Rock band Queen returned to the top of the charts for the first time since 1995.
The band’s concert album, Live Around The World, beat competition from K-pop group Blackpink and former Spice Girl Melanie C to claim the top spot.
It is Queen’s 10th number one and the debut of American singer Adam Lambert, who joined the group in 2011.
“Number one – my favorite number,” drummer Roger Taylor said. “It’s always a thrill.”
“I’m so glad people are enjoying this album so much,” Lambert added. “The fact that we can celebrate Queen’s iconic music all these years later is amazing.”
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Live Around The World is Queen’s eighth live album, but their first without a founding member and singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991.
Lambert first sang with Taylor and guitarist Brian May in 2009 when he was a finalist for the eighth season of American Idol. They started performing in concert together two years later.
Since then, Queen + Adam Lambert have become one of the world’s most sought-after live artists, before a global audience approaching four million.
The live album features performances from hits such as Don’t Stop Me Now, Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions in venues around the world.
It was released as a thank you to fans after Queen’s 2020 tour was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“As we all grapple with the challenge of creating live shows in a world dominated by a formidable viral enemy, now seemed like the perfect time to create a collection of handpicked live highlights,” said May .
The album ends with a performance in Sydney, recorded in January this year, where the band recreated their historic ensemble Live Aid in its entirety as part of a fundraiser for the Australian bushfire crisis.
Queen faced a late challenge for the number one slot machine of Korean girl group Blackpink, whose debut album saw a surge in sales towards the end of the week.
Originally ranked sixth on the charts midweek, it climbed to third place on Wednesday before settling at second when compiling the chart.
The quartet – Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa and Rose – also had the top-selling cassette album of the week, with an impressive 5,700 copies on the format.
Meanwhile, the fifth best-selling UK album of all time – What’s The Story (Morning Glory) from Oasis? – reinstated the ranking at number three thanks to a reissue of the 25th anniversary.
In the singles rankings, 24kGoldn’s Mood scored a third week at number one, beating out competition from D-Block Europe, Shawn Mendes, Miley Cyrus and Bryson Tiller.
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