Queen’s Greatest Hits breaks UK chart record
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Queen’s Greatest Hits sells seven million copies, breaking UK chart record
Queen’s Greatest Hits is a perennial best-seller.
Queen have made UK chart history by becoming the first act to sell seven million copies of an individual album.
Their first Greatest Hits collection, from 1981, is now owned by one in every four households in the UK, said the Official Charts Company.
The record, which features classic singles like We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody, has been a perennial best-seller for years.
It recently spent its 1,000th week on the UK album chart.
Queen guitarist Brian May called the latest achievement “joyous news”.
“No album has done this before in history,” he said in a statement. “Thank you, we appreciate it.”
Drummer Roger Taylor added: “The British public and their infinitely-great taste have made this the biggest-selling album in history.
“Thank you very much; we’re humbled and honoured. We salute you!”
Queen’s Greatest Hits leads the all-time album chart by almost a million copies, ahead of Abba’s 1992 compilation album Gold.
“When it was released for the first time in 1981, career-spanning packages such as Greatest Hits were relatively rare, the preserve of only the very biggest acts,” noted Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts.
“There is no doubt that its massive success has done as much as any other release to turn hits packages into the omnipresent album concept that they are today.”
Other notable facts:
Abba Gold spends record 1,000 weeks in UK chart.
Classic Queen cover art sold for more than £28k.
Queen top UK album chart after 25-year break.
Bo Rhap is the oldest video to get 1bn views.
Back in 2014, Queen’s Greatest Hits became the first album to surpass six million sales in the UK.
At the time, the chart only counted “pure” sales – i.e. vinyl, cassette, CD and downloads.
A year later, audio streams were incorporated into the calculations, with 1,000 streams counting as one “sale”.
Since then, Queeen’s Greatest Hits has accumulated 1.26 billion total UK streams, with the album’s most-streamed track being Bohemian Rhapsody, which boasts 240 million UK streams and counting, the chart company said.
The band’s back catalogue received a massive boost from the release of the Oscar-winning Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018.
On Spotify, Queen are currently the 31st most-streamed act in the world, ahead of other classic artists like The Beatles, who place 44th, and Michael Jackson, who is 68th.
According to the accounts filed by the band’s company, Queen Productions Ltd, sales and streams of their music generated £39m in royalties in the last financial year.
By Mark Savage BBC Music Correspondent
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
TOP TEN UK’s best-selling albums of all time
- Queen – Greatest Hits
- Abba – Gold
- The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
- Adele – 21
- Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
- Michael Jackson – Thriller
- Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
- Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
- Michael Jackson – Bad
- Queen – Greatest Hits II
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