Queen sent their die-hard fans into a frenzy at the end of the last year when they announced they were putting together a brand new album.
Rumours have been floating around for years about the iconic rock group making a new album, but now with proof that it is indeed happening, we’ve tried to find out everything we can about it.
The group signed a lucrative deal with Universal at the end of last year to release ‘Queen Forever, the band’s sixteenth studio album and their first since Made In Heaven. It will be the first original Queen release since the Mercury tribute single ‘No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)’ in 1997, so it’s time to get excited for Queen’s return.
When May announced the title in a radio interview with BBC Radio Wales on 23 May (at the Hay Festival) he stated that the record should be released in late 2014. We think that makes complete sense as this deluxe compilation will work as a perfect Christmas Gift (even if you’re a Queen fan who’s gifting it it yourself…).
Although many hated it (it was up at the 1985 Razzie Awards for Worst Original Song) ‘Love Kills’ did chart at No.10 in the UK and has become a cult favourite among hardcore Queen fans. The band have recently been playing it live during their tour in the States and before the tour began Adam Lambert said the track had been reworked by the band and to expect it on the album.
It’s no secret that Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson tried collaborating on a few songs. Allegedly the union fell apart because Jackson kept bringing his pet llama into the studio. But it seems that now we’re finally going to hear the products of those sessions. Roger Taylor recently revealed: “We are now working on some never-before-released songs that Freddie made with Michael in the early 80’s. But I’m not allowed to say too much about it but they sound incredible.” We’re excited about it to say the least.
Big, Epic Sound
Brian May has said that most of the material on the record “comes from the ’80’s when we were in full flight. It is quite emotional. It is the big, big ballads and the big, big epic sound,” and subsequently compared it to the band’s last album ‘Made in Heaven’. Therefore, we wholeheartedly expect it to cause mass sing-alongs and to be blasted at the highest volume possible.
The Grammy award winning producer who has worked with the likes of Blur and Madonna recently took to Twitter to confirm that he will be producing the new Queen album. On 29 July he tweeted: “Am definitely working with QUEEN. Amazing songs. That’s all I’m sayin 4 now. Watch this space.
At the end of 2013, Queen signed a major record deal with Universal and a statement from the label said that the new deal ‘will herald a range of exciting projects from the band including a raft of rare and unreleased material and a film.’ A Freddie Mercury biopic starring Ben Whishaw has been confirmed, but who knows what other audio-visual delights are in the pipeline with the album release?
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