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BPI (British Phonographic Industry) named Queen Greatest Hits as the UK’s Highest Certified Album yesterday on Twitter. The iconic rock band’s 1981 compilation album earned the impressive distinction upon reaching a staggering 20X Platinum certification level.
Fans and critics alike hail Queen as one of the biggest rock bands of all time. The British supergroup is known for producing several power rock anthems including, “We Are The Champions,” “We Will Rock You,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” These indelible hits all appear on the Greatest Hits album, with the latter being named the UK’s Favorite No. 1 Single across six decades of the Official Singles Chart in 2012.
Late, great front man Freddie Mercury notably penned 10 of the 17 tracks on Queen Greatest Hits. He was known and loved for his soaring vocal range and theatrical stage presence. Mercury joined Brian May and Roger Taylor to form Queen in 1970. The band enjoyed two decades of fame with Mercury before his tragic death in 1991.
Greatest Hits is Queen’s first compilation album and showcases a broad collection of the band’s biggest hits from 1974 to 1981. It has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide and held top position on the UK Albums Chart for four weeks.
Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame the following year. Original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor formed a long-term collaboration with “American Idol” season eight runner-up Adam Lambert in 2011.
Lambert currently serves as Queen frontman, though no one can ever replace Freddie Mercury’s legendary role in the band. Queen + Adam Lambert will kick off a 2017 North American tour on June 23 in Phoenix, Arizona. Click here for a list of AXS-ticketed live shows.
The highest certified album in the UK in @QueenWillRock’s ‘Greatest Hits’ now 20x Platinum#bpiAwards44 pic.twitter.com/oLPjDgiJMX
— bpi music (@bpi_music) April 1, 2017
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