Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody reaches rare RIAA Diamond status!
More than four decades after its release in 1975, Queen’s iconic Bohemian Rhapsody continues to reach new milestones. The song has just been officially certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing 10 million or more in sales and stream equivalents in the United States.
Queen are still one of the most popular groups in the world today, transcending multiple generations of fans. Now they becomes also the first British band in music history to earn the Diamond song award.
“This is incredible news. At times like this I have to pinch myself to be sure it’s real. All those wild dreams we ever had, this is beyond any of them. Huge thanks to all who have believed in us over the years!” says band’s guitarist Brian May.
Diamond RIAA certification is the latest one in a long line of extraordinary achievements for this song. Bohemian Rhapsody was Queen’s first Top 10 hit in the US. In the UK it went to #1 for 9 consecutive weeks, a record at the time, before returning to the top of the charts again in 1991. It was named the most-streamed song of the 20th century and its companion video recently passed one billion views on YouTube, making history as the first pre-1990’s video to reach one billion views on the platform. In 2004, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and Freddie Mercury’s vocal performance was named by the readers of Rolling Stone magazine as the best in rock history.
On the heels of this momentous milestone, the band has also kicked off a year-long weekly YouTube series Queen The Greatest, a celebration of Queen’s Golden Jubilee that highlights 50 of the greatest moments from the Queen story so far. Beginning with the March 19th, first episode (Keep Yourself Alive), the series of weekly insights will highlight some of the biggest songs, most memorable performances, and incredible record-breaking achievements that Queen have brought us since it all began in 1971 – bringing fans, over the coming year, one of the greatest stories ever told.