Queen began their 1980s career with The Game. It featured the singles „Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and „Another One Bites the Dust”, both of which reached number one in the United States. After attending a Queen concert in Los Angeles, Michael Jacksonsuggested to Mercury backstage that „Another One Bites the Dust” be released as a single, and in October 1980 it spent three weeks at number one. The album topped the Billboard 200 for five weeks, and sold over four million copies in the US.It was also the first appearance of a synthesiser on a Queen album. Heretofore, their albums featured a distinctive „No Synthesisers!” sleeve note. The note is widely assumed to reflect an anti-synth, pro-„hard”-rock stance by the band, but was later revealed by producer Roy Thomas Bakerto be an attempt to clarify that those albums’ multi-layered solos were created with guitars, not synths, as record company executives kept assuming at the time. In September 1980, Queen performed three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. In 1980, Queen also released the soundtrack they had recorded for Flash Gordon. At the 1981 American Music Awards on 30 January, „Another One Bites the Dust” won the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single, and Queen were nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group.
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