Freddie Mercury's lost duet with Michael Jackson has made it onto Queen's latest hits and rarities album. Just weeks ago, Queen drummer Roger Taylor confessed he could only hope that the track, There Must Be More To Life Than This, would feature on the new release after revealing that dealing with the Jackson family and the King of Pop's estate officials was like "wading through glue".
But it seems all parties have come to an agreement, because the unreleased song, recorded in the early 1980s, will appear on Queen Forever, which is scheduled for release in November (14).
The track, remastered by super-producer William Orbit, is not completely new to Mercury fans as he featured a solo version on his 1985 album Mr. Bad Guy.
Queen's two-disc new album will also include the completed version of Let Me in Your Heart Again, which was cut from the group's 1984 album The Works, and a new version of Mercury's solo hit Love Kills.
Guitarist Brian May calls the new collection "things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits".
Meanwhile, Taylor calls the compilation "a definitive collection of Queen's timeless love songs".
Queen drummer Roger Taylor has spoken out about his dealings with the executors of Michael Jackson's estate over his plans to release a forgotten King of Pop/Freddie Mercury duet, revealing they have been "difficult" to deal with. Taylor and his bandmate Brian May were hoping to add the song the two late music icons recorded together on the upcoming album Queen Forever, but the estate bosses are refusing to grant permission.
The rocker tells the London Evening Standard, "William Orbit did a really nice mix of one of our tracks with Michael and I'm pretty certain that will be on Queen Forever. But it's been like wading through glue."
Taylor is still hopeful that he and May will be given the OK to include the track, admitting he's still not sure what will make the new album.
He adds, "We've got some great new tracks that haven't been heard and there's an interesting selection of older stuff."
May and Taylor are currently on tour with former American Idol star Adam Lambert.
Dance producer William Orbit is giving legendary rock band Queen a music makeover by teaming up for an unlikely collaboration. The British beatmaker, who has previously worked with the likes of Madonna and Britney Spears, is teasing fans about the secret project via his Twitter.com account, but is declining to share further details about the tracks.
In a recent post, he wrote, "Am definitely working with QUEEN. Amazing songs. That's all I'm sayin 4 now (sic). Watch this space."
The surviving Queen members have also remained quiet about the Orbit collaboration, but earlier this year (14), guitarist Brian May revealed the We Will Rock You hitmakers were working on restoring previously unreleased songs for a new collection.
The veteran rocker admitted the album would likely be titled Queen Forever and reports suggest it may even include a duet between late frontman Freddie Mercury and tragic Michael Jackson from 1983.
May said, "Most of it comes from the '80s when we were in full flight. It is quite emotional. It is the big, big ballads and the big, big epic sound. It wouldn't have been if we hadn't have done this restoration job. We had to start from scratch because we only had scraps. But knowing how it would have happened if we had finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology."
British soul sensation Sam Smith has teamed up with his idol Mary J. Blige for a moving rendition of his chart-topping hit Stay With Me. The pair recorded the duet for music video website Vevo.com, and the 22-year-old newcomer admits he was blown away to get a chance to sing with the superstar.
He says, "Working with Mary J. Blige is one of the biggest highlights of my career so far. I remember holding her album in my hands in the car when I was a young boy. To meet your idols is a magical thing, but to work with them is truly a dream come true."
Blige also heaped praise on the young talent, comparing him to music greats including Luther Vandross.
She adds, "I'm so honoured to have had the chance to work with Sam Smith. Sam's true soulful voice... is the first of this kind I have heard since Luther Vandross, Freddie Jackson and all the great soulful male voices from the '80s. I'm completely blown away by his talent, soul and the sincerity."
Smith's first album, In The Lonely Hour, became the U.K.'s fastest selling debut of 2014 so far when it charted at number one over the weekend (30May-01Jun14).
"If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I'd say first that I don't know there's a definitive answer, as, in my opinion it's subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers. That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others... and would rather hear any of them anytime rather than me!" Axl Rose responds to a new online poll which placed his at the top of the world's greatest singers list.
Queen are bringing Freddie Mercury back from the dead for a new album similar to Michael Jackson's hit posthumous release Xscape. In a new BBC interview, guitarist Brian May has revealed plans to release new material later this year (14), which will include unreleased songs sung by frontman Mercury, who died in 1991.
The rocker says, "We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing and they are quite beautiful. It is a compilation but will have this material that nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will really enjoy it.
"Most of it comes from the '80s when we were in full flight. It is quite emotional. It is the big, big ballads and the big, big epic sound... We had to start from scratch because we only had scraps. But knowing how it would have happened if we had finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology."
And the new album isn't the only link between dead stars Jackson and Mercury - last year (13) May announced plans to release collaborations between the two singers. It is unclear if these songs will feature on the new Queen album, tentatively titled Queen Forever.
May and bandmate Roger Taylor are preparing for an upcoming Queen tour of North America with former American Idol star Adam Lambert fronting the band.
Queen rocker Roger Taylor blames the executors of Michael Jackson's estate for a four-year delay in the release of the Thriller star's secret duets with Freddie Mercury. The existence of several unreleased collaborations between the two pop icons was revealed by the band's guitarist, Brian May, in 2009, days after Jackson died from an overdose of anaesthetic.
Taylor and May worked together to finish the incomplete tracks and they are hoping the songs will be released later this year (13), but Taylor blames those in charge of Jackson's estate for holding up the project.
He tells Mojo magazine, "Freddie and Michael never finished the songs, because Queen had to leave L.A. to go on tour. Brian and I have worked on them, which means they'll come out as Queen and Michael Jackson - hopefully... if the Michael Jackson estate can get its a**e into gear."
Secret duets by late pop icons Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury are to be released later this year (13). In 2009 it emerged that the former Queen frontman had recorded several songs with the Thriller hitmaker in the 1980s which had remained undiscovered for more than 20 years.
Now Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed three of the songs will finally be officially released to the public for the first time in the autumn, according to The Times newspaper.
We're a few days into this year's Venice International Film Festival, the 69th of its kind, and buzz from this year's big movies is making its way to our shores. While the festival is featuring a lot of new and up-and-coming faces, several big names are making it the home to debut their new works. Whether documentaries, shorts, or big-name comebacks, we've rounded up the buzz so far about the event's brightest stars and biggest hits.
To The Wonder Goes to Extremes - According to The Huffington Post, Terrence Malick's newest film stars Ben Affleck, but you'd barely know that given his lack of actual screen time. But that wasn't the only thing making headlines around the film's debut. According to Affleck himself while speaking at the Telluride Film Festival, Malick's newest effort "makes [his previous work] Tree of Life look like Transformers." Tree of Life was, as you may remember, half-booed/half-cheered during its festival debut in Cannes, and To The Wonder was no different. Critics were understandably appauled at the antics, with Variety critic Justin Chang tweeting the below response to his peers jeers:
Booing a Terrence Malick film! Wow, almost as courageous and commendable as kicking Gandhi in the face. Good job guys. #Venezia69— Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) September 2, 2012
The Masterstroke - Director Paul Thomas Anderson's highly-anticipated The Master is already gaining rave reviews from the festival, with the Oscar buzz around the film being deemed appropriate. Critics are atwitter about Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix's performances in the film, with The Hollywood Reporter sparing no limits to their praise of Phoenix's "career-defining" turn as sailor Freddie Quell. The film's parallels to Scientology are also creating a buzz, thanks to Anderson's friendship with the religion's biggest star, Tom Cruise. And has Cruise seen it? "Yes, I have shown him the film, and yes, we are still friends," Anderson said. "The rest is between me and Tom." THR's critic regaled the film as "a bold, challenging, brilliantly acted drama that is a must for serious audiences."
Michael Jackson and Winona Returneth - Two other stars having a resurgence at the festival were Michael Jackson and Winona Ryder. The former is featured in a Spike Lee documentary about the making of Jackson's album Bad, which was released 25 years ago Friday. The documentary is being touted as a rewarding look into the singer's album. The legacy surrounding the disc made Bad 25 a win for Lee, who was also awarded the festival’s Glory to the Filmmaker award. The prize is a yearly one, given to someone who brought "great innovation to contemporary cinema." Another big-name comeback at the festival is Ryder in The Iceman. The actor's return to the festival after a 19-year absence features her alongside Michael Shannon and Ray Liotta as the innocent and unknowing wife of a contract killer.
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Widening the thematic scope without sacrificing too much of the claustrophobia that made the original 1979 Alien universally spooky Prometheus takes the trophy for this summer's most adult-oriented blockbuster entertainment. The movie will leave your mouth agape for its entire runtime first with its majestic exploration of an alien planet and conjectures on the origins of the human race second with its gross-out body horror that leaves no spilled gut to the imagination. Thin characters feel more like pawns in Scott's sci-fi prequel but stunning visuals shocking turns and grand questions more than make up for the shallow ensemble. "Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.