JOURNEY‘s “Do not Cease Believin'” and QUEEN‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” are among the many particular person songs which were chosen for induction into the Library of Congress’ Nationwide Recording Registry.
Below the phrases of the Nationwide Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with recommendation from the Library’s Nationwide Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), yearly selects 25 recordings which might be “culturally, traditionally, or aesthetically vital” and are at the very least 10 years outdated. The alternatives for the 2022 registry deliver the entire variety of recordings on the registry to 600, solely a minuscule portion of the Library’s huge recorded-sound assortment of practically 4 million gadgets.
“The Nationwide Recording Registry displays the various music and voices which have formed our nation’s historical past and tradition,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden mentioned in an announcement. “The nationwide library is proud to assist protect these recordings, and we welcome the general public’s enter. We obtained about 1,000 public nominations this 12 months.”
“That is the best honor of my life,” mentioned former JOURNEY singer Steve Perry, citing his household’s historical past as Portuguese immigrants to a small city in California. “I’ve gotten platinum albums and gold albums and I’ve gotten inducted into the [Rock And Roll] Corridor Of Fame. However for my mom, my father, my grandmother and grandfather, I’m really beside myself that that is occurring…it is an ‘solely in America’ form of factor.”
Slightly over a 12 months in the past, “Do not Cease Believin'” reached 1 billion listens on Spotify.
In a 2009 interview with CBC‘s “Q” cultural affairs present, Perry mentioned he at all times thought “Do not Cease Believing” — which can also be the top-selling digital obtain of a monitor not initially launched on this century, in accordance with Nielsen SoundScan — had potential as a single. It was at all times a success with stay audiences, although it did not get nice radio play on the time it was issued, he mentioned.
“Once we had been doing the tune in 1981, I knew one thing was occurring, however truthfully, after I noticed it within the movie ‘Monster’ with Patty Jenkins, I began suppose, ‘Oh my goodness there’s actually one thing.'”
He added: “The lyric is a robust lyric about not giving up, however it’s additionally about being younger, it is also about hanging out, not giving up and searching for that emotion hiding someplace at the hours of darkness that we’re all searching for. It is about having hope and never quitting when issues get robust, as a result of I am telling you issues get robust for everyone.”
Present JOURNEY singer Arnel Pineda, who has been fronting the band for 15 years, informed CBS Information in 2012, “Even earlier than I found ‘Do not Cease Believin”, it has been my motto — you realize, to by no means cease believing in myself. The life that I’ve gone via, all these hardships, I by no means stopped believing that sometime there’s something magical that can occur in my life.”
In 2020, initially of the coronavirus pandemic, “Do not Cease Believin'” had change into a rallying name for sufferers recovering from COVID-19 at two hospitals in New York and Michigan. The 1981 hit was being performed at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and the New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital throughout celebrations for sufferers prevailing over the coronavirus.
In March 2021, “Bohemian Rhapsody” was formally licensed diamond by the Recording Trade Affiliation of America (RIAA), representing 10 million or extra in gross sales and stream equivalents in the US.
QUEEN was the primary British band in music historical past to earn the diamond tune award.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was QUEEN‘s first Prime 10 hit within the U.S. Within the U.Okay., it went to No. 1 for 9 consecutive weeks, a document on the time, earlier than returning to the highest of the charts once more in 1991. It was named the most-streamed tune of the twentieth century and its companion video not too long ago handed one billion views on YouTube, making historical past as the primary pre-Nineteen Nineties video to succeed in one billion views on the platform. In 2004, the tune was inducted into the Grammy Corridor of Fame and Freddie Mercury‘s vocal efficiency was named by the readers of Rolling Stone journal as the perfect in rock historical past.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” can also be one of many many QUEEN hits featured on the band’s blockbuster compilation “Platinum Assortment, Vol. 1-3”, which was licensed 5 occasions platinum. This blockbuster compendium, which hit No. 6 on the Billboard 200, options tracks like “One other One Bites The Mud”, “Killer Queen”, “Below Strain”, “We Will Rock You”, “We Are The Champions” and so many extra.