Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody Hits the Charts in 3 Different Decades

Queen's mammoth hit Bohemian Rhapsody has now hit the music charts in three different decades. 

The rock opera opus enjoyed yet another boost from the band's biopic of the same name as the multi-part epic re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 two weeks ago at No. 33. [Note: This week, it's at No. 50].

In case you didn’t know, Bohemian Rhapsody first entered the Hot 100 in 1976, after being released as a single off the band's 1975 album, A Night at the Opera. Despite its unconventional structure and exorbitant length for a single, the song peaked at No. 9. 

And then, Bohemian Rhapsody revisited the charts 16 years later, when it appeared in the iconic head-banging scene of the 1992 comedy Wayne's World, starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. 

The film introduced Bohemian Rhapsody to a new generation and helped assert its status as a classic rock staple, and the song subsequently rose to a new peak of No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

A re-cut of the music video featuring clips from Wayne's World earned Queen their only MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Movie. 

And then, the third time success nearly 43 years after its release means Bohemian Rhapsody is a smash hit song. A colossally phenomenal anthem. An extraordinary musical epic. 

Queen rocks! 

As for the movie of the same name, Bohemian Rhapsody is playing in theaters now. 

As at Monday, ‘domestic’ ticket sales reached $153,118,252 and global sales are now at $473,463,142 in only twenty-five screening days.

Last evening, I was at the Shah Alam Toastmasters meeting and I was the Grammarian/Language Evaluator. Speaking slots were full, that’s why. 

Still, it is one task completed in pursuit of my Competent Leadership, Round #23. 

Did you know they’d come up with a quirky yet meaningful meeting theme, which was “How to Eat an Elephant?” Actually, it was club president Safura Atan who was the brains behind this! 

If you are familiar with the saying “Eat the Elephant One Bite at a Time” – okay, I've given you the answer. 

For Toastmasters, the elephant is ‘Public Speaking’. 

We must take it one meeting at a time – and slowly, steadily and surely, we will learn the essentials of public speaking. This is the “learning by doing” method and it works.

Photos from the said meeting:

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