Supermassive Black Hole (single)

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CD cover art
DVD cover art
Vinyl artwork
Vinyl B-side
Muse single
Name Supermassive Black Hole
Tracks
  • 2 (CD, vinyl), 4 (DVD) »
  • 1 (promos)
Total length 6:08 (CD, vinyl), 3:29 (download, promos)
Recorded 2005-2006
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Rich Costey
Art work Jasper Goodall
Publisher Warner, A&E Records, Helium 3
Format(s)
  • CD, 7" vinyl, DVD »
  • CD-R (promo only)
  • DVD-R (promo only)
Catalogue №
  • HEL3001CD (CD), HEL3001 (vinyl), HEL3001DVD (DVD) »
  • PR015888 (promo CDs)
  • PRO-CDR-101784 (US promo)
  • WCDB897 (AU promo)
Release date
  • June 19th 2006 (GB) »
  • June 17th 2006 (AU)
  • April 2007 (US)
Chart position
  • 4 (GB) »
  • 6 (US Hot Modern Rock Tracks)
  • 8 (European Hot 100)
  • 16 (Ireland)
  • 34 (Australia)
Album Black Holes and Revelations
single chronology
Butterflies & Hurricanes
Supermassive Black Hole
Starlight



Information

"Supermassive Black Hole" was the first single to be released from Black Holes and Revelations. According to Bellamy, this was "a deliberate shock tactic" to "create a stir".[1]

The song was released as the third single from Black Holes and Revelations in the US in April 2007.

Pre-release

Before the release of "Supermassive Black Hole", it was widely believed that "Crying Shame" was to be the first single released from Black Holes and Revelations.[2] This rumour was soon dispelled by the band in one of their progress report messages.[3]

The CD was originally going to have a cover created by Storm Thorgerson (see below) that was later rejected by band in favour of Jasper Goodall's.

Many different varieties of promo were created for this release:

  • In the UK, four CD-Rs; a coloured one with a black and orange double sleeve and scratch away panel, another coloured one in a plastic sleeve with paper inserts, another individually numbered (1-200) and watermarked, and another made by Hit 40 UK.
  • In the EU, a promo CD in an orange sleeve.
  • In Australia, a CD-R with a coloured sleeve
  • In Mexico, a CD with a coloured sleeve
  • In Japan, two CD-Rs, one with a sleeve promoting the Summer Sonic Festival
  • In Denmark and Sweden, a different promo CD-R each
  • And in the US, another promo CD and promo CD-R.

Track list

CD, vinyl, card-sleeves, download

DVD

  1. Supermassive Black Hole (Video) – 3:29
  2. Supermassive Black Hole (Audio) – 3:29
  3. Supermassive Black Hole Making of the video
  4. Gallery

Promos

Promo DVD-R

Supermassive Black Hole Gallery

References

  1. Sunday Mail 20060827
  2. Rolling Stone Article 20060209
  3. Message from the band on album progress! board.muse.mu 20060223


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