Upon its release, the album received positive to mixed reviews from music critics, who saw the young band’s potential, but were also quick to dismiss the album as promising yet derivative of other alternative rock bands of the 90s. Several critics drew comparisons to Radiohead, due to the fact that Showbiz was produced by John Leckie, who also worked on the aforementioned band’s album The Bends. Neva Chonin of Rolling Stone magazine gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, saying “Showbiz, matches Thom Yorke’s penchant for majestic agony — screams and the word self-destruction pepper the title track — but with an edge that’s quirkier and decidedly more ragged than their elders”. Brent DiCrescenzo of Pitchfork said in his review of the album that “Muse expertly boil down Radiohead into punkish radio nuggets.”, but went on to question that “despite this promise, where can they go from here?”, which resulted in a rating of 6.7 of a possible 10. In a less favourable review, NME said that “‘Showbiz’ is not as clever as they think it is … ‘Unintended’ and the title track are overwrought, prone to excruciatingly bad pseudo poetry”, which ended in a 6 out of 10 score from the publication. On the other hand, a more positive review came from Edna Gundersen of USA Today, who gave the album 3 out of 4 stars, saying that the album “offers smart, seductive rock that’s sophisticated but not stuffy, fun but not frilly.” and that the songs “get a boost from the handsome voice of Matthew Bellamy, who builds tension by vocally snowballing from a hushed intensity to full-throttle wails.”
Showbiz has become a basic source of entertainment in the world. People tend to move towards cinema more than the library or any other parks etc. Because digital media have overwhelmed all the sources of entertainment, study, work or research therefore, people tend to move towards showbiz more than anything else.