Queen’s “Greatest Hits” becomes first album to sell 7m copies

Queen have made chart history by becoming the first ever act to surpass seven million album sales.

Their 1981 Greatest Hits record has become the best selling album of all time in the UK, according to the Official Charts Company.

According to multiple reports, the compilation album features classic hits such as “We Will Rock You”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, and the group’s top-selling behemoth “Bohemian Rhapsody”. 

The record has now exceeded the seven million milestone through a combination of physical sales, downloads and streams.

The album has been a best-seller for years and is now owned by one in every four households in the UK, according to the Official Charts Company.

Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor said they were ‘humbled and honoured’ by the achievement and praised the public for their ‘infinitely great taste’.

It is not the first time that the 1981 album has smashed records as it became the first album to pass six million sales in the UK in 2014.

At the time, the chart only considered ‘pure sales’ – meaning CD, vinyl and cassette sales and downloads – but audio streams have since been added to calculations, with 1,000 streams adding up to one ‘sale’.

The album has 1.26billion total UK streams to date, with the most-played track being “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which alone boasts a staggering 240million UK streams.

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