Queen’s music streams triple following Bohemian Rhapsody success

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Queen (opens in new tab) biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (opens in new tab) has been a hit across the board, winning a string of awards including OscarsBAFTAsGolden Globes and more.

It’s not only brought in an estimated $1 billion at the global box office, but Billboard (opens in new tab) report that streams and sales of the band’s back catalogue have increased dramatically in the six months since the film launched.

The website says that on-demand streams have more than tripled, leaping from 588 million to 1.9 billion, when compared to the six months prior to the film's debut, while sales of tracks have shown a sharp rise from 527,000 to 1.9m in the half year since the movie's premiere.

Billboard also report that album sales have risen from 184,000 to 1.1m – an estimated rise from $4m to $18m in revenue over the time period.

Rami Malek has been singled out for special praise by fans and critics alike for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, and last month it was confirmed that the 38-year-old had landed a role in the upcoming James Bond movie.

Plot details are still under wraps but Malek, previously best known for his role in Mr. Robot, will play the main villain in the follow-up to 2015’s Spectre.

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Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.