Queen Greatest Hits re-released in new formats as Brian May says ‘something else coming!’05/29/2021
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This year marks some significant milestones for Queen. Not only is it 50 years since the band’s final line-up was completed with John Deacon joining Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor, but it’s also been 40 years since Queen Greatest Hits was released. And now the record-breaking album is set to be re-released in new formats as part of the celebrations.
Sharing the news, Brian May wrote on his Instagram account: “Coming soon !! In new formats for the Summer. Yay !
“See @officialqueenmusic for details ! And something ELSE is also coming ! Details here soon. Bri.”
Queen Greatest Hits will be re-released as a brand new collector’s edition CD with exclusive slipcase cover on July 2.
While also available will be limited edition cassette tape versions of the album, with different versions representing the four band members.
Freddie’s cassette is Frosted Aqua, Brian’s Transparent Pink, Roger’s Transparent Green and John’s Transparent Blue.
There’s also 1000 copies of the new CD signed by Brian and Roger that are bundled with all four cassettes and a Greatest Hits gold-plated badge, which have already sold out.
Queen Greatest Hits is the UK’s biggest-selling album of all time and has had the third-longest chart run in the country.
The record is the first and only album to have sold over 6 million copies in the UK, with global sales in excess of 25 million.
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Additionally, Queen Greatest Hits has spent over 900 weeks on the UK Albums Charts and been certified 22x platinum.
Last year, the record hit the Billboard 200’s Top 10 in the US for the first time ever, almost four decades after its release.
The album had skyrocketed up from No 36 to No 8 after 412 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart.
Queen Greatest Hits’ previous peak was No 11, which was hit back in 1992.
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Just 11 albums have taken a decade or more to break into the Billboard 200’s Top 10. Only one record beat Queen Greatest Hits’ 39 years and one month after release record.
And that was Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song, which took 55 years to enter the Billboard 200’s Top 10 after its original 1963 release.
The sudden surge for Queen Greatest Hits in the US was believed to be linked to a vinyl Walmart sale, in which all albums were priced at $15.
The supermarket chain also had exclusive red and white coloured vinyl available, while Target was selling a ruby blend marble version of the record.
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While this year marks the band’s 50th anniversary, Queen and Adam Lambert are set to head off on their UK and European tour next summer.
Originally the string of concerts was set to take place last year before being moved to this summer and then postponed again to 2022.
In the meantime, fans have been enjoying the official mini-documentary series Queen the Greatest on YouTube.
The 50 part series sees a new episode released once a week on Fridays at midday on the official Queen channel.
The new formats of Queen Greatest Hits can be pre-ordered here.
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