Proof positive that Queen remains bigger than ever, over 45 years after its release, the band’s signature tune “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been officially certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The award represents 10 million or more in sales and stream equivalents in the United States. The honor also marks Queen as the first British band in music history to earn the Diamond song award.
Guitarist Brian May said in a statement: “This is incredible news. At times like this I have to pinch myself to be sure it’s real. All those wild dreams we had — this is beyond any of them. Huge thanks to all who have believed in us over the years.”
Drummer Roger Taylor added: “It’s a wonderful and gratifying thought to know the song has reached out and connected with so many people! We thank you all. . . onwards.”
DID YOU KNOW???
- In 2019, Queen‘s 1975 promo clip for “Bohemian Rhapsody” became the first pre-1990’s video to reach one billion views on YouTube.
- In celebration of the milestone, a new hi-def version of the iconic clip was uploaded, with fans now able to access the song’s lyrics in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Polish, German, Indonesian Bahasa, Korean, Czech, Russian, and Turkish while watching the video.
- “Bohemian Rhapsody” was written by Freddie Mercury and was released as a single on October 31st, 1975 — nearly a month before Queen‘s fourth album, A Night At The Opera.
- The single, which topped the UK charts, peaked at Number Nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit Number Six on the competing Cash Box singles list.
- A Night At The Opera topped the British album charts and hit Number Four on the Billboard 200.
CHECK IT OUT: The newly remastered 1975 video for Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”: