Muse are set to top the US Albums Chart for the first time with their new record ‘Drones’.
The band’s seventh studio album, ‘Drones’ is the follow-up to 2012’s ‘The 2nd Law’ and was released this week. According to Billboard, the LP is expected to sell 75,000 copies in its first week. Their highest charting record in the US was predecessor ‘The 2nd Law’, which peaked at Number Two.
‘Drones’ is also set to top this week’s UK Albums Chart. According to Official Chart Company data, ‘Drones’ is outselling the rest of the top five combined and looks sure to become Muse’s fifth Number One album. If its sales momentum continues into the weekend the album will become one of the fastest selling albums of the year so far.
The band’s frontman Matt Bellamy has claimed that ‘Drones’ is Muse’s best album, admitting: “That’s not something I’ve been able to say for a while”. Bellamy also recently told NME about visiting the White House and talking conspiracy theories with former Secretary Of State Colin Powell.
Muse have promised to bring “as much fire as possible” to Download Festival this weekend (June 12-14). Appearing on The Graham Norton Show last week (June 5), Bellamy promised a spectacular performance for their headline set. “We’re definitely going to take that to Donington where all the metallers are – we’re going to give them as much fire as possible,” he said after playing ‘Mercy’ live on the show. Watch Muse perform ‘Mercy’ on The Graham Norton Show here.