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Fourth festival gig in Spain is scheduled to take place in Vigo, Galicia on 8 September 2022 as part of the Xacobeo Festival and the fourth different city (Madrid, Mallorca and Malaga) in Spain which will host concerts by MUSE this year. Germany and France follow with three different cities each hosting festival gigs by the band.

Venue:  Estadio de Balaídos (25,000-30,000 capacity) - Celta Vigo football club home ground 

Local authorities debated whether the concert should take place in Vigo or A Coruña.  MUSE have previously given two Xacobeo concerts in Galicia in NW Spain at Santiago de Compostela in 2010 and 2004.

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MUSE are the only British rock band to have songs reach No. 1 on both the Alternative/Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock Airplay charts in America.  English solo artists Sting and Peter Gabriel achieved this feat in the early 90's. 

British bands The Rolling Stones and Def Leppard have each had five No. 1 songs at Mainstream Rock followed by Royal Blood at four, while MUSE have had five songs reach the summit at Alternative with Coldplay following with four chart-topping tracks.  


MUSE (Will Of The People) and Madonna (Finally Enough Love) are both scheduled to release new albums on Warner Records on 26 August and 19 August 2022, respectively.  This is likely to be the first time these two artists will concurrently occupy top-tier positions on album charts around the world. As you know, MUSE signed to Maverick Records in America in December 1998.

"Ambition - whenever I hear the word, in my head, all I can think of is Madonna, for some reason. Very ambitious person and a great artist, certainly explores many avenues to get her name out there. I think she’s a very special lady." - Matt Bellamy

Note: My first overseas concert at the O2 arena in London was a Madonna gig in July 2009 and my last concert at the same venue was MUSE in October 2012.  I was also fortunate to see the band perform at London Stadium in June 2019 but a medical issue prevented me from attending one of their shows at the Stade de France the following month.


'The Gallery' recently made its live performance debut during the Eventim Apollo charity gigs in Hammersmith, London earlier this month.

On 8 June 2015 this track along with ten other MUSE songs (including Hoodoo, Ruled by Secrecy, and Panic Station) were featured in the ballet The System choreographed by Anastasia Engasheva which had its public premiere at ZIL Cultural Center in Moscow, Russia.

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29 minutes ago, Claudia O said:

So the venue in Vigo is bigger I hope 😜

The stadium in Vigo is undergoing renovation and it is also at the start of La Liga so there was controversy on where to hold the concert.  Imagine Dragons are performing in Compostela in July I believe as part of the same festival.

Incidentally, the last rock band to play a gig at this venue was the Rolling Stones in 1998.  Madonna and Dire Straits are two of the other artists who have had concerts there in the early 90's.

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Compliance could enter the Top 40 at Alternative radio in America in the next couple of weeks.  Modern rock stations have begun to add the 2nd single from WOTP to their playlists.  WSD will soon depart the airplay charts at Rock and Alternative after spending 20 weeks on these two tallies.  Compliance may not receive airplay at Mainstream Rock so a third heavier track might be promoted to that format in the coming weeks.

Uprising along with several other Alternative hit songs have been sale-priced at iTunes in America this past week.  As a result,  Uprising has ranked among the Top 100 downloaded songs on that platform during the past ten days, peaking as high as #55. 

Hysteria has just been certified Gold in the UK by BPI.  Update:  MUSE now have 2 Platinum singles; 6 Gold singles; and 2 Silver singles in their homeland.


Longest gaps between MUSE gigs in the USA:

4 years - April 2000 (Tradewinds/Sea Bright, NJ) to April 2004 (Cotton Club/Atlanta, GA)

3.5 years - April 2019 (United Center/Chicago, IL) to October 2022 (Jim Beam/Clermont, KY and Aftershock Festival/Sacramento, CA)

Will MUSE schedule arena dates in Fall 2022 or Winter 2023?  Venue availability limited due to NBA basketball and NHL hockey in many cities and so many high-profile artists touring after the pandemic in 2022 and 2023


Some notable multiple-night concert runs at selected venues below:

21 - Prince at the O2 in London (2007) - Over 350,000 attendees

15 - Harry Styles at Madison Square Garden in New York City (2022)  Note:  He has sold over 1 million vinyl albums in the USA since 2017 

15 - Harry Styles at Kia Forum in Inglewood, CA (2022)

10 - Coldplay at Estadio Ciudad de la Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina (20220

6 - Coldplay at Wembley Stadium in London (2022)  Note:  The band has sold over 3.8 million tickets for their current worldwide tour and over 5 million tickets during their last world-wide tour in 2016-17 

6 - MUSE at Accor Arena in Paris-Bercy (2016) - Over 108,000 attendees

6 - MUSE at Mediolanum Forum in Assago/Milan (2016) - Over 60,000 attendees

5 - MUSE at the O2 Arena in London (2016) - Over 90,000 attendees

5 - Ed Sheeran at Wembley Stadium in London (2022)

4 - Coldplay at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France (2022)  Note: Site of UEFA Champions League Final - Liverpool vs Real Madrid (2022)   Never Let Me Down Again (Depeche Mode) dedication to Kylian Mbappe

4 - Coldplay at Foro Sol in Mexico City (2022) - 260,000 attendees

4 - MUSE at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City (2013) - 95,000 attendees

4 - MUSE at Paleis 12 in Laken/Brussels, Belgium (2016) - 58,000 attendees

3 - MUSE at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City (2015) - 74,000 attendees

3 - MUSE at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands (2016) - 50,000 attendees

3 - MUSE at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA (2013) - 44,000 attendees

3 - MUSE at Wembley Arena in London (2006) - Over 30,000 attendees

3 - MUSE at Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil  (2011) - Support for U2 on their 360 degree tour

3 - MUSE at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011 - Support for U2 on their 360 tour)

MUSE have also played two-night stands at various venues during their career in the following cities:

Paris - Stade de France; Accor Arena; and Le Zenith

London - Wembley Stadium; Emirates Stadium; O2 Arena; Earls Court; Brixton Academy; Astoria; and Eventim Apollo

Manchester - Arena

Teignmouth - The Den

Glasgow - SSE Hydro

Milan - Stadio San Siro

Turin - Stadio Olimpico

Madrid -WiZink Center 

Lisbon - Altice Arena

Zurich - Hallenstadion

Toronto - Scotiabank Arena

Montreal - Centre Bell

Quebec City - Centre Videotraon

New York City - Madison Square Garden

Los Angeles - Staples Center and Wiltern LG Theatre

Indio, CA - Coachella Festival

East Rutherford, NJ - Giants Stadium (U2 support)

Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival

Mexico City - Foro Sol

Buenos Aires - Teatro Gran Rex

Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena

Sydney - Qudos Bank Arena and Sydney Showground

Tokyo - Zepp and Studio Coast clubs

Saitama - Super Arena

Yokohama - Arena

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Compliance debuts at #35 on this week's U.S. Billboard Alternative Airplay chart and at #41(+20) at Mediabase. 

The 2nd single from WOTP becomes the 22nd song to appear on this airplay chart, while WSD is the 17th MUSE track to spend at least 20 weeks on the rock airplay charts in America.

When and how much airplay will rock radio give to the third single WOTP which will be released this week?


Uprising has just been certified Platinum in Denmark.  The track also re-entered the Rock Digital Song Sales chart at #24 in America due to sale-pricing at iTunes this past week,


Top-selling first week album sales in the UK so far in 2022 by the following artists (Source: OCC/Music Week):

Harry Styles - 114K

Liam Gallagher - 70K+

MUSE - 51K+

George Ezra - 44K+

Robbie Williams - 38K+

Paulo Nutini - 34K+

Beyoncé - 31K+

Florence + The Machine - 31K

Red Hot Chili Peppers - 27K+

Kasabian - 21K+

The Weeknd - 20K+

Bastille - 20K

Harry Styles sold 36K vinyl albums in the UK and an amazing record-setting 182K vinyl albums in the USA in its first week of release, while Liam Gallagher sold 29K vinyl albums of his new release. MUSE could sell 10K or more vinyl albums of WOTP in both the UK and the USA in its first week.

Simulation Theory in its debut week sold 44K albums (91% sales and 9% streams) in the UK in November 2018 and over 30K albums (sales) in America.

Trivia:  Which MUSE gig did Harry Styles attend while a member of One Direction?  Answer below


Kudos to the following European football clubs for trophies won in calendar year 2022:

Real Madrid (4) - UEFA Champions League (14th European title); LaLiga (35th title); UEFA Super Cup (5th title); and Supercopa de España (12th title)   ¡Enhorabuena, Madridistas!

Liverpool (3) - FA Cup, EFL Carabao Cup and Community Shield

Manchester City (1) - English Premier League

Chelsea (1) - FIFA Club World Cup

Bayern Munich (1) - Bundesliga

Eintracht Frankfurt (1) - Europa League

Leipzig (1) - DFB-Pokal

Paris Saint-Germain (1) - Ligue 1

Nantes (1) - Coupe de France

AC Milan (1) - Serie A

Inter Milan (1) - Supercoppa

Roma (1) - Europa Conference League

Ajax (1) - Eredivisie

Porto (1) - Primeira Liga

Real Betis (1) - Copa del Rey

Rotherham (1) - Football League trophy and promotion to the EFL Championship 


War Child Brits show at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on 18 February 2013

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“We had such a good time at our recent charity shows at the Apollo in London last month we wanted to play some of these types of smaller theatres [in October 2022] that we hadn’t played for a long time in the U.S and Europe before we head out on tour in 2023,” explains Matt.


Peak Chart Positions - First Two Days of Release 

Single:  Will Of The People

#93 UK Official Songs Downloads Chart

Apple iTunes (Downloads)

Top Songs (All Genres)

#12 Mexico

#13 New Zealand

#23 Switzerland

#24 France

#26 United Kingdom

#27 Sweden

#36 Mozambique

#39 Belgium

#60 Denmark

#64 Ireland

#93 Australia

#95 Singapore

Deezer (Streaming)

#2 South Korea

#47 Indonesia


Album: Will Of The People

Apple Music (Streaming for all three tracks released to date)

#6 Netherlands

#10 Malta

#13 Portugal

#13 Uzbekistan

#14 Finland

#16 Mexico

#16 Switzerland

#21 Spain

#21 Lithuania

#23 United Kingdom

#25 Norway

#26 Belgium

#26 Greece

#29 Fiji

#30 Italy

#30 Bolivia

#30 Tajikistan

#33 Australia

#36 Poland

#38 Austria

#38 Estonia

#39 France

#41 Sweden

#42 Germany

#43 New Zealand

#45 Denmark

#55 Macau

#57 Cyprus

#58 Jordan

#59 Chile

#61 Czech Republic

#64 Ukraine

#66 Turkey 

#73 Latvia

#74 Armenia

#75 Moldova

#79 Ireland

#80 Canada

#83 Argentina

#85 Paraguay

#88 Ecuador

#91 Hungary

#91 Slovenia

#92 Uruguay

#94 El Salvador

#96 Indonesia

#98 Malaysia

#101 Luxembourg


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Impact on sales after the first two festival gigs in Germany at Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park 

Best-selling Pre-orders at Apple iTunes:

Will Of The People

#3 Germany (All Genres)

#3 UK (All Genres)

#1 France (Alternative)

#13 USA

WOTP entered the Official UK Top 100 Singles Sales chart at #96 in that market after less than two days of tracking download sales for the third single. 

The exclusive red vinyl edition of LP9 is again one of the Top 100 best-selling albums at the Amazon UK store.

Compliance climbs from #35 to #28 at Alternative radio airiplay in America according to Billboard leapfrogged by the new single from Panic! At The Disco.

Simulation Theory just certified Gold in Poland (10,000 sales) joining TR and T2L to reach that threshold in that market.

Personal ranking of the first four tracks from the new album: 



Compliance, WOTP

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MUSE and Blondie

Both artists will be dropping albums on 26 August this year with Blondie releasing an archival box set entitled Against The Odds 1974-1982 in several configurations.  

Both artists have played gigs at the Hammersmith Apollo venue in London:  MUSE two charity shows in May 2022 and Blondie a total of 13 career shows from 1977 to 2007 with a memorable 7 night run in January 1980.

Blondie's first single Denis peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart in March 1978.  Heart of Glass topped the pop charts in both the UK and America in 1979.

Blondie played a sample of Uprising during Call Me at two shows in the UK, including their concert at the Isle of Wight festival in June 2010.

Blondie’s Debbie Harry admits that she wishes she had written a MUSE song. Harry made the admission as part of NME’s ‘Soundtrack Of My Life’ series in 2017. When she and guitarist Chris Stein were asked which song by another artist they wished they’d written. “Something from MUSE I guess,” Harry told NME. “They have a marvelous sound that’s so distinctive, and beautiful songs.”

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MUSE and Kate Bush

Chart positions on the latest Alternative Airplay (Billboard) chart in America: 

#24(+4) Compliance - MUSE

#26(Debut) Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush (Ascending to #4 on the Hot 100 (Billboard) singles chart this week after peaking at #30 in America in 1985). It reached #1 in Australia last week and is trending to hit #1 on next weeks Official UK Singles chart replacing As It Was by Harry Styles.

Peak chart positions on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles chart (Billboard) for first singles released in America by these notable UK acts:

#101 Starlight (March 2007) MUSE  - The third best performing song on the pop singles chart for the band after Madness and Uprising which spent 29 and 20 weeks on the Hot 100 chart respectively.

#108 Wuthering Heights (April 1978)  Kate Bush - The track reached No. 1 in the UK in March 1977 blocking Denis by Blondie from reaching the summit.  I first heard it as an exchange student in Germany that year and was favourably impressed.

#116 From Me To You (August 1963)  The Beatles  - The track peaked at #41 the following year after Beatlemania hit America.

#118 Hysteria (February 2005) MUSE - This track and Time Is Running Out both peaked earlier at #9 on the Alternative Airplay chart in America.

Kate Bush had an amazing 22-night residency at the Hammersmith Apollo venue in London in August-September 2014.

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Estimated Number of Attendees for the MUSE WOTP 2022 Summer Festivals Tour according to concert organisers/promoters and press reports:

90,000  Rock Am Ring, Nürburg-Germany

70,000  Rock Im Park, Nürnberg-Germany

50,000  Nova Rock, Nickelsdorf-Austria

30,000  Tempelhof Sounds, Berlin-Germany

50,000  Firenze Rocks, Florence-Italy

74,000  Rock In Rio, Lisboa-Portugal

50,000  Isle of Wight-England

30,000  Volt, Sopron-Hungary

30,000  Tinderbox, Odense-Denmark

28,000  Mallorca Live, Calvià/Islas Baleares-Spain

25,000  Eject, Athens-Greece

25,000  Open Air, St. Gallen-Switzerland

25,000  Les Eurockéennes de Belfort-France

30,000 Festival Beauregard, Hérouville Saint Clair/Normandie-France

70,000  Mad Cool, Valdebebas/Madrid-Spain

30,000  Les Déferantes, Céret-France

17,000  Xacobeo Festival at Estadio de Balaídos, Vigo/Galicia-Spain

30,000  Andalusia Big Festival, Sacaba Beach/Malaga-Spain

35,000  Aftershock, Sacramento CA-USA


789,000  Attendance for the 19 festival dates cited above

10,000   Attendance (2 shows at Hammersmith Apollo in May) - Probably raised over 1 million pounds for three charites

18,000  Attendance for 8 theatre dates in North America and Europe in October assuming an avg 2,300 per show

150 - Attendance at April gig at Exeter Cavern (Jim Beam Welcome Sessions)

??? - Attendance at October gig at Jim Beam HQ Distillery in Clermont, Kentucky USA (Welcome Sessions)


Downtime visits for band members so far during the festival tour:

Vienna - Horse drawn carriage ride (Matt) and Stephansplatz stroll (Chris)

Paris - Several radio interviews (Matt and Dom)

Bologna - Lamborghini HQ/Racetrack (Matt and Dom) and signing a big wheel of possibly parmigiano reggiano cheese (Matt, Dom, Chris et al)

Pisa - Leaning Tower (Dom)

Florence - Piazzale Michelangelo and Basilica Santa Croce (Matt)

Athens - Ancient Greek Ruins (Matt)


Matt's Ancestry:  45% French Belgian; 45% Irish; 5% English; and 5% Other(worldly)


Cheeky Matt the sheep farmer/singer-songwriter/guitarist/pianist/frontman/Manson Guitar Works majority shareholder including 'sheeple' in the lyrics to track WOTP

America - We Are F*****g F****d 

Clowns Removed From The Throne by MPs and the Voters - BoJo and The Donald



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British acts with songs currently charting at Alternative radio in America for the tracking week ending 30 June according to Billboard/Luminate:

#13 Kate Bush


#17 Florence + The Machine

#23(-1) MUSE  

#33 Wolf Alice*

#37 Harry Styles  

Foals and Gorillaz and Wet Leg and The 1975 are bubbling under the Top 40

*Absolution is one of Ellie Rowsell's favourite albums and Stockholm Syndrome is one of her favourite tracks on the LP.  The band just played Glastonbury and will open for Harry Styles for shows on his European tour in late June and July.

Check out the YouTube video below:



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Highest-Attended MUSE Concerts in Madrid, Spain:

70,000  Mad Cool Festival (2022)

50,000  Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (2019)

39,000  Estadio Vicente Calderon (2010)

33,500  WiZink Center (2016) - Two nights

Career MUSE gigs in Spain with estimated attendance in the range of 15,000-30,000 have also taken place at arenas in Madrid and Barcelona, at stadiums in Barcelona and Bilbao, at festivals in Benicassim, Santiago de Compostela, Bilbao and Mallorca, and at upcoming scheduled Sept 2022 stadium and festival shows in Vigo and Malaga respectively.


MUSE in Spanish Charts (Source: Promusicae)

Albums  (Peak Positions and Chart Weeks)

Showbiz - Did not chart on release in 1999

Hullabaloo Soundtrack - Did not chart on release in 2002

Origin of Symmetry - Did not chart on release in 2003

Absolution - #14  9 wks  Last re-entry appearance:  #100 in 2009

Black Holes and Revelations - #20  10 wks

HAARP - #24  6 wks

The Resistance - #2  47 wks

The 2nd Law - #2  57 wks

Live At Rome Olympic Stadium - #22  13 wks

Drones - #3  50 wks

Simulation Theory - #4  22 wks

Origin Of Muse - #55  1 wk in 2019

Origin Of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX/Origin Of Symmetry - #14  1 wk in 2021

Will Of The People - #2 in 2022 

Only four MUSE tracks have ever appeared on the singles chart in Spain:

Hysteria - #20  1 wk in 2004

Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) - #26  7 wks in 2010

Survival - #25  1 wk in 2012

Madness - #30  1 wk in 2012

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Compliance moves up five spots to #18 on the Alternative Airplay chart in America becoming the band's 20th track to reach that level of airplay while 64-year-old Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill reaches a new high at #9 on the same survey compiled by Billboard/Luminate.  Mediabase places Compliance at #19 this week.

The four tracks released from LP9 so far have received over 60 million combined streams at Spotify and YouTube as of 6 August 2022:

WSD 27M Spotify and 12M YT

Compliance 11M Spotify and 4M YT

WOTP 6M Spotify and 2.5M YT

KOBK - 3M Spotify and 2M YT

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Highest Grossing Live Touring Acts of All-Time

Top British Artists (in descending order)

The Rolling Stones - Over $2 billion career concert ticket sales

Elton John 


Coldplay - Over $1 billion career concert ticket sales

Paul McCartney

Ed Sheeran 


Roger Waters  - Over $500 million career concert ticket sales

Rod Stewart 

Robbie Williams

Fleetwood Mac

Eric Clapton

Depeche Mode

One Direction


Def Leppard

Iron Maiden

Other Notable UK Artists (in no particular order)

Take That

The Police 

The Who


Calvin Harris


Queen + Adam Lambert


The Cure



Phil Collins

David Bowie

George Michael

Ozzy Osbourne 

Duran Duran

Arctic Monkeys

Mumford & Sons

Harry Styles

Spice Girls

Florence + The Machine 


Other Notable Acts:

U2 - Over $2 billion career concert ticket sales

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Over $1 billion career concert ticket sales


Celine Dion

Bon Jovi




Billy Joel

Garth Brooks

Kenny Chesney


Dave Matthews Band

Taylor Swift


Guns N' Roses - Over $500 million career concert ticket sales




Luke Bryan

Neil Diamond

Justin Timberlake

Justin Bieber

Bruno Mars

Lady Gaga


Michael Buble

Britney Spears

Tina Turner

George Strait

Tim McGraw

Foo Fighters  - Over $300 million career concert ticket sales

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Pearl Jam

Bob Dylan



Bryan Adams

Van Halen


Mötley Crüe

Green Day

Linkin Park

Maroon 5


Backstreet Boys



Katy Perry


Michael Jackson

Jonas Brothers

New Kids On The Block

Toby Keith

Brad Paisley

Keith Urban

Alan Jackson

Jason Aldean

Eric Church

John Mayer

Barry Manilow

twenty one pilots  - Over $100 million career concert ticket sales

The Killers

Imagine Dragons

Kings of Leon

The Black Keys

Johnny Hallyday



ZZ Top


Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd

Fall Out Boy

My Chemical Romance



Barbra Streisand

Shania Twain


Janet Jackson

Kylie Minogue

Faith Hill

Mariah Carey

Whitney Houston

Ariana Grande

Carrie Underwood

Miley Cyrus

Christina Aguilera

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Debut Peak Chart Positions after first 48 hours of release

Top Songs - All Genres

Apple iTunes (Digital Downloads):

'Kill Or Be Killed'

#5 Sweden

#13 United Kingdom (#2 Alternative)

#20 Mexico

#20 Peru

#26 New Zealand

#27 Denmark

#28 France

#44 Norway

#54 Switzerland

#64 Italy

#68 Australia

#87 Germany

#88 Canada

#162 USA  (#8 Alternative)


Deezer (Streaming):

#3 South Korea

#29 Romania

#40 Lithuania

#51 Portugal

#65 Ukraine

#71 Czech Republic

#88 Malaysia

#89 Latvia

#91 Indonesia

#92 Ireland

#93 Israel


The documentary below features interviews with John Leckie, Mark Beaumont and the late Safta Jaffery covering the period up through the release of the band's fifth studio album The Resistance:

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Top 100 Peak Chart Positions in 64 Global Markets 

Album: Will Of The People

Apple Music (Streaming for the first four tracks released to date):

#3 Malta

#6 Uzbekistan

#7 Netherlands

#10 Finland

#15 Austria

#15 Luxembourg

#16 Spain

#17 Mexico

#17 Switzerland

#19 Portugal

#19 Argentina

#20 Cyprus

#21 Bolivia

#21 Fiji

#22 Lithuania

#23 United Kingdom

#23 Egypt

#24 Poland

#24 Kuwait

#26 Latvia

#27 Moldova

#29 France

#29 Sweden

#30 Estonia

#30 New Zealand

#30 Turkey

#31 Chile

#32 Belgium

#33 Italy

#36 Ireland

#40 Germany

#40 Laos

#42 Australia

#43 Kyrgyzstan

#44 Norway

#45 Azerbaijan

#47 Ukraine

#47 Hungary

#47 Paraguay

#49 Nicaragua

#52 Czech Republic

#55 Ecuador

#56 Greece

#57 Peru

#59 Iceland

#60 Indonesia

#63 Honduras

#64 Denmark

#66 South Korea

#68 Hong Kong

#72 Armenia

#72 Israel

#75 Slovenia

#76 Singapore

#77 Romania

#78 Thailand

#81 Croatia

#82 Colombia

#84 Mauritius

#85 Malaysia

#86 Bulgaria

#93 Costa Rica

#95 El Salvador

#99 Canada

WOTP is the No. 1 best-selling and 10th most pre-ordered artist album at iTunes in the UK and the USA, respectively, following the release of KOBK and also is among the Top 5 best-selling pre-ordered albums at Amazon UK.

'Compliance' is inching up the Alternative radio airplay survey in America reaching a new high of #17 on this week's tally.

KOBK debuts at #56 on the New Music Friday songs chart at Spotify but did not enter the Top 200 on any country streaming chart the past few days.

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MUSE will give their third career concert in Galicia, NW Spain on 8 September 2022 in Vigo and their second career gig in Andalusia, Spain on 10 September at Sacaba Beach in Malaga on 10 September 2022.  The band's last show in southern Spain occurred in Granada in 2004, although Matt visited Andalusia in his teen years.  Historical Note:  The Battle of Trafalgar took place nearby in 1805 west of Cape Trafalgar, Spain between Cadiz and the Strait of Gibraltar.

WSD is the second Best Rock Video nomination received by MUSE at the MTV VMAs in America.  Uprising was the first in 2010 which lost to Kings and Queens by Thirty Seconds to Mars. Winners are determined by fan voting.

WOTP could perhaps sell 10,000 - 20,000 copies on wax in its first week of release in several markets including the UK, France and the USA and is/was available in at least six different vinyl variants and one NFT (non-fungibe token) format:

Black (Standard)

Red + Black-Marbled Exclusive (MUSE store)

Red Exclusive (Amazon UK and elsewhere) 

Cream Ltd Edition (HMV UK and Indies Retail Elswhere)

Neon Yellow Ltd Edition Exclusive (Spotify) - Several thousand units globally sold-out earlier this year in pre-order

Zoetrope Exclusive (Blood Records UK) - Limited to 8,000 copies already sold-out in pre-order

NFT 'Digital Pressing' Exclusive - Limited to 1,000 copies globally via eco-friendly music web3 marketplace Serenade

WOTP will also be available in several other formats:  CD; Cassette (Red, Yellow and Blue versions at MUSE store); Digital Downloads at iTunes and Amazon; and Streaming on multiple platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Amazon Music and Tidal

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Compliance moves up 4 spots on the latest Alternative Airplay surveys in America according to both Billboard and Mediabase.


Xacobeo Festival gig in Vigo, Spain on 8 September - 15,000 tickets sold (Entradas Agotadas) - Additional tickets in the range of 4,000-5,000 may become available in the coming weeks


KOBK has surpassed 1.5 million streams at both YouTube and Spotify after its first week of release.

'They [MUSE] are [already] on tens of thousands of pre-orders [for album Will Of The People]' - Warner Records UK

Official UK Singles Sales Chart Top 100 Positions for the first four tracks released from LP9:

#81 KOBK - Debut

#96 WOTP - Debut

#45 Compliance - Debut

#21 WSD - Debut   The first single peaked the following week at #11 and then dropped to #69 in its third week of release. It also debuted at #45 on the main Official UK Singles Chart Top 100.


Seven songs from Origin of Symmetry were recorded at Real World Studios (founded by Peter Gabriel) in Box, Wiltshire, England: Citizen Erased, Space Dementia, Megalomania, Screenager, Hyper Music, Feeling Good, and Micro Cuts.  As noted in an earlier post, Peter Gabriel, Sting, and MUSE are the only three UK artists who have achieved multiple chart-topping songs on both the Mainstream Rock Airplay and Alternative Airplay charts compiled by Billboard in America and have all recorded songs with French lyrics:

Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers (Jeux Sans Frontieres) Backing vocals by Kate Bush 

The Police - Hungry for You (J'aurais Toujours Faim de Toi) Vocals by Sting

MUSE - I Belong to You (+Mon Cœur S'ouvre à Ta Voix) Vocals by Matt Bellamy

Matt's Credits on Origin of Symmetry and Origin of Symmetry (XX Anniversary RemiXX): Lead Vocals; Songwriter; Lead and Rhythm Guitars; Keyboards; Piano, Church Pipe Organ (nearby Bath); Harpsichord; Megaphone; Strings Arrangement; Production; and Mixing



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"MUSE are bidding to become the first act to reach the Official UK Albums Chart with an album delivered as an NFT..."

"British rock band Muse’s upcoming new album [Will Of The People] will be released as a limited-edition NFT on the Polygon-powered platform Serenade."

"When compared to other leading blockchains like Ethereum, Polygon’s carbon footprint is 44,000 times smaller,” reads Serenade’s About page. They say it’s 1/10 of a tweet – and “You would have to mint 197,000 Serenade NFTs to equal the carbon footprint of a single 12” vinyl."





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Will Of The People -  First Week Official  Album Chart Projections* 

#1 UK  (Top 100, Album Sales, Vinyl Albums, Album Downloads) - Likely to become the band's seventh consecutive studio album to top the album chart in their homeland

#1 France (Top Albums, Top Albums Physiques) - Albums from legendary Johnny Hallyday and popular rapper Soprano blocked Simulation Theory from the top back in November 2018

#1 USA (Vinyl Albums) - Drones and Simulation Theory both peaked at #2 on this tally behind re-issued classic albums from the Rolling Stones and The Beatles, respectively, while Origin of Symmetry (XX Anniversary RemiXX) debuted on this same survey at #3 in 2021

Top 5 USA (Album Sales) - WOTP  has a chance to top this chart depending on how much other recently released albums in August decline in sales from their debut weeks and barring any 'surprise' releases from A-list artists or K-pop groups

Top 10 USA (Billboard 200) - DJ Khaled will probably have the top debut album due to streaming followed possibly by WOTP,  the new box set compilation from Blondie, new albums from blackbear, JID and Dirty Heads, and the expanded version of Bastille's latest album.  Older releases from Bad Bunny, Morgan Wallen, and Harry Styles and more recent August releases from Beyoncé, Madonna, Panic! At The Disco, Oasis, and Eminem are likely to continue to occupy top tier album positions on this tally for the tracking week ending 1 September 2022.

WOTP could also debut at No. 1 in nearly 20 global markets similar to what Drones did back in 2015 and The Resistance in 2009 and sell around 200,000 copies world-wide in its first week of release.

Albums by MUSE that have achieved Platinum certification for sales of over 10K copies in Russia:  Absolution, The Resistance and Drones

*Based on pre-orders and sales history for past albums.  Estimates subject to change closer to release date.

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Top Touring Headliner Artists of the Pollstar Era (July 1980-July 2022)

MUSE Rankings

#15 Boxoffice Grosses - British Act

#51 Boxoffice Grosses - Over $400 million*

#78 Tickets Sold - Over 6 million

*Some shows were likely unreported and does not include career festival headliner performance fees of $50 million-plus nor fees earned as support for other artists such as U2 at stadums or arenas and clubs during their career.  MUSE should generate another $50-$75 million at the conclusion of their upcoming 2023 WOTP World Tour depending on types of venues (arenas and/or stadia) and number of scheduled dates and therefore should move up in the rankings along with Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, and RHCP who will all increase career concert earnings from their 2022 massive world-wide tours.



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