno  [MUSE spent a lot of time in Brighton in 2002 writing songs for Absolution]

 

Quote from Matt's interview with NME in September 2002:

“The stuff we’re going to do on this [Absolution] album is going to surprise a lot of people. I can’t really say why that would be but I’ve got a feeling it won’t be what people expect. We’ve been writing loads of songs. A lot of the new songs are going in a different direction to what we’ve done before.”

Bellamy explained that the new songs are more “uplifting”, mostly because he has fallen in love. 

He added: “I think there’ll be some songs that are straightforward rock. (But) some of my favourite new songs are like ABBA!”

Matt in later interviews said the beginning of the Iraq war in early 2003 had an effect on the composition of the lyrics.

 

Unnatural Selection ('Counter balance this commotion') and ABBA's Lay All Your Love On Me ('Don't go wasting your emotion') - The Resistance track also features an organ intro and riffs/chord progressions/vocals which could have been inspired by rockers Queens of the Stone Age, System of a Down, and Iron Maiden.

One possible interpretation of the lyrics: 

The "they" that laugh as we fall are big businesses - and perhaps by an extension, governments. People who are lucky can also be the big businesses and people of wealth in general.  We don't have a chance at "fate" because the common person can't change the economic situation, while big businesses can get bail-outs (which goes against natural selection.)  We want the truth - which is for the big businesses and governments to admit their corruption and lies.  He wants the common person to not be treated like nothing - but as something great and powerful that needs to be listened to (hence the reference to the ocean.) He doesn't want religion or 'mind virus' propaganda to make people believe that this is their fate - being subordinate to businesses and governments ['the special ones']. He wants people to realize that they have power and influence in their societies and they need to do something to make their conditions better.
 

 

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Showbiz was released 22 years ago this month.  The album charted first in France debuting at #66 on the 18.09.1999 dated tally and then fell to #67 and #71 the next two weeks in that market. In the UK, the band's first studio album entered the albums survey at #69 on the 16.10.1999 dated list and then dropped off.  It re-entered the chart in early 2000 after the release of Sunburn and spent a total of 31 weeks in the Top 100 in calendar year 2000 in their home country and a cumulative total of 46 charted weeks since its release.

Supermassive Black Hole has recently overtaken Uprising as the top downloaded song at iTunes in both the US and the UK likely due to the track trending on TikTok referencing the Twilight movie in which it appeared.

Another anniversary

Uprising from The Resistance peaked at #37 on the US Billboard  Hot 100 chart dated 3 October 2009 after the band played the song at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City in mid-September. On the same singles chart Lady Gaga's Paparazzi [Matt's favourite song of the decade/NME interview] was at #7 and Poker Face was at #43 in its 40th week on the tally.  MUSE opened for U2 at FedExField in Landover MD USA on 29 September 2009 opening with Knights of Cydonia with USoE in mid-set and closing with Plug In Baby.  This was the first MUSE gig I attended. Matt and Dom left the stadium early that evening to watch Lady Gaga perform at a venue in nearby Washington DC.  They met her after the show and had a brief chat. On the singles chart dated 14 November 2009 Lady Gaga's Bad Romance debuted at #9, while Paparazzi held at #7 and Uprising was at #65 in its 8th week on the chart.  At the 53rd GRAMMY Awards in early 2011, the albums containing Uprising and Bad Romance won Best Rock Album and Best Pop Vocal album, respectively.  Both of these albums contain tracks with some lyrics in French:  I Belong to You [...Réponds à ma tendresse! Ah! verse-moi l'ivresse!...] and Bad Romance [...Je veux ton amour, et je veux ta revanche...].  These two artists were also among the first to use drones in their performances [Drones Worldwide Tour and Super Bowl Halftime show in Houston] in the mid 2010s.

Other British and American artists/acts and one well-known Swedish pop group who have French lyrics in one or more of their songs:

Debbie Harry/Blondie - Denis [#2 in the UK], Sunday Girl, Call Me [#1 in the UK and US]

Paul McCartney/The Beatles - Michelle [Won GRAMMY Award for Song of the Year in 1967]

Sting/The Police - J'aurais toujours faim de toi

Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music - Lost In Europe

Peter Gabriel w/ Kate Bush - Games Without Frontiers (Jeux Sans Frontieres)

Jeff Lynne/ELO - Hold On Tight

Visage - Fade To Grey 

Damon Albarn/Blur - To The End

Limahl - The NeverEnding Story (L'Histoire Sans Fin)

David Byrne/Talking Heads - Psycho Killer

Brendon Urie/Panic! At The Disco - Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met...)

Prince - Boys and Girls

Labelle/Christina Aguilera, Mya, P!nk and Lil' Kim [Cover]  - Lady Marmalade

Madonna - La Vie En Rose and Je t'aime...Moi Non Plus [Performed live in concert]

ABBA - Voulez-Vous

Melanie - Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma

Adam Ant - Vive Le Rock

Andy Bell/Erasure - Oh L'Amour

Michael Stipe/R.E.M. - Talk About The Passion

Best known French-speaking vocalists:

Celine Dion (Canada) - Multiple songs

Johnny Hallyday  (France/Belgium) - Multiple songs

Edith Piaf (France) - Non, Je ne regrette rien, La Vie En Rose

The Singing Nun/Jeannine Deckers (Belgium) - Dominique

Plastic Bertrand (Belgium) - Ca Plane Pour Moi

Netherlands Band:

Tee Set - Ma Belle Amie

 

Chart-topping songs with German lyrics:

Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn...) - Elvis Presley (#1 UK and #2 West Germany) and Joe Dowell (#1 USA)

99 Luftballons - Nena (#2 USA and #1 West Germany [German version] / #1 UK [English version]

Rock Me Amadeus - Falco (#1 UK, USA and West Germany)

Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst] / Major Tom (Coming Home) - Peter Schilling (#1 West Germany / #14 USA English Version) 

Der Kommissar - Falco (#1 West Germany) and After The Fire (#5 USA)

 

 

 

 

 

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Peaks for recent MUSE LPs on the US Billboard Top Vinyl Albums chart:

#7 The 2nd Law (#1 Babel - Mumford & Sons)  - October 2012

#2 Drones (#1 Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones) - June 2015

#2 Simulation Theory (#1 The White Album - The Beatles) - November 2018

#3 Origin of Symmetry (# 1 Plastic Hearts - Miley Cyrus) - July 2021

 

Artists who have featured harpsichord in their recordings (Acoustic or Electric/Keyboard/Synthesizer Harpsichord Sound)

21st century artists:

MUSE - Micro Cuts [Matt played an acoustic harpsichord on this track which was muted on the original album release in 2001 but highlighted on Origin of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX]

Vampire Weekend - M79, Step and Taxi Cab

Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies, She Had The World

The Black Keys - Too Afraid To Love You 

Arcade Fire - Rococo

Paul McCartney - The Kiss of Venus

twenty one pilots - Isle Of Flightless Birds [Before Josh Dun became the drummer]

Belle & Sebastian - The Model

The Hold Steady - One For The Cutters

Deerhunter - Death In Midsummer

Elliott Smith - Junk Bond Trader

1990s:

Destiny's Child - Bills, Bills, Bills

Blur - Clover Over Dover

Supergrass - Your Love

R.E.M. - Half A World Away

Beck - Lazy Flies

Tori Amos - Several tracks on album Songs For Pele

1980s:

Sting - Englishman In New York

The Stranglers - Golden Brown

The Damned - Grimly Fiendish

1970s:

Queen - The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke

Pink Floyd - See Emily Play

Elton John - Skyline Pigeon

Michael Jackson - I'll Be There

The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You

1960s [Golden Age for Baroque Pop/Rock]:

The Rolling Stones - At least seven songs including Lady Jane and Playing With Fire

The Beach Boys - Several songs on Pet Sounds and The Smile Sessions albums including God Only Knows, Caroline No, You Still Believe In Me, Wonderful and When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)

The Beatles - Fixing A Hole, Piggies, and Because [In My Life features a sped up piano to sound like a harpsichord]

The Yardbirds - For Your Love 

The Who - I Need You

The Zombies - Imagine The Swan

The Left Banke - Several tracks including Walk Away Renee

The Kinks - Several tracks including Two Sisters and Session Man

Roy Orbison - Blue Bayou

Donovan - Several tracks including Sunshine Superman 

Simon and Garfunkel - Scarborough Fair

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Our House

Judy Collins - Both Sides Now

Linda Ronstadt - Different Drum

Janis Ian - Society's Child

The Mamas & The Papas - Monday, Monday

The Doors - Several tracks including Love Me Two Times

Traffic - No Face, No Name and No Number

Jimi Hendrix - Burning Of The Midnight Lamp

Grateful Dead - China Doll

The Supremes - Love Is Here And Now You're Gone

The Isley Brothers - Got To Have You Back

The Monkees - Several tracks including The Girl I Knew Somewhere

Paul Mauriat - Love Is Blue

MacArthur Park - Richard Harris

Calcutta - Lawrence Welk And His Orchestra  [Based on a German pop song from 1958)

 

Wind instruments featured on these three songs:

Bassoon - Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (#1 Pop Single in the UK and the USA)

Oboe - I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher (#1 Pop Single in the UK and the USA)

Clarinet (Bass) - I Belong To You (+Mon Cœur S'ouvre a ta Voix) - MUSE

 

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FIRST CHARTED BILLBOARD POP HITS IN THE USA - DEBUT PEAK POSITIONS

#116 From Me To You - The Beatles (August 1963) - Based mostly on Los Angeles radio airplay + sales  [It was released again in 1964 and peaked at #41]

#118 Hysteria (I Want It Now) - MUSE (February 2005) - Alternative rock radio airplay + sales boosted by MTV official music video plays of the track from Absolution

 

UPDATED MUSE SINGLES SALES CERTIFICATIONS IN THREE MARKETS

 

Plug In Baby just awarded Gold status in the UK 

 

United Kingdom (10) - 3.4 million certified units sold (BPI) as of 2021

Platinum (600,000 units sales + streaming) -  Uprising and Supermassive Black Hole

Gold (400,000 units) - Hyper Music/Feeling Good, Plug In Baby and Starlight

Silver (200,000 units) - Time Is Running Out, Hysteria, Knights of Cydonia, Madness and Psycho 

 

Italy (9) - 325,000 certified units sold (FIMI) as of 2018

Platinum (50,000 units sales + streaming) - Time Is Running Out, Starlight, Uprising and Madness

Gold (25,000 units) - Supermassive Black Hole, Undisclosed Desires, Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever), Psycho and Dead Inside

 

USA (6) - 6 million certified units sold (RIAA) as of June 2016

Platinum (1 million units sales + streaming) - Madness (2x), Uprising, Supermassive Black Hole and Starlight

Gold (500,000 units) - Time Is Running Out and Knights of Cydonia

Note:  Uprising has likely sold 3 million-plus units in the States since its Platinum certification in June 2010

 

Matt's spoken words in Italian during the Stadio Olimpico gig in early July 2013 - sono impressionato!

Buonasera, Roma!  

Grazie!  

Come state stasera?

La prossima canzone è per mio figlio!

 Grazie mille!

E daje Roma!

Siete bellissimi!

Come va ragazze? Come state voi laggiù? Ah, state bene!

Viva l'Italia!

Grazie mille, Roma! Vi amo, Roma!

Matt said Morricone! before Knights of Cydonia and sang a few notes of Ave Maria during the end of Blackout

Source:  MuseWiki

 

 

    

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

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