Monday, July 22, 2019

Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody video passes 1 billion views on YouTube

Queen’s music video for their 1975 classic, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, has officially passed 1 Billion views on YouTube.

More than forty years after it was first created, the clip for the lead single from the band’s fourth album, “A Night At The Opera”, makes history as the first pre-1990’s video to reach the milestone on the platform.

To celebrate the achievement, Queen have posted a newly remastered HD version of the video on their YouTube channel, alongside new translations of the song’s lyrics in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Polish, German, Indonesian Bahasa, Korean, Czech, Russian & Turkish.

Queen have also announced the launch of "You Are The Champions", a unique new campaign that will give fans an exclusive chance to become a part of the band’s history with a starring role in three brand new user-generated videos for three of the UK group’s most celebrated tracks.

As part of the campaign, musicians, singers, and instrumentalists can take on "Bohemian Rhapsody". Dancers will be able to give their own interpretations for "Don't Stop Me Now" - with a special instructional video created by Polly Bennett (Rami Malek’s movement coach from the 2018 biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody”) and finally, visual artists will get the chance to design any word or phrase from the lyrics of "A Kind of Magic."

The finished videos will be published later this year on the bands official YouTube channel.

“We are honored that Bohemian Rhapsody has just hit one billion views on YouTube,” says guitarist Brian May. “We want to thank you all and celebrate with our amazing fans all around the world by creating three new music videos to our songs, all featuring you! Whether you are a musician, singer, dancer, visual artist or you just want to have some fun. Go to to find out more and we’ll see you on the road somewhere.”

The latest surge in viewers for the classic hit follows the worldwide success of Queen’s film of the same name, which earned more than $900 million dollars at the box office to become the highest-grossing music biopic in history, and went on to win four Academy Awards including Best Actor to Malek and technical production honors in the fields of Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Film Editing.

The project inspired Queen’s 2019/2020 Rhapsody tour with Adam Lambert, which opened in Vancouver, BC on July 10.

See also:

VIDEO: Queen and Adam Lambert open Rhapsody tour in Vancouver
Queen tops mid-year US rock charts
VIDEO: Unreleased version of 1986 Freddie Mercury song surfaces
VIDEO: Adam Lambert duets on Bohemian Rhapsody during American Idol season finale
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