Greatest Hits reaches seven million sales in The UK
British rock legends Queen have made UK chart history, becoming the first act ever to reach seven million UK chart sales of an album. The iconic group breaks Official Chart Company records as they surpass the seven million milestone with their 1981 Greatest Hits album. The Official best-selling album of all time in the UK, the record includes such classic tracks as “We Will Rock You,” “Don’t Stop Me Now” and the group’s top-selling behemoth “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Greatest Hits reaches this record-breaking achievement through a combination of physical sales, downloads and streams. Queen’s Greatest Hits became the first album to ever surpass six million sales in the UK in 2014, and, as pure sales — physical and digital download copies — of the collection continue to increase, the group’s back catalogue proves enduringly popular in the modern streaming age. Greatest Hits has accumulated an incredible 1.1 billion total UK streams to date, with the album’s most-streamed track being “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which boasts 240 million UK streams and counting.
The record also recently celebrated its one thousandth week on the Official Albums Chart, with Queen becoming the first British act ever to achieve this landmark milestone.
“We’re here to bring you the joyous news that Queen’s Greatest Hits album has sold seven million copies, which nobody has ever done before,” shares guitarist Brian May. “No album has done this before in history. Thank you, we appreciate it.”
“The British public and their infinitely-great taste have made this the biggest-selling album in history,” adds drummer Roger Taylor. “Thank you very much. We’re humbled and honored. We salute you!”
This comes as Queen + Adam Lambert announce Rhapsody Over London; a concert film available to stream live and on-demand later this month. The exclusive concert spectacular, filmed live at London’s O2 Arena during the group’s sold out European tour, will premiere live via Kiswe’s global streaming platform on July 24th. The stream will also include a Q&A with May, Taylor and Lambert, speaking backstage from the penultimate show of their European tour.
Rhapsody Over London will give fans worldwide the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Queen’s dazzling 28-song show, which honours the late Freddie Mercury’s enduring ethos that “too far is never far enough.”
The group has also teamed with Pinball Brothers for a new pinball machine. The game will be available in two different editions: Champions Edition and Rhapsody Edition. Rhapsody Edition is limited to a run of 1000 numbered games and comes with a certificate of authenticity will come with a number of unique add-ons. The two editions will be different in appearance.
Pinball Brothers have worked closely with the band to ensure their approval and it features 14 live songs accompanied by call-outs by the band, exclusively recorded for the game. “A Kind Of Magic,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Hammer to Fall,” “I Want To Break Free,” “Killer Queen,” “One Vision,” “Play The Game,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “Seven Seas Of Rhye,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions” and “Who Wants To Live Forever” are featured.
Featured also is Brian May’s legendary Red Special guitar, in the shape of an upper playfield where you can lock balls to start the Red Special multiball, or you can visit the epic Wembley Stadium to lock balls to start yet another of the game’s many multi-balls.
Collect autographs, instruments, band members, tour passes and posters on your way to eventually reaching the final wizard mode “I Want it All!”
The game is presented with a breath-taking full RGB light show and a HiFidelity sound system, including an 8-inch bass speaker. It is hard to imagine a better way of experiencing Queen live, whether it be at the club or in your own living room. It will be truly immersive!
The band was also voted the Greatest Rock Band Of All Time in the UK. The group earned 26% of the votes that put them ahead of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Guns N Roses, Fleetwood Mac, Oasis, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Metallica and Led Zeppelin.
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