Freddie tribute singles from Nobodeknows released on iTunes

As we remember the loss of the incomparable Freddie Mercury on 24th November 1991 – two tribute singles will be released to honour the life and genius of Freddie Mercury.

“November” & “Freddie was a Rocker” are the debut releases from nobodeknows. “November” is a piano based ballad which almost pays a tribute (musically) to Freddie’s “Barcelona” project with Monserrat Caballe, while “Freddie was a Rocker.” provides the definitive rock  statment about Freddie Mercury, and features an optimism which was a hallmark of Freddie and Queen’s music.

Sample clips for both songs from nobodeknows can be found on YouTube, and both songs are available as of November 24 exclusively on iTunes UK/Europe, Japan and Canada stores.”

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Rembering Freddie Mercury

19 years ago today, on Sunday, November 24th, 1991, Freddie Mercury died peacefully at his home in London of AIDS related bronchial pneumonia.

Freddie was cremated at Kensal Green Cemetery in accordance with his religion. Many stars from the world or music and showbiz attended the service, including friends Elton John and David Bowie.

We remember the legacy Freddie left in his music, concerts and camp / interesting interviews.

After such a traumatic event for the band the remaining members of Queen organized a tribute to Freddie and his work.On April 20th, 1992 a tribute concert in Freddie’s memory was held at Wembley Stadium. Tickets to the gig sold out in a matter of hours, even before the full list of bands was available. Many of the worlds most famous rock stars took part in it. This concert was later released on DVD and video for all to enjoy, with the proceeds going to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.

Freddies music lives on in films, the stage show, the CDs which continue to sell in their millions and in a new generation of Queen fans.

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Whats the Best Queen Video? Wanted Top 20 Queen Videos…

Vote Today – Queen’s Top 20 Videos Voted For By The Fans

QOL and the International Queen Fan Club are looking for your Top 20 Queen Videos!

Send your Top 20 Queen Video lists, in order of preference, (1 being your most favourite Queen Video, 2 being your second favourite Queen Video etc). The only rule is that your lists do not include any solo hits, so you cannot include Barcelona or Too Much Love Will Kill your or The Unblinking Eye.

If you want to vote for your Top Queen Videos – send your lists to nickw@outsideline.co.uk

Press Release: Stormtroopers in Stilettos

2011 – QUEEN 40 – Major Exhibition, Hollywood Film, BBC Documentary, Back Catalogue re-release to celebrate 40th Anniversary

2011 sees one of the most talented, glamorous and influential bands in musical history, QUEEN, celebrate the 40th anniversary of their formation in 1971.

With over 170 million global album sales, 18 Number One Albums, 10 Number One DVD’s, 700 concerts performed in every corner of the world including their historic appearance at Live Aid, Seven Ivor Novello Awards, inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame and a Guinness Book of Records award for the most successful UK album chart artist ever, the Queen story is one of the most remarkable in modern British culture. 40 years after Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon formed Queen and the band became the epitome of rock n roll swagger and excess Queen continues to rule globally.

The 40th Anniversary year kicks off with a major exhibition, ‘Stormtroopers in Stilettos’ – a comprehensive look at the early part of Queen’s career, from before the band’s formation when various members were dreaming of success while studying astrophysics or running stalls next to Biba in Kensington Market, right up to their spectacular free gig for over 250,000 fans in Hyde Park in 1976. Taking place in Trumans Brewery in the heart of London’s East End the exhibition opens on February 25th running through to March 12th, and will cover the group’s first five albums from the first half of the 1970’s. The exhibition will aim to take visitors to the heart of Queen by combining interactive audio and visual environments with historic and never-before-seen memorabilia; themed rooms and music all created from the bands personal archive will come together to create an exciting, entertaining and engaging insight into the foundation and rise of the global super group Queen became.

Newly signed to legendary label Island Records and to coincide with the exhibition, the first five albums that Queen released – “Queen”, “Queen II”, “Sheer Heart Attack”, “A Night At The Opera” and “A Day At The Races – will be re-mastered and re-packaged into special deluxe album formats. From the pure raw rock of “Queen” through to the majestic anthems on “A Day At The Races”, the first five albums highlight the diverse talent, musical ambition and already global success of a band made up of some of the best songwriters, musicians and performers of all time. The remainder of the band’s incredible catalogue will be released during 2011.

Subsequent to the exhibition there will be a major BBC TV Documentary featuring a rare interview with Roger Taylor and Brian May and many other surprises and releases to come through the rest of the year.

2011 will see filming begin of a major Hollywood movie about Queen, starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury. Acclaimed script writer Peter Morgan (“The Queen”,” Frost/Nixon” ) is working on the project, which is being produced by GK Films, Robert de Niro’s Tribeca Productions and Queen Films.

After four decades, the collective work of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon continues to resonate around the globe, inspiring a host of diverse artists from Lady Gaga (who took her name from Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga”), Axl Rose and Katy Perry through to Dave Grohl. Twenty years after the death of their phenomenal and flamboyant singer, Freddie Mercury remains an icon beyond measure.

Look out for further exciting Queen 40 announcements in 2011.

Press Release Source : http://www.queenonline.com/news/1863

Queen Join Universal Music / Island Records

Queen joins Island Records and  prepares for 40th anniversary remasters the Queen Back catalogue.

Queen and Universal Music Group have signed an exclusive, long-term agreement. Queen have achieved worldwide album and records sales of more than 170m, performed over 700 concerts and have a Guinness Book of World Records award for the most successful UK album chart act in history (Bohemian Rhapsody).

The contract with Universal Music covers the world outside the USA/North America, and Queens’ music  will appear through Island Records from January 1st 2011.

During the course of Queens anniversary year, Island Records will remaster and repackage, with additional content, each of Queen’s 15 studio albums. The first five will be made available in March: “Queen,” “Queen II,” “Sheer Heart Attack,” “A Night At The Opera” and “A Day At The Races.” – in the original order of album release.

The 40th anniversary celebrations begin with a major Queen exhibition in London, “Stormtroopers in Stilettos,” opening in late February, followed by a BBC-TV documentary and the production of a major Hollywood film about the band, starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury. Acclaimed script writer Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”) is working on the project, which is being produced by GK Films, Robert de Niro’s Tribeca Productions and Queen Films.

Latest Queen News in Brief…

Queen Move from EMI to Island Records

Queen have moved from EMI to Island Records. From January 2011, after EMI’s deal with band expires at the end of the year, Queen will be with Island Records who are to release the entire Queen back catalogue on digital release on January 3rd.

19th Anniversary of Freddies Death

The 19th Anniversary of the death of Freddie Mercury – Queen frontman, takes place 24th Nov 2010.

Brian And Roger To Play The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala 2010

Brian and Roger are set to rock again when they play The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala 2010 which takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 17th November. Visit http://www.princes-trust.org.uk for more details.

Other acts on the line-up include Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Jools Holland and Status Quo, who will be collaborating with the likes of Paolo Nutini, Jamie Cullum and Paloma Faith.

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