May 21, 1982: Queen in a Hot Space

Queen_Hot_Space.pngHot Space is the tenth studio album by the British rock band Queen. Marking a notable shift in direction from their earlier work, they employed many elements of disco, funk, rhythm and blues, dance and pop music on the album. This made the album less popular with fans who preferred the traditional rock style they had come to associate with the band. Queen’s decision to record a dance-oriented album germinated with the massive success in the US of their 1980 hit “Another One Bites the Dust” (and to a lesser extent, the UK success of the song).  Still, the album went to No 4 in the UK Albums Chart and went Gold.

Under Pressure“, Queen’s collaboration with David Bowie, was released in 1981 and became the band’s second No 1 hit in the UK. Though included on Hot Space, the song was a separate project and was recorded ahead of the album, before the controversy over Queen’s new disco-influenced rock sound.

The album’s second single, “Body Language“, peaked at No 25 on the UK charts. Most of the album was recorded in Munich during the most turbulent period in the band’s history, and Roger Taylor and Brian May despised the new sound, with both being very critical of the influence Freddie Mercury‘s manager Paul Prenter had on the singer. Estimated sales of the album currently stand at 3.5 million copies. [Wikipedia]

Listen to the album on Spotify.

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