Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody named most-streamed classic rock song of all time

Queen’s 1975 classic, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, has been named the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time.

The band’s label, Universal Music Group (UMG), announced that the original song and official video for “Bohemian Rhapsody” – from Queen’s 1975 album “A Night At The Opera” – has surpassed 1.6 billion streams globally across all major streaming services to also earn the title as the most-streamed song from the 20th century.

According to Billboard, the tune takes top spot amongst classic rockers ahead of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O'Mine" and "November Rain", and a-ha's "Take On Me."

“So the River of Rock Music has metamorphosed into streams!,” says guitarist Brian May. “Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!"

“Bohemian Rhapsody” topped the UK charts for nine weeks upon its original release, and the classic recently extended its profile as the title track to the UK group’s biopic of the same name and its companion soundtrack album.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and follows Queen from their creation in 1970 through to their legendary 1985 Live Aid appearance.

The project recently helped push the 1975 hit back onto the US Billboard Hot 100, achieving the rare feat of a third appearance on the chart with three separate runs in three different decades.

In sync with the film’s worldwide success at the box office, Queen have announced dates for a summer 2019 Rhapsody tour of North America with Adam Lambert.

The six-week, 23-date series of arena and stadium shows – which will begin in Vancouver, BC on July 10 – will debut a new larger-than-life production that promises to deliver “an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen's music.”

See also:

Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody nominated for two Golden Globe Awards
Queen and Adam Lambert announce Rhapsody North American tour
Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody becomes second biggest music biopic in US history
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