Saturday, November 3, 2018

Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack debuts on US charts

The companion soundtrack to Queen’s biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” has debuted on the US charts.

According to Billboard, the project enters the Billboard 200 at No. 22 with opening week sales of 24,000 equivalent album units, including 12,000 in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the US based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units, which are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

The latest chart placement marks Queen’s 17th US Top 40 album on the Billboard 200.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, “Bohemian Rhapsody” stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and follows Queen from their creation in 1970 through their rise to international stardom and the Live Aid appearance.

The soundtrack mixes classic live and studio tracks with previously unavailable Queen performances from Live Aid.

The five tracks from Queen's 21-minute performance at the charity concert – “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Radio Ga Ga”, “Hammer To Fall” and “We Are The Champions” – have never been released in audio form before; they were previously issued on video as a special extra on the DVD/BluRay release of "Queen Rock Montreal", which features the Montreal Forum shows of November 1981.

Among the rarities included in the package is a newly-recorded version of the song “Doing All Right” by members of Smile, the predecessor to Queen that featured May and Taylor with vocalist Tim Staffell. Almost 50 years after the original Smile recording, the three players reunited at Abbey Road Studios to recreate the original version of the tune, which Queen recorded for inclusion on their 1973 self-titled debut album.

Queen have also recorded a new version of “We Will Rock You” that syncs up with the film; the mix starts out as the studio take and then seamlessly blends into a live performance with audience participation.

See also:

Queen stream final video trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody biopic
VIDEO: Queen preview We Will Rock You from Bohemian Rhapsody biopic
Queen to premiere Bohemian Rhapsody film at Wembley Arena
Queen to release Bohemian Rhapsody film soundtrack
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