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http://www.nme.com/news/queen/60351

Queen to set release Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duets in 2012
November 11, 2011 18:03


Queen are set to release a series of duets that their former frontman Freddie Mercury recorded with Michael Jackson next year.

Guitarist Brian May has revealed that Michael Jackson's estate have given the band permission to release a series of duets which they recorded with the late singer during the 1980s.

He told the Evening Standard: "Michael [Jackson] used to come and see us when we were on tour in the States. 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."

Asked when they will come out, May replied: "(They'll be ready) in the next year. We've been talking to Jackson's estate and they're happy."

Queen have previously announced plans to release a new album of old demos featuring Mercury, with May revealing that he had been going through the band's old material with drummer Roger Taylor to compile a selection of unreleased tracks for a forthcoming LP. It is unknown whether the Jackson duets will be released as part of this or not.

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Re: Queen to set release Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duets in 2012
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2011, 09:48:53 PM »
That's awesome! :clapping: I listened to Queen back in the day.

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Re: Queen to set release Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duets in 2012
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2011, 10:10:29 PM »
There's been rumors for years and years about these songs, one song they recorded is STATE OF SHOCK which was also recorded and released with Mick Jagger.


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Re: Queen to set release Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duets in 2012
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2011, 01:31:21 PM »
http://uk.omg.yahoo.com/news/taylor-theres-no-queen-album-mercurys-unfinished-songs-193100299.html

Taylor: 'There's no new Queen album with Mercury's unfinished songs'
world entertainment news – 16 hours ago


Roger Taylor has ruined Queen fans' Christmas by dismissing reports suggesting he and bandmate Brian May are working on a new album featuring unfinished Freddie Mercury songs.

The drummer admits there are a handful of songs Mercury left incomplete when he died 20 years ago - but there's not enough for a new album - and any thoughts of reworking the tunes for a new release have been scrapped.

Taylor tells Ultimate Classic Rock, "There won't be an album. There's just not enough (material) and the last thing I want to do is have a sort of barrel-scraping exercise."

But fans can still expect something new from Mercury and Queen in 2012: "There's a couple of great tracks that Freddie recorded with Michael Jackson that Brian and I are working on and they are good. So, at some point, they will surface I think when we feel it's a good moment. I don't really want to ride any sort of wave there.
"That's an interesting thing, but that will be probably later some point next year."


And Taylor reveals he has also abandoned plans to tour again with Paul Rodgers, who joined him and May for a major Queen tour, that prompted an album of new material and live DVDs, in 2005. The collaboration ended in 2009.

The drummer tells ThePulseofRadio.com, "That was always... it was a thing, Paul had his career... Now, Brian and I, we're never going to tour with that kind of intensity any more, I think."

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Re: Queen to set release Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duets in 2012
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2011, 07:05:58 PM »
http://www.examiner.com/entertainment-in-national/michael-jackson-freddie-mercury-unreleased-songs-to-see-the-light-of-day

Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury unreleased songs to see the light of day
Buffy Naillon, Entertainment Examiner
December 28, 2011


December 28, 2011—Artisan News Service is reporting that 3 unreleased songs between Michael Jackson and Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury will soon see the light of day. Surviving Queen members, Roger Taylor and Brian May have gotten permission from the Michael Jackson estate to release the three songs. They were recorded in the early 80s, while both of the two singers were at the pinnacle of their careers.

The tracks are still being tinkered with, and according to the report, the Michael Jackson/ Freddie Mercury unreleased songs should hit the shelves sometime in 2012. No release date has been confirmed for that as of yet.

Freddie Mercury was the flamboyant lead singer for the band, Queen. The group—lead by his vocals—became known for its big rock anthem sounds. In 2005, he was voted the greatest male singer of all time, according to a poll conducted by MTV2 and Blender. He died of complications brought on by the AIDS virus on November 24, 1991.

Michael Jackson was known as the King of Pop and got his start singing with his brothers in the group, the Jackson 5. His solo career got started in 1971. During the 1980s, Michael Jackson's star burned bright with the release of his Thriller album, which became the best-selling album of all time. It is estimated that the album sold between 65 and 100 million copies. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009.

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Re: Queen to set release Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duets in 2012
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2012, 09:34:13 PM »
http://www.contactmusic.com/news/llama-killed-freddie-mercury-s-jackson-dreams_3310436

Llama Killed Freddie Mercury's Michael Jackson Dreams
03 October 2012


Michael Jackson's llama wrecked Freddie Mercury's dreams of recording a hit duet with the King of Pop - because the QUEEN star didn't like working in a studio with an overgrown pet.

The tragic Bohemian Rhapsody singer made a friend of Jackson in the early 1980s and the two superstars plotted to work together, but things hit a snag when the Thriller hitmaker insisted on showing up to work with his llama.

In a new Dvd expose of Mercury's solo career, the late star's manager Jim 'Miami' Beach says, "They got on well except for the fact that I suddenly got a call from Freddie, saying, 'Miami, dear, can you get on over here... You've got to get me out of here. I'm recording with a llama... I've had enough and I want to get out."

And it seems Mercury lived to regret walking away from the project - in a lost interview recovered for the new Dvd, Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, he says, "I think one of the tracks would have been on the Thriller album if I had finished it, but I missed out."

The expose features a snippet of a demo Jackson and Mercury recorded for a song titled There Must Be More To Life.
Director Rhys Thomas' Mercury movie also features new interviews with the singer's Queen bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor, Spanish diva Montserrat Caballe, who teamed up with the rock star for an operatic album, and friends and associates of the late Another One Bites the Dust hitmaker, as well as rare footage of Mercury performing with the Royal Ballet and lost Tv chats.

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Re: Queen to set release Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duets in 2012
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2012, 11:27:43 PM »
'Miami, dear, can you get on over here... You've got to get me out of here. I'm recording with a llama... I've had enough and I want to get out."


That still has me laughing every time I read it  :tlaugh:

I can just imagine it  :toofunny:

I am looking forward to these duets.
I always thought that Freddie Mercury was an amazing performer / artist, although he did not quite have the "It" factor like Michael.

And you just got to love Freddie, but he really could not dance LOL God Bless Him

The only duet I know is There Must be more to Life than this.
Love that song.
You can hear Michael's milky beautiful voice so clearly.

And I think may State of Shock.  Is that also a Freddie and Michael duet?

Two amazing legends, in their own rights, gone too soon  :boohoo:


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Re: Queen to set release Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duets in 2012
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2012, 01:02:20 PM »
http://www.nme.com/news/queen/66734

Unreleased Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury duet featured in new documentary
Their song 'There Must Be More To Life Than This' was included in the BBC's 'The Great Pretender'
October 19, 2012 23:05


An unreleased Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury duet has featured in a new documentary about the life of the late Queen frontman.

A snippet of 'There Must Be More To Life Than This' featured in The Great Pretender, which was screened by the BBC earlier this week (October 16). The programme can now be watched by UK residents on the iPlayer.

As well as featuring the aforementioned all-star collaboration, the film includes rare archive footage of Mercury joining forces with Rod Stewart to sing a demo for 'Take Another Piece of My Heart', an unreleased song from 1984 and footage of Mercury with the Royal Ballet in 1979.

Outtakes from Queen video shoots also feature, as does footage from Mercury's 39th Black and White cross-dressing birthday party, which took place at Mrs Henderson's nightclub in Munich in 1985.

The documentary, which will be available on DVD and Blu-ray, shows Mercury's earliest filmed interview in Australia and another unseen interview by NBC, both from 1976.

Queen guitarist Brian May recently revealed details of the forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic on his website.

He confirmed that the film – starring comedian and Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen – will be ready for release in 2014.

He wrote: "The pieces are all falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule - filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie."

The Freddie Mercury biopic is being scripted by Peter Morgan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind The Queen and Frost/Nixon.

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Re: Queen to set release Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duets in 2012
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2013, 08:21:05 AM »
Queen finishing "great" unreleased Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury songs
Published Wednesday, Oct 23 2013, 22:07 BST  |  By Catherine Earp
 

Queen drummer Roger Taylor has revealed that Brian May is currently working on unreleased tracks from the band.

The songs feature late Queen singer Freddie Mercury and were recorded with Michael Jackson.

Taylor said in an interview with Classic Rock Magazine: "Brian especially has been active working on old tracks. A couple of tracks that Freddie did with Michael Jackson.

"They've been hanging around for years and years and Michael's estate haven't really been able to make their mind up about what to do with them. So we suggested we finish them and see. They're pretty good - one of them is great."

May recently spoke about the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, claiming Sacha Baron Cohen didn't walk away from the lead part.

He said: "It's a shame that there were these sensationalist stories about him walking out. None of that was true.

"So we're in a very good place with the movie, and we remain friends with Sacha and hopefully there will be another project that we will work on together in the future."

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a525964/queen-finishing-great-unreleased-michael-jackson-freddie-mercury-songs.html