The British rock band Queen sold more albums in North America than any other artist in the first half of 2019, as their music was promoted in movies, on TV, and increased the access to streaming platforms and digital downloads, according to Reuters.
In the mid-year report by Nielsen Music, the soundtrack of the Bohemian Rhapsody musical, which won four Oscar prizes in February, was the best-selling rock music album in the first six months of 2019, the second being the compilation “Greatest Hits 1” – Queen.
Queen has sold more than 731,000 albums – more than any artist – as well as most digital songs with over 1.3 million downloads, according to Nielsen.
In February, Queen became the first rock band to open the Oscar in Los Angeles with the live performance of “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”.
The performance of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga singer of “Shallow” in the movie “A Star is Born” also featured great sales. The romantic ballad was digitally downloaded 648,000 times so far this year, the report shows.
The biographical film ” Rocketman ” about Elton John had a 138% increase in selling the British singer’s albums in the first week after the release of the film on May 31st.
Collaboration between rapper Post Malone and Swae Lee at “Sunflower” hit Billboard Hot 100 top in January after being featured on the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” animated soundtrack. The song had a 170% increase on radio and the video was viewed over 642 million times on YouTube.
The report used the data collected by Nielsen Music between 4 January and 20 June.