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Old 12-04-2011, 08:13 PM   #121
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Trivia for Musers

1. What song and band prevented "Uprising" from tying "The Pretender" for most weeks (18) at the top of Billboard's Alternative Songs chart? This song leapfrogged "Uprising" for one week at #1 in early October 2009 after "Uprising" had resided for two weeks at the summit in late September and then "Uprising" spent the next 15 consecutive weeks at Number One.

2. What British band and song held the record for most weeks at #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock tracks chart before "Uprising?"

3. When and where did Muse first support Foo Fighters at a gig?

4. "Being _____ is now what is the currency of popularity." Finish the quote made by Matt in an interview with a European radio station promoting The Resistance in September 2009.

5. At what venue did Muse support Foo Fighters for the second time?

6. Speaking of the American revolution, what connection does Matt have with United States Declaration of Independence in July 1776?

7. What song and band succeeded "Uprising" at # 1 after its run of 17 weeks at the top ended in January 2010?

8. Name three American artists which influenced early Muse in the mid 90's.

9. Before "Uprising'" ascended to Number One on the Alternative Songs chart, what song and band occupied the top position in September 2009?

10. Muse was originally signed to Madonna's Maverick Records and released Showbiz in 1999 but radio was not receptive to "Uno" and "Cave." Creative differences with the label unfortunately prevented the release of Origin of Symmetry in the USA in 2001. Hard work, patience, touring and musical talent paid off eventually however and Muse won a GRAMMY for Best Rock Album in 2011. What artist signed to Maverick Records won a GRAMMY for Album of the Year in 1996?

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Old 15-04-2011, 04:15 PM   #122
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1. Alice in Chains "Check My Brain" written by Jerry Cantrell.

2. Oasis "Wonderwall" spent ten week at #1 in 1995 on the Billboard Alternative/Modern Rock tracks chart.

3. P.O.P. Bercy in Paris France - November 16, 1999 gig headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters with Muse as the opening act. Their set list had seven songs from Showbiz.

4. Shallow. "To be in the popular culture you need to be very, very shallow." Click on the link below to watch Matt's interview conducted with a Belgian radio station in September 2009.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RNz0...eature=related

5. Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA - March 24, 2000 - First leg of the RHCP Tour with Foo Fighters and and an unknown rock trio from Devon called Muse

6. Edward Rutledge - Someone very close to Matt is descended from the youngest signer of the United States Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.

7. 30 Seconds to Mars "Kings and Queens"

8. Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Jeff Buckley.

9. Kings of Leon "Notion"

10. Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
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Old 16-04-2011, 04:19 AM   #123
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Aww! I was going to answer these tomorrow when I have a day off and time to type!
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Old 22-04-2011, 06:39 AM   #124
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Aww! I was going to answer these tomorrow when I have a day off and time to type!
Sorry. I should have waited a few more days before answering them.
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Old 22-04-2011, 06:59 AM   #125
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Sorry. I should have waited a few more days before answering them.
It's ok . Thanks again for all your stats, and your trivia!
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Old 22-04-2011, 07:06 AM   #126
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The impact of American television on Muse record sales part deux:

Just over 20 million viewers watched a contestant on a reality show on Fox TV on April 20 sing an abbreviated cover of "Uprising" which the judges praised. As a result, both the Muse single and album have re-entered the iTunes and Amazon.com charts for the past two days and are currently in the Top 20. Both may appear again on the respective Billboard sales charts next week 19 months after their debuts. The single has already sold a million copies/downloads in the USA but was never promoted at American Top 40 radio.

A similar sales impact occurred when the band performed "Uprising" on the GRAMMY awards on February 13 on CBS TV and accepted their Best Rock Album award. The television audience for that show was approx 28 million.
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Old 22-04-2011, 02:15 PM   #127
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The impact of American television on Muse record sales part deux:

Just over 20 million viewers watched a contestant on a reality show on Fox TV on April 20 sing an abbreviated cover of "Uprising" which the judges praised. As a result, both the Muse single and album have re-entered the iTunes and Amazon.com charts for the past two days and are currently in the Top 20. Both may appear again on the respective Billboard sales charts next week 19 months after their debuts. The single has already sold a million copies/downloads in the USA but was never promoted at American Top 40 radio.

A similar sales impact occurred when the band performed "Uprising" on the GRAMMY awards on February 13 on CBS TV and accepted their Best Rock Album award. The television audience for that show was approx 28 million.
Thank you for posting this. I was actually wondering if there would be much of an impact or not. Interesting!
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Old 29-04-2011, 06:24 AM   #128
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Thank you for posting this. I was actually wondering if there would be much of an impact or not. Interesting!
How American Idol, namely finalist James Durbin, impacted Muse sales in the USA last week by the numbers:

"Uprising" sold an amazing 50,000 downloads and re-entered the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart at number 38. In fact, it was the best selling song in the rock genre last week ahead of sales of current singles by bands such as The Script and Mumford & Sons and MCR.

Meanwhile, their album The Resistance also re-entered the Billboard 200 chart at number 119 selling just under 5,000 copies, a near tripling of sales from the prior week. Total weeks spent on the album chart now stand at 67 with cumulative sales of just under 700k.

"Uprising" history on the Hot Digital Songs chart:

Debuted at #56 the first week of release in August 2009

Highest chart position was #19 reached in late September 2009 after Muse performed the song at the MTV VMAs in NYC.

Song re-entered the chart at #56 in February 2011 after the band performed it at the GRAMMY awards and the trio won their first GRAMMY

The only other time the song appeared in the Top 40 on this particular chart was back in late December 2009 when it climbed to #36 because of sales during the Christmas holiday season. The song has now spent 30 weeks on this chart and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA, the only song in Muse's repertoire having achieved this status.

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Old 11-05-2011, 12:41 AM   #129
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The top 5 Rock Digital Songs ranked by cumulative weeks spent on the latest August 27, 2011 Billboard chart launched in late 2009:

1. "Hey, Soul Sister" Train - 84 weeks

2. "Don't Stop Believin'" Journey - 83 weeks (tie)

"I'm Yours" Jason Mraz - 83 weeks (tie)

4. "Breakeven (Falling to Pieces)" The Script - 78 weeks

5. "Uprising" Muse - 67 weeks

This chart lists the top 50 selling single downloads each week in the rock genre.

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Old 29-05-2011, 12:20 AM   #130
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Bestselling downloaded MP3 songs (all genres) in the USA according to amazon.com as of June 2, 2011 ranked by number of days spent in the top 100 which is in parentheses.

1. "Hot N Cold" Katy Perry (951)

2. "Poker Face" Lady Gaga (853)

3. "Just Dance" Lady Gaga (811)

4. "I Gotta Feeling" The Black Eyed Peas (714)

5. "Hey, Soul Sister" Train (604)

6. "Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" Israel 'IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole (539)

7. "Need You Now" Lady Antebellum (462)

8. "Uprising" Muse (439)

9. "Paparazzi" Lady Gaga (408)

10. "Baby" Justin Bieber (403)

11. "Dynamite" Taio Cruz (353)

12. "Animal" Neon Trees (331)

Most of the above songs including "Uprising" have been sold at 69 cents at Amazon for the past several weeks which have helped sales and extend their stay on the top 100 list. On the other hand, it will cost you $1.29 to purchase "Uprising" on iTunes. In fact, you could have purchased Lady Gaga's new album "Born This Way" at Amazon two days this week for only 99 cents, a loss leader strategy pursued by this online store. As a result, "Born This Way" will probably sell over one million copies this week, 1/3 of them sold by Amazon at the discounted price of 99 cents.The record company and the artist will not suffer. This move will cost Amazon several million dollars however. The two best selling albums in the USA so far in calendar year 2011 have been by UK artists Adele and Mumford & Sons. Lady Gaga will take over second spot from the latter this month.

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Old 29-05-2011, 12:27 AM   #131
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That's surprising, I wonder what the sales are going to be like in the US for the next album. I hope they get number. 1.

Although, I don't see the point in paying 69c for a song. The artist won't see a lot of money so it seems slightly pointless to me. idk
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:39 AM   #132
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That's surprising, I wonder what the sales are going to be like in the US for the next album. I hope they get number. 1.

Although, I don't see the point in paying 69c for a song. The artist won't see a lot of money so it seems slightly pointless to me. idk
Amazon is promoting its new cloud-based streaming service against its competitors at iTunes and Google and is using discounted prices for certain albums like Lady Gaga's and singles as a loss leader marketing tool. The split for iTunes digital single sales: 70/30 between record labels and Apple, with 12% of that 70% going to music publishers and about 15% to 20% of that going to artists. This means Muse may get about 13-18 cents for each song downloaded at Amazon @ 69 cents or iTunes @ $1.29 assuming an artist royalty rate of 15%-20%. Muse does not need to pay a 3% producer fee because they produced TR themselves.

The most popular Muse songs downloaded at amazon.com ranked by number of days in the retailers top 100 alternative rock list as of August 1, 2011:

1. "Uprising" (717)

2. "SMBH" (626)

3. "Starlight" (479)

4. "UD" (395)

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Old 21-06-2011, 12:10 PM   #133
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That's surprising, I wonder what the sales are going to be like in the US for the next album. I hope they get number. 1.

Although, I don't see the point in paying 69c for a song. The artist won't see a lot of money so it seems slightly pointless to me. idk
Most money in the music industry is being made in Tours now. Thankfully Muse is great live so they don't have to worry about download and record sales. Its all just publicity nowadays
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Old 14-07-2011, 09:33 PM   #134
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Billboard Rock Digital Songs chart (USA) dated July 23, 2011:

#36 "Starlight" Debut (likely due to the use of the song in a new movie trailer)

#47 "Uprising" Re-entry (66 weeks on chart)

Of the 50 songs appearing on the new rock singles sales chart, 18 are by foreign acts:

Coldplay (5); Muse (2); Adele (2); Mumford & Sons (2); Florence + The Machine (2); The Script (2); Keane (1); Seether (1); and The Naked and Famous (1)

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Billboard Rock Digital Songs chart (USA) dated July 30, 2011:

#22 "Starlight" (2 weeks on chart)

#48 "Uprising" (67 weeks on chart)

The Resistance also re-entered the iTunes Top 200 albums (USA) chart this past weekend likely due to LA Rising.
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