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“Madness” by Muse

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    “Madness” by Muse (official video) is an alternative rock song.

    Song Title: Madness (official video)
    Artist: Muse
    Album: The 2nd Law
    Genre: rock alternative rock
    Composer: Copyright © 2012 Matthew Bellamy
    Lead Vocals: Matthew Bellamy
    Backing Vocals: Christopher Wolstenholme
    Lead Guitar: Matthew Bellamy
    Rhythm Guitar: Christopher Wolstenholme
    Piano: Matthew Bellamy
    Keyboards: Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme
    Bass Guitar: Christopher Wolstenholme
    Drums: Dominic Howard
    Percussion: Dominic Howard
    Harmonica: Christopher Wolstenholme
    Keytar Matthew Bellamy
    Sampling Dominic Howard
    Director: Anthony Mandler
    Producer: Muse
    Released: 20 August 2012 (2012-08-20) (Warner Bros.)
    Number of listens: 14135
    Current rank: 468 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 343 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

    U.S. Billboard Hot 100: #64 with a bullet, 13 weeks on chart, peak #60
    Rock: #8 (eight),13 weeks on chart, peak #3 (three)
    Alternative: #1 (one), 13 weeks on chart, peak #1 (one)
    Digital Songs: #70, 11 weeks on chart, peak #45
    On-Demand Songs: peak #32
    Rock Airplay: #2 (two)
    Rock Digital Songs: #11 (eleven), 13 weeks on chart, peak #10 (ten)
    Japanese Hot 100: peak #33
    Canadian Hot 100: #43, 13 weeks on chart, peak #43
     Billboard information for the week of Dec 1, 2012
     Billboard chart listings courtesy of Billboard Magazine

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “Madness” is a song by English alternative rock band Muse. It is the second track on the band’s sixth studio album, The 2nd Law and is the second single to be released from the album.

    The song was released on 20 August 2012 after its premiere on BBC Radio 1 and NRJ. The music video premiered on 5 September 2012.

Background and writing

    According to NME, “Madness” draws influences from Queen’s “I Want to Break Free”, George Michael’s “Faith” and some instrumental elements of his other hit “I Want Your Sex”.

    During a preview on French site Jeuxactu, the song was said to resemble Depeche Mode and described as ’calm, languid and sweet’.

    Matthew Bellamy stated that the song started as a personal reflection after a fight with his girlfriend; and how, after she had gone to her mother’s house, he began to realise “yeah, she was right, wasn’t she?”.

    In a separate interview, Bellamy stated the song was the band’s attempt to strip down the sound of the album, and that the song has its roots in 12 bar blues with gospel, soul and R&B influences. He went on to conclude that, “It’s the song I’m probably most proud of on the album for sure.”

Music video

    This video saw the second collaboration between the band and director Anthony Mandler, who previously directed the music video for “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)”. It was edited by Jacquelyn London.


    The song was released after its premiere on BBC Radio 1 at 19:30 GMT on 20 August 2012. An accompanying lyric video from the band was uploaded shortly after.

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