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AZRA – SOLO

AZRA shares her upbeat and introspective new single, Solo. An anthem for independence, “Solo” celebrates not only self-empowerment, but also the journey we take to realize the powers that bind us and to break ourselves free from them.

“The process of creating this song was a mix of introspection and genuinely connecting with my listeners (aka Azradeities) about their own struggles in living their truth, finding self-worth, and dealing with societal expectations in the midst of all the external pressures,” shares AZRA“It’s an empowerment song claiming that we own our individuality and path through our lives.”

LA-based AZRA is an independent Korean American substance pop artist, performer, singer-songwriter, hip hop dancer, model, published author and motivational storyteller with a mission to inspire people to be their authentic selves and to empower others to live out their dreams unapologetically and boldly. Through bewitching music and memorable performances, she creates an experience toward a whole new state of mind: the 6th Dimension.

Audacious, spirited, and limitless, AZRA sees beyond what meets the eye. She grew up on musical theater, church choir as well as playing the piano, violin and hip-hop dancing and wrote the inspirational book The Cupcake Theory. This same fiery determination is what compelled her to reinvent herself to pursue her music career, no holds barred.

Her first single “Dimension” (2019) reached #1 on the Digital Radio Airplay Independent Chart, while her single “Dangerous” (2020) charted #1 on the Independent Digital Radio Airplay charts. She was selected as a ’20 and ’21 GRAMMY NEXT Artist by the Recording Academy and has garnered acclaim from publications such as Hollywood Life, LA Weekly, Celeb Mix and more.

Citing Freddie Mercury, Whitney Houston, Cher, Madonna, and Michael Jackson as her influences, AZRA has collaborated with some of the best names in the industry. She has opened for Plain White T’s and has toured for Pride Festivals all over the country. Her magnetic stage presence and infectious energy undoubtedly captivate audiences wherever she performs.

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QUEEN × AMAZON — TRIVIA CHALLENGE

Legendary rock band Queen has teamed up with Amazon for the newest Alexa interactive skill experience.

With over 400 questions, the Queen Trivia Challenge takes fans on an immersive trip through Queen‘s music and history, revealing some surprising facts and insights into one of the most iconic bands in the world.

Queen Trivia Challenge skill for Alexa includes clips from the band’s greatest hits, documentaries and live performances. On Alexa-enabled devices with screens, not only can you hear the music, you can also see the videos.

Test your Queen knowledge and ask Alexa to play the Queen Trivia Challenge!

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BRIAN MAY – DRIVEN BY YOU

Brian May announces re-release and new music video of his classic single 

DRIVEN BY YOU ahead of remastered Back To The Light album

“The song Freddie Mercury generously gave his blessing to be my solo track.”

Brian May’s first solo hit, and the unforgettable TV ad it was made for, came from the most unlikely of origins.

Driven By You is, without doubt, one of rock’s most rousing and lasting anthems. Originally written for a Ford car television commercial, the solo track was a worldwide hit when it first debuted as a single off May’s 1992 Back To The Light album. But the unforgettable song had its beginnings oceans away from the open roads of the UK countryside that were framed in that TV ad.

Originally released in November 1991, Driven By You saw success worldwide including reaching No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 9 on the US Billboard Album Rock Chart. Re-released to download on June 25 ahead of the forthcoming remastered reissue of May’s Back To The Light album on August 6, the reissue of the track comes with a scorching new 30th Anniversary video edit. The performance was originally filmed when the Queen legend sang the track live for the first time at the 1991 Guitar Legends concert in Seville, Spain, and during his 1992 South America tour.

The energetic footage features Brian performing the song with an all-star band including Cozy Powell on drums, Neil Murray on bass and Steve Vai on rhythm guitar. Plus, Rick Wakeman and Mike Moran on keyboards, alongside Maggie Ryder, Miriam Stockley and Chris Moran on backing vocals. That music video can be seen in its updated form here.

Sharing the backstory to Driven By You, May cites a Los Angeles pool bathroom as the unlikely starting point for his classic song.

“There’s a kind of mystery about writing songs. You never know where they come from. All I know is I was sitting around a swimming pool in Los Angeles with an ad producer. He’s sitting there sunning himself. I’m there with my future wife sunning myself by the pool, and we get talking. And he says, ‘Oh, you write songs, don’t you?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I write songs.’ He said, ‘Well could you write a song for an advert? Have you ever done that?’ And I went, ‘No, I’ve never done it.’ He asked, ‘Would you like to?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I’d be very interested.’ He then asked me how I would feel about a slogan that goes, ‘Everything we do, we do for you.’

“And I went, ‘Yeah, I could relate to that’ because I can feel that in my own mind about my own self. And it got modified later on. It became ‘Everything we do is driven by you’ because it was about cars, and I liked that even more. And as soon as he said that I went off to the bathroom with my little tape recorder and sang some stuff into the tape recorder. I sang most of the verse and a bit of the chorus, which is the way it happens with me. Suddenly a light goes on and I could hear it in my head, I could hear the whole thing, ‘Driven By You,’ and I wrote it for them, for the Ford Car Company, and completed it very quickly. I went into the studio when I got back, completed it quickly for them, and then they liked it.”

Revisiting Driven By You today, May has also revealed how the song helped create a special understanding with Freddie Mercury in his final days and how the Queen singer encouraged his dear friend and bandmate to ‘find his wings’ in his solo career.

Talking of Freddie, May says: “I played it to Freddie and I said, ‘Freddie, you know if this becomes a Queen track, which it might do, obviously you should sing it.’ He listened and went, ‘You’ve done it very well darling, and I think you should sing it’. Now whether that’s because he really did think I sang it well or just because he didn’t want to sing anything, I don’t know. But he said, ‘It’s beautiful, it’s great, it’s very complete in its own way, you should do it.’ And he said something very profound at the time. He said, ‘You know we’re all thinking and wondering what’s going to happen to me, and you don’t have to feel embarrassed about it. You know you should be thinking about your solo career at this time and if this is the beginning of your solo career then it’s a very worthy beginning. This is probably the beginning of your finding your wings as you need to do.’ So, Freddie was very far-sighted and very generous as always and sort of gave me permission to do this as a solo track, which I did.”

“I rewrote the words as a piece of relationship therapy, you know, ‘Everything I do is driven by you’ and put it out as a single and it was a hit. So, it was a nice boost to me to feel I could do things on my own. I wasn’t just a piece of Queen. And that’s what I believe about the core of songs; sometimes you don’t know why you’re writing them. You don’t know where it’s coming from, but it can be channeled into a way which makes sense in various ways. And things are always about life for me; they’re always about relationships. Either my relationships or relationships with people around me. It’s about humans interacting. That to me is the most exciting thing in the world; the most important thing and the hardest thing to get right in your life. A lot of people can do great stuff. You know, fly aero planes, go to the Moon. Relationships… not so easy. So, it’s about that as always.”

Out of the Light, the companion release available in the Back To The Light box set and on the 2CD and digital formats, features three alternative versions of Driven By You including the original Ford Ad Version and a Cozy (Powell) and Neil (Murray) ’93 version.

Driven By You is available to download and stream here.

Brian May’s Back To The Light remastered reissue is available on August 6 on CD, Vinyl, Cassette, digital download and streaming formats.

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Queen The Greatest

Queen The Greatest: A Celebration Of 50 Of The Greatest Moments

From The Queen Story So Far

 A 50-week YouTube series celebrating key moments in Queen’s history, reminding us why Queen and their music continue to be loved across the world.

Episode 11: “Queen : 1977 We Will Rock You (Part 1)  Rocking the World”  

An exclusive interview with Brian May revealing the inspiration behind not just one of Queen‘s greatest hits, but one of the most recognizable and loved songs in the history of rock music.

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Queen The Greatest, a year-long Queen Official YouTube celebration of the most extraordinary songs, performances and achievements from Queen’s story so far, this week revisits a song that would become not just one of Queen’s greatest hits, but also one of the most recognizable tracks in rock history, “We Will Rock You.”

In an exclusive and brand-new interview with Brian May, the legendary guitarist and songwriter shares how this iconic song written for the band’s 1977 News Of The World album came to life, the specific gig that inspired its creation, and what it has come to mean to him.

“Bingley Hall. This great hall in the Midlands. It was heaving. Its all sweaty and hot, the atmosphere is great. Everybodys jumping up and down, making a noise, and what they were doing was singing along. In those days, it was really new I have to tell you. You just didnt go to concerts where people sang to rock bands. But on this particular occasion they didnt stop. I think Id gone to sleep thinking what could an audience do, what could you ask them to do? Theyre all crammed in there, they cant do much, but they can stamp their feet they can clap their hands, and they can sing.”

“It just kind of came to me that we were all part of this scenario where were all young, and full of enthusiasm, we think we can change the world, and we get out there, we will rock you! We Will Rock You means we will change the world, and we feel like we can do it when were young. 

“And then looking ahead to when you get old, what happens when you get old and all this stuff has kind of blown over, and you stand there and you think what happened, did I change the world? What happened, who am I and what is the world to me now?

“I would like to leave the planet knowing that I just made a little bit of difference to the amount of decency that there is in the world. Not sure I can do that, but Im still trying. So that in a nutshell is what We Will Rock You is about.” – Brian May.

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Next week: Queen 1977 We Will Rock You (Part 2) – Rocking the World

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After seven years together, Queen’s dream of creative and financial independence would finally come true. A look behind the scenes at that pivotal moment, featuring archive footage of Freddie, John and Roger, as well as a rare interview with the band’s long term manager, Jim Beach.

“Theres a million sharks out there.” – Roger Taylor

This week’s Queen The Greatest takes a look behind the scenes at one of the most significant moments in Queen’s history – the moment where one of their ultimate goals was realized: Queen’s Independence Day.

Last week’s episode focused on bassist John Deacon and the hits he provided for Queen. Deacon again features prominently in this week’s episode, in which the band reveals the dire straits they were in– even after three hit albums. The episode also explains how John’s steady hand and acumen brought Queen to one of the most significant points in its career: the moment they finally achieved their goal of financial and creative independence.

John reveals: “We didnt get a penny of record royalties from the first three albums. What we were looking at in that point in time was basically to just look after ourselves and do it completely on our own.”

Roger Taylor: “Its the long road to artistic, financial freedom which is so hard to find if youre successful to any degree cos theres a million sharks out there.” 

In early 1978, just before they embarked on recording their Jazz album, Queen finally took full control of their business affairs :setting up three entities to operate and manage their creative endeavors: Queen Productions Limited, Queen Music Limited and Queen Films Limited. This was at the time a highly unusual move for a band, but testament to their belief in their forward musical journey.

For the day-to-day running of the business, Queen turned to Jim Beach, who they had first met in 1975 when the band’s quest for financial independence truly began. It was a meeting that left a lasting impression on Jim.

He recalls that first meeting: “I first met Queen when I was a solicitor at Harbottle and Lewis in London. I was a partner, and I was running what was then a very fledgling music department. It was a show-business firm, and we were used to fairly bizarre clients, but I remember when Queen arrived, the receptionist telephoned me and said, ‘Mr. Beach, Queen are here,’ and I said.’Yes, fine, would you like to send them up.’ And she whispered down the phone, she said, ‘have you seen them?’” 

“And I said, ‘well yes,’ she said, ‘well one of thems got nail varnish on. And I said, ‘well really?’ ‘Yes, black nail varnish. And I said, ‘well fine,’ ‘yes, but its only on one hand. And I said, ‘dont be silly, come on, send them up’. I always remember Freddie walked in first, they sat down, and Freddie kicked straight off by saying, weve recorded three albums, our managers just bought his second Rolls Royce, and were on sixty quid a week, so somethings wrong.” 

But it wasn’t just the business side where Queen wanted to be masters of their own destiny; their News of The World album had proved that in the studio they were also ready to take full control.

John Deacon: ”It comes to a stage where all you really need is an engineer, because the idea of balancing and sounds you want, an artist or musician should really know what they want. And the only person needed to implement that is an engineer. And when youre doing a mix, when youre mixing down the track from the tapes, I mean its setting it up and then we actually sit down and work the controls as well.”

On that occasion, long-time Queen Engineer Mike Stone had become the invaluable assistant that enabled the band to enjoy the creative freedom they craved in the studio. 

This independence had been hard fought for, and after seven years together, when most bands might be coming to their natural end, Queen had finally successfully maneuvered themselves into a position where they could go from strength to strength. 

And it’s fair to say, the best was yet to come.

Jim Beach continues to manage Queen.

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*Credit: Photography by Neal Preston, Queen Productions Ltd.

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Queen’s Greatest Hits

Hitting a jaw-dropping 439 weeks, and counting, on the Billboard200 – currently sitting at #21 on the prestigious US chart – and already wearing the crown as the UK’s biggest selling album of all time, achieving the third longest chart run on the UK Official Charts, Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits collection is getting a limited edition makeover to mark not only the band’s historic 50th landmark, but also the album’s 40th anniversary.

First released in 1981, Greatest Hits is certified 9x Platinum in the U.S. and stands alone as the first and only album to have sold over 6 million copies in the UK (6.75 million sales to date), has now spent over 900 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, and has been certified a staggering 22 platinum with global sales in excess of 25 million.

And there’s more according to the Official Charts Company who crowned it Britain’s most popular album of the past 60 years, one in four British households already own a copy of the album.

Now, following the record-breaking global success of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody feature film earning almost $1billion at the international box office – a new generation of faithful Queen followers has emerged ensuring that Queen’s undiminishing appeal will continue well beyond their current record-breaking achievements.

These historic landmarks are now to be marked and celebrated with a brand new collector’s edition Greatest Hits CD with exclusive slipcase cover and a limited edition cassette format, both to be released globally July 2.

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

Global Formats

  • Collector’s Edition Greatest Hits CD With Exclusive Slipcase Cover
  • Collector’s Edition Clear Cassette

Queen Online Store Exclusive Formats

  • Collector’s Edition CD With Exclusive Slipcase Cover signed by Brian May and Roger Taylor, bundled with all 4 band member colour cassettes and a Greatest Hits gold plated badge (limited to 1000 signed copies)
  • Collector’s Edition Frosted Aqua Cassette Freddie Mercury Cover
  • Collector’s Edition Transparent Pink Cassette Brian May Cover
  • Collector’s Edition Transparent Green Cassette Roger Taylor Cover
  • Collector’s Edition Transparent Blue Cassette John Deacon Cover

All formats available to pre-order HERE

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The Queen the Greatest YouTube Series

Queen The Greatest: a celebration of 50 of the greatest moments from the Queen story so far. A 50-week YouTube series celebrating key moments in Queen’s history reminding us why Queen and their music continue to be loved across the world. Episode 9: Queen: 1976 Somebody To Love – Freddie’s Greatest Hit? Watch HERE Queen The Greatest Watch Episodes 1-8 HERE

Was it better than Bohemian Rhapsody? The man himself thinks it might be… After the incredible worldwide success of A Night At The Opera and Bohemian Rhapsody,  all eyes were on Queen to see what they would do next. For Freddie Mercury inspiration came from one of the world’s finest singers and ended up with him, Brian and Roger becoming a Gospel choir. Queen The Greatest’s ninth episode celebrates what is undoubtedly one of Queen’s greatest classic hits, the gospel inspired masterpiece, Somebody To Love.

Having set such a high benchmark with their A Night At The Opera album, all eyes were on Queen to see what they would come up with next. As ever, the band refused to stand still and were intent on exploring new musical paths. For Somebody To Love Freddie found inspiration in one the world’s finest singers to create this Queen classic.

Brian May: Freddie wanted to be Aretha Franklin, you have to bear this in mind, and that explains everything. He loved Aretha. And, this was his Gospel epic. It kind of followed in the steps of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in the sense that we were building up these multiple vocal parts, but this time we were being a Gospel choir, instead of being an English choir.

Freddie Mercury: And there’s me going on about Aretha Franklin, sort of made them go a bit mad, I just wanted to write something about that kind of thing. I was sort of incentivized by the gospel approach that she had on her albums, the earlier albums.

Brian May: Freddie came in very well prepared with a lot of vocal parts and we just worked our way through it. There was a very good feeling. I always remember thinking, yeah, this is going to be something great.

For many Bohemian Rhapsody was the greatest song Freddie ever wrote, but according to the man himself, he didn’t necessarily agree. 

Freddie Mercury: People will, obviously, no matter how hard you try, will think in terms of your past hits. I really thought, Ok, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a big hit, but as far as my writing ability is concerned, I think I can write better. And I just looked at it from that point of view. For my estimation, I think a song like ‘Somebody To Love’, from the writing aspect, (is) a better song. 

Somebody To Love  just narrowly missed out on the top spot in the UK charts, peaking at number 2. But the song quickly became a powerhouse on stage, as witnessed by the band’s performance at the Milton Keynes Bowl in 1982 featured ;in this episode.

Ten years later, at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, the song had its place firmly cemented in Queen history thanks to the unforgettable performance by Brian, Roger, John, the London Gospel Choir and, of course, George Michael. n the U.S., Somebody To Love has been certified double Platinum by the RIAA.

The song’s subsequent inclusion on the Five Live EP featuring performances from the Tribute Concert by Queen, George Michael and Lisa Stansfield saw it finally top the UK charts in 1993.

Next will see the release of Queen 1976: Hyde Park – Picnic by the Serpentine. Keep up to date with the Queen the Greatest YouTube series here!

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QUEEN ROCK TOUR

BECOME A ROCK LEGEND WITH THE FIRST EVER OFFICIAL QUEEN GAME ON MOBILE.

“Be a Lockdown Rock Star! No turning back !!!”- Brian May, Queen

Play along with hits from the band’s iconic catalogue. Relive their classic concerts by touring the world and performing on different stages.

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Queen: Rock Tour is available now on Android / iOS

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With live music in lockdown and the return of tours still uncertain, rock group Queen has come up with a safe alternative: no masks, no social distancing, just the good old fashioned live experience with Queen: Rock Tour, the band’s first ever official game for Android and iOS devices.

The arrival of the play-along rhythm game comes at a significant landmark for Queen. With 50 years now having passed since the 1971 recruiting of John Deacon, completing Queen’s classic line-up, 2021 marks a Queen Golden Jubilee that the band was hoping to celebrate with fans. A massive 29-date European stadium and arena tour planned for this year has been forced to be delayed to 2022.

Queen: Rock Tour gives players a chance to experience the majesty and might of the Queen [live] experience on their phones, supported by extensive attention to detail contributed by the official Queen archives and experts. Hit the stage and perform with the entire band as you unleash your music talents to play thrilling guitar riffs, heart-pounding drum solos and much more. All you need to do is tap the tiles in time with the rhythm!

“Be a Lockdown Rock Star! No turning back !!!” enthused Queen’s Brian May on the game launch.

The game allows users to fully immerse themselves into the world of Queen. Progress and score points by playing along to 20 of their most popular hits including: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “I Want to Break Free” and “We Are The Champions,” while performing at 10 historic concert venues from around the world.

Style your performances with over 40 official and iconic costumes from the band’s history. Help unlock fun trivia facts and exclusive images from the official Queen archives, by scoring highly in the game.

Queen’s music has been featured in major mobile music games before, but for the first time ever the band will be releasing their own dedicated mobile experience in Queen : Rock Tour.

Queen remain one of the most popular groups in the world today, transcending multiple generations of fans, a position further buoyed by the phenomenal global success of their Academy Award-winning 2018 biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody, which tells the incredible story of the band’s historic career and quickly became the highest grossing music biopic in history.

The film’s title was inspired by their iconic 1975 single “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century and the first pre-1980’s song to achieve more than 1 billion video views.

Queen: Rock Tour was created in association with Universal Music Group and Hollywood Records, and was developed by industry-leading mobile gaming developer and producer, Gameloft.

Cedric Ratajczak, Creative Director at Gameloft said, “Our ambition was to push the boundaries of music and gaming with a fun and rewarding experience that would put players in Queen shoes at pivotal points in their career, and make them perform in real-time Queen’s live music unlike ever before. The creative challenge was to modernize the traditional rhythm-game genre with innovative and mobile-friendly twists inheriting from hyper-casual gaming, and with a unique and happy visual style that offers a timeless look to the band, appealing to the new generation of players.

We devoted enormous attention to the details of Queen’s history, authenticity and artistry to craft a fitting tribute to one of the most significant bands in rock history and aim at setting new standards for how band-focused music games could be executed on mobile today.”

Andrew Kronfeld, Executive Vice President, Marketing at Universal Music Group said, “Today, Queen are globally recognized as one of the most iconic and important bands in history. Decades after their first live shows together and following on from the huge worldwide box office success of the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, their popularity continues to grow every year. We hope the launch of Rock Tour will introduce their inimitable rock legacy and catalogue to a new generation of fans, through this unique new gaming experience.”

Ken Bunt, President, Disney Music Group said, “We are excited to partner with Queen, UMG, and Gameloft to let Queen fans experience the bands legendary music in a new way.”

Rock Tour is certain to appeal to fans old and young alike and is sure to find a place in the hearts of the millions of Queen fans around the world.

Download Queen: Rock Tour free on Apple App Store.

Download Queen: Rock Tour free on Google Play.

About Queen: Rock Tour

Embark on a musical journey to rediscover the story of the world’s most iconic rock band. Play the greatest hits at historic venues, create your own stage performances with unique animations and legendary outfits, and collect exclusive images from the official archives of Queen!

 Game Features

– Play your favorites tracks from over 20 official Queen songs from the greatest albums, including: Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, We Will Rock You, I Want to Break Free, We Are The Champions, and many more!*

– Challenge your music skills in this fun and intuitive game. Whether you’re playing the guitar, drums, vocals or bass, just tap the tiles as they float by to create some of the most memorable music on mobile!

– Keep the rhythm going throughout the stage to chain together crazy combos and rack up an amazing game score as you play and complete the songs!

– Dazzle the audience with official outfits and customizable accessories you can unlock and pick out for each venue.

– Play your songs in one iconic venue after another, including the original stages at London, Tokyo, Houston, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janerio and many more.

– Unlock and collect fun music trivia facts and exclusive band images from the official Queen Archives.

Queen Rock Tour is free to play with 3 full tracks and 30 second playable levels of all other featured tracks, but if you wish you can enhance your experience and unlock all 20 full tracks for a one time in-app purchase.

Ready to make music history with Queen? It’s showtime! Download now

*(Fully-Unlocked Version Required to access all 20 full-length tracks)

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Queen’s Greatest Hits

Queen’s cornerstone “Greatest Hits” album is, once again, in the Top 10 of Billboard’s 200.

Released in 1981, the album has been on the charts for 412 weeks, finally landing at No. 8, up from its previous spot at No. 36. It previously peaked at No. 11 in 1992, the year following front man Freddie Mercury’s untimely death.

The now nine-time platinum album is also No. 1 on Billboard’s Vinyl Albums Chart with the second-largest sales week of 2020 for any vinyl release.

With monster hits from the iconic rock band like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and so many more, it’s no wonder the album has stood the test of time.

Queen recently teamed up with both Target and Walmart to release brand new vinyl exclusives. Both are two-disc LPs, 180 gram.

Those opting for the Target exclusive will be treated to ruby blend marble vinyl while those who purchase from Walmart will receive red and white vinyl. The biggest fans of Queen might even be found purchasing both.

The band also recently released a live album with American Idol alum Adam Lambert at the helm. The album is titled “Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around The World,” and it landed at No. 1 on the UK’s official albums chart.

It was the first time a Queen album topped a chart since 1995’s “Made in Heaven.”

Queen is no stranger to the top ten, as this is their ninth album to land there. It will join the soundtrack for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection,” “Classic Queen,” “The Game,” “Jazz.” “News of the World,” “A Day at the Races” and “A Night at the Opera.”

Queen’s “Greatest Hits” is still the best-selling album of all-time in the UK.

Jack Curley – Tomorrow

ENGLISH SINGER-SONGWRITER JACK CURLEY ANNOUNCES ‘TOMORROW’ EP OUT APRIL 24TH ON PARLOPHONE

LISTEN TO THE TITLE TRACK HERE

English singer-songwriter Jack Curley announces his debut EP ‘Tomorrow’, due for release on April 24th via Parlophone. The announcement comes alongside the release of the title track. ‘Tomorrow’ follows ‘Wait For Me’, the 21-year-old’s most recent single and his debut ‘Alice’, which have accumulated 9 million streams combined and seen support from Spotify’s New Music Friday, Clash, Music Week and Spindle Magazine, to name a few. It’s easy to hear why Jack’s career is moving as fast as it is – his voice. Effortlessly soulful, expressive and with a maturity far beyond his years, it’s that rare thing, completely timeless. The delicate yet simple instrumentation and production bring Jack’s vocals to the fore, while the songwriting, inspired by greats such as The Beatles, Freddie Mercury, and Elton John is instantly classic. Lyrically, Jack deals with relatable everyday experiences and universal themes. In the case of ‘Tomorrow’, the fear of having to tell a partner that the relationship isn’t working, as Jack elaborates, “Tomorrow is a song about a past relationship not really going to plan, but struggling to tell her that it wasn’t working, and then bottling it last minute when you planned to tell her.”

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Bohemian Rhapsody is Queen’s Highest-Charting Album in 38 Years

Forget about the king, it’s good to be QUEEN: the iconic rock band scored its highest-charting album in 38 years with the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack (Hollywood Records), which surged from No. 25 to No. 3 on The Billboard 200 (a 187% increase) and is currently No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 and Top Rock Albums charts.

In addition, Queen’s Greatest Hits Vol I, II & III: The Platinum Collection rocketed from No. 194 to No. 9. The chart activity follows the film’s November 2nd opening in theaters across the country. 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises acclaimed biopic was the No. 1 film at the box office upon its debut with an estimated $50 million in weekend ticket sales.

USA Today said it best: Bohemian Rhapsody is a hit all over again.

Bohemian Rhapsody’s hit-packed companion soundtrack is Queen’s highest-reaching album since 1980, when The Game spent five weeks at No. 1.

Alongside the show-stopping Live Aid performances of Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Hammer To Fall, and We Are The Champions, the album features other rare live tracks spanning Queen’s entire career, new versions of old favorites, and a choice selection of the brand’s finest studio recordings. Among them are some of Queen’s biggest hits, including eleven all-time greatest anthems that reached No. 1 around the world.

Rolling Stone called the album more than just a greatest hits, praising it as ‘imaginative way to relive the band’ is genius.

Queen currently has a jaw-dropping 22 songs charting on the Digital Rock Tracks Chart, including 7 of the top 10:

1) Bohemian Rhapsody

5) We Will Rock You

6) Somebody To Love

7) Another One Bites the Dust

8) We Are The Champions

9) Radio Gaga

10) Under Pressure

With record sales estimated at 300 million and counting, Queen remain evergreen rock favorites whose glorious catalog of songs continues to thrill fans of all ages across the globe.

About Bohemian Rhapsody The Film:

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the brand through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound.

20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises present a GK Films production Bohemian Rhapsody. Starring Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander and Mike Meyers. Executive Music Producers Brian May, Roger Taylor. Supervisor Becky Bentham, Co-Producer Richard Hewitt, Edited by John Ottman, ACE. Production Designer Aaron Haye. Director of Photography Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC. Executive Producers Arnon Milchan, Denis O’Sullivan, Justin Haythe, Dexter Fletcher, Jane Rosenthal. Produced by Graham King, Jim Beach. Story by Anthony McCarten. Directed by Bryan Singer.