Misc: Queen as first
1.First band to have their entire back catalogue released at one time on CD.
2.First band to play three consecutive nights in a stadium in the same city - Buenos Aires.
3.First band to be signed by an independent record company who took on full responsibility of the band - Trident.
4.Queen pioneered coming onstage to a backing tape.
5.First band to sell out the Glasgow Apollo.
6.Their light shows were revolutionary: dismissed as excessive at the time, but are now copied worldwide.
7.At the time, A Night At The Opera was the most expensive album ever made.
8.Bohemian Rhapsody featured the first ever promotional video.
9.First band to have all four of their albums in the UK top 20 at once.
10.A Day At The Races had the highest ever advance sales for an album.
11.First band to sell out Ahoy Hall, Rotterdam in one hour.
12.First band to have video screens at their concert.
13.Bohemian Rhapsody voted joint best single in the UK for 1952-77.
14.We Will Rock You was Number 1 in France for 12 weeks - the longest period allowed in that country. The following week it was replaced by We Are The Champions, from the second side of the single.
15.First band to sell out 3 consecutive nights at Forest Nationale, Brussels. It was such an amazing feat that the promoters congratulated them via press adverts.
16.Highest attendance for an indoor concert in the UK. (NEC Birmingham, 14,000)
17.Another One Bites The Dust was Elektra's first 3,000,000+ single.
18.First band to play at Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.
19.First band to release a 12" single anywhere (Crazy Little Thing Called Love)
20.Gained entry in Guiness Book of Records for highest paid executives (£700,000 each in 1980).
21. First band to undertake a stadium tour of South America.
22.Their concert in Sao Paulo attracted the biggest paying audience ever (251,000) to see one band.
23.First band to fill every place in Argentina's Top Ten album chart.
24.Only band to have one single in the Argentinean chart for one year (Love Of My Life).
25.First rock band to be commissioned to write a soundtrack for a major film. (Flash Gordon)
26.First band to release the first proper collection of promotional videos commercially (Greatest Flix).
27.First band to have a number one video in the UK (Greatest Flix).
28.First band to be number one simultaneously in the UK's single, album and video charts.
29.Tickets for 12 nights at Sun City Superbowl, S Africa sold out in one day - the fastest ever.
30.Unanimously voted best band at Live Aid by media, journalists, critics, fans and Bob Geldof.
31.Main Road stadium, Manchester (40,000) sold out in 24 hours - the fastest ever.
32.First band to play a large stadium date in the Eastern Bloc (Budapest).
33.First band to release a video single.
34.Their concert at Milton Keynes was the first programme to be broadcast simultaneously on TV and all independent radio stations in the UK.
35.First band to have five videos in the UK top ten video chart.
36.Highest total attendance for four consecutive nights in the UK (over 400,000).
37.Live In Budapest was the first full length feature film to be premiered in the Eastern block.
38. Highest rate of sales of a single in Spain (Barcelona sold over 10,000 copies in under 3 hours).
39.Freddie was the first (and only) rock musician to compose, record and perform classical opera.
40.The Magic Years video trilogy was the best longform video of any kind worldwide in 1988.
41.Innuendo had the longest ever music promotional video (six and a half minutes of music)
42.These Are The Days Of Our Lives was the first music video to be animated by Disney.
43.Bohemian Rhapsody was pressed and released within one week. This had not been done before, and has never been done since.
44.First band to have 2 albums and 2 singles enter the UK charts at number 1 in one year.
45.Bohemian Rhapsody is the only single to be Christmas number one twice.
46.Bohemian Rhapsody is the only single to be number 1 in four different years.
47.First band to have 10 albums in the UK top 100.
48.Greatest Hits is best selling album ever in the UK.
49.The Freddie Mercury Tribute was watched by over one billion people.
50.Brian May is the only rock guitarist to have a paper published in the scientific journal Nature.
51.The four singles taken from The Works album were each written by a
different member of the band, and each made the Top 20 in the UK. No other 4-piece band has had this success at song writing.
52.Queen is the most highly qualified rock band ever - all four members have degrees or equivalent.
53.Queen have had had more videos at Number 1 in the UK video chart than any other band. (9)
54. Queen is the first band to have three greatest hits compilations in the UK top 75 album chart.(12/12/99 - GH1 - #66, GH2 - #74, GH3 - #9)