Queen + Adam Lambert land first Number 1 album together

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Queen + Adam Lambert have beaten Blackpink to Number 1 on the UK’s Official Albums Chart this week, the Official Charts Company can confirm.

The iconic British band and US glam-rock singer’s first album together, a live collection called Live Around The World, secured the top spot with the most CD and download sales of the week following a late challenge from K-pop girl group, Blackpink.

Live Around The World is Queen’s 10th Number 1 album in the UK, and first for almost 25 years since Made in Heaven in November 1995, the group’s final studio album featuring the last recorded vocals from Freddie Mercury. It also marks nearly 45 years since the band’s very first Number 1 album A Night at the Opera in December 1975.

In terms of chart-topping albums, Queen now pull level with Eminem, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart and U2 on double figures with 10 Number 1s apiece, leapfrogging ABBA and Bob Dylan who have enjoyed nine. In the process, Adam Lambert scoops his very first UK Number 1; his previous career peak was Number 8 logged by 2015’s The Original High.

Queen + Adam Live Around the World’ will arrive on CD, CD and DVD, CD and Blu-ray and vinyl on October 2 through EMI Records

The release will serve as a great consolation for those who were due to see the band and vocalist live this summer. Queen and Lambert were forced to reschedule the UK and European leg of The Rhapsody Tour to 2021 due to COVID-19. Guitarist Brian May said:

“Even though we were all aware of Freddie’s impending tragedy, we had some inspired and joyful times in the studio, making the ‘Innuendo’ album. We didn’t speak much about Freddie’s illness – he just wanted to get on with ‘business as usual’ as far as possible.

“The melody called for some very demanding top notes, and I’d only been able to ‘demo’ them in falsetto. I said to Freddie … “I don’t want you strain yourself – this stuff isn’t going to be easy in full voice, even for you!” He said, “Don’t worry – I’ll f…ing nail it, Darling!”. He then downed a couple of his favourite shots of vodka, propped himself up against the mixing desk, and… delivered one of the most extraordinary performances of his life.”

“As we all grapple with the challenge of creating live shows in a world dominated by a formidable viral enemy, it seemed the perfect time for us to create a collection of hand-picked live highlights from our Queen shows over the last 7 years with our brother Adam Lambert.

“It’s a first! As you watch and listen to these tracks you’ll be journeying all around the world with us, and experiencing a complete virtual live set. The collection climaxes in Sydney earlier this year when, in support Fire Fight Australia, we recreated the complete Queen Live Aid set. It was a historic event for a great cause – with perhaps the highest adrenaline level since the original Live Aid in 1985. It makes me particularly happy that we can now share this unique moment with the whole world.”

“We hadn’t really watched those clips before, we were always too busy touring” added drummer Roger Taylor. “We weren’t aware of how good the band sounded. So we thought, well, maybe there’s a live album of highlights of concerts that we’ve done over the last eight years with Adam Lambert to be made.”

‘Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around the World’ CD and vinyl tracklist:

Tear It Up (May) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018
Now I’m Here (May) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014
Another One Bites The Dust (Deacon) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014
Fat Bottomed Girls ft. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (May) American Airlines Center, Dallas, USA, 2019
Don’t Stop Me Now (Mercury) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016
I Want To Break Free (Deacon) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016
Somebody To Love (Mercury) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016
Love Kills – The Ballad (Mercury/Moroder) iHeart Radio Theater, Los Angeles, USA, 2014
I Was Born To Love You (Mercury) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014
Under Pressure (Queen/Bowie) Global Citizen Festival, New York, USA, 2019
Who Wants To Live Forever (May) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016
The Show Must Go On (Queen) The O2, London, UK, 04/07/2018
Love Of My Life (Mercury) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020
Radio Ga Ga (Taylor) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020
Ay-Ohs (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020
Hammer To Fall (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020
We Will Rock You (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020
We Are The Champions (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020
‘Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around the World’ DVD and Blu-ray tracklist:

Tear It Up (May) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018
Now I’m Here (May) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014
Another One Bites The Dust (Deacon) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014
Fat Bottomed Girls ft. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (May) American Airlines Center, Dallas, USA, 2019
Don’t Stop Me Now (Mercury) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016
I Want To Break Free (Deacon) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016
Somebody To Love (Mercury) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016
Love Kills – The Ballad (Mercury/Moroder) iHeart Radio Theater, Los Angeles, USA, 2014
I Was Born To Love You (Mercury) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014
Drum Battle (Taylor) Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia, 2014
Under Pressure (Queen/Bowie) Global Citizen Festival, New York, USA, 2019
Who Wants To Live Forever (May) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016
The Guitar Solo (Last Horizon) (May) The O2, London, UK, 2018
The Show Must Go On (Queen) The O2, London, UK, 04/07/2018
Love Of My Life (Mercury) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020
Radio Ga Ga (Taylor) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020
Ay-Ohs (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020
Hammer To Fall (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020
We Will Rock You (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020
We Are The Champions (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

The footage shows how on the shoulder of Brian may sitting Koala, holding his paws behind his neck. At this point, the musician plays the guitar. In the caption to the video, the guitarist of Queen wrote that in a veterinary hospital in Brisbane, he had a precious moment with the adorable rescued by the Koala. May said the professionals are doing incredible work to care for the survivors of the tragic fires in Queensland.

Always in defense of animals
It must be said that with animals Brian May plays at home, having for years been involved in the defense of animal rights, to the point of having founded, in 2009, “Save Me Trust”, an English organization that deals with the care and the recovery of animals in difficulty.

Visiting time ! A precious moment with Bear — an adorable Koala rescued — in the RSPCA Animal Hospital, Wacol, Brisbane. These people are doing an incredible job of caring for the survivors of the tragic fires in Queensland. They need our support. More soon. Video capture by Sharon Ashley. Bri

 

 

 

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