As expected, Queen is back on the album charts with the blockbuster success of the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic. The original motion picture soundtrack debuted at Number 22 on the Billboard 200 album charts, marking the band’s 17th Top 40 album.
Billboard reported the set entered the charts with “24,000 equivalent album units earned — and of that sum, 12,000 were in traditional album sales.” In addition to such classics as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “We Are The Champions,” and others, the album contains unreleased live tracks taped in London, Paris, and Rio de Janiero.
Shortly before his 1991 death, Freddie Mercury explained that the variety of having multiple songwriters is what made Queen’s albums so interesting: “I think this is one of the few groups that all four members write. In a funny way, when we do a Queen album, they’re like four solo projects within themselves anyway; ’cause, I mean, I have my bunch of songs, Brian has his, Roger (Taylor), and John (Deacon). . . And so, it’s like four little solo projects working side by side and them we put them all together. So, I think that is the reason that we didn’t go and do solo projects earlier on. If we were writing all the same kind of songs, then we would’ve gotten fed up and said, ‘Oh, I want to do my solo album first.’ But we all are writing different songs, so it keeps us interested.”