Muse’s new single, “Survival,” has been selected as the official song of the 2012 Summer Olympics, which are set to kick off July 27 in London. We already knew that England’s rich musical tradition would play a large role in the games after British director Danny Boyle was chosen to compile a playlist for the opening ceremony, and he put together an extensive list containing songs by some of the U.K.’s most celebrated artists. Muse’s song “Uprising,” from their 2009 album The Resistance, was among those selected.
“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,” a statement on Muse’s website read. “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 Olympics 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.”
If you want to hear the song, it will premiere on BBC Radio tonight at 7:30 p.m. GMT. Muse is also set to release a new full-length album, The 2nd Law, on Sept. 18.