Bohemian Rhapsody , the song of 1975 of the iconic band Queen has become this Monday, December 10, the most popular of the Twentieth century. Universal, his production house, forward the figure of 1.6 billion listen online on Apple Music, Deezer, Spotify and Youtube: respectively 600 million sheets and $ 750 million on the last two platforms. With this new record, the Queen leaves other giants of the rock on the tile: Nirvana, and his song Smells Like Teen Spirit and the Guns n’roses with Sweet Child O Mine , which was until now head of the ranking.
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“I am very happy that our music continues to be listened to at maximum!”, was excited after the announcement of Brian May, the famous guitarist of the group. Bohemian Rhapsody – the film this time is not there for nothing. Five weeks after its theatrical release, on October 31, the biopic about Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991, has become the most profitable of the genre, despite the little bit of tenderness that he reserved criticism: 600 million dollars at the box office. A film who has offered the group a replay global of its tubes.
Eclectic in its form, Bohemian Rhapsody , plays with genres, from opera to rock to hard rock by way of the parties a cappella anthology. And without a chorus. As an ode to the musical freedom. And in 1975, the big radio stations, the british and the production house, EMI don’t want to take the risk of the spread of the title. Six minutes? It is much too long, is to meet Freddie Mercury. They will ask a host of friends to spread in the gentle waves of the extracts of a title to test the reaction of the listeners. Marvelous success. Hordes of fans flocked in vain in the shops. EMI is thus forced to print the discs at a run.
Twenty years Bohemian Rhapsody will sail to the top of the rankings. In its release, the song reign nine weeks on the chart in England. The British Phonographic Industry elected in 1977 for “best single of the last 25 years”. Great success also for the clip, one of the first in the music industry, which will help to popularize this mode of promotion. In 1991, Freddie Mercury died of aids. The following year, a cult scene from the american comedy Wayne’s World is Bohemian Rhapsody in all the heads. The piece then makes his return to the top of the charts.
Bohemian Rhapsody crosses the generations. In June 2017, fans attending a concert of the band Green Day begins to sing the first lines of the song: “Is this the real life is this just fantasy…”. Before soon-to-be picked up by 65,000 people in the stadium.
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