The Alternative-Rock trio Muse was formed by three long-time friends, vocalist + guitarist & pianist Matthew James Bellamy, bassist Christopher Tony Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic James Howard, in 1996, in the seaside town of Teignmouth, Devon ENGLAND.
During the next two years, the group released a couple of EPs and eventually moved to London, but it was in New York that they launched their career. The band signed a deal with Maverick in the U.S. and subsequently with Mushroom Records in Great Britain.
Muse issued its debut album, "Showbiz", in October 1999; the 12-song set contained no less than five U.K. charting singles: "Cave", "Uno", "Muscle Museum", "Sunburn" and "Unintended" with the latter being the first to reach the top 40.
The band's sophomore effort arrived two years later, in June. "Origin
Of Symmetry", was preceded by "Plug In Baby", a single
which soared to #11 on the U.K. Official Pop chart and helped propel the
album to #3; the track was followed by three more British top 30 hit singles:
"Bliss", "New Born" and "Feeling Good".
In 2002, Muse went on a large promotion tour around the world and their second album became a top 10 hit in a number of European charts. That July the band released the live DVD-CD collection called "Hullabaloo".
The group's third studio effort, "Absolution", was issued in
September 2003, it became an instant #1 on The U.K. Pop Albums chart and
yielded a string of British top 20 hit singles, including the #4 "Time
Is Running Out", the #9 "Hysteria", the #11 "Sing
For Absolution" and "Butterflies And Hurricanes" which
also peaked at #11 upon its September 2004 release.
Already a major musical phenomenon in their home nation as well as a dozen other European countries, Muse finally released "Absolution" in the U.S. in the spring of 2004 peaking at #1 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers and #107 on Top 200 Albums charts; the first two American singles, "Time Is Running Out" and "Hysteria", both rocketed to #9 on The Modern Rock chart and were followed by "Stockholm Syndrome" which made the Top 40 of the same chart at #31.
After a well-deserved break, the alt-Rock threesome resurfaced in mid-2006 with "Black Holes And Revelations", their most commercially successful album to date, it rose to #1 in U.K. and Australia and peaked at #9 on The Billboard 200 in the U.S. where first single, "Supermassive Black Hole", leapt to #6 on The Hot Modern Rock chart and its follow-up, "Starlight", fell just one position short of #1; another single, "Knights Of Cydonia", peaked at #10 on the same chart. All of those singles also charted inside the top 20 in Great Britain where, in the spring of 2007, the fourth official single, "Invincible", debuted at #21.
In September 2009, Muse, with its now-undisputed reputation as one of the best live Rock bands in the world, released "The Resistance", the album shot to #1 practically in every corner of the globe. The set includes the U.S. Hot Modern Rock #1 smash single "Uprising" which quickly bulleted into the top 10 in their native England, the second single off the album, "Undisclosed Desires", was anothe U.S. Hot Modern Rock top 5 hit.
When the trio sixth album, "The 2nd Law", arrived in October 2012 it was quick to find a placement atop every sales chart across the globe and the lead-off single, "Madness", hit #1 on the U.S. Alternative Songs list.