Queen Is King of Nielsen Music's Mid-Year 2019 Rock Charts

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Queen is king of Nielsen Music’s mid-year 2019 rock charts, as the band owns the two most popular rock albums of the year thus far: the Bohemian Rhapsody film soundtrack and its Greatest Hits album.

During the tracking period of Jan. 4 through June 20, 2019, Bohemian Rhapsody earned 705,000 equivalent album units in the U.S., while Greatest Hits earned 385,000 units. The titles rank at Nos. 1 and 2 on the mid-year top 10 rock albums list (below).

Equivalent album units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported on-demand audio streams generated by songs on an album, or 1,250 paid subscription on-demand audio streams generated by songs on an album. (For the sake of clarity, equivalent album units do not include listening to music on broadcast radio or digital radio broadcasts.)

Overall equivalent album units for the rock genre totaled 63.5 million through June 20. That represents 20.8% of the total volume across all genres (305.2 million).

Panic! at the Disco’s “High Hopes” is the biggest selling digital rock song thus far in 2019, with 275,000 downloads sold. It is also the most streamed audio song, with 170.6 million on-demand audio streams. The top-streamed song overall, in terms of total on-demand audio and video streams combined, is Imagine Dragons’ “Believer,” with 313.4 million.

2019’s Mid-Year Top 10 Rock Albums (Based on Overall Equivalent Album Units*)
1. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (Soundtrack) (705,000)
2. Queen, Greatest Hits (385,000)
3. Panic! at the Disco, Pray for the Wicked (354,000)
4. Elton John, Diamonds (334,000)
5. Imagine Dragons, Evolve (289,000)
6. Imagine Dragons, Origins (280,000)
7. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Best Of Everything (258,000)
8. Hozier, Wasteland, Baby! (243,000)
9. Journey, Greatest Hits (238,000)
10. Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride (227,000)

2019’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Rock Albums
1. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (Soundtrack) (253,000)
2. Queen, Greatest Hits (152,000)
3. Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride (148,000)
4. Queen, Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection (135,000)
5. Hozier, Wasteland, Baby! (129,000)
6. Weezer, Weezer (Teal Album) (103,000)
7. Gary Clark Jr., This Land (91,000)
8. Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (84,000)
9. Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (80,000)
10. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Greatest Hits (79,000)

2019’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Digital Rock Songs
1. Panic! at the Disco, “High Hopes” (275,000)
2. Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (170,000)
3. Imagine Dragons, “Natural” (137,000)
4. Imagine Dragons, “Bad  Liar” (130,000)
5. Imagine Dragons, “Thunder” (114,000)
6. Queen, “We Will Rock You” (105,000)
7. Panic! at the Disco, “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” (104,000)
8. Queen, “Don’t Stop Me Now” (98,000)
9. Five Finger Death Punch, “Blue on Black” (93,000)
10. Queen, “Another One Bites the Dust” (90,000)

2019’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Rock Streams (Audio and Video Combined)

1. Imagine Dragons, “Believer” (313,446,000)
2. Panic! at the Disco, “High Hopes” (282,252,000)
3. Imagine Dragons, “Thunder” (197,864,000)
4. Smash Mouth, “All Star” (190,458,000)
5. Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (170,218,000)
6. Imagine Dragons, “Natural” (163,158,000)
7. Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks” (154,809,000)
8. Portugal, the Man, “Feel It Still” (126,260,000)
9. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’” (119,021,000)
10. Queen, “Another One Bites the Dust” (116,394,000)

2019’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Rock Audio Streams

1. Panic! at the Disco, “High Hopes” (170,615,000)
2. Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (115,269,000)
3. Imagine Dragons, “Natural” (104,335,000)
4. Imagine Dragons, “Believer” (101,882,000)
5. Imagine Dragons, “Thunder” (88,243,000)
6. Portugal, the Man, “Feel It Still” (82,666,000)
7. Queen, “Another One Bites the Dust” (78,965,000)
8. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’” (77,622,000)
9. Queen, “Don’t Stop Me Now” (67,962,000)
10. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (60,341,000)

Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period of Jan. 4 – June 20, 2019.

* Note: Nielsen Music’s consumption unit totals for albums include SEA and TEA for an album's songs registered before an album's release, but during the tracking period.