Hot Space
Album HotSpace
Album by Queen
Released 21 May 1982
Recorded June-July 1981
December 1981-March 1982 at
Mountain Studios, Montreux
Musicland Studios, Munich
Length 43:29
Format LP,CS,CD (1991)
Genre Funk rock, dance rock, pop rock, hard rock, soft rock
Label EMI/Parlophone (Europe)
Elektra/Hollywood (US)
Producer(s) Queen, Arif Mardin, Mack and David Bowie

Album Chronology
Preceding Flash Gordon (1981)
This Album Hot Space (1982)
Succeeding The Works (1984)

Hot Space is an album by British rock band Queen, released in 1982. Marking a notable shift in direction from their earlier work, Queen employed many elements of disco, Pop Music, R&B and dance music on Hot Space, being partially influenced by the success of their 1980 hit "Another One Bites The Dust". This made the album less popular with fans that preferred the traditional rock style they had come to associate with the band, though Hot Space did fit in with the Queen tradition of incorporating many disparate influences into their music.

Queen's decision to record a dance oriented album germinated with the massive U.S. success of "Another One Bites The Dust" (and to a lesser extent, the UK success of the song too). In hindsight, while it seemed a carefully calculated move to capitalise on their incidental interest in "black music", it was considered by some to be a temporary blow to their reputation. While the album's second single "Body Language" did peak at #11 on the U.S. charts, the accompanying video was not accepted to be put on rotation by MTV for its erotic overtones (particularly those that hinted at Freddie Mercury's sexuality) which may have resulted in a backlash from the more conservative sections of the band's fan base.

"Under Pressure", Queen's collaboration with David Bowie, was released in 1981, ahead of the album and the controversy over Queen's new sound (disco-influenced rock music). The single was well-received by fans and became the band's 2nd #1 hit in the U.K.; it also reached #29 in the U.S.

Track List Edit

Hot Space Track List
Side One
1 Staying Power 4:10 Freddie Mercury
2 Dancer 3:46 Brian May
3 Back Chat 4:31 John Deacon
4 Body Language 4:29 Freddie Mercury
5 Action This Day 3:33 Roger Taylor
Side Two
1 Put Out the Fire 3:15 Brian May
2 Life is Real (Song for Lennon) 3:39 Freddie Mercury
3 Calling All Girls 3:53 Roger Taylor
4 Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love) 4:26 Brian May
5 Cool Cat 3:26 Deacon/Mercury
6 Under Pressure [with David Bowie] 4:02 Queen/David Bowie

Charts Edit

Chart (1982) Peak position
Australia (Kent Music Report) 15
Austria (Ö3 Top 40) 1
Canada (RPM) 6
France (SNEP) 7
Germany (Media Control Charts) 5
Italy (Musica e dischi) 9
Japan (Oricon) 6
Netherlands 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 5
Norway (VG-lista) 3
Sweden (Topplistan) 4
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 4
United States (Billboard) 22
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