Queen’s Impressive Music Catalog May Be Sold For A Billion Dollars
Queen remains one of the most popular bands in the history of rock and roll music, with the late frontman Freddie Mercury being a legend in the industry. Queen continues to tour with original members, Brian May and Roger Taylor and new frontman Adam Lambert. Their top hits including “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” are still played regularly all over the world, especially at sporting events, so anyone who owns the music catalog will likely continue to make money on it.
Now, Queen’s extensive music catalog may be up for sale soon and could sell for over $1 billion, making it the biggest single-artist music catalog sale in history. Music Business Worldwide has reported the potential sale and says that several companies and individuals are interested in making the huge purchase.
A billion dollars is an insane amount of money for most people, but given how relevant the band remains, it makes sense that someone would want to purchase it. For reference, Bruce Springsteen‘s catalog was recently sold to Sony Music Group for over $500 million, which is currently the most expensive sale in history including hits like “Born to Run.”
In addition to a tour, a biopic about Queen and more specifically Mercury called Bohemian Rhapsody did quite well in 2018 and has sparked several other biopics of popular artists including Elvis Presley. The band was formed back in 1970 by Mercury and included May, Taylor, and John Deacon (Deacon retired in 1997, several years after Mercury died in 1991). The film follows the formation of the band to their iconic 1985 Live Aid performance.
During their decades-long career, the band became one of the world’s best-selling artists with estimated record sales of around 300 million. Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. Tell us, what’s your favorite Queen song? As much as I love most of their songs, I think my favorite is the underrated classic “Bicycle Race.”