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Press Release: Queen make Official Chart history - Greatest Hits becomes first album ever to hit 6 million UK sales

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Queen make Official Chart history - Greatest Hits becomes first album ever to hit 6 million UK sales

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London, 11 February 2014

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 owns 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:  

“Great news, AMAZING news from the Official Charts Company! Queen’s Greatest Hits which was released in 1981 has passed the 6 million mark in sales, which is incredible. I just want to say thanks to everyone who has supported us through the years, we hope to continue to serve you.

Queen’s Roger Taylor adds: "Wonderful. Who would have thought it! And all due to the Great British public. Thank you. A great honour!"

Martin Talbot, Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company comments : “Becoming the first album to pass 6 million sales is a quite incredible achievement by Queen and their iconic Greatest Hits album. Ever since it was first released in 1981, this package of classic pop and rock tracks has been an indispensable item in every music fan’s record collection – perhaps THE definitive greatest hits album!"

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 are a part of our music heritage now, with a timeless appeal that will ensure demand for their songs will continue as new generations of fans keep coming through." 

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.

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Press Release: Queen make Official Chart history - Greatest Hits becomes first album ever to hit 6 million UK sales

Renee Chiero

Congratulations! Brian May:Class Act ❤️

john mccaskill

hi am a huge fan of qeen for many years now and got all the albums n songs on my phone an freday mercury was a good singer and a wonderful person and all ways b missed and happy thts his gratest music is still being played

funbunn40

Congrats to Brian May & Roger Taylor, so well deserved.An Italian male figure skater skated to an instrumental version of Who Wants to Live Forever in Sochi. The melody is beautiful and it made me smile, stop and listen. This song performed by Brian May and Adam Lambert is so stunning and filled with gut wrenching emotion, it's my favorite performance of all time, exquisite. They are magnificent on stage together, so powerful and pure excellence of timeless music.

Luis A.

Was It All Worth It.
Felicidades.
Estoy deseando viajar desde Madrid a Bath el proximo dia 23 para ver a Kerry y Brian.

Queen Fan Club Mexico

¡FELCIDADES! , Congratulations Queen and "Greatest Hits! A great achievement indeed! Big hugs from all of us in Mexico, where you still keep on rocking us!

Michaila

Congratulations Freddie (if he was still here), Roger, Brian, and John!!! You guys put great effort into those hits. :D I bet Freddie is beaming with pride up there :)

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