Muse is an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matthew Bellamy (lead vocals, guitars, piano, keyboards, keytar), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals, keyboards, guitars, harmonica) and Dominic Howard (drums, percussion, synthesisers, backing vocals, sampling). After the release of their 2006 album “Black Holes and Revelations,” keyboardist and percussionist Morgan Nicholls has performed live with the band. Muse are known for their energetic and extravagant live performances, and their fusion of many music genres, including progressive rock, alternative rock, space rock, pop music, heavy metal, and electronica, with recurring themes of revolution.
The band released their debut album, “Showbiz,” in 1999. The album managed to break into the Top 30 in the UK and Australia and went on to be certified gold in both countries. Five singles were released from “Showbiz,” with "Unintended" peaking the highest at #20.
Muse's second album was “Origin of Symmetry,” released in 2001. Much more successful than its predecessor, the album reached #3 in the UK, where it was certified platinum. "Plug In Baby," the first single, reached #11 in the UK and was almost equaled by the band's next single, "New Born", which peaked at #12.
A year later Muse released their first compilation album, “Hullabaloo Soundtrack,” which comprised one disc of B-sides and another of live performances recorded at Le Zénith in October 2001. It peaked at #10 in the UK.
In 2003 the band released “Absolution,” which became their first #1 album when it topped the UK Albums Chart. The follow-up to “Absolution” was the band's most successful album so far. “Black Holes & Revelations” reached #1 in four countries and became their first album to break into the top 100 of the Billboard 200 Albums chart, where it peaked at #9. "Supermassive Black Hole" was the first single and it became the band's highest-charting single to date when it reached #4.
In 2008 the band released their first fully live album. The LP/DVD set “HAARP” documents the band's two famous performances at Wembley Stadium in June 2007. The album reached #2 in the UK and New Zealand and was certified silver by the BPI.
The band began recording material for their fifth studio album in 2009, “The Resistance” which was released in September and peaked at #1 in 19 countries. The first single the album, "Uprising", was released a week before the album. This was the band's most popular release in the U.S. to date, spending 20 weeks on the Hot 100, peaking at #37 making it their only Top 40 single in the USA. The album yielded the band their first Grammy at the 53rd Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album.