Queen Celebrates Another Major Career Achievement
Congratulations to Queen! The band–who just announced a second date August 7 at Madison Square Garden–has learned that the song, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is the most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time with over 1.6 billion streams.
“So the River of Rock Music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!” said Queen guitarist Brian May.
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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY & QUEEN IN NUMBERS (provided by UMG)
-The track was first released as a single on October 31, 1975
-“Bohemian Rhapsody” was Queen’s first Top 10 hit in the US. In the UK it went to #1 for 9 consecutive weeks, a record at the time.
-“Bohemian Rhapsody” is the only song in history ever to have topped the U.K. charts twice at Christmas.
-The video for “Bohemian Rhapsody” is generally recognized as the first promotional music video ever aired, and was based on the group’s “Queen II” album cover, the photo for which was taken by Mick Rock. It was directed by Bruce Gowers and was shot in 3 hours for a cost of £3,500 at the time at the band’s rehearsal space.
-“Bohemian Rhapsody” has been covered by many artists over the years, including Pink, Kanye West, Robbie Williams, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Montserrat Caballe, The Muppets and Elton John & Axl Rose (for the Freddie Mercury tribute concert in April 1992).
-Queen have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide