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  • https://www.billboard.com/articles/colu ... -hot-tours
    3/23/2018 by Bob Allen

    HOT TOURS - MARCH 20, 2018
    Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported March 13-19

    Rank ACT
    Total Gross
    Show Date Range
    Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
    Total Attendance (Capacity)

    1 BLAKE SHELTON
    $3,389,777
    March 15-17
    Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
    Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (1/1)
    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (1/1)
    43,697 (43,697)

    2 STEREOPHONICS
    $2,238,608
    Feb. 24-March 3
    SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland (1/0)
    SSE Arena, Wembley, London (2/0)
    34,969 (35,345)

    3 KID ROCK
    $2,132,003
    Jan. 19-Feb. 2
    Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
    BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/0)
    25,650 (26,887)

    4 KENDRICK LAMAR
    $2,086,233
    Feb. 11-20
    SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland (1/1)
    SSE Arena, Wembley, London (1/0)
    21,903 (22,003)

    5 PINK
    $1,734,989
    March 5
    BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
    14,146 (14,146)

    6 LUKE BRYAN
    $1,479,280
    March 16
    Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney (1/0)
    14,663 (15,008)

    7 ROGER WATERS
    $1,476,330
    Feb. 6-7
    Brisbane (Australia) Entertainment Centre (2/0)
    12,927 (16,444)

    8 ROBBIE WILLIAMS
    $1,387,110
    Feb. 20
    Brisbane (Australia) Entertainment Centre (1/0)
    11,385 (11,552)

    9 QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT
    $1,322,200
    Feb. 24
    Brisbane (Australia) Entertainment Centre (1/1)
    9,681 (9,681)


    10 DEMI LOVATO
    $1,224,291
    March 2
    The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (1/1)
    14,436 (14,436)
    Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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    • Why not albums?

      RIAA.com:

      QUEEN
      Title: FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS
      Certification Date: March 20, 2018
      Label: HOLLYWOOD RECORDS
      Format: SINGLE
      2xP

      QUEEN, DAVID BOWIE
      Title: UNDER PRESSURE
      Certification Date: March 20, 2018
      Label: HOLLYWOOD RECORDS
      Format: SINGLE
      2xP

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      • 3/31/18 Billboard's Top Album Sales
        Total = Chain, Independent, Mass Merchants, Non Traditional

        164. QUEEN|PLATINUM COLLECTION 1,421 = 201 14 548 658

        191. QUEEN|GREATEST HITS 1 1,280 = 77 192 296 714

        Both this week!

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        • Billboard Top200 - 31/03/2018
          69 (71) Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen - Hollywood

          Top Catalogue Albums - 31/03/2018
          4 (5) Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen

          Top Rock Albums - 31/03/2018
          10 (13) Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen

          Hard Rock Albums - 31/03/2018
          6 (7) Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen

          Hard Rock Digital Songs - 31/03/2018
          9 9 11 376 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
          19 23 21 344 We Will Rock You - Queen
          20 10 19 77 Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie

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          • This week on the Official Charts website Bob Marley is credited with 817 Top100 weeks matching Queen's total. So it looks like the OCC have rectified there mistake as pointed out by Zeus555

            Current UK Album Chart W/E 29th March 2018
            No26 - Bob Marley - Legend
            No29 - ABBA - Gold
            No54- Queen - Greatest Hits

            UK Album Chart - Most Weeks Top 75 Official Figures
            574Weeks = Bob Marley - Legend
            553Weeks = Queen Greatest Hits
            551Weeks = ABBA - Gold

            UK Album Chart - Most Weeks Top 100 Official Figures
            829Weeks = ABBA - Gold
            817Weeks = Queen - Greatest Hits
            817Weeks = Bob Marley - Legend

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            • 4/7/18 Billboard's Top Album Sales
              Total = Chain, Independent, Mass Merchants, Non Traditional

              185. QUEEN|GREATEST HITS 1 1,363 = 173 123 284 783 72061612652

              186. QUEEN|PLATINUM COLLECTION 1,361 = 201 29 496 635 72061623602

              Close to the same exact sales

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              • Current UK Album Chart W/E 05th April 2018
                No27 - Bob Marley - Legend
                No30 - ABBA - Gold
                No46- Queen - Greatest Hits

                UK Album Chart - Most Weeks Top 75 Official Figures
                575Weeks = Bob Marley - Legend
                554Weeks = Queen Greatest Hits
                552Weeks = ABBA - Gold

                UK Album Chart - Most Weeks Top 100 Official Figures
                830Weeks = ABBA - Gold
                818Weeks = Queen - Greatest Hits
                818Weeks = Bob Marley - Legend

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                • Billboard Top200 - 07/04/2018
                  86 Re-Entry Greatest Hits - Queen - Hollywood

                  Top Catalogue Albums - 07/04/2018
                  8 Re-Entry Greatest Hits - Queen

                  Top Rock Albums - 07/04/2018
                  11 Re-Entry Greatest Hits - Queen

                  Hard Rock Albums - 07/04/2018
                  4 Re-Entry Greatest Hits - Queen

                  Hard Rock Digital Songs - 07/04/2018
                  10 9 9 377 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
                  13 20 10 78 Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie
                  20 19 23 345 We Will Rock You - Queen

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                  • Current UK Album Chart W/E 12th April 2018
                    No28 - Bob Marley - Legend
                    No40 - ABBA - Gold
                    No46- Queen - Greatest Hits

                    UK Album Chart - Most Weeks Top 75 Official Figures
                    576Weeks = Bob Marley - Legend
                    555Weeks = Queen Greatest Hits
                    553Weeks = ABBA - Gold

                    UK Album Chart - Most Weeks Top 100 Official Figures
                    831Weeks = ABBA - Gold
                    819Weeks = Queen - Greatest Hits
                    819Weeks = Bob Marley - Legend

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                    • Billboard Top200 - 14/04/2018
                      82 (86) Greatest Hits - Queen - Hollywood

                      Top Catalogue Albums -14/04/2018
                      7 (8) Greatest Hits - Queen

                      Top Rock Albums - 14/04/2018
                      10 (11) Greatest Hits - Queen

                      Hard Rock Albums - 14/04/2018
                      3 (4) Greatest Hits - Queen

                      Hard Rock Digital Songs - 14/04/2018
                      10 10 9 378 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
                      18 13 20 79 Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie
                      21 20 19 346 We Will Rock You - Queen

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                      • 4/14/18 Billboard's Top Album Sales
                        Total = Chain, Independent, Mass Merchants, Non Traditional

                        189. QUEEN|GREATEST HITS 1 1,425 = 188 197 308 731

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                        • Current UK Album Chart W/E 19th April 2018
                          No30 - Bob Marley - Legend
                          No52 - ABBA - Gold
                          No54- Queen - Greatest Hits

                          UK Album Chart - Most Weeks Top 75 Official Figures
                          577Weeks = Bob Marley - Legend
                          556Weeks = Queen Greatest Hits
                          554Weeks = ABBA - Gold

                          UK Album Chart - Most Weeks Top 100 Official Figures
                          832Weeks = ABBA - Gold
                          820Weeks = Queen - Greatest Hits
                          820Weeks = Bob Marley - Legend

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                          • I don't think anyone has posted this from MJD's site. It's a breakdown of Album sales per country, interesting to see how well Queen have performed, especially in Europe!

                            Worldwide Album Sales
                            1 The Beatles 342,050,000
                            2 Michael Jackson 226,150,000
                            3 Elvis Presley 224,210,000
                            4 Pink Floyd 203,900,000
                            5 Madonna 195,700,000
                            6 The Rolling Stones 189,250,000
                            7 Elton John 178,700,000
                            8 Queen 178,020,000
                            9 Led Zeppelin 171,100,000
                            10 Celine Dion 167,525,000

                            Europe
                            1 The Beatles 88,390,000
                            2 Queen 87,910,000
                            3 Pink Floyd 85,950,000
                            4 Michael Jackson 81,000,000
                            5 Madonna 76,780,000
                            6 ABBA 70,390,000
                            7 U2 63,220,000
                            8 The Rolling Stones 61,850,000
                            9 Dire Straits 61,170,000
                            10 Celine Dion 56,280,000

                            UK
                            1 The Beatles 34,095,000
                            2 Queen 25,720,000
                            3 Elvis Presley 23,255,000
                            4 Michael Jackson 22,690,000
                            5 Madonna 22,490,000
                            6 Rod Stewart 20,980,000
                            7 Robbie Williams 18,930,000
                            8 ABBA 18,735,000
                            9 U2 18,070,000
                            10 Elton John 17,470,000

                            Germany
                            1 Queen 16,215,000
                            2 Phil Collins 14,290,000
                            3 Pink Floyd 13,900,000
                            4 ABBA 12,785,000
                            5 The Beatles 12,680,000
                            6 AC/DC 11,955,000
                            7 Michael Jackson 11,470,000
                            8 Madonna 11,075,000
                            9 The Rolling Stones 9,615,000
                            10 Robbie Williams 8,475,000

                            Holland
                            1 Queen 4,542,000
                            2 ABBA 3,695,000
                            3 Michael Jackson 3,560,000
                            4 U2 3,290,000
                            5 Dire Straits 3,205,000
                            6 Celine Dion 2,938,000
                            7 The Rolling Stones 2,926,000
                            8 Madonna 2,525,000
                            9 Andrea Bocelli 2,505,000
                            10 Pink Floyd 2,435,000

                            Spain
                            1 Pink Floyd 4,405,000
                            2 Gloria Estefan 4,345,000
                            3 Queen 4,330,000
                            4 Michael Jackson 3,750,000
                            5 Bruce Springsteen 3,555,000
                            6 Madonna 3,545,000
                            7 The Beatles 3,543,000
                            8 U2 3,420,000
                            9 Phil Collins 3,390,000
                            10 Elton John 3,218,000

                            Argentina
                            1 The Beatles 3,095,000
                            2 Queen 1,940,000
                            3 Pink Floyd 1,745,000
                            4 Michael Jackson 1,515,000
                            5 U2 1,410,000
                            6 Guns N' Roses 1,405,000
                            7 Phil Collins 1,315,000
                            8 Madonna 1,295,000
                            9 Led Zeppelin 1,185,000
                            10 Shakira 1,070,000

                            Austria
                            1 Queen 1,529,000
                            2 Michael Jackson 1,370,000
                            3 Pink Floyd 1,145,000
                            4 U2 1,050,000
                            5 Madonna 1,050,000
                            6 ABBA 965,000
                            7 Robbie Williams 945,000
                            8 Tina Turner 935,000
                            9 AC/DC 898,000
                            10 Eros Ramazzotti 865,000

                            Switzerland
                            1 Queen 1,955,000
                            2 Celine Dion 1,870,000
                            3 Eros Ramazzotti 1,660,000
                            4 Dire Straits 1,585,000
                            5 AC/DC 1,578,000
                            6 Madonna 1,570,000
                            7 Michael Jackson 1,515,000
                            8 Pink Floyd 1,435,000
                            9 U2 1,385,000
                            10 Phil Collins 1,380,000

                            Italy
                            1 Eros Ramazzotti 11,750,000
                            2 Pink Floyd 10,845,000
                            3 Madonna 8,435,000
                            4 Queen 6,955,000
                            5 U2 6,815,000
                            6 Dire Straits 6,385,000
                            7 Michael Jackson 5,620,000
                            8 Bruce Springsteen 4,890,000
                            9 Elton John 4,762,000
                            10 Andrea Bocelli 4,600,000

                            Finland
                            1 Madonna 729,000
                            2 ABBA 695,000
                            3 Queen 638,000
                            4 Metallica 561,000
                            5 Bruce Springsteen 546,000
                            6 Dire Straits 500,000
                            7 Celine Dion 481,000
                            8 Michael Jackson 412,000
                            9 Guns N' Roses 350,000
                            10 U2 345,000

                            Japan
                            1 B'z 58,550,000
                            2 Ayumi Hamasaki 33,230,000
                            3 Hikaru Utada 26,320,000
                            4 The Beatles 20,655,000
                            5 Carpenters 10,160,000
                            6 Madonna 9,180,000
                            7 Michael Jackson 8,705,000
                            8 Celine Dion 8,360,000
                            9 ABBA 8,150,000
                            10 Queen 8,110,000

                            Other Countries
                            USA - No30
                            Canada - No18
                            Brazil - No5
                            Mexico - No11
                            Australia - No14
                            New Zealand - No7
                            France - No12
                            Sweden - No10

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                            • Originally posted by slightlymad
                              I don't think anyone has posted this from MJD's site. It's a breakdown of Album sales per country, interesting to see how well Queen have performed, especially in Europe!

                              Worldwide Album Sales
                              1 The Beatles 342,050,000
                              2 Michael Jackson 226,150,000
                              3 Elvis Presley 224,210,000
                              4 Pink Floyd 203,900,000
                              5 Madonna 195,700,000
                              6 The Rolling Stones 189,250,000
                              7 Elton John 178,700,000
                              8 Queen 178,020,000
                              9 Led Zeppelin 171,100,000
                              10 Celine Dion 167,525,000

                              From what source (site) did you take this?
                              Because here http://chartmasters.org/2017/10/cspc-data-collector/18/ (MJD's site), he shows us different numbers of album sales in the world:
                              1. The Beatles – 333,145,000 (as of Mar 2017)
                              2. Michael Jackson – 235,440,000 (as of Sep 2017)
                              3. Pink Floyd – 203,010,000 (as of Jun 2017)
                              4. Madonna – 201,900,000 (as of Aug 2017)
                              5. The Rolling Stones – 201,100,000 (as of Dec 2016)
                              6. Led Zeppelin – 182,500,000 (as of Aug 2016)
                              7. Queen – 179,295,000 (as of Oct 2017)
                              8. Cιline Dion – 171,625,000 (as of Sep 2016)
                              9. AC/DC – 169,670,000 (as of Feb 2018)
                              10. U2 – 169,000,000 (as of Aug 2016)
                              11. Elton John – 167,640,000 (as of Feb 2018)
                              Stone cold crazyyy

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                              • From what source (site) did you take this?
                                This is from MJD's site 'Fan of Music', so I guess the figures are a little out of date, however it was just to show how successful Queen are in the individual countries. I am aware of the list you quoted and if you look Elvis is not there as his CSPC hasn't been completed yet.

                                On a completely different subject, it has been reported this week that a preview was shown in Los Angeles of the up and coming Queen / Freddie biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. It's going to interesting to see if the success of the movie impacts upon Queen's record sales, time will tell.

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                                • ^Always post a link to where you get your chart stats from.

                                  and...

                                  4/21/18 Billboard's Top Album Sales
                                  Total = Chain, Independent, Mass Merchants, Non Traditional

                                  170. QUEEN|GREATEST HITS 1 1,455 = 171 208 404 672

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                                  • Originally posted by Lawyeris
                                    Originally posted by slightlymad
                                    I don't think anyone has posted this from MJD's site. It's a breakdown of Album sales per country, interesting to see how well Queen have performed, especially in Europe!

                                    Worldwide Album Sales
                                    1 The Beatles 342,050,000
                                    2 Michael Jackson 226,150,000
                                    3 Elvis Presley 224,210,000
                                    4 Pink Floyd 203,900,000
                                    5 Madonna 195,700,000
                                    6 The Rolling Stones 189,250,000
                                    7 Elton John 178,700,000
                                    8 Queen 178,020,000
                                    9 Led Zeppelin 171,100,000
                                    10 Celine Dion 167,525,000

                                    From what source (site) did you take this?
                                    Because here http://chartmasters.org/2017/10/cspc-data-collector/18/ (MJD's site), he shows us different numbers of album sales in the world:
                                    1. The Beatles – 333,145,000 (as of Mar 2017)
                                    2. Michael Jackson – 235,440,000 (as of Sep 2017)
                                    3. Pink Floyd – 203,010,000 (as of Jun 2017)
                                    4. Madonna – 201,900,000 (as of Aug 2017)
                                    5. The Rolling Stones – 201,100,000 (as of Dec 2016)
                                    6. Led Zeppelin – 182,500,000 (as of Aug 2016)
                                    7. Queen – 179,295,000 (as of Oct 2017)
                                    8. Cιline Dion – 171,625,000 (as of Sep 2016)
                                    9. AC/DC – 169,670,000 (as of Feb 2018)
                                    10. U2 – 169,000,000 (as of Aug 2016)
                                    11. Elton John – 167,640,000 (as of Feb 2018)
                                    Those are pure albums sales. Here's the overall Equivalent Album Sales:

                                    1. The Beatles – 405,737,000 (as of Mar 2017)
                                    2. Michael Jackson – 323,741,000 (as of Sep 2017)
                                    3. Madonna – 241,134,000 (as of Aug 2017)
                                    4. Queen – 238,637,000 (as of Oct 2017)
                                    5. The Rolling Stones – 237,135,000 (as of Dec 2016)
                                    6. Pink Floyd – 229,426,000 (as of Jun 2017)
                                    7. Led Zeppelin – 200,459,000 (as of Aug 2016)
                                    8. Elton John – 196,130,000 (as of Feb 2018)
                                    9. U2 – 194,519,000 (as of Aug 2016)
                                    10. Cιline Dion – 193,422,000 (as of Sep 2016)
                                    11. AC/DC – 191,030,000 (as of Feb 2018)
                                    12. Eagles – 171,069,000 (as of Dec 2017)
                                    13. Mariah Carey – 167,149,000 (as of Apr 2017)
                                    14. Bruce Springsteen – 157,024,000 (as of Jul 2017)
                                    15. Bee Gees – 156,874,000 (as of Apr 2017)
                                    16. ABBA – 156,623,000 (as of Nov 2016)
                                    17. Eminem – 154,954,000 (as of Aug 2016)
                                    18. Barbra Streisand – 152,498,000 (as of Mar 2018)
                                    19. Whitney Houston – 151,693,000 (as of May 2017)
                                    20. Phil Collins – 147,408,000 (as of Apr 2018)
                                    21. Billy Joel – 146,695,000 (as of Oct 2016)
                                    22. Fleetwood Mac – 144,842,000 (as of Oct 2016)
                                    23. Bon Jovi – 144,095,000 (as of Nov 2016)
                                    24. Bob Dylan – 142,291,000 (as of Oct 2016)
                                    25. Metallica – 139,406,000 (as of Aug 2016)
                                    26. Bob Marley – 135,464,000 (as of Nov 2017)
                                    27. David Bowie – 125,785,000 (as of Jan 2017)
                                    28. Guns N’ Roses – 117,930,000 (as of Mar 2018)
                                    29. Dire Straits – 108,525,000 (as of Mar 2018)
                                    30. George Michael & Wham! – 104,743,000 (as of May 2017)

                                    http://chartmasters.org/2017/10/cspc-data-collector/19/

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                                    • According to his site, Queen are the best selling artist ever in Europe (inc. UK). MJD said they've outsold the Beatles in most European countries by a large margin.

                                      Queen – 91,245,000
                                      Michael Jackson – 90,730,000
                                      The Beatles – 86,230,000
                                      Pink Floyd – 80,780,000
                                      Madonna – 79,330,000
                                      Rolling Stones – 68,590,000

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                                      • Billboard Top200 - 21/04/2018
                                        84 (82) Greatest Hits - Queen - Hollywood

                                        Top Catalogue Albums -21/04/2018
                                        5 (7) Greatest Hits - Queen

                                        Top Rock Albums - 21/04/2018
                                        11 (10) Greatest Hits - Queen

                                        Hard Rock Albums - 21/04/2018
                                        3 (3) Greatest Hits - Queen

                                        Hard Rock Digital Songs - 21/04/2018
                                        11 10 10 379 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
                                        22 21 20 347 We Will Rock You - Queen
                                        23 18 13 80 Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie

                                        Rock Streaming Songs - 21/04/2018
                                        23 19 21 88 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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                                        • Current UK Album Chart W/E 26th April 2018
                                          No23 - Bob Marley - Legend
                                          No54- Queen - Greatest Hits
                                          No55 - ABBA - Gold


                                          UK Album Chart - Most Weeks Top 75 Official Figures
                                          578Weeks = Bob Marley - Legend
                                          557Weeks = Queen Greatest Hits
                                          555Weeks = ABBA - Gold

                                          UK Album Chart - Most Weeks Top 100 Official Figures
                                          833Weeks = ABBA - Gold
                                          821Weeks = Queen - Greatest Hits
                                          821Weeks = Bob Marley - Legend

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                                          • Billboard Top200 - 28/04/2018
                                            93 (84) Greatest Hits - Queen - Hollywood

                                            Top Catalogue Albums -28/04/2018
                                            11 (5) Greatest Hits - Queen

                                            Top Rock Albums - 28/04/2018
                                            15 (11) Greatest Hits - Queen

                                            Hard Rock Albums - 28/04/2018
                                            5 (3) Greatest Hits - Queen

                                            Hard Rock Digital Songs - 28/04/2018
                                            11 11 10 380 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
                                            20 22 21 348 We Will Rock You - Queen
                                            24 23 18 81 Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie

                                            Rock Streaming Songs - 21/04/2018
                                            21 - 23 - 100 - 2 - Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen - Hollywood

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                                            • The buzz around 'Bohemian Rhapsody - The Movie' is definitely starting to ramp up! Yesterday the first trailer was shown at CinemaCon in Las Vegas with a brief introduction (See Below) by Remi Malek who plays Freddie in the film. By all accounts the feedback seems universally positive, with talk of Malek and 'Awards' already being banded about. Can't wait to see the trailer and how this will impact on Freddie and Queen's legacy.
                                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=7um-zB_GZ8k

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                                              • Current UK Album Chart W/E 3rd May 2018
                                                No19 - Bob Marley - Legend
                                                No51 - ABBA - Gold
                                                No60- Queen - Greatest Hits

                                                UK Album Chart - Most Weeks Top 75 Official Figures
                                                579Weeks = Bob Marley - Legend
                                                558Weeks = Queen Greatest Hits
                                                556Weeks = ABBA - Gold

                                                UK Album Chart - Most Weeks Top 100 Official Figures
                                                834Weeks = ABBA - Gold
                                                822Weeks = Queen - Greatest Hits
                                                822Weeks = Bob Marley - Legend

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                                                • Billboard Top200 - 05/05/2018
                                                  93 (93) Greatest Hits - Queen - Hollywood

                                                  Top Catalogue Albums -05/05/2018
                                                  13 (11) Greatest Hits - Queen

                                                  Top Rock Albums - 05/05/2018
                                                  17 (15) Greatest Hits - Queen

                                                  Hard Rock Albums - 05/05/2018
                                                  5 (5) Greatest Hits - Queen

                                                  Hard Rock Digital Songs - 05/05/2018
                                                  11 11 11 381 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
                                                  18 20 22 349 We Will Rock You - Queen
                                                  20 24 23 82 Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie

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                                                  • Queen are the worst (with Bon Jovi) rock n roll group, inducted to Hall of fame
                                                    http://www.vulture.com/2018/05/rock-and ... worst.html

                                                    213. Queen — John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, and Roger Taylor (2001)
                                                    ?When popularity is factored in, Queen is the most overrated band in the history of pop music. This preposterous aggregation looked and sounded awful from the beginning, their music a pastiche of pastiches of things no one in the band were inclined to understand, all of it culminating in “We Will Rock You.” Queen haters love to say the song is appropriate for a Nuremburg rally, but you can also sort of see Leni Riefenstahl giving it a listen, cocking her head and saying, “Nein. A little too much.” Their popularity in the U.S. went down quickly after their heyday, but they remained unaccountable super-duper-stars in the U.K. and in time became the rock equivalent to the beloved ugly toy you had when you grew up. Docked 30 notches because of this: After the band’s closeted lead singer, Freddie Mercury, died of AIDS, the entire rock universe held a televised tribute show, broadcast on MTV, during which mentions of homosexuality and AIDS were kept closely under wraps. The band (and everyone else at the show) let a new generation of vulnerable kids — and thousands of the unloved, dying alone on the streets — know that, yes, they should be ashamed of who they are. Thirty years earlier, the Lovin’ Spoonful, in one of the best songs about rock and roll, captured it this way: “Believe in the magic that can set you free.” By that wholly credible standard, Queen aren’t rock and roll at all and don’t belong in the hall of fame.
                                                    Stone cold crazyyy

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