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Madness (Muse song)

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"Madness"
The word "madness" displayed in blue text on a dark background with the Muse logo to the top of the image.
Single by Muse
from the album The 2nd Law
Released 20 August 2012 (2012-08-20)
Format
Recorded October 2011 – July 2012
Genre
Length
  • 4:39 (album version)
  • 3:38 (radio edit)
Label
Writer(s) Matt Bellamy
Producer(s) Muse
Muse singles chronology
"Survival"
(2012)
"Madness"
(2012)
"Follow Me"
(2012)
The 2nd Law track listing
Music video
"Madness" on YouTube
"Madness" (Lyric Video) on YouTube

"Madness" is a song by English rock band Muse. It is the second track on the band's sixth studio album, The 2nd Law, and the second single to be released from the album. The song was released as a digital download on 20 August 2012. It was written by Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy and produced by the band themselves. The official music video for the song premiered on 5 September 2012. It spent 19 weeks at the summit of Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, making it the longest running number-one song on the chart, beating out the previous record of 18 weeks set by Foo Fighters' "The Pretender". The song earned a nomination in the Best Rock Song category at the 2013 Grammy Awards, but lost to "Lonely Boy" by the Black Keys. The song was featured in Turner Broadcasting's promotions for the 2013 March Madness games on TBS and TNT.[1]

Background and writing[edit]

"Madness" is an electronic rock,[2] synthpop,[3] soft rock,[4] and R&B song.[5] 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".[6] During a preview of The 2nd Law on French site Jeuxactu, the song was said to resemble Depeche Mode and described as "calm, languid and sweet".[7] Matthew Bellamy stated that the song started as a personal reflection after a fight with his girlfriend Kate Hudson, and how, after she had gone to her mother's house, he began to realise "yeah, she was right, wasn't she?"[8] 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."[9]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was uploaded to the band's official YouTube channel on 5 September 2012.[10] 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)".[11] It was edited by Jacquelyn London.[12][13] The director of photography was David Devlin.[12] The video was filmed on the Red Line platform at Los Angeles Union Station.[14] The two main characters are played by models Erin Wasson and Max Silberman.[15]

Release and reception[edit]

The song was released as a digital download on 20 August 2012,[16] with an accompanying lyric video for the song being uploaded shortly after.[17] NME described the song as "taking the defining noise of 'bass music' and using it to create slinky, soft rock sex music."[4] The track review goes on to call it a brilliant single and jokingly states that Muse have tamed the shark (following their declaration that Muse had jumped the shark with "Survival").[18] Diffuser.fm noted that the single "doesn't sound like the Muse that established itself as one of the worlds biggest rock bands" but that "the unusual blend of sounds works far better than it probably should"; giving the track 8/10.[19] Rolling Stone stated that the single sees Muse "swap bombastic bass brutality with wubby subtleties as Matthew Bellamy croons over a surprisingly gentle pop track."[20] Radio Times described it as "George Michael's Faith underwater". In a negative review of the song, Robert Myers of The Village Voice wrote that "the band's U2 imitation has finally caught up to Achtung Baby and Zooropa". He further added that Muse "gets the surface details right but lacks the emotional and intellectual foundation to get at their inspiration's essence."[21] Rolling Stone named the song the 37th best song of 2012.[22] Chris Martin of Coldplay described the single as "Muse's best song yet".[23]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[16]
No. Title Length
1. "Madness"   4:39
UK promotional single[24]
No. Title Length
1. "Madness" (radio edit) 3:38
2. "Madness" (album version) 4:40

Charts and certifications[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Madness" had a positive commercial performance, charting in several countries and peaking within the top ten in Belgium (Wallonia), Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Portugal, and South Korea. In the band's home country of the United Kingdom, the song peaked at number 25 on the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, the song peaked at number 45 on the Hot 100 and number 3 on the Hot Rock Songs chart. It topped the Alternative Songs chart for 19 weeks, breaking the record for the longest-reigning number-one song on the chart, which was previously held by "The Pretender" by Foo Fighters.[25] "Madness" has been certified gold by the IFPI in Switzerland, platinum by the MC in Canada and FIMI in Italy, and double-platinum by the RIAA in the United States.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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