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Queen to release Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duets

December 13, 2011

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Two previously unheard Queen tracks featuring vocals by Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson are set to be released next year, it has been revealed.

The tracks are understood to have been recorded at Michael Jackson’s home studio in the 1980s after he and Freddie became friends. The recordings have reportedly been approved for release by the Jackson estate and will appear under the Queen name.

“Michael used to come and see us when we were on tour in the States,” Queen guitarist Brian May told the Evening Standard. “He and Freddie became close friends, close enough to record a couple of tracks together at Michael’s house – tracks which have never seen the light of day.”

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Queen fans’ favourite lyric revealed

September 30, 2011

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A line from ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ has been voted as Queen’s best ever lyric.

A survey conducted by Island Records and music retailer HMV has found that “Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball” is Queen fans’ favourite line.

Written by Freddie Mercury, and featured as the twelfth track on the band’s 1978 album Jazz, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ was released as a single on 26 January 1979. It reached No. 9 on the UK singles chart.


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Queen’s last five studio albums to be re-issued in September

August 27, 2011

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Remastered editions of Queen’s last five studio albums – The Works, A Kind Of Magic, The Miracle, Innuendo and Made In Heaven – will be re-issued on 5 September 2011 to coincide with what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday.

Recorded between 1984 and 1995, the albums include classic tracks such as ‘Radio Gaga’, ‘I Want To Break Free’, ‘One Vision’, ‘A Kind of Magic’, ‘I Want It All’, ‘The Miracle’ and ‘These Are The Days of Our Lives’.

Also released on the same day is Queen: Deep Cuts 3.


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Queen and Paul Rodgers set to ‘Rock the Cosmos’ with new album out on September 15

August 3, 2008


Queen have confirmed September 15 as the UK release date for Rock the Cosmos, their first studio album for 13 years – and their first without the vocals of Freddie Mercury.


The new album – released in the United States on October 14 – will feature former Free and Bad Company front man Paul Rodgers on vocals.


With Queen and Paul Rodgers having sold more than 300 million albums between them, their first studio collaboration is seen as one of this year’s most eagerly anticipated new releases.


Queen’s last album, Made in Heaven, came out in 1995 and featured material written and recorded by Freddie Mercury before his death in 1991. The album became the band’s biggest selling studio album, with worldwide sales of more than 20 million CDs.


Guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and Paul Rodgers wrote and recorded 13 all-new songs for Rock the Cosmos in late 2007 and early 2008. Tracks so far confirmed include the World Aids Day song ‘Say It’s Not True’, plus ‘C-lebrity’, ‘We Believe’, ‘Call Me’, ‘Whole House Rocking’, and the title track.


Other tracks on the new CD will include a ‘first’ for a Queen album – a cover version (rumoured to be Del Shannon’s Sixties classic ‘Runaway’).


The striking ‘cosmic’ cover art for Rock the Cosmos is the work of award-winning photographer Edgar Martins who has been hailed as “one of the most influential artists of his generation working within the medium of photography”.


On the Queen web site (, Brian May, Roger Taylor and Paul Rodgers state that the new album will be all about “people really and truly playing together in the studio”.


“You don’t get that much these day,” they say. “But you will get it on the new Queen and Paul Rodgers album.”


Queen and Paul Rodgers will start a 14-nation European tour in Moscow on September 15. It will include UK dates in Nottingham (October 10), Glasgow (October 11), London O2 (October 13), Cardiff (October 14), Birmingham (October 16), Liverpool (October 18), Sheffield (October 19), Newcastle (November 4), Manchester (November 5), London O2 (November 7), and London’s Wembley Arena (November 8).

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ voted best pop song of all time

July 15, 2008


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Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has been voted the best pop song of all time in a survey of 10,000 people conducted by online market research company


The song – which twice made Number One in the UK singles chart – beat tracks from Bryan Adams, Robbie Williams and John Lennon to take the prestigious top spot.


“We got a worthy winner,” said survey organiser John Sewell from


‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was the UK Christmas number one in 1975 and topped the charts again in 1991 following singer Freddie Mercury’s death, spending a total of 14 weeks at the top of the chart.


It is also the only UK single ever to sell a million copies on two separate occasions and is placed third in the official list of the best-selling singles in Britain.


The song has topped polls on several occasions, including being voted best single of the last 25 years by British Phonographic Industry (BPI) just two years after its first release. It is the second most played song on radio, jukeboxes and in clubs and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004.


Runner-up in the survey was the Village People’s disco classic ‘Y.M.C.A’, which was number one in the UK in 1979.


Bryan Adams’ ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’ finished in third place. It was the title track to the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and topped the UK charts for a staggering 16 weeks in 1991.’s Top 10 Pop Songs are:

1. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – Queen

2. ‘Y.M.C.A.’ – Village People

3. ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’ – Bryan Adams

4. ‘Angels’ – Robbie Williams

5. ‘Red, Red Wine’ – UB40

6. ‘Imagine’ – John Lennon

7. ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ – Guns N’ Roses

8. ‘Billie Jean’ – Michael Jackson

9. ‘Dancing Queen’ – Abba

10. ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ – Kylie Minogue


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