Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Becomes Most-Streamed Song of 20th Century

2018-12-12

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  • Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is now the most-streamed song from the 20th century.
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  • The 1975 song has been streamed over 1.6 billion times worldwide, the record company Universal Music Group said this week.
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  • "Bohemian Rhapsody" is long, energetic and operatic, and one of Queen's most famous songs.
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  • The song's popularity has risen thanks to the new "Bohemian Rhapsody" movie. In the five weeks since its release, the film has already earned more than $600 million in ticket sales worldwide. It has also helped bring the music of the British rock band to a new generation.
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  • The film stars Rami Malek as Queen's lead singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991. Malek was nominated for a Golden Globe last week for his performance and is widely expected to get an Oscar nomination in January.
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  • Universal uses streams on services including Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer, as well as streams from official videos on YouTube to measure streaming numbers.
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  • Just behind "Bohemian Rhapsody" is Nirvana's 1991 hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit," with 1.5 billion streams.
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  • It is followed by two songs by Guns N' Roses: "Sweet Child O'Mine" and "November Rain."
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  • "Take On Me," the 1986 hit from a-ha, is fifth.
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  • I'm Ashley Thompson.
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  • The Reuters news agency reported this story. Ashley Thompson adapted it for Learning English. Hai Do was the editor.
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  • stream - v. to push continuous data from a server to a computer while it is being used or played
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  • ticket - n. ​a piece of paper that allows you to see a show, participate in an event, travel on a vehicle, etc.​
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  • ​operatic - adj. of or relating to a kind of performance in which actors sing all or most of the words of a play with music performed by an orchestra