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Will Of The People

The new album will likely make high chart appearances at iTunes and Apple Music in possibly over 80 markets around the world when it drops on Friday and debut at No. 1 on the national album sales tallies in close to 20 countries.  Unfortunately, it apparently will not be commercially available in Russia where it would likely have topped the iTunes downloads sales chart. 

Will it sell more or fewer units than their last studio album Simulation Theory did in its first week in November 2018 in the UK (44K) and the USA (38k)? 

Will it debut at the top of both the Album Sales and Vinyl Albums chart in the USA and enter the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart?

Stay tuned for updates this coming weekend and early next week when sales projections are released.


Third single 'WOTP' has entered the Mainstream/Active Rock Radio Airplay charts (#37 Mediabase/#41 Billboard) in America this week along with 'Yen' by Slipknot and 'Tippa My Tongue' by RHCP while 'Compliance' has peaked at #13 at Alternative.

In the above populist parody track Matt alters one of the lyrics: ...Will of the people, the will of the sheeple...  

This songwriting duo composed a song in 1964 with the following lyrics:  ...Talking is cheap, people follow like sheep...  This song featuring high pitched vocals was covered by a British band and spent 3 weeks at No. 1 on the UK pop charts in 1967 and reached No. 11 in America.  They also composed a song which reached No. 2 on the US pop charts in 1967 and was later covered and recorded by MUSE.  Details follow below.


Stade de France/Saint-Denis

Artists who have played the most concerts at this venue which will host the track and field events at the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris:

9 - Johnny Hallyday  720K+ attendees (Est.)

8 - Coldplay  632K  attendees and $54.3 million gross

7 - U2  598K attendees and $60.2 million gross

7 - MUSE  510K attendees and $42 million gross (Est.)  - The 7th concert at this venue is scheduled to take place in July 2023.

5 - The Rolling Stones  355K attendees (Est.)

5 - AC/DC   375K attendees (Est.)

5 - Beyoncé/Jay-Z   334K attendees and $30.7 million gross

4 - Ed Sheeran  320K attendees and $19.8 million gross

3 - Madonna  200K attendees and $24.8 million gross

3 - Depeche Mode   190K attendees

3 - Black Eyed Peas

2 - Paul McCartney,  Bruce Springsteen, The Police, Metallica, RHCP, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Celine Dion, and Mylène Farmer


Bob Crewe / Bob Gaudio  

'Silence Is Golden' originally recorded by The Four Season and later covered by The Tremeloes

'Can't Take My Eyes Off You' covered by Frankie Valli and MUSE and several other notable artists

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26 August 2022 - First Week of Release (Peak positions in 50 markets around the world)

Top Albums (All Genres) 

Will Of The People


#1 United Kingdom

#1 United States  [Chart-topper for the first 12 hours of release on Friday and #2 thereafter leapfrogged by DJ Khaled]

#1 France

#1 Belgium

#1 Italy

#1 Germany

#1 Switzerland

#1 Austria

#1 Netherlands

#1 Spain

#1 Portugal

#1 Brazil

#1 Luxembourg

#1 Ireland

#1 Norway

#1 Denmark

#1 Sweden

#1 Finland

#1 Poland

#1 Ukraine

#1 Hungary

#1 Slovakia

#1 Bulgaria

#1 Lithuania

#1 Greece

#1 Turkey

#1 Australia

#1 New Zealand  

#1 Canada

#1 Mexico

#1 Chile

#1 Israel

#1 Egypt

#1 Indonesia

#1 Malaysia

#1 Singapore

#1 Armenia

#1 Kazakhstan

#1 South Africa

#1 Mauritius

#1 Fiji

#2 United Arab Emirates

#2 Taiwan

#2 Thailand

#3 Hong Kong

#4 Japan

#4 Czech Republic

#5 India

#23 Mozambique

#57 Romania

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WOTP  debuts in China and the USA for the first time and charts in over 90 other markets on the Apple Music Top 100 Albums streaming tally!!

26-31 August 2022 (Peak Positions)

Will Of The People

Apple Music :

#1 Switzerland

#1 Netherlands

#1 Belgium

#1 Austria

#1 Finland

#1 Luxembourg

#1 Latvia

#1 Malta

#1 Uzbekistan

#2 Spain

#2 Sweden

#2 Poland

#2 Bolivia

#3 United Kingdom

#3 Germany

#3 Italy

#3 Denmark

#3 Portugal

#3 Croatia

#3 Lithuania

#4 France

#4 Argentina

#4 Ireland

#4 Norway

#4 New Zealand

#4 Czech Republic

#4 Hungary

#4 Estonia

#4 Cyprus

#4 Serbia

#4 Moldova

#4 Armenia

#4 Azerbaijan

#5 South Korea

#6 Australia

#6 Slovenia

#6 Ukraine

#7 Turkey

#7 Peru

#8 Slovakia

#8 Iceland

#8 Bulgaria

#8 Mexico

#8 Uruguay

#9 Canada

#9 Indonesia

#9 Singapore

#9 Israel

#10 Greece

#10 Hong Kong

#10 Myanmar

#11 Chile

#11 Lebanon

#11 Laos

#13 Malaysia

#13 Honduras

#13 Fiji

#14 Romania

#14 Thailand

#14 United Arab Emirates

#15 Brazil

#17 Kazakhstan

#18 Kuwait

#18 Macau

#18 Nepal

#20 Paraguay

#22 North Macedonia

#25 Egypt

#25 Qatar

#25 Belize

#25 Panama

#26 Costa Rica

#26 Guatemala

#27 China

#27 Taiwan

#27 Mauritius

#31 Colombia

#31 Trinidad and Tobago

#35 El Salvador

#37 Nicaragua

#39 United States

#40 Ecuador

#41 Saudi Arabia

#44 Maldives

#45 Jordan

#52 Cambodia

#57 Oman

#60 Antigua and Barbuda

#71 Bahrain

#72 Vietnam

#75 Kyrgyzstan

#76 South Africa

#76 Algeria

#76 Sri Lanka

#77 Philippines

#84 Barbados

#85 Bermuda

#90 Botswana

#92 Saint Kitts and Nevis


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'Starlight' has just been certified Platinum by BPI joining singles 'SMBH' and 'Uprising' to achieve that sales certification (600,000 units moved) in the UK.


Top CD's & Vinyl Rankings (Peak Positions)

#1 Will Of The People - Amazon UK

#1 Will Of The People - Amazon USA


Worldwide iTunes Album Chart (Downloads) - Top Debuts**

#1 MUSE - Will Of The People 

#2 TWICE - BETWEEN 1&2  

#3 Machine Head - Of Kingdom and Crown

#5 DJ Khaled - GOD DID


Worldwide Apple Music Album Chart (Streams)**

#1 DJ Khalid - GOD DID

#2 Beyoncé - RENAISSANCE

#3 Harry Styles - Harry's House

#4 MUSE - Will Of The People


**Source:  KWORB.NET (Rankings by weighted points calculations based on album chart positions in global markets this past weekend)

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The UK Official Albums Chart Midweek Update has been delayed due to the bank holiday on Monday.  News about the top selling albums this past weekend in the United Kingdom should therefore be released on Tueday by the Official Charts Company.   Other weekly album sales updates in the USA, Germany, Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium should become known later this week.


SPOTIFY Top Album Debuts (August 26-28, 2022):

#4 Will Of The People (GLOBAL) 

#7 Will Of The People (USA)

New releases from DJ Khaled, JID, and TWICE occupy the top three positions on both of the above streaming charts.


The 1,000 copies of the  limited edition NFT format  of the WOTP album reportedly sold out in 25 minutes according to the OCC.  The Zoetrope limited vinyl edition of 8,000 units also sold out earlier this month.

Meanwhile, album title track 'WOTP' last week became the band's 12th song to chart on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay tally in America.  It debuted at #34 on that survey while at Mediabase it ascended seven places to #30.

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Muse's Will Of The People album on course to become first-ever Official Number 1 album using NFT technology

English rock band Muse's ninth studio album is also outselling the rest of the Top 10 combined at the midweek mark



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United Kingdom:

Official Album Chart Top 100 - Midweek Projections

#1  MUSE - Will Of The People (Debut) - 7th consecutive studio album chart-topper for the Devon band

#2  Harry Styles - Harry's House

#3  Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers (Vinyl Release)

United States:

Hits Daily Double Album Chart Projections:

#1  TWICE - Between 1&2 (Debut) - 90,000+ Albums  [K-Pop Group]

#2  Kendrick Lamar (Vinyl Release) - 38,000+ Albums

#3  Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic - An Evening With Silk Sonic (Vinyl Release) - 33,000+ Albums 

#4  MUSE (Debut) - 23,000+ Albums   [#15 Billboard 200 with 27,000+ equivalent album units including streaming and track sales]

#5  DJ Khaled - GOD DID (Debut) - 9,000 Albums  [#1 with 100,000+ equivalent album units including streaming and track sales]

#5  Harry Styles - 9,000 Albums


Offizielle Deutsche Albums/MTV - Midweek Chart Projections

#1 Kontra K - Für den Himmel durch die Hölle [German Rapper]


#3 Kendrick Lamar


Oricon Album Charts

#3 MUSE - Will Of The People (Debut ) - Top Rock Albums

#6 MUSE - WOTP - 500 Digital Album Sales for three days 26-28 August

#15 MUSE - WOTP - 3,000 Physical Album Sales for three days 26-28 August

Billboard Hot Albums Chart

#13 MUSE - WOTP 

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Top 50 Albums Chart 

#1 Will Of The People - MUSE (Debut)

The band's fourth chart-topping studio album there joining BHaR, TR, and Drones to reach the summit.

Time to return the favour since their last gigs Down Under in Sydney and Melbourne took place in December 2017.

Source: ARIA

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Dutch Album Top 100 Chart

#2 Will Of The People - MUSE  (Debut)  


Official Irish Top 50 Album Chart

#2 Will Of The People - MUSE  (Debut)


Offizielle Deutsche Top 100 Albums Chart

#2 Will Of The People - MUSE  (Debut)

Kensington, Harry Styles, and Kontra K held the #1 spots respectively on the above weekly album charts.

Sources:  Dutchcharts; Official Charts Company; and GfK Entertainment

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Official Albums Chart Top 100

#1 Will Of The People - MUSE

Massive 51,500  equivalent album chart units in its debut week - Also debuted at #1 on the UK official album downloads, vinyl albums, and Scottish albums chart and #18 on the official albums streaming chart.


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Top Albums and Vinili Charts

#1 Will Of The People - MUSE  (Debut)

Career 3 No. 1 albums (WOTP, TR, and T2L) and 3 No. 2 albums (ST, Drones, and BHaR) in Italy

Source:  FIMI


Debuts in other markets:

New Zealand



#16 WOTP


#27 WOTP


Will WOTP dethrone Bad Bunny on the Spain album chart?  Stay tuned on Tuesday.

WOTP equivalent album units from the three biggest markets (UK, France and USA):  106,000+

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Latest weekly album charts:

Will Of The People 

#1 Switzerland  - 6th consecutive MUSE studio album to top the Schweizer Hitparade - Abso peaked at #3 and OoS at #6

#1 Belgium-Wallonia (French)

#2 Belgium-Flanders (Dutch)

#2 Finland

#5 Canada


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WOTP - Breakdown of UK album sales by format according to the OCC:

19,576 CDs

18,515 Vinyl Variants

6,617 Cassettes - 3 Variants


2,913 Streaming - 2.9 million track streams divided by 1,000

Total Equivalent Album Units:  51,510 - Biggest sales week since Liam Gallagher's album release of 70K+ units earlier this year

Total UK Gross Sales: £900,000+ Est.

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Top 100 Albums Vinyl

#1 Will Of The People - MUSE

Top 100 Albums (Sales + Streaming)

#2 Will Of The People - MUSE  (#1 Bad Bunny)

Source:  Promusicae

An additional 2,000 tickets for the MUSE concert in Vigo will be available for purchase on 7 September the day before the gig.

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10 hours ago, Claudia O said:

Sorry, Muse samuse to write this already, but 


the album is at No. 1 in AUSTRIA ! I‘m so happy! 

sourse: https://oe3.orf.at/charts/stories/oe3austriatop40longplay/

Keine Sorge!

Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, France, Ireland, and the UK are the seven markets where the band's last eight studio albums (OoS to WOTP) have all debuted or peaked in the Top 10 of each country's album chart.

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More Will Of The People debut weekly album chart positions:

#1 Portugal

#1 Mexico

#1 USA - Top Rock and Alternative Albums; Top Rock Albums; and Top Alternative Albums

#3 USA - Top Vinyl Albums (8,000+ sold)   Career-best first week vinyl sales in America

#4 USA - Top Album Sales (20,000+ sold)

#15 USA - Billboard 200 (24,000+ units)

Source:  USA chart positions compiled by Luminate/Billboard

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RIP Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Matt played a snippet of 'God Save the Queen/King' before Interlude/Hysteria to pay respect to the Queen who passed away a few hours before the band's gig at Xacobeo Festival in Vigo, Spain on 8 September 2022.


First Week Album Chart Performance Summary:

Will Of The People - MUSE

#1  Global - English language/Western music album with an estimated 150K+ first week sales worldwide*

#1  Australia, Austria, Belgium (Wallonia), France, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland, United Kingdom

#2  Belgium (Flanders), Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Spain

#4  USA (Sales)

#5  Canada

#6  Poland

#10  Hungary

#15  Japan (4,600+ sales in first two weeks of release according to Oricon)

#16  Norway

#18  Denmark

#27  Sweden

#37  Czech Republic

#58  Lithuania

*DJ Khaled's album GOD DID was the most streamed album worldwide this week while K-Pop girl group Twice's mini-album Between 1&2  and Japanese boy band Hey! Say! JUMP's latest album both likely sold over 200K copies in their first week of release in South Korea, Japan and the USA.

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Some sales stats courtesy of UK trade publication Music Week:

Origin Of MUSE, a box set containing remastered expanded versions of their first two albums, sold 2,688 copies debuting and peaking at No.70 in 2019.

Origin of Symmetry (XX Anniversary RemiXX) re-entered at #6 in 2021 with 5,052 sales (6% of the sales were for the original mixes of the old version of Origin of Symmetry which peaked at #3 in 2001).

Overall sales of MUSE albums in the UK now stand at 5,654,723, with top tallies of over 1.17 million for Black Holes & Revelations, 982K for Absolution, 814K for The Resistance, and 780K for Origin of Symmetry.

Eminem is the only act to have more consecutive studio albums debut at No.1 in the UK than MUSE with his string currently unbroken at eight – but MUSE could be joined on seven later this year by Arctic Monkeys whose new album The Car is due for release on 21 October. The only groups with more No. 1 albums than MUSE in this century are Coldplay (nine) and Westlife (eight).


Second Week Album Chart Summary:

Will Of The People - MUSE

#2 Belgium-Wallonia

#3 Switzerland

#3 Portugal

#4 France (#3 Physiques)

#7 Scotland

#8 United Kingdom (#4 Downloads; #5 Sales; and #7 Vinyl)  4,100 equivalent album units / 56,610 cumulative to date

#8 Belgium-Flanders

#9 Netherlands (#5 Vinyl)

#12 Spain (#5 Vinyl)   Andalucia Big Festival in Malaga:  MUSE, Tapas, Sangria and Picasso

#12 Austria

#13 Finland

#16 Germany (#2 Vinyl September)

#17 Italy (#5 Vinyl)

#34 New Zealand

#45 USA (Sales) - 2,000 Est.

#49 Australia

#49 Japan


Chart Positions on 12 September 2022:

Album: Will Of The People


#2 France

#4 Switzerland

#7 United Kingdom

#8 Austria

#10 Australia

#13 Italy

#19 Germany

#20 Canada

Apple Music:

#4 Switzerland

#5 Denmark

#5 Finland

#5 Netherlands

#7 Norway

#7 Spain

#8 Belgium

#8 Luxembourg

#9 Latvia

#12 Armenia

#12 Italy

#14 Poland

#14 Sweden

#15 Austria

#16 France

#16 Portugal

#16 United Kingdom

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UK Top Artist First Week New Studio Album Sales in 2022 (according to OCC/Music Week):

114K Harry Styles

70K+ Liam Gallagher


38K Robbie Williams

TBD Arctic Monkeys


Third Week Album Chart Summary:

Will Of The People

#3 Belgium-Wallonia

#5 Portugal

#6 France (#4 Physiques) - 40K+ sales YTD

#6 Switzerland 

#8 Scotland

#11 Netherlands (#8 Vinyl)

#12 Austria

#15 Spain (#8 Vinyl)

#20 Germany

#20 Belgium-Flanders

#32 Italy (#7 Vinyl)

#35 United Kingdom (#9 Sales; #10 Downloads; and #24 Vinyl) - 2,203 sales and 58K YTD

#44 Finland

#61 United States (Top Current Album Sales) - 1,000+ sales est. and 23K YTD


Career Stadium Gigs in France (2007-2023):

Saint-Denis (7) - Stade de France  

Marseille (2) - Stade Orange Velodrome

Bordeaux (2) - Matmut Atlantique

Paris (1) - Parc des Princes

Lyon (1) - Parc Olympique (Groupama)

Nice (1) - Stade Charles-Ehrmann

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Fourth Week Album Chart Summary:

Will Of The People

#8 Portugal

#9 Belgium-Wallonia

#11 Switzerland

#13 France (#9 Physiques)

#18 Austria

#19 Netherlands

#21 Belgium-Flanders

#27 Spain (#9 Vinyl)

#35 Scotland

#36 Germany

#40 Italy

#73 UK (#23 Sales, #20 Downloads)  1,300 est. 

#100 USA (Current Album Sales)  800 est. 

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175,000+ tickets already sold for the four stadium 2023 summer gigs in France - Saint-Denis, Lyon, and Bordeaux are reportedly near sell-outs with the most seats still available in Marseille.

Will Of The People reaches new peaks of #27 (Billboard) and #24 (Mediabase) at US Mainstream Rock Radio Airplay this past week while Halloween is beginning to get playlisted at several Alternative Rock stations.

What may be the only song in the MUSE discography that Matt composed in C♯ minor?  Answer below.

Undisclosed Desires has just been awarded Silver certification in the UK by BPI for 200,000 units sold joining tracks Madness and Psycho to reach that level of sales in their homeland - Career 3 Platinum; 4 Gold; and 3 Silver singles totaling 4 million units (sales + streaming).

Will Of The People approaching an estimated 200,000 album units worldwide one month after release:

UK - 60,000 Silver Certification Soon

France - 40,000

USA - 30,000

Germany - 10,000

Japan - 5,000

Other markets:  40,000+

Largest attendance at venues in the USA from early MUSE gigs in 2004-2007:

Forum (Inglewood/LA) - 14K in 2007

Madison Square Garden (New York City) - 12K in 2007

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (San Francisco) - 8.8K in 2007

Greek Theater (Los Angeles) - 5.8K in 2006

Wiltern Theater (Los Angeles) - 4.8K in 2004  [Fury was notably played for the first time in the USA on the second night)

16 Career MUSE shows in Florida (2004-2022):

8 Miami Metro (Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton)

3 Tampa 

3 Orlando/Lake Buena Vista

1 Jacksonville

1 Pensacola

Will Of The People -  Songs by Original Key  [Corrections are welcome]

C♯ minor - You Make Me Feel Like It's Halloween

G minor - Ghosts (How Can I Move On)

D minor - Compliance

A minor - We Are Fucking Fucked

B minor - Won't Stand Down and Kill Or Be Killed

F Major - Euphoria

G Major - Verona and Liberation

A Major - Will Of The People

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