Streaming Masters – Queen

Queen streaming review

What better time, in the wake of their hugely successful biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, to look again at the streaming prowess of Classic Rock legends, Queen.

Queen streaming review – the method

Streaming is made up of audio and video streams. Our CSPC methodology now includes both to better reflect the real popularity of each track. The main source of data for each avenue is respectively Spotify and YouTube.

To factor in the growing impact of multiple Asian countries where these platforms aren’t always the go-to site for music streaming, more sources have been added.

In order to account for their real popularity in each relevant country, the below sources have been used along with the mentioned ratios that reflect the market share of each area.

Audio Streams
– South Korea : Genie streams * 3.05 (consistent with Gaon streaming numbers)
– Japan : AWA streams * 100/5.5 (AWA has 5.5% of the Japanese streaming market)
– Elsewhere : Spotify streams * (370 – 8.5 – 9.5 – 33 – 9) / 207 (370 million global subscribers minus 8.5 million from South Korea minus 9.5 million from Japan minus 33 million from China divided by the number of Spotify only users minus 9 million more Asian users) + Genie streams * 3.05 (uses Genie rather than Spotify to extrapolate markets like Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam)

Video Streams
– China* : Xiami streams * 125/6.5 (Xiami has just over 5% of the Chinese streaming market)
– Elsewhere : Youtube views

*since 96.4% of Chinese streaming platforms are free users, that paid-for users pay less than $2 a month and that they are also used as video streaming platforms, their streams are weighted in par with YouTube streams.

Audio Stream value – 1500 plays equal 1 album unit
Video Stream value – 11,750 views equal 1 album unit

Equivalent Albums Sales (EAS) = ( Spotify * 310/207 + Genie * 3.05*2 + AWA * 100/5.5 ) / 1500 + ( Xiami * 125/6.5 + YouTube ) / 11750

Queen streaming review – the results

CSPC Queen discography streaming results Spotify YouTube

Total: 10,700,005 EAS

Queen most streamed tracks (EAS)

1. Bohemian Rhapsody [A Night at the Opera]1,478,000
2. Don’t Stop Me Now [Jazz]932,000
3. Another One Bites the Dust [The Game]795,000
4. Under Pressure [Hot Space]712,000
5. We Will Rock You [News of the World]665,000
6. I Want to Break Free [The Works]533,000
7. Somebody to Love [A Day at the Races]492,000
8. We Are the Champions [News of the World]465,000
9. Radio Ga Ga [The Works]360,000
10. Killer Queen [Sheer Heart Attack]347,000
11. Love of My Life [A Night at the Opera]325,000
12. Crazy Little Thing Called Love [The Game]284,000
13. The Show Must Go On [Innuendo]225,000
14. Fat Bottomed Girls [Jazz]212,000
15. You’re My Best Friend [A Night at the Opera]154,000
16. Hammer to Fall [The Works]126,000
17. I Want It All [The Miracle]109,000
18. A Kind of Magic [A Kind of Magic]101,000
19. Keep Yourself Alive [Queen]97,000
20. Who Wants to Live Forever [A Kind of Magic]91,000

Sources: SpotifyYouTube, AWA (app), XiamiGenie.

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