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Next year marks 50 years of the original full Queen line-up of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. And half a century later the band are as popular as ever. This week Queen were paid tribute to by Sony/ATV Music Publishing in the Million-Air awards category at the 2020 BMI London Awards.

The Million-Air Awards recognises well-known tracks that have exceeded a million or more broadcast performances by UK and European songwriters and publishers.

And this year Queen saw three songs honoured in both Crazy Little Thing Called Love and We Will Rock You, earning around 40 years of continuous play with 7 million performances.

Additionally, those tracks are joined by We Are The Champions on 34 years with 6 million performances.

That makes the combined airplay total of just those three Queen singles an impressive 20 million.

Reacting to the news, both active Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor were very proud.

They said: “What a welcome surprise! It means a lot to us that our music is still connecting, and now reaching a whole new generation of rock fans out there.

“We hope to be back out there soon.”

While Sony/ATV UK President David Ventura and their UK Co-Managing Director Tim Major also highlighted Queen’s achievement.

Ventura and Major said: “Having already long established their place in history, Queen continues to amaze, and this was no exception.

“We are so proud that Live Around the World reached number one in the UK album charts and that the band was recognised for some seriously impressive ‘Million-air’ milestones at the 2020 BMI London Awards – not just for one, but for three of their iconic songs.

“It continues to be an honour and a privilege to work with team Queen.”

As they mentioned, Queen have had their first UK No 1 album in 25 years with Adam Lambert in Live Around The World.

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The live album marks Queen’s 10th No 1 album and Lambert’s first.

The band’s last No 1 was 1995’s Made In Heaven, which was their final studio album as an original four.

The record came four years after Freddie Mercury’s death and featured his posthumous vocals.

A day before Queen and Adam Lambert’s No 1 album was confirmed, Express.co.uk asked Brian May what it would feel like to have such achievement.

May said: “I hardly dare to think really! It would feel very good. It would make me laugh and smile. Something nobody could have predicted, certainly not us.

“So yes, I’m very thrilled it’s been received so well out there.

“I love it myself and I’m surprised, I think we’re all surprised how well it came out; how powerful it is.”

Queen and Adam Lambert’s live album, Live Around The World, is out now.

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