Queen’s Greatest Hits album could top the charts on her birthday
Queen’s Greatest Hits album could return to the top of the charts for the first time since 1981 – after the release of a special 40th anniversary edition.
The British rock group’s retrospective currently tops more than 4,000 chart sales, 86% of which are physical purchases, according to the midweek update from the Official Charts Company.
If he holds his place, it will mark the album’s fifth total week at number one, with its first run to the top taking place over four consecutive weeks between November and December 1981.
The collection holds the title of the best-selling album of all time in the UK and became the first to sell over 6 million copies in the UK, with worldwide sales totaling over 25 million.
He spent 952 weeks on the charts and was certified 22 times platinum.
The reissue marks the album’s 40th anniversary and the band’s 50th, and includes a collector’s edition of the CD with an exclusive sleeve and a limited edition cassette available in five colors.
The group, made up of singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Mercury died in 1991 from complications from AIDS.
Elsewhere in the charts, Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album Sour is on track to hold onto its number two spot, having previously held No. 1 for three weeks, while Jack Savoretti’s Europiana could lose its spot as number one and come back to third place.
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie has teamed up with French musician Jehnny Beth for Utopian Ashes, which is set to debut at No. 4.
Laura Mvula’s third studio album, Pink Noise, is also aiming for a top-five debut as it sits in fifth place midweek.