Queen launch three fan-made music videos with YouTube
In July this year, Queen and Universal Music Group announced a contest with YouTube called ‘You Are The Champions’, tasking fans with creating new videos for three of the band’s hits. Three months on, and the winning...
October 25, 2019
Sandbox Issue 233: Shopping Around: Making Online Stores Add Up
Lead: Working with D2C experts is one part of the business, but changes in how social media sites are structuring themselves can offer acts new ways to sell products to fans of all stripes. We look at where social platforms...
July 25, 2019
Queen launch UGC contest as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ reaches 1bn views
Fuelled by the recent biopic, Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has become the first pre-1990s video to pass 1bn views on YouTube. The achievement has been marked by a new, remastered ‘HD’ version of the video on Queen’s...
July 23, 2019
70% of Queen’s Spotify listeners are aged under 35
Spotify has put out some figures about the audience on its service for Queen, following the rock band’s recent biopic-fuelled spike in listening. “On Spotify, Queen is more popular than ever – not only among baby boomers...
January 4, 2019
Bohemian Rhapsody becomes most-streamed 20th-century track
Rock band Queen have a new record: their ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is now the most-streamed track from the 20th century. At least, that’s what Universal Music Group claims, with the song’s 1.6bn streams overhauling rivals...
December 11, 2018
Sandbox Issue 183: Phrase Book, using digital to market non-english-speaking acts
Lead: Acts outside of the US/UK centre of pop gravity used to be the exception rather than the rule – the true outliers of music. Digital in general and social media in particular have changed that, letting them rewrite...
July 5, 2017
Queen and Adam Lambert launch ‘VR The Champions’ on VRTGO
"It will be as if you’re in a space rocket and zooming around the arena, and seeing everything in 3D," Queen's Brian May told Music Ally in May 2016, about a virtual-reality of the band's recent gig in Barcelona. Just...
June 28, 2017
Bohemian Rhapsody VR finally has Queen’s participation
Earlier this year, Google showed off a virtual-reality video of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, at its I/O developer conference. The only problem? As it turned out, the band hadn’t been involved.
September 16, 2016
Brian May: ‘Ultimately virtual reality will change the world’
“To me, this is all bound up with the way things started. It goes back to 1832, in fact…” Dr Brian May is addressing his class. Well, a small cinema-room full of tech and music journalists here to learn about a new...
May 25, 2016
Queen fans can now ‘Play The Game’ on iOS and Android
Queen have got their own mobile game for iOS and Android: a blend of trivia questions and puzzles with the band’s music built in. The app, which is officially licensed, is kicking off with more than 1,000 Queen-related...
May 29, 2015
Coca-Cola teams up with charity RED for iTunes releases
There’s a brand new song by Queen on iTunes this week, with vocals of their late frontman Freddie Mercury. The track is ‘Let Me In Your Heart Again’, a previously-unreleased song that’s been mixed by William Orbit...
November 8, 2014