By 1970s, Queen had become popular, not only in UK but also in United States. Since the band ventured, into the world of music, the group has produced fifteen studio albums and more than three live albums.

The band was associated with different types of genres of music such as hard rock, progressive rock, dance, glam rock and psychedelic rock. Queen wrote songs, which were influenced by genres that were not linked with rock like folk, ragtime, gospel and opera. Another feature that featured in most songs of the band is sonic experimentation. The band vocal harmonies were composed by Taylor, May and Mercury. Roy Thomas Baker and Mike Stone helped in the development of the sound of the band. Apart from Vocal harmonies, the band was popularly recognized, for their multi tracking voices.

In 1975, the band started their first world tour. All members in the band made costumes and banks. They went to perform in United States, for the first time and later went to Canada to perform another show. During that time, the manager of Queen, Jim Beach helped the band to sign more contracts. One of the options, that the band was awarded was to sign, with Led Zeppelin. The manager of Led Zeppelin, Peter Grant wanted the band, to sign a record deal with, Swan Song Records. But, the band turned away this offer.

Mercury designed the band logo, which was also referred as the Queen Crest. He designed the logo, before the band released their first album. The logo had zodiac signs of all the four members of the group, two lions and two fairies. The band mostly used the logo in all the band album covers. What made this band different from the other rock bands is that, they were widely known, for inspiring genres like pop rock, arena rock and progressive rock. Queen also inspired, other popular artists, not only in UK but also in America. Some of the bands, which were inspired by the band, include Green Day, Ben Folds, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Keane, Radio Head and Lady Gaga.

Since the band ventured into the world of music, the group has produced ten DVDs, eighteen albums and eighteen singles. This made the Queen, one of the best selling rock bands. By 2004, the group had sold more than, three hundred albums globally and thirty million units, in United States. In 2007, it was reported that, the band Greatest Hits 1 and 11 were, the most downloaded albums in America.

According to one of the managers, of the group official online site Nick Weymouth, the band was one of the most, bootlegged groups. A survey which was carried out in 2001, showed out of twelve thousand website, Queen was the most bootlegged bands. Bootleg has significantly, increased the band popularity, in various countries especially in countries, which censor western music like Iran. The band also contributed music to various movies like Flash Gordon in 1986. The director of this movie was known as Mike Hodges.



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