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Black Holes & Revelations

Blackholes

Release date(s)
July 3rd, 2006
Recording details
August-December 2005, various studios
No. of tracks
World 11
Japan 12
Length
World 45:16
Japan 49:54
Publisher(s)
Warner Bros., Helium-3
Producer(s)
Rich Costey and Muse
Chart position
UnitedKingdom 1
France 2
Japan 11
UnitedStates 9
Australia 1


Black Holes & Revelations is Muse's fourth studio album, released in Britain on July 3rd, 2006. The album contains 11 tracks and a bonus track, "Glorious", on the Japanese edition. Muse released five songs from Black Holes as singles: "Supermassive Black Hole", "Starlight", "Knights of Cydonia", "Invincible", and "Map of the Problematique".

OverviewEdit

The album adopts a much less heavy, apocalyptic theme than its predecessor, Absolution, while still retaining the classic Muse feel, with plenty of arpeggios, falsetto and piano breaks. Black Holes has spawned the band's most successful single, "Supermassive Black Hole", and hit #1 in the charts in four countries, including Britain and Australia.

TracklistingEdit

All songs were written by Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard, except where noted.

  1. "Take a Bow" – 4:35
  2. "Starlight" – 3:59
  3. "Supermassive Black Hole" – 3:29
  4. "Map of the Problematique" – 4:18
  5. "Soldier's Poem" – 2:03
  6. "Invincible" – 5:00
  7. "Assassin" – 3:31
  8. "Exo-Politics" – 3:53
  9. "City of Delusion" – 4:48
  10. "Hoodoo" (Bellamy, Wolstenholme) – 3:34
  11. "Knights of Cydonia" – 6:06
  12. "Glorious" (Japan and iTunes bonus track) – 4:38

Tour Edition bonus DVDEdit

  1. "Supermassive Black Hole" (Video) – 3:29
  2. "Starlight" (Video) – 3:59
  3. "Knights of Cydonia" (Video) – 6:06
  4. "Supermassive Black Hole" (Live from Paris) –
  5. "Starlight" (Live from Copenhagen @ MTV Awards) –
  6. "Knights of Cydonia" (Live from London) –

PersonnelEdit

  • Matthew Bellamy
    • lead vocals on all tracks
    • guitars on all tracks
    • synthesizers on "Take a Bow", "Starlight", "Map of the Problematique", "Hoodoo" and "Knights of Cydonia"
    • piano on "Starlight" and "Hoodoo"
    • production of the album
  • Christopher Wolstenholme
    • bass guitar on all tracks
    • backing vocals on all tracks
    • synthesizers on "Map of the Problematique" and "Hoodoo"
    • production of the album
  • Dominic Howard
    • drums on all tracks
    • backing vocals on "Supermassive Black Hole"
    • brief drum machine on "Map of the Problematique"
    • production of the album
  • Daniel Newell
    • trumpet on "City of Delusion" and "Knights of Cydonia"

Chart performanceEdit

Black Holes was released in 17 countries, two more than its predecessor, Absolution. It entered the top of the charts in four countries and peaked at number 1 in one more. The album stayed in the UK Albums Chart Top 75 for 48 weeks - less than Absolution managed - and the World Albums Chart Top 40 for 13 weeks. The country in which Black Holes charted the longest was France, where it stayed in the Top 150 for 65 weeks. The country in which Black Holes stayed at number 1 for the longest was Switzerland, where it stayed for 4 weeks.

Country
Entry
Peak
Chart
weeks
Australia Australia 1 1 22
Austria Austria 4 4 18
Belgium Belgium 10 1 30
Denmark Denmark 5 5 11
Finland Finland 3 3 9
France France 2 2 65
Germany Germany 4 4 6
Ireland Ireland 1 1 33
Italy Italy 2 2 14
Netherlands Netherlands 2 2 42
NewZealand New Zealand 6 6 24
Norway Norway 6 6 15
Portugal Portugal 17 17 3
Sweden Sweden 15 15 10
Switzerland Switzerland 1 1 59
UnitedKingdom United Kingdom 1 1 48
UnitedStates United States 9 9 6
World World 1 1 13
TOTAL 1 1 428

Black Holes & Revelations

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