Remaining Long Format – Live Albums Part I
Queen were well-known to be a great live act with the charismatic Freddie leading the show. This reputation is translated in their record sales too with as many as 3 live sets which sold more than 3 million a piece, an impressive figure, even more so for a band that never sold more than 10,5 million copies with a studio album.
Live sets follow mostly the same patterns as remaining compilations in terms of sales distribution. The main difference is that weaker albums get even weaker as their songs weren’t sung anymore. For example, as Somebody to Love was rarely part of their tours its parent album A Day at the Races is almost absent from those packages.
In the meantime, albums like A Night at the Opera and News of the World continue to be rewarded with stunning amounts of sales that they generated thanks to their biggest hits.