Queen make Official Chart history - Greatest Hits becomes first album ever to hit 6 million UK sales
Queen Are The Champions!
Legendary British band Queen have made chart history by becoming the first act ever to reach 6 million UK sales of an album, the Official Charts Company can confirm.
Queen have broken chart records after surpassing the 6 million sales milestone with their 1981 Greatest Hits album. Britain’s best-selling album of all time, a staggering one in three British families (or one in four British households) now own a copy of the iconic act’s original best-of collection featuring such classic tracks as We Will Rock You, Another One Bites The Dust and their top-selling hit, Bohemian Rhapsody.
In a video message via OfficialCharts.com, Queen’s Brian May says:
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Queen’s Roger Taylor adds:
Martin Talbot, Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company comments :
A true, enduring classic, the British public continue to buy Queen’s Greatest Hits in their droves; some 33 years after its original release, the album regularly sells several thousand copies per week, particularly around the Christmas gifting period, a trusted stocking filler for British music fans.
Sales of the album digitally are also now racking up, having been downloaded 124,000 times in the UK to date, though Queen’s Greatest Hits is evidently still very much an essential collectors’ favourite that music lovers demand to own a coveted physical copy of.
Gennaro Castaldo of British recorded music industry body, the BPI comments:
Queen’s Greatest Hits leads the way, some 900,000 copies ahead of ABBA Gold as the UK’s best-selling album of all time. ABBA last year overtook The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to take up second place in the list. And if 6 million sales isn’t enough for Freddie, Brian and co, Queen’s follow-up, Greatest Hits II, which was release in October 1991 – a month before lead singer Freddie Mercury’s untimely death - also rides high at Number 10 in the all-time Official Albums Chart, having notched up a further 3.9 million UK sales to date.
Official Albums Chart Top 5 – all-time
1. Greatest Hits by Queen
2. Gold - Greatest Hits by Abba
3. SGT Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles
4. 21 by Adele
5. What's The Story Morning Glory by Oasis
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