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Muse 'Survival' named official song of London 2012 Olympics



Musician Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival 2010 held at The Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2010 in Indio, California.
Musician Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival 2010 held at The Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2010 in Indio, California.
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Musician Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival 2010 held at The Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2010 in Indio, California.
Matthew Bellamy and Dominic Howard of Muse performs at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas on December 9, 2007 in Universal City, California.
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Musician Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival 2010 held at The Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2010 in Indio, California.
Musicians Dominic Howard, Matthew Bellamy and Christopher Wolstenholme of Muse, winners of the Best Rock Album for "The Resistance" pose in the press room at The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Musician Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival 2010 held at The Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2010 in Indio, California.
Matthew Bellamy of the band Muse performs during the Vegoose music festival at Sam Boyd Stadium's Star Nursery Field October 28, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Musician Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival 2010 held at The Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2010 in Indio, California.
Musician Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival 2010 held at The Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2010 in Indio, California.
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Olympics organizers have selected a song by the prog-rock neo glam trio Muse as the official song of the 2012 London Games -- July 27 through Aug. 12. 

A Queen-heavy indulgence, "Survival," had its first broadcast on BBC Radio 1 Wednesday evening, giving Olympic fiends some grandiose fuel for traveling fire, and Muse fans the first sanctioned look at the new record, The 2nd Law, slated for release this fall.

Appropriately soaring and anthemic, "Survival" -- the British band's first new material in about three years -- will be played as the theme for all international television coverage.

Viewers will hear the song when athletes enter the venues, before the medal ceremony, and in your nightmares for the rest of your natural born life (especially vulnerable are those who still harbor deep Guitar Hero resentments about "Knights of Cydonia").

Muse commented on their website about the honor:

We are very excited to announce that a Muse song, Survival, has been selected by the London Olympic committee to be the main official song for the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Matt wrote the song with the Olympics in mind. It's about total conviction and pure determination to win. 


The song will be played throughout the Games including when athletes enter the stadium, in the lead up to the medal ceremony and also as the theme for all international TV coverage. The worldwide radio exclusive will be tonight on BBC Radio 1 around 19:30 and will be available to buy on iTunes and in the muse.mu store immediately afterwards. 


We are honoured that the Olympics have chosen our song to officially represent the London 2012 Olympic Games across the globe.

 

Last month, the trio carried the Olympic torch through their hometown of Teignmouth in southwest England as part of the flame's 8,000-mile (12,900-kilometer) journey to the games.