Queen Become First UK Act to Sell 6M Copies
Not content with just being at the top of the list of best-selling albums in the UK’s chart history, Queen have managed to make rock history once again by being the first act to have six million sales of one album, their first Greatest Hits (and that number has probably gone up even more in the time you have taken you to read this!).
Already ensconced as a part of Great British history, Queen has been a household name for many years – decades even. The Official Charts Company has even been estimated that out of every four families in the UK, at least one household will hold a copy in some shape or form.
Queen formed in London in 1970, introducing Freddie Mercury with lead vocals and piano skills, Brian May with lead guitar, and Roger Taylor on the drums. In 1973, bass guitarist John Deacon joined the gang, and together the band released 18 number one singles and albums, 10 number one DVDs, awarded the 1990 Outstanding Contribution to Music Award, and enjoyed induction into the 2001 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Although Mercury died in 1991 of bronchial pneumonia as a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997, May and Taylor still play together often and still consider themselves a part of Queen.
The information was gathered by the Official Charts Company, who said that Queen’s Greatest Hits album still has regular bouts of selling thousands of copies, usually around Christmas time, proving it to be a classic and welcome gift, even after three decades.
“Becoming the first album to pass six million sales is a quite incredible achievement by Queen,” explained Chief Executive Martin Talbot, describing the collection as “perhaps the definitive greatest hits album”.
“Great news, amazing news… I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us through the years, we hope to continue to serve you,” said May.
“Wonderful!” exclaimed bandmate Taylor. “Who would have thought it? And all due to the Great British public! Thank you, a great honour!”
Queen’s Greatest Hits Collection, released in 1981, consists of:
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- Another One Bites The Dust
- Killer Queen
- Fat Bottomed Girls
- Bicycle Race
- You’re My Best Friend
- Don’t Stop Me Now
- Save Me
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love
- Somebody to Love
- Now I’m Here
- Good Old-Fashioned Loverboy
- Play the Game
- Seven Seas of Rhye
- We Will Rock You
- We Are The Champions
This album is also their best-selling album in the US, where the album is reported to have sold around 8 million copies, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Queen’s second greatest hits album is also listed in the top 10 of the UK’s biggest selling albums – just that little extra proof that this is not a fluke.
Queen’s achievements have been summed up pretty well by Gennaro Castaldo, from BPI (a music industry body). “Queen are a part of our music heritage now,” he said, “with timeless appeal that will ensure demand… will continue as new generations of fans keep coming through.” Here’s to the next six million!