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.

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