Bohemian Rhapsody Continues to Break Records with RIAA Diamond Certification
When Queen released "Bohemian Rhapsody" in 1975, nobody could have guessed the operatic epic would continue to break records over 40 years later. Now in 2021 the song has officially reached Diamond status according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The milestone represents over 10 million sales or streaming equivalents of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and makes Queen the first British band in history to achieve the honour.
Rumour has it Freddie Mercury started writing the song in the late 1960s and continuously worked on the track until the mid 70s. When it came time to record the band's fourth studio album A Night at the Opera, Mercury had the entire thing prepared and ready to go for the band. Due to the complex nature of the song, it took Queen approximately three weeks to record and featured numerous vocal takes and overdubs.
In a statement, Queen's guitarist Brian May thanked fans for the continuous support of "Bohemian Rhapsody."
“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.”- Brian May
Stream Bohemian Rhapsody here.