QUEEN CONFIRM TRACK LIST FOR SPECIAL FAN-VOTED ALBUM “GREATEST HITS IN JAPAN”
DEFINITIVE COLLECTION OF THE BAND AS SELECTED BY JAPANESE FANS TO MARK THEIR JAPAN TOUR 2020
FEATURING TOP-VOTED 12 CLASSIC QUEEN SONGS
DUE TO BE RELEASED 15TH JANUARY 2020 (CD, LIMITED CD/DVD RELEASE EXCLUSIVE TO JAPAN)
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As part of their massively-successful global tour, titled “Rhapsody Tour”, Queen + Adam Lambert return to Japan in January 2020. To mark the much-anticipated tour of the Land of the Rising Sun, “Greatest Hits in Japan”, a special compilation album featuring Top 12 classic Queen songs voted by Japanese fans, is set to be released on 15th January in 2020.
The voting took place through an online form via a special section on Queen Official Site in Japan www.universal-music.co.jp/queen from Wednesday 6th to Monday 25th November 2019, where, as a general rule, fans residing in the country were invited to cast their votes for their favourite song by Queen off their 15 original studio albums under the one-person-one-vote principle. All participants were required to make a hard decision to choose only one song to vote for from the great list of 172 tracks in total.
The response was overwhelming, and we would like to thank all the 11,988 voters who helped to compile the special album. The top-voted 12 songs will now comprise the final tracklisting for the album, which can truly be called “the definitive collection of Queen as selected by Japanese fans”.
After tallying all the votes, the top 40 fan-voted tracks are as follows:
Somebody To Love: 1290 votes
The top 12 fan-voted tracks make their way onto the final cut of the album. The physical CD release of the album will be exclusive to Japan, with the digital available worldwide. The limited-edition CD will contain a DVD including music videos from the top 12 songs.
Having celebrated their magnificent 48th anniversary, Queen phenomenally keeps on astonishing the world from East to West, while the special bond that the band and Japan have built since the early years is globally well known. The story began in the days when the band made the first visit to Japan as early as 1975, where the quartet received a truly passionate and hearty welcome. The song “Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)”, which the band wrote during their stay in the country, with choruses sung in Japanese, is a beautiful token of the precious relationship. Having been placed at number 3 in the voting, the song is naturally to be featured on the upcoming greatest hits album.
The Queen film “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the biggest-grossing music biopic of all time, was also a super smash hit in Japan becoming the biggest film release of the year. Overall sales (digital and physical) of the band’s whole catalogue together with the acclaimed soundtrack album have amounted to over 1.6 million units/copies in Japan alone so far this year.
The participants of the vote covered a wide range of generations, from youngsters whose first encounters with the band were through the phenomenal biopic to long-time dedicated fans from the ‘70s. While the fact that not a few of the earlier classics made the top 12 reminds how much tremendous love and support the band has received from their loyal Japanese fans since the dawn of their career, the tracks from the albums released in the ‘80s and ’90s are impressively placed high in the rankings as well, which exemplifies the band’s magnificent popularity, coupled with their universal appeal, and enduring influence in Japan over four decades.
To reflect the concept of “the compilation as selected by Japanese fans”, the artwork for the album, simply called “Greatest Hits in Japan”, will feature splendid traditional Japanese designs and patterns. The CD booklet also includes some photographs of Freddie’s beautiful Japanese garden.
And from the fans who participated in the voting, around 700 names will be credited to the booklet by lottery.
In addition, a draw among the voters has been made to decide on the five lucky winners to receive personal autographs by Brian May and Roger Taylor. The winners will receive the prize without any prior announcement.
“To our Japanese fans, we always appreciate your passionate support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. After seeing the poll results and the final tracklist, I realised again how much you have loved us since early times. I guess this is a unique amazing selection that probably only Japanese fans could make.
Very much looking forward to seeing you soon at our shows in January!
Wishing you a Happy New Year!!"
“To all Japanese Queen followers, we can never thank you enough for your undying support through all these years. We have grown up and older together, and I think the final tracklisting for the fan-vote album is the proof of our long-standing bond, Some of your choices of our songs were a bit of a pleasant surprise, and made me grin as well, for this seems to be a very Japanese selection you can find nowhere else, which I love! Look forward to seeing you all at the concerts and having a great time together!
Wishing you a Wonderful 2020!"
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT THE RHAPSODY TOUR 2020 in JAPAN
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Furthermore, to commemorate the forthcoming Japan tour and celebrate the glorious history of Queen, “QUEEN EXHIBITION JAPAN: Bohemian Rhapsody - Supported by Shueisha”, goes on display, with the cooperation and supervision of QUEEN PRODUCTIONS LIMITED, at Nihonbashi Takashimaya in Tokyo January 15, 2020, also coming to Yokohama and Osaka.
QUEEN EXHIBITION JAPAN: Bohemian Rhapsody - Supported by Shueisha
Nihonbashi Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo, January 15, 2020 (Wed)-January 27, 2020 (Mon)
Opening Hours:10:30-19:30 (last admission is 30 min. before closing time) *Closes at 18:00 on the final day, January 27
Asobuild, Yokohama, January 30, 2020 (Thu)-March 22, 2020 (Sun)
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (last admission is 30 min. before closing time) *Closes at 18:00 on the final day, March 22
Osaka Takashimaya Department Store, Osaka, March 25, 2020 (Wed)-April 6, 2020 (Mon)
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (last admission is 30 min. before closing time) *Closes at 17:00 on the final day, April 6
QUEEN EXHIBITION JAPAN Official Site: www.queen-exhibition.jp
Release Information; Fan-Voted Album
Title: GREATEST HITS IN JAPAN
CD / DVD Tracklisting:
01. Somebody To Love
02. Don't Stop Me Now
03. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)
04. Spread Your Wings
05. Killer Queen
06. The Show Must Go On
07. Bohemian Rhapsody
09. The March of the Black Queen
10. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
11. Keep Yourself Alive
12. Radio Ga Ga
January 6, 2020 5:02pm ET by Pressparty