Supremacy (song)

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"Supremacy"
Single by Muse
from the album The 2nd Law
A-side "Supremacy" (Live from the BRITs)
Released 20 February 2013 (2013-02-20)
(see release history)
Format Digital download, CD-R
Recorded October 2011 – July 2012 at
Capitol Studios
(Los Angeles, United States)
20 February 2013 at
The O2 Arena
(London, United Kingdom)
Genre
Length 4:55 (Album version)
3:40 (Radio edit)
Label Warner Bros., Helium-3
Writer(s) Matthew Bellamy
Producer(s) Muse
Muse singles chronology
"Follow Me"
(2012)
"Supremacy"
(2013)
"Panic Station"
(2013)
The 2nd Law track listing
Music video
"Supremacy" on YouTube
"Supremacy" (Lyric Video) on YouTube

"Supremacy" is a song by English alternative rock band Muse, opening track and fourth single for their sixth studio album, The 2nd Law. The song was written by Matthew Bellamy.

Composition[edit]

According to frontman Matthew Bellamy, "Supremacy" sees the band going to "absurd levels",[2] while according to the French magazine Jeuxactu the song has elements of "Kashmir" from Led Zeppelin in its guitar riff and orchestration.[3] The track has been compared to many James Bond theme songs.[4][5][6] Drummer Dominic Howard commented on the comparisons, stating "It’s got a little bit of a Bond vibe – it all goes a bit crazy Live and Let Die in the middle."[7]

Release[edit]

The song was firstly announced as the next single after "Follow Me", with a released date programmed for February 25, 2013.[8] However, the song itself was not released with the album version, but with a live version, featuring a full orchestra and choir taken from the 2013 BRIT Awards performance on February 20, 2013,[9] was released instead on iTunes the same night.[10][11]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on February 2, 2013 through the NME website.[8] It features people with black metal corpse paint doing extreme sports like BMX and surfing while Muse plays the song.

Usage in other media[edit]

The song was mixed as part of the entrance song for professional wrestler Manik beginning in 2013 on the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling promotion.

"Supremacy" was also used in a Mac Pro sneak peek commercial released in August 2013.

The opening verse of "Supremacy" was used in the SQA Higher Music listening exam (2014) in Scottish schools.

"Supremacy" was used in the start sequence of every episode of Hotel GB.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[10][11]
No. Title Length
1. "Supremacy" (Live from the BRITs 2013) 4:47
Promotional single[12]
No. Title Length
1. "Supremacy" (Radio Edit) 3:40
2. "Supremacy" (Album Version) 4:55

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[13] 84
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 58
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 58
UK Rock (The Official Charts Company)[16] 2
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[17] 39

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Australia 20 February 2013 Digital download Warner Music
United Kingdom
United States
United Kingdom[12] 25 February 2013 CD-R (Contemporary hit radio)

References[edit]