As prevously reported on microcuts.net, Muse will release 'Starlight' on September 4. The video will be premiered on Channel 4 on August 5 at 11.40pm.
'Black Holes and Revelations' continues its international success entering the US charts at number 9.
"Second week at number 1! Wow. Had a great second week with the new record in the UK charts. Staying on strong at number 1. Its really cool to hear its going down so well. Thanks again for the fan support and understanding."
In the USA, Muse has its best week ever on The Billboard 200 as "Black Holes and Revelations" (Warner Bros.) debuts at No. 9 with 48,000 copies. Only one other of the group's records has even spent time on the chart: 2004's "Absolution" bowed at No. 107, although it reached No. 1 on the Heatseekers tally.
Muse are nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2006 with Black Holes And Revelations. The winner will be announced on september 5th.
Muse will be playing at Big Day Out Festival (Australia) in January 2007.
Muse is the cover artist for the new issue of the Filter mini. You can download Issue #12 for free here
The last record had a lot of political undertones and it doesn’t seem like you’ve backed down at all.
A song like "Soldier’s Song" is me putting myself into the perspective of a soldier who feels a little bit disillusioned or is not sure of the reasons why he’s fighting.That song is an obvious reference to current events. "Take a Bow" is about a person who is realizing he is being manipulated by a global agenda. If there was a theme on the album, it would be that the human spirit is waking up to the manipulation that is all around us all and feeling like it is time to break out of that. As I grow older, I’m definitely more conscious of what is going on around us. It does seem like there are agendas and things that are being organized for us. And it’s not necessarily our choice. It’s about people becoming disillusioned with the powers they used to trust.
Does this mean that Muse is going to become a more politically active band?
At the moment I’m trying to push it all into the lyrics. I have yet to be impressed when I see musicians trying to make statements about anything, outside of their music. It often comes across as hypocritical, maybe because a lot of the problems in the world are due to the fact that individuals can acquire enormous amounts of wealth.And oftentimes it’s your rock stars and actors who have accumulated that wealth who then seem to stand up and make big statements about poverty. I wouldn’t want to name names, of course.
The concerts so far announced for the UK are now on sale with an exclusive fan pre sale! You can now go through and get your tickets using the link below. This is a limited pre sale and should tickets sell out please be aware that more tickets will be available from Friday's general onsale.
Muse is going to be on KROQ's show 'loveline' at 10pm on july the 13th. You can listen to the show here: http://www.kroq.com/
Muse's new album BLACK HOLES & REVELATIONS entered the UK charts at Number 1 this week (#6 in France, #1 in Ireland, #2 in Netherlands). Thanks to everyone who bought a copy.
The show recently recorded at Maida Vale Studio's will be broadcast tonight on Radio 1 between 7pm and 9pm (UK time).
The magazine is available to read online at www.the-fly.co.uk. There is an article and a review of the new album:
"Government conspiracies, intergalactic paranoia, death, destruction, disco funk, and a Wayne’s World moment to rival ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ itself: Muse return this month with an album that’s everything you could possibly expect. And a whole lot more besides...
The first thing that strikes you about Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenhome and Dom Howard is how disarmingly normal they are. Sure, much of what leaves Matt’s mouth sounds like the ravings of a long-term asylum resident (“I tend to play it down,” he admits. “I think if I came out and said all of my views, sometimes I’d come across like David Icke!”), and they talk about international travel as if they’re describing catching a bus (a fact of life when you’re a hard-working, internationally-popular band whose lead singer has recently moved to Milan), but they’re reassuringly devoid of the outward trappings and persona of fame or celebrity. As Chris says: “With us the music has always been more important than the people in the band, and hopefully it’ll stay like that. When we’re not making music we go home and live very boring lives. Well, they’re not boring, but they probably would be to anyone else. We just go home to our girlfriends rather than hanging around at the Met Bar or whatever.”
“I think it’s kind of like the inverse of someone like that Pete Doherty guy,” agrees Matt. “His fame persona is disproportionate to the size of the band. I think we’re the inverse of that.”
Indeed they are. Muse have been doing this for a few years now (12 to be precise), during which time they’ve seen many more-fashionable-but-less-talented bands come and go, all the time working hard, learning and improving. They give the impression of a band who’ve reached a level of understanding – of themselves and each other – which is allowing them, now, on their fourth album, to fully realise their enormous potential." [...]
In this weeks issue, NME is running a track by track guide to the new album by Muse themselves.
Muse unveil the secrets behind that cover, their new album and the impending alien invasion in NME.COM's interview (you must be logged)
"How to start a review when all that’s rattling within your brain is its conclusion, the final, perfectly summarising parting statement? Muse have made the finest album of their career to date, perhaps the most wonderfully rewarding long-player they’ll ever pen, an album that is as ambitious as it is combustive, as bamboozlingly bombastic as it is gracefully seductive.
How about at the start itself…"
"Since the release of Muse's third LP, 'Absolution' in 2003, the band really have crafted a fence for the fans to sit on. It seems the world of Musers just aren't united anymore, and 'Revelations' certainly isn't going to do anything to bring them back together."