News of the World
News of the World
Album by Queen
Released 28 October 1977
Recorded July - September 1977 at
Sarm West Studios, London
Wessex Sound Studios, London
Length 39:16
Format LP, CD, CS,8 track
Genre Hard rock, pop rock, punk rock, baroque rock, soft rock
Label EMI, Parlophone (UK)
Elektra, Hollywood (US)
Producer(s) Queen (Assisted by Mike Stone)

Album Chronology
Preceding A Day At the Races (1976)
This Album News of the World (1977)
Succeeding JAZZ (1978)

News of the World is the sixth studio album by British rock group Queen , released in 1977. Containing the hit songs "We Will Rock You", "We Are the Champions" and "Spread Your Wings", it went 4x platinum in the United States, 2x platinum in the United Kingdom and achieved high certifications around the world.

News of the World was the second album to be produced solely by the band (the first being A Day at the Races) and recorded at Sarm West and Wessex Studios, London and co-produced and engineered by Mike Stone.

Track listingEdit

  1. We Will Rock You 02:02
  2. We Are The Champions 03:00
  3. Sheer Heart Attack 03:25
  4. All Dead, All Dead 03:10
  5. Spread Your Wings 04:34
  6. Fight From The Inside 03:03
  7. Get Down, Make Love 03:51
  8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk 03:06
  9. Who Needs You 03:05
  10. It's Late 06:26
  11. My Melancholy Blues 03:29
  12. We Will Rock You (Remix) 05:00

2011 bonus tracksEdit

  1. Feelings, Feelings (Take 10, July 1977) Bonus EP Audio New Content
  2. Spread Your Wings (BBC Session, October 1977) Bonus EP Audio New Content
  3. My Melancholy Blues (BBC Session, October 1977) Bonus EP Audio New Content
  4. Sheer Heart Attack (live version from the Pavillion De Paris, Paris, 28 February 1979) Bonus EP Audio New Content
  5. We Will Rock You (fast version) (live version from Seibu Lions Stadium, Tokyo, 3 November 1982) Bonus EP Audio New Content
  6. My Melancholy Blues (live version from The Summit, Houston, Texas, 11 December 1977) iTunes LP Bonus Video Previously Released
  7. Sheer Heart Attack (live version from the Hammersmith Odeon, London, 26 December 1979) iTunes LP Bonus Video New Content
  8. We Will Rock You ('Queen Rocks' promo video)


Charts Edit

Chart (1977) Peak position
Austria (Ö3 Top 40) 9
Canada (RPM) 2
France (SNEP) 1
Germany (Media Control Charts) 7
Netherlands 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 15
Norway (VG-lista) 4
Sweden (Topplistan) 9
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 4
United States (Billboard) 3

Trivia Edit

  • The album's cover was a painting by American sci-fi artist Frank Kelly Freas. Taylor had an issue of Astounding Science Fiction (October 1953) whose cover art depicted a giant intelligent robot holding the dead body of a man. The caption read: "Please... fix it, Daddy?" to illustrate the story "The Gulf Between" by Tom Godwin. The painting inspired the band to contact Freas, who agreed to alter the painting for their album cover, by replacing the single dead man with the four "dead" band members (with Taylor and Deacon falling to the ground, and Taylor only visible on the back cover).


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