Map of the Problematique (single)

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Cover art
Muse single
Name Map of the Problematique
Tracks 2
Total length 8:45 (Muse.mu exclusive)
Recorded 2006
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Rich Costey
Art work Jasper Goodall
Publisher Warner, A&E Records, Helium 3
Format(s)
  • Digital download »
  • CD (promo only)
  • CD-R (promo only)
Catalogue № HEL3006
Release date 18th June 2007 [1]
Chart position 18
Album Black Holes and Revelations
single chronology
Invincible
Map of the Problematique
United States of Eurasia


Information

"Map of the Problematique" was the fifth and final single to be released from Black Holes and Revelations. It was a download only single released in the wake of Muse's two-night performance at Wembley Stadium, on the 18th June 2007.

This single was to be released as the fourth single outside of the UK, and the fifth within.[2] "Invincible" was subsequently released in France however, and the physical release of "Map of the Problematique" was cancelled, even though the song received regular airplay. "Map of the Problematique" is the only single, after "Cave", to not have a video.

Pre-release

The cover art of the Map of the Problematique remix promo CD features the single's namesake, a 'map of the problematique'. Some copies of the Live promo CD-R did not have a title sticker on the disc, but were instead hand-labelled.[3]

Release

While the single was initially sold only in Windows Media format encumbered with DRM,[4] it has been reported that copies have been available in AAC format clean of DRM.[4] While this was reported on the 26th of June via Muselive.com, it was taken down early the next morning.[4] While this is contrary to Warner's policy, Anthony Addis indicated that it was a gesture of good will toward Muse fans.[4]

In an official Muse email it was confirmed that the single would be released in a download-only format on the 18th of June to coincide with the Wembley weekend. When downloaded together, the Muse.mu exclusive tracks came with a souvenir pack containing photos, desktop backgrounds and a screensaver featuring images from Wembley Stadium.[1]

When the Muse digital catalogue was updated in 2009, the iTunes exlcusive download was merged with the standard single to form the download-only EP.

Tracklist

iTunes EP

  1. Map of the Problematique – 4:18
  2. Map of the Problematique (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix) – 4:24
  3. Map of the Problematique (AOL session) – 4:25

Muse.mu download

  1. Map of the Problematique – 4:18
  2. Map of the Problematique (Live from Wembley Stadium) – 5:05
  3. Map of the Problematique (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix) – 4:24
  4. Map of the Problematique (AOL session) – 4:25
  5. Map of the Problematique (Rich Costey Edit) – 3:40

Remix promo

  1. Map of the Problematique (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix) – 4:24

Live promo CD-R, Hit 40 UK promo CD-R

Map of the Problematique gallery

References

  1. a b Muse.mu News Post "Map Of The Problematique - Digital Single "20070608
  2. Musemessenger.com 20070116
  3. Promo CD-R scan
  4. a b c d muselive.com 20070626



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