Queen‘s 1975 promo clip for “Bohemian Rhapsody” has become 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 has been 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.
Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor — in partnership with YouTube Music, Universal Music Group, and Hollywood Records — has launched the “You Are the Champions” project, “which gives fans the opportunity to take part in three new user-generated videos.”
May and Taylor said in a statement: “We are honoured that Bohemian Rhapsody has just hit one billion views on YouTube. We want to thank you all and celebrate with our amazing fans all around the world by creating three new music videos to our songs, all featuring you! Whether you are a musician, singer, dancer, visual artist or you just want to have some fun. Go to YouAreTheChampions.com to find out more and we’ll see you on the road somewhere.”
According to the announcement on QueenOnline.com:
“As part of the campaign, musicians, singers, and instrumentalists can take on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ Dancers will be able to give their own interpretations for ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ — with a special instructional video created by Polly Bennett — actor Rami Malek’s movement coach from (the) Bohemian Rhapsody (movie) — and finally, visual artists will get the chance to design any word or phrase from the lyrics of ‘A Kind Of Magic.’ Fans can visit YouAreTheChampions.com to find out more and add their submissions! The finished videos will be published later this year on the band’s official YouTube channel.”
In 1977 Freddie Mercury shed light on how and why Queen decided to break new ground and go against the grain by issuing “Bohemian Rhapsody” as a single: [“What we, I think, try and do is, with each album, try and work out where our music is at at the current, given time, and try and showcase it in, say, one single. With A Night At The Opera, we just felt that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was the song that would say what we’re doing at the given time. So we, sort of chose that. Obviously we came across certain barriers, like, it being six minutes long — or whatever.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . long or whatever)
- Queen + Adam Lambert tour dates (subject to change):
July 23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
July 24 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
July 27 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
July 28 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
July 30 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
July 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
August 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
August 4 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
August 6, 7 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
August 9 – Chicago, IL – United Center
August 10 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
August 13 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
August 15 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
August 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
August 18 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
August 20 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
August 22 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
August 23 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
- Queen‘s 1975 promo clip for “Bohemian Rhapsody” has become the first pre-1990’s video to reach one billion views on YouTube.
- “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.