Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, announced that the iconic single “Bohemian Rhapsody,” taken from Queen’s seminal 1975 album A Night At The Opera, has surpassed 1.6 billion streams globally for the original song and official music video across all major streaming services, overtaking the likes of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, Gun’s N’Roses Sweet Child O’Mine, November Rain and A-ha’s Take on Me as the most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time.
The song has been boosted by the recent global success of the Queen biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody, which became the highest grossing music biopic in history after just 5 weeks on release. In 2004, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and Freddie Mercury’s vocal performance was named by the readers of Rolling Stone magazine as the best in rock history. UMG’s teams around the world have actively promoted discovery across streaming platforms to introduce ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to new fans around the world more than 40 years after it was first recorded.
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