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Muse's 'Survival' Announced as Official Olympics Song (Audio)

Muse Live Performance - H 2011
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The British band's rock ballad will play throughout the broadcast of the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

Olympic organizers have chosen British trio Muse's new "Survival" as the official song for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The band announced the news on its website, saying they were "excited" and "honored" to have their rock ballad chosen to officially represent the games. 

Frontman Matt Bellamy wrote the song with the Olympics in mind, and for the group, the song represents "total conviction and pure determination to win."

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Sample lyric: "I'll light the fuse/And I'll never lose/And I choose to survive/Whatever it takes/You won't pull ahead/I'll keep up the pace/And I'll reveal my strength/To the whole human race."

"Survival" will be played throughout the broadcast of the games, including when the athletes enter the competitive venues and before the medal ceremonies. 

According to The Associated Press, four additional songs already have been composed specifically for the games and have been recorded by Elton John vs. Pnau, Delphic, Chemical Brothers and Dizzee Rascal. The tracks will be released between July 16 and Aug. 6. The London Olympics from July 27 to Aug. 12.