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KILLER QUEEN

The box-office success of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which scored a $50m #1 debut in theaters, is driving a crazy little thing called sales. The band's 51-track Platinum Collection  set (Hollywood) is the thus far the biggest beneficiary of the flick's boffo performance; the $19.99 package is currently #2 at iTunes as of 11/8.

The film's 22-track official soundtrack, also out via Hollywood, sits at #4 with Greatest Hits one slot lower. The film's title track is Top 10 on the singles side, with other Queen hits further down the chart, notably "We Will Rock You" (#15), "Somebody to Love" (#20), "We Are the Champions" (#22),  "Another One Bites the Dust" (#23) and "Radio Ga Ga" (#26).

Our previous projection that Platinum would sell the film ST and thus get the collar for its shared tracks in its consumption total may have been premature, as the two collections are, for now, neck and neck in projected sales? Could the ST pull off an 11th-hour coup and come out on top? Stay tuned.

Platinum and the ST are the #4 and #5 sellers on Amazon's CD store; Platinum is also the #1-selling digital album there.

The kids have even begun streaming the scaramouche, as "Bohemian Rhapsody" is Top 15 on Spotify's global chart (2.3m+ streams) and enters Spotify's U.S. Top 50 with more than a half-million daily streams. What's more, it's #26 on this week's HITS Streaming Songs Chart, sandwiched between Flipp Dinero and Takeoff.

In a possibly related story, Ken Bunt looks undeniably compelling in a harlequin jumpsuit.

THE BIZ SALUTES
JOE SMITH
Celebrating the life of the Toastmaster General (12/5a)
JEFF VAUGHN NAMED PRESIDENT, CAPITOL RECORDS
Climbing the Tower (12/3a)
YOUR TOP 20 IS BOTH ICY AND POST-TOASTY
Actually, we'd prefer a bowl of oatmeal. (12/5a)
JAY-Z CELEBRATES 50 WITH A RETURN TO SPOTIFY
Has the Tidal turned? (12/4a)
GRAMMY CHEW: WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE, ANYWAY?
Those who fail to learn from the past are destined to repeat it. (12/5a)
EGGNOG!
Ours is mostly bourbon.
MISTLETOE!
Delicious in salads.
CHESTNUTS!
Ours are roasting, but it could be these slim-fit jeans.
WEED!
An entire Christmas tree made of it. Is what we want for Christmas.
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