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Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Aren't That Catchy

April 2nd, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Ar
Said Henry Rollins, "I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone." So did the following famous celebrities, who took the names they were given and reinvented them into something more suitable to their personality, or the personality they wanted to cultivate. Want to know why they changed their already perfectly suitable names? We have your answers right here!

1. Lady Gaga

Born That Way: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Music producer Rob Fusari claims to have invented the name...
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DVD Review: Various Artists - 'The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert'

March 23rd, 2014 10:48pm EDT
DVD Review: Various Artists - 'The Freddie Mercury Tribute Conce
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert is a tour de force; a clinic in the sheer healing power of music. It’s also a testament to just how much Freddie Mercury meant to Queen, music and the entire world really. So it should be no big surprise that the music world that Mercury’s worked every day to enrich showed up in spades to join the surviving members of the band - Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor - and thousands of screaming fans to hold a tribute concert to their deceased front man.

Among those to show up and take the stage were Seal (“Who Wants to Live Forever”), Robert Plant (“C...
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Queen To Release Lost Freddie Mercury Duet With Michael Jackson

December 2nd, 2013 9:24am EST
Queen
A batch of Freddie Mercury's lost songs could soon be released.

Brian May and Roger Taylor have confirmed that undiscovered tracks recorded by the Queen frontman, including 1983 collaborations with Michael Jackson, are being finished by the band.

May tells Mojo magazine: "There's more in there than we thought, in the Queen source archive.

"I'm a little nervous of saying there's an album there, but there's certainly a few tracks ... We've found some Freddie vocals, some demos."

The legendary singer and the late King of Pop worked together 30 years ago but failed to release anything after...
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Sacha Baron Cohen Quits Freddie Mercury Biopic

July 23rd, 2013 9:55am EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen has reportedly pulled out of an upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic due to creative differences with Queen.

The British actor purportedly had a falling out with the remaining members of the band about his portrayal of the iconic singer, according to Deadline.com.

Cohen reportedly wanted the film to be a "gritty R-rated tell-all" about Mercury, while Brian May and Roger Taylor wanted the project to focus on the entire band.

The film was originally set to be released in 2012. Last year, May assured fans it would be released in 2014 with Cohen as the star.

Cohen sang in movie...
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Freddie Mercury Smuggled A Cross-Dressing Princess Diana Into Gay Bar

April 1st, 2013 10:27am EDT
Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury once dressed Princess Diana as a man and smuggled her into a gay bar, it has been claimed.

The late Queen rocker and comedian Kenny Everett reportedly gave the British royal - who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 - an army jacket, cap and sunglasses to wear for a night out in South London homosexual haunt the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in the 1980s, according to comedienne Cleo Rocos.

A piece in Cleo's new memoir The Power of Positive Drinking - which is serialized in the Sunday Times newspaper - explains: "Freddie told her we were going to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, a not...
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Friend Will Never Reveal Location Of Freddie Mercury's Ashes

March 31st, 2013 7:07pm EDT
Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury's longtime confidante is adamant she will never confirm the star's final resting place after quashing rumours suggesting his ashes were interred at a London cemetery. 

The Queen frontman's loyal friend and former lover Mary Austin was entrusted with his remains after his death from an AIDS-related illness in 1991, but she has never confirmed where the ashes were scattered. 

Rumors had previously suggested she had picked Zanzibar, the country of Mercury's birth, or Lake Geneva in Switzerland, where he owned an apartment, but the recent discovery of a bronze plaque at a ceme...
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Blake Lively In Talks For Freddie Mercury Movie

March 25th, 2013 12:49pm EDT
Blake Lively
Blake Lively is rumored to be playing Freddie Mercury's former girlfriend Mary Austin in the upcoming biopic about the late Queen singer.

The Gossip Girl actress is expected to play the iconic Queen singer's former girlfriend Mary Austin opposite Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, according to The Sun newspaper.

The couple were inseparable in the early 1970s after being introduced by Queen's guitarist Brian May, until Freddie had an affair with a male American record executive at Elektra Records.

However, they remained close friends until his death in 1991, aged just 45, from a long battle w...
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Sacha Baron Cohen Takes Singing Lessons To Prepare For Freddie Mercury Role

March 25th, 2013 9:02am EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen is reportedly taking singing lessons to prepare himself for his role as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

It isn't the first time the comedian has showed off his vocal skills on the big screen. He also sang in movie musicals "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" and "Les Miserables."

Filming on the untitled biopic is expected to begin this spring, and Cohen is reportedly training with a vocal coach to make sure he can hit the high notes just like the late superstar.
 
A source told British newspaper The Sun, "Sacha is a huge Queen fan and is focused on getting F...
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Brian May Still Searching For Freddie Mercury's Stolen Guitar

September 1st, 2012 2:33pm EDT
CELEBNAME
Brian May has called for the safe return of Freddie Mercury's white Telecaster guitar after recalling it was stolen from Queen's storage facility in a new video DVD compilation.

May and bandmate Roger Taylor offer up audio commentary on new promo package Queen Greatest Video Hits and while chatting about the band's hit "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", May remembers a missing guitar, which Mercury played on the track.

He says, "It disappeared after we stopped touring. Some place out in the world is Freddie's white Tele... It was stolen from our warehouse in the dark years."

And the guita...
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Spice Girls, The Who & More U.K. Acts Close London Olympics

August 13th, 2012 8:42am EDT
Victoria Beckham
Last night's London Olympics closing ceremony included performances by The Who, the reunited Spice Girls, Muse, One Direction and Queen guitarist Brian May.

Composer David Arnold and Kim Gavin's "A Symphony of British Music" extravaganza kicked off with Scottish singer Emeli Sande performing "Read All About It" to a stadium packed with fans.

Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, One Direction and The Kinks frontman Ray Davies also performed before the 10,800 athletes of the Games marched into the arena.

George Michael, the Kaiser Chiefs, Annie Lennox and Fatboy Slim also took the stage, as did Ed ...
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Kate Beckinsale: 'I Would Like To Play Freddie Mercury'

August 2nd, 2012 3:21pm EDT
Kate Beckinsale
Actress Kate Beckinsale has set herself a real movie challenge - she wants to portray Freddie Mercury on film.

The sexy Underworld star has revealed that playing the late Queen frontman is a role she'd relish - and she thinks she'd look good as a man.

She tells WENN, "I would like to play a big concert as Freddie Mercury. I can't sing that great... but I quite fancy having a moustache like that."

"He was such a great showman and I think that would be good - I'd quite like to do that."

The odd casting idea might be some way off, however, because funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen is reported...
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Snoop Lion And 10 Other Celebrity Name Changes

August 1st, 2012 4:07pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg has traded a canine for a feline, claiming he has taken up the moniker Snoop Lion following his conversion to Rastafarian. But he's far from the first celebrity to change his name. Here are our Top 10 Celebrity Name Changes:

Carlos Irwin Estevez - Charlie Sheen. Charlie took the esteemed stage name of his father Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez (Martin Sheen). His brother, Emilio, kept his real name because it sounded better than "Emilio Sheen."

Farrokh Bulsara - Freddie Mercury: You can understand why Queen's lead singer changed his name. After living in Zanzibar, his famil...
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Katy Perry Squelches Rumors She's Set To Play Freddie Mercury's Girlfriend

June 27th, 2012 6:26pm EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry hasn't been asked to play Freddie Mercury's girlfriend in Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming biopic about the flamboyant singer.

Reports suggested Perry was being lined up to play Mary Austen opposite comedian Cohen, who has signed on to play the Queen frontman.

Even though Perry would love to tackle the role, she insists speculation about her involvement in the planned project is premature.

She told Eonline.com, "There's something about the Internet that's sort of funny - it's that nothing is true on there. There's been no formal offer. Although I do like the association and I like...
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Chris Brown's Billboard Performance Is Latest Music Lip-Sync Blunder

May 22nd, 2012 1:07pm EDT
Chris Brown
Chris Brown is taking plenty of heat from fellow musicians for miming a song on stage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. P!nk tweeted about the performance, "one day if i lipsync (sic), i hope i do it as well as him..." But he's far from being the first caught for not providing vocals live.

At the BET awards in 2007, 50 Cent was caught when his track played an instrumental version of his hit Amusement Park. That sounds correct, but apparently 50 Cent thought he wouldn't have to rap that night, so the crowd was treated to the beat without any words... and a wondering, awkward 50 Cent.

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Brian May 'Annoyed' By Tupac Hologram, Different Technology Used For Freddie Mercury Appearance

May 14th, 2012 4:07pm EDT
Brian May of Queen
Brian May has confirmed that Freddie Mercury will return via hologram for a special performance of the Queen musical "We Will Rock You." May also says that he has been working on the idea for quite a while, and was annoyed when Tupac returned to the stage first.

May told BBC he was hoping to surprise the audience with Mercury's arrival, "People will come out saying, 'Did we actually see Freddie?' It's a little unfortunate they did that thing with Tupac as we've been trying to make Freddie appear on the stage for quite a while. (That technique) is something we've looked at ourselves, but I ...
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Queen's Roger Taylor Says He Won't Perform With Freddie Mercury Hologram

May 1st, 2012 8:05am EDT
Roger Taylor
Queen's drummer Roger Taylor has no plans to follow the holographic craze by performing with an image of late singer Freddie Mercury, insisting, "It's the real one or no hologram for me."

Since deceased rapper Tupac Shakur sensationally appeared as a hologram at last month's Coachella festival, there have been reports of other late music stars set to receive the same technological treatment - including TLC star Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes.

However, drummer Taylor isn't resurrecting his flamboyant former frontman, who died in 1991.

Taylor tells Billboard, "I don't think I want to. Were someb...
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Adam Lambert To Join Queen On Tour

February 3rd, 2012 8:30am EST
Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert has confirmed he is set to join Queen as the band's new frontman for a tour this summer.

The star was joined by original group members Brian May and Roger Taylor during his final performance on 2009's American Idol, and the trio teamed up once more at the MTV European Music Awards in November .

The collaborations led to speculation that Lambert would be stepping in to take the place of late singer Freddie Mercury in an upcoming trek, and Taylor fuelled the reports, saying in December, "He has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice... We would like to ...
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Happy 40th Birthday, Sacha Baron Cohen!

October 13th, 2011 8:53am EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen
British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has every reason to celebrate on Thursday - he turns 40.

The funnyman is famous for creating comedy characters Ali G, Borat, and Bruno - and between his alter-egos he's pulled pranks on stars including David Beckham, Eminem and Paula Abdul.

Cohen, who's married to actress Isla Fisher, keeps his personal life private, but there's no hiding his big day.

To mark Cohen's 40th, WENN has compiled 10 fascinating facts about the star. Happy birthday, Sacha!

- Born in London in 1971, Cohen was raised in a Jewish family and attended the U.K.'s prestigious Univer...
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Lady Gaga In Talks To Become New Singer Of Queen?

October 6th, 2011 8:32am EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is in talks with Queen guitarist Brian May to take over as the band's new lead singer.

Original frontman Freddie Mercury died in 1991 and Paul Rodgers took on vocal duties for the group for five years from 2004. The collaboration ended in 2009 and now the rockers are looking for another singer to complete their line-up so they can go back on the road.

May is hoping Gaga, whose stage name is inspired by their hit song Radio Ga Ga, will accept an offer to sing for them.

He tells Britain's Daily Express, "We talk about going out on the road all the time but there's a bit of a s...
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Queen Honored With Icon Award At BMI Awards

October 5th, 2011 8:49am EDT
Queen
British rockers Queen were honored with the coveted Icon Award at the BMI Awards in London on Tuesday night.

Bandmembers Brian May and Roger Taylor were on hand to collect the trophy at the event, held at the Dorchester Hotel, which celebrates U.K. musicians whose songs have been performed in America over the last year.

The honor comes within weeks of what would have been late frontman Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday last month, while the group also celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

May tells BBC 6 Music, "I'm very, very happy. It means a lot I think especially because it is ...
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Freddie Mercury To Be Honored At 2011 Asian Awards

October 3rd, 2011 8:25am EDT
Freddie Mercury
Late pop icon Freddie Mercury is to be honored at this year's Asian Awards with a special tribute to his life.

The Queen rocker, who died of Aids-related pneumonia in 1991, would have turned 65 last month.

And to mark the occasion, heads at the prize giving are planning to celebrate Mercury's achievements at the ceremony at the Grosvenor House in London on October 18th.

The singer's pal and bandmate Brian May will attend the special event, which honors the achievements of individuals born in or with family originating from parts of Asia.

Mercury, real name Farrokh Bulsara, was Parsi...
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Queen's Classic Wembley Stadium Show Streams Via YouTube To Mark Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday (Watch It Here!)

September 5th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Freddie Mercury
The Official Queen YouTube Channel is help raising awareness for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity set up in late Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury's name back in 1992 to help raise money for the fight against HIV/AIDS around the world. September 5, 2011 marks what would have been Freddie's 65th birthday and the Freddie For a Day campaign is a way to honor the singer; whose untimely death rocked the world; and raise awareness for the global cause.

According to the Freddie For a Day website, the idea came from Mercury Phoenix Trust & London banker Liz Swanton, who decided to dress like F...
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Adam Levine Compares Himself To Sexually Questionable Bowie, Jagger & Mercury

August 16th, 2011 8:40am EDT
Adam Levine
Adam Levine recently talked about ongoing rumors suggesting he's gay.

He explained, "There's no way to hide my straightness, but if people didn't think there was a small chance I was gay, then I wouldn't be doing my job very well.

"Look at the best ones, guys whose sexuality was always questioned - Bowie, Jagger, Freddie Mercury. I wouldn't be the frontman of a band if that question hadn't come up at some point."
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Queen To Mark Freddie Mercury's Birthday With Classic Albums Release

July 30th, 2011 12:58pm EDT
Freddie Mercury
Rock legends Queen are planning to re-issue new versions of the band's last five studio albums later this year to mark late frontman Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday.

The legendary singer would have turned the milestone on September 5th, and his band mates will mark the special day by giving fans the chance to collect the re-issued records.

The Works, A Kind of Magic, The Miracle, Innuendo and Made in Heaven will all be re-issued.

The new releases will also mark the band's 40th anniversary.
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Michael Jackson Voted 'The Greatest Singer Of All Time'

June 22nd, 2011 11:00am EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson has been named the "Greatest Singer Of All Time" in a new poll, just days ahead of the second anniversary of his death.

The "Thriller" hitmaker passed away on June 25, 2009, after suffering a cardiac arrest brought on by an overdose of anaesthetic Propofol, and fans have honored the late star by voting him into top place in a new NME.com poll.

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury came a close second, while Elvis Presley placed third.

Guns N' Roses star Axl Rose came in fourth and John Lennon rounded out the top five.

David Bowie, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and...
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'The Voice' Judges To Team Up For Queen Medley

June 7th, 2011 8:55am EDT
The Voice
Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will show the contestants on their talent show The Voice how to rock out by teaming up for a special medley of Queen's greatest hits.

The four superstars sit on the judging panel of the hit TV contest, offering wannabes coaching and advice on how to improve their performances.

The competition's first live episodes will kick off later this month, and the quartet will channel rock legend Freddie Mercury for a special performance to mark the occasion.

A statement from NBC executive Paul Telegedy says, "Kicking off the debut ...
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Brian May 'Very Excited' About Freddie Mercury Movie

January 12th, 2011 7:53am EST
Queen
Queen star Brian May has thrown his support behind an upcoming biopic of his late bandmate Freddie Mercury, insisting he's "very excited" to see Sacha Baron Cohen tackle the role.

It was announced last year that the British funnyman will portray the tragic rock icon in a new movie, penned by acclaimed screenwriter Peter Morgan.

May has now confirmed work has commenced on the film, which will begin shooting later this year ahead of a planned 2012 release.

A message from May posted on Queen's official website reads, "Work is now fully under way for the much-vaunted feature film on the life...
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Axl Rose Named Best Frontman Of All Time

December 30th, 2010 11:00am EST
Guns N' Roses
Rocker Axl Rose has been voted the best frontman of all time, ahead of stars including Freddie Mercury and John Lennon.

The Guns N' Roses singer gained the most votes to take the top spot in a Musicradar.com poll, fighting off competition from Queen star Mercury, who landed in second place.

Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant came in third place, while Ronnie James Dio - who passed away earlier this year - claimed the fourth spot as the frontman of Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Beatles legend Lennon rounded out the top five.

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Kurt C...
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Sacha Baron Cohen To Play Freddie Mercury

September 17th, 2010 8:21am EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen
British funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen has signed a deal to rock cinema audiences as Queen legend Freddie Mercury.

The outrageous "Bruno" star is to portray one of rock's most flamboyant characters in a film about the "Radio Gaga" hitmaker's rise to the top of the world's charts.

The film will reportedly lead up to Mercury's show-stopping appearance at Live Aid in 1985.

According to TheWrap.com, the project will be produced by Robert De Niro's company Tribeca Productions and is set to start shooting next year.

Mercury died from AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia in 1991.
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Adam Lambert Praises Freddie Mercury, Says Music Today Lacks Flamboyant Male Showmanship

August 31st, 2010 11:21am EDT
Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert gave praise and tribute to late singer Freddie Mercury in an interview with NPR's Morning Edition. In the interview, Lambert suggests that male music acts of today are lacking in showmanship. "There's definitely something missing in today's music, in the scene," Lambert says in the article. "We don't have a lot of men onstage doing flamboyant or theatrical. We have a lot of female pop stars doing it, but where are the guys, you know — where's that classic rock — or pop — showman?"

Lambert also went on to say more good things about Mercury and his abilities as a rocker. "Freddi...
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