Saturday, May 29, 2021

Queen to reissue Greatest Hits package during 50th anniversary celebrations

Queen will reissue their 1981 “Greatest Hits” collection in a series of new formats on July 2 as part of the band’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The original compilation stands alone as the first and only album to have sold over 6 million copies in the band’s native UK (with global sales in excess of 25 million), where it has now spent over 900 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, with the Official Charts Company stating that one in four British households already own a copy of the album.

The 2021 reissue series will see “Greatest Hits” available as a brand new collector’s edition CD with exclusive slipcase cover, as well as a limited edition Cassette format.

In addition, the Official Queen Online Store will exclusively offer the collector’s edition “Greatest Hits” CD and four highly-limited band member colour cassettes (1000 copies only); this version of the Slipcase CD encases a CD-sized print personally signed by band members Brian May and Roger Taylor.

Formed in London in 1970, Queen released their self-titled debut in 1973 and went on to become one of the biggest-selling artists in music history; the band were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2001, and all four original members were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991 at the age of 45 due to complications from AIDS, while bassist John Deacon retired from the music industry in 1997.

Queen hooked up with Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers for a pair of world tours in the mid-2000s before wrapping things up in 2009 – the same year May and Taylor would perform with Adam Lambert for the first time on the season 8 finale of American Idol. The pairing regrouped again to perform at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards and launched a tour under the Queen + Adam Lambert banner the following year … and have been active ever since.

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