Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Queen smash Bohemian Rhapsody tops 2 billion Spotify streams

Queen has revealed that their 1975 classic, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, has just registered 2 Billion streams on Spotify.

The lead single from the band’s fourth album, “A Night At The Opera”, was written by Freddie Mercury, who oversaw the complex song’s full creation in the studio during three weeks of recording.

Prior to heading out on the road in support of their fourth studio album, Queen filmed a video that would be offered to media to promote the song while they were on tour; directed by Bruce Gowers and costing just £4500, the “Bohemian Rhapsody” clip is widely regarded to have given birth to the practice of creating music videos to boost sales, even though they had been previously done by artists for years.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” went on to become the only song to sell over a million copies on two occasions in the UK, is the most-streamed song of the 20th Century, and in March 2021 reached the extremely rare RIAA Diamond status in the US, making Queen the first British band ever to earn this award … while the promo became the first pre-1990’s music video to pass the 1 billion views milestone on YouTube.

The song’s life was extended when it became the title of Queen’s 2018 biopic; directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film – which follows Queen from their formation in 1970 through to their legendary 1985 Live Aid appearance – won four Academy Awards including Best Actor to Rami Malek for his portrayal of Mercury, and earned more than $900 million dollars at the box office to become the highest-grossing music biopic in history.

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