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QUEEN - BIGGER THAN THE BEATLES ACT IN UK CHART HISTORY according to the book of BRITISH HIT SINGLES & ALBUMS!



New research by the team behind the most popular music annual in the world, The Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, has revealed that Queen have overtaken the Beatles as Official UK Album Chart champions, having spent more weeks on chart than the fab four.



According to British Hit Singles & Albums’ unique database of official UK chart statistics, Queen have spent an incredible 1,322 weeks on the UK albums chart (29 weeks more than the Beatles). With sales figures notoriously unreliable in the 50s, 60s and 70s, the ‘weeks on chart’ figure represents the fairest, most accurate method of ranking acts.



30 years since their first UK No.1 album ‘A Night at The Opera’, Queen have overtaken the Beatles in this Top 10 for the first time.



Top 10 Most Successful Acts of All Time on the UK Albums Chart



1. Queen (1,322 weeks)

2. The Beatles (1,293 weeks)

3. Elvis Presley (1,280 weeks)

4. U2 (1,150 weeks)

5. Dire Straits (1,136 weeks)

6. Simon and Garfunkel (1,114 weeks)

7. Madonna (1,032 weeks)

8. David Bowie (1,005 weeks)

9. Elton John (989 weeks)

10. Michael Jackson (966 weeks)



David Roberts, editor of the book of British Hit Singles & Albums also known as the ‘Professor of Pop’, commented, “Given that Queen’s chart career has been much shorter than those of The Beatles and Elvis, this is an incredible achievement. They’ve long been written about with reverence in the pages of the book of British Hit Singles and Albums, and this just serves to cement their legendary status.”



And if any proof of Queen’s continued status as one of the world’s greatest live bands were needed, the band wind up their current 32-date European tour with Free/Bad Company singer and musician Paul Rodgers this week, performing in London’s Hyde Park this Friday, July 8.



The date, which sees the band joined for the concert by Razorlight, Peter Kay and special guests Justin and Dan Hawkins of The Darkness, sees Queen return to the site of one of the most historic of their earlier concerts; performing a free concert in Hyde Park almost 29 years ago (September 18, 1976) Queen attracted a record audience of over 150,000 to the park.



Queen hold a number of records officially recognised by Guinness World Records: the band are recognised for having the biggest selling Greatest Hits album in the UK with Greatest Hits 1 (now over 4 million) and Queen is also the only act to top the chart with the same single twice – Bohemian Rhapsody” – selling a million copies both times. The single, which celebrates its 30th anniversary later this year, was also voted the favourite single of all time in a poll conducted by readers of the book of British hit Singles & Albums. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is also the biggest selling non-charity single of all time.

















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QUEEN OVERTAKE THE BEATLES AS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ALBUMS ACT IN UK CHART HISTORY according to the book of BRITISH HIT SINGLES & ALBUMS!



New research by the team behind the most popular music annual in the world, The Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, has revealed that Queen have overtaken the Beatles as Official UK Album Chart champions, having spent more weeks on chart than the fab four.



According to British Hit Singles & Albums’ unique database of official UK chart statistics, Queen have spent an incredible 1,322 weeks on the UK albums chart (29 weeks more than the Beatles). With sales figures notoriously unreliable in the 50s, 60s and 70s, the ‘weeks on chart’ figure represents the fairest, most accurate method of ranking acts.



30 years since their first UK No.1 album ‘A Night at The Opera’, Queen have overtaken the Beatles in this Top 10 for the first time.



Top 10 Most Successful Acts of All Time on the UK Albums Chart



1. Queen (1,322 week

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