By Zachary Swickey
Need more proof of how loved electro-rockers Muse are in their native UK? Their upcoming new single, “Survival,” has been chosen as the official song for the 2012 Olympic Games, which kick off in London on July 27. The track will be our first taste of Muse’s upcoming sixth studio effort, The 2nd Law.
The song is expected to debut tonight (June 27) on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 radio program at 7:30 p.m. BST. The news was broken earlier today on the band’s official website.
The posting also reveals the new single’s inspiration was the Olympics in the first place: “Matt wrote the song with the Olympics in mind. It’s about total conviction and pure determination to win.”
The track is expected to get plenty of play throughout the games, so there’s no doubt you’ll have it memorized by the time of the closing ceremony.
“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 band writes. “We are honoured that the Olympics have chosen our song to officially represent the London 2012 Olympic Games across the globe.”
After the song premiere on BBC Radio, “Survival” will immediately be available to buy on iTunes and through the band’s website.
Muse are currently completing work on The 2nd Law in London with producer David Campbell, who has worked on over 450 gold and platinum albums with everyone from Michael Jackson to Aerosmith as well as orchestrating the arrangements for the much-publicized musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”
Check out Muse’s The 2nd Law album trailer: