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Queen's Greatest Hits becomes first album to sell 6 million copies in the UK

10/02/2014

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Queen's Greatest Hits has become the first album to sell over 6 million copies in the UK... Ever! Plus: The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Albums Of All Time revealed!

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 four British households now own a copy of the iconic act’s original bestof collection featuring such classic tracks as We Will Rock You, Another One Bites The Dust and their top-selling hit, Bohemian Rhapsody.

“Great news, AMAZING news from the Official Charts Company!“ guitarist Brian May told OfficialCharts.com. “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 drummer Roger Taylor adds: "Wonderful. Who would have thought it! And all due to the Great British public. Thank you. A great honour!"

“Becoming the first album to pass 6 million sales is a quite incredible achievement by Queen and their iconic Greatest Hits album,” comments Martin Talbot, Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company. “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.

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 second place in the list.

The Beatles’ 1967 album, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is in third place with 5.1 million sales, while Adele’s 21 (4.7 million sales) and OasisWhat's the Story Morning Glory (4.6 million sales) complete the Top 5.

And if 6 million sales isn’t enough for them, 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.

The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Albums Of All Time are as follows:

The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Albums Of All Time

1 GREATEST HITS QUEEN 1981
2 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA 1992
3 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES 1967
4 21 ADELE 2011
5 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS 1995
6 THRILLER MICHAEL JACKSON 1982
7 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD 1973
8 BROTHERS IN ARMS DIRE STRAITS 1985
9 BAD MICHAEL JACKSON 1987
10 GREATEST HITS II QUEEN 1991
11 THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION MADONNA 1990
12 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC 1977
13 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE 2006
14 STARS SIMPLY RED 1991
15 COME ON OVER SHANIA TWAIN 1997
16 BACK TO BEDLAM JAMES BLUNT 2004
17 URBAN HYMNS VERVE 1997
18 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS 1984
19 BAT OUT OF HELL MEAT LOAF 1977
20 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER SIMON & GARFUNKEL 1970
21 SPIRIT LEONA LEWIS 2007
22 DIRTY DANCING ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 1987
23 NO ANGEL DIDO 2000
24 1 BEATLES 2000
25 CRAZY LOVE MICHAEL BUBLE 2009
26 WHITE LADDER DAVID GRAY 1998
27 TALK ON CORNERS CORRS 1997
28 SPICE SPICE GIRLS 1996
29 THE FAME LADY GAGA 2008
30 LIFE FOR RENT DIDO 2003
31 A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD COLDPLAY 2002
32 BEAUTIFUL WORLD TAKE THAT 2006
33 ONLY BY THE NIGHT KINGS OF LEON 2008
34 HOPES AND FEARS KEANE 2004
35 THE JOSHUA TREE U2 1987
36 SCISSOR SISTERS SCISSOR SISTERS 2004
37 BUT SERIOUSLY PHIL COLLINS 1989
38 X&Y COLDPLAY 2005
39 THE WAR OF THE WORLDS JEFF WAYNE 1978
40 JAGGED LITTLE PILL ALANIS MORISSETTE 1995

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