Supremacy (song)

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"Supremacy"
Muse - "Supremacy".jpg
Single by Muse
from the album The 2nd Law
Released 20 February 2013 (2013-02-20)
Format
Recorded October 2011 – July 2012 at Capitol Studios (Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length 4:51 (Album version)
3:40 (Radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s) Matthew Bellamy
Producer(s) Muse
Muse singles chronology
"Follow Me"
(2012)
"Supremacy"
(2013)
"Panic Station"
(2013)
"Follow Me"
(2012)
"Supremacy"
(2013)
"Panic Station"
(2013)
The 2nd Law track listing
13 tracks
  1. "Supremacy"
  2. "Madness"
  3. "Panic Station"
  4. "Prelude"
  5. "Survival"
  6. "Follow Me"
  7. "Animals"
  8. "Explorers"
  9. "Big Freeze"
  10. "Save Me"
  11. "Liquid State"
  12. "The 2nd Law: Unsustainable"
  13. "The 2nd Law: Isolated System"
Music video
"Supremacy" on YouTube
"Supremacy" (Lyric Video) on YouTube

"Supremacy" is a song by English rock band Muse. It was released on 20 February 2013 as the fourth single from their sixth studio album, The 2nd Law. "Supremacy" peaked at number 58 on the UK Singles Chart.

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 first 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.

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 (2012–13) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[13] 84
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 58
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 58
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[16] 2
US Hot 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]

  1. ^ a b http://www.thejustice.org/article/2012/10/muses-new-album-mixes-different-genres
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-24. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.muselive.com/forums.php?m=posts&q=52987&d=0
  4. ^ "Skyfall - Trailer "Supremacy" by Muse". Sync0py. YouTube, Google, inc. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  5. ^ ""Supremacy" leaked from upcoming album". Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "New Muse album - The 2nd Law - Trailer inside". 
  7. ^ Smart, Gordon. "Dominic Howard is left to Muse over Skyfall song". The Sun. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Muse - 'Supremacy' video". NME.com. February 6, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Muse to perform 'Supremacy' with full orchestra at Brit Awards". NME.com. January 26, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Supremacy Live From The Brit Awards 2013 Available To Buy On iTunes Now". Muse.mu. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Supremacy (Live from the BRITs 2013) - Single". iTunes.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Muse - Supremacy (CDr)". Muse Discography. Discogs. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Muse – Supremacy" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Muse – Supremacy". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Muse Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 August 2016.