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November 30th, -0001

1997 in Teignmouth, Devon, England


Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s



Muse's fusion of progressive rock, glam, electronica, and Radiohead-influenced experimentation is crafted by guitarist/vocalist Matthew Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenholme, and drummer Dominic Howard. Bored by the sleepy life provided by their hometown of Teignmouth, Devon, the three British friends began playing music together. They started the first incarnation of their band while only 13 years old, changing the name of the group from Gothic Plague to Fixed Penalty to Rocket Baby Dolls as time passed. By 1997, the bandmates settled on the name Muse and released their self-titled debut EP on Dangerous Records, followed by the Muscle Museum EP in 1998. The group's emotive, passionate sound and live presence drew critical acclaim and industry buzz, and Muse signed a deal with Maverick Records after a trip to New York's CMJ festival. The singles "Cave" and "Uno" preceded their debut full-length album, Showbiz, which was released toward the end of 1999. Two years later, Muse issued The Origin of Symmetry and had a major hit with "Hyper Music," which helped propel the album to platinum status in the U.K. . In 2002, fans were treated to Hullabaloo Soundtrack, a combination rarities/live set that peaked at number ten in Europe. Muse then returned with a proper studio effort, Absolution, which became the band's first album to chart in America. A short North American tour in the spring of 2004 coincided with Muse's spot on the fifth annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival, and Absolution eventually went gold in the U.S. Back at home, the album earned Muse their second platinum certification. Released two years later, Black Holes and Revelations marked the band's brightest, most dynamic set of material to date, topping the U.K. album chart within its first week and earning Muse their second consecutive number one album at home. In America, Black Holes and Revelations broke into the Top Ten.

Muse toured Europe, America, Australia, and Southeast Asia in support of the album, and their dynamic stage performance (which won the band multiple awards for Best Live Act, including accolades from the NME Awards, the Q Awards, and the Vodafone Live Music Awards) was captured on 2008's H.A.A.R.P. Live from Wembley. The trio spent the remainder of that year — as well as the early part of 2009 — in the recording studio, eventually emerging with the release of The Resistance in September. The band kicked off a world tour, headlining shows as well as supporting U2. In 2011 Bellamy and company were asked to write the official theme for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which were being held in London, and the band returned with the triumphant rock anthem "Survival," which would also become the lead single of their next album, 2012's The 2nd Law. The road-hungry band undertook another large-scale tour to promote the album, and their spectacular show at Rome's Olympic Stadium — complete with pyrotechnics, video walls, and acrobats — was filmed in ultra-high definition for the concert movie Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, which was slated for release theatrically and on DVD in December 2013.

Top Albums

1. Best of Inno..
The Resistance, Muse
2. The Resistan..
Black Holes and Revelations, Muse
3. Black Holes ..
The 2nd Law (Deluxe Version), Muse
4. The 2nd Law ..
The 2nd Law, Muse
5. The 2nd Law
Absolution, Muse
6. Absolution
Origin of Symmetry, Muse
7. Origin of Sy..
Showbiz, Muse
8. Showbiz
Hullabaloo Soundtrack, Muse
9. Hullabaloo S..
HAARP: Live from Wembley Stadium (Audio Version), Muse
10. HAARP: Live ..
The First Five, Muse
11. The First Fi..
Live At Rome Olympic Stadium, Muse
12. Live At Rome..
Knights of Cydonia - EP, Muse
13. Knights of C..
Starlight - EP, Muse
14. Starlight - ..
Butterflies and Hurricanes - EP, Muse
15. Butterflies ..
Invincible - EP, Muse
16. Invincible -..
Innocent Voices - EP, Muse
17. Innocent Voi..
Innocent Voices (First Album), Muse
18. Innocent Voi..
Enigma - Single, Muse
19. Enigma - Sin..
Innocent Voices Two Remix - Single, Muse
20. Innocent Voi..

Top Songs

Madness2nd Law (Deluxe Version)4:39$1.29
Enigma (Extended Version)Enigma - Single5:03$0.99
StarlightBlack Holes and Revelations4:03$1.29
Supermassive Black HoleBlack Holes and Revelations3:32$1.29
Knights of CydoniaBlack Holes and Revelations6:07$1.29
Madness2nd Law4:39$1.29
Time Is Running OutAbsolution3:57$1.29
Undisclosed DesiresResistance3:56$1.29
Feeling GoodOrigin of Symmetry3:18$1.29
Supremacy2nd Law (Deluxe Version)4:55$1.29
Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Fore..Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Ori..3:50$1.29
2nd Law - Isolated System2nd Law (Deluxe Version)4:59$1.29
Panic Station2nd Law (Deluxe Version)3:04$1.29
Map of the ProblematiqueBlack Holes and Revelations4:18$1.29
Stockholm SyndromeAbsolution4:57$1.29
Follow Me2nd Law (Deluxe Version)3:50$1.29
Panic Station2nd Law3:04$1.29
Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 3 (Redemp..Resistance4:36$1.29
Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 1 (Overtu..Resistance4:18$1.29
I Belong to You / Mon cœur s'ou..Resistance5:38$1.29
Unnatural SelectionResistance6:54$1.29
United States of Eurasia / Collatera..Resistance5:47$1.29

Top Music Videos

Uprising, Muse
1. Uprising
Starlight, Muse
2. Starlight
Knights of Cydonia, Muse
3. Knights of Cy...
Time Is Running Out, Muse
4. Time Is Runni...
Resistance, Muse
5. Resistance
Madness, Muse
6. Madness
Undisclosed Desires, Muse
7. Undisclosed D...
Hysteria, Muse
8. Hysteria
Supermassive Black Hole, Muse
9. Supermassive ...
Invincible, Muse
10. Invincible
Panic Station, Muse
11. Panic Station
Supremacy, Muse
12. Supremacy
The Making of The 2nd Law, Muse
13. The Making of...
Bonus Feature, Muse
14. Bonus Feature


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