Brian May and Roger Taylor ecstatic as Queen hit milestone no other band have ever crossed

Queen and Adam Lambert have had a busy couple of months touring the UK and Europe after a two-year delay. Now as the trio approach the final four shows of their European tour, Brian May and Roger Taylor were surprised with some incredible news.

This morning, the Official Charts Company announced that the 1981 album Queen Greatest Hits has surpassed 7 million sales in the UK, something no other band has ever accomplished.

The record was already Britain’s best-selling album being certified Platinum 23 times, but this is truly an even greater milestone through a combination of physical sales, downloads and streams.

Incredibly, Queen Greatest Hits has accumulated over 1.26 billion total UK streams to date, with the record’s most-streamed track being Bohemian Rhapsody – a song boasting over 240 million UK streams and counting.

Both Brian and Roger have shared how they feel on what also marks the guitarist’s 75th birthday today. What a present and no doubt Freddie Mercury would be so proud!

Queen Greatest Hits features well-known classic rock tracks from the likes of We Will Rock You and Don’t Stop Me Now to Bohemian Rhapsody and previously became the first album to surpass 6 million UK sales in 2014.

In early June, the record also celebrated its 1000th week on the Official Albums Chart – again a record and first for Queen that no other band has accomplished before.