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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...

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...

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."

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.

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 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...

'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 ...

Brian May 'Very Excited' About Freddie Mercury Movie

January 12th, 2011 7:53am EST
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...

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 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...

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, 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.

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...

Judy Garland Is Top Gay Icon Of All Time

December 10th, 2009 9:28am EST
Judy Garland Is Top Gay Icon Of All Time
Movie legend Judy Garland has been named the top female gay icon of all time in a new online poll. The late Hollywood star was voted above celebrities including Kylie Minogue and Madonna, who were named second and third respectively, and another film icon, Marilyn Monroe, who came in sixth place.

Meanwhile Elton John was awarded the title for the top male gay icon in the survey by

The Rocket Man was placed above late Queen star Freddie Mercury, British actor Stephen Fry, and Faith hit-maker George Michael, as well as playwright Oscar Wilde, who rounded out the top five....

Review: The Killers 'Live From Royal Albert Hall'

November 11th, 2009 11:30am EST
The Killers-Live From Royal Albert Hall
The Killers put on one heck of a live show each and every time that they go out on stage and perform. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to see them up close and live will likely attest to the fact that The Killers as a whole are stunning, breathtaking and appear to be possessed by the spirit that is their music into putting out the absolute best show possible for their fans. Their live sound makes one realize that they are the real deal and not some band that is all studio magic.

After having spectacular high-def runs in theaters in N.Y.C. and L.A. The Killers are releasing their ...

Mika's Sophomore Album, 'The Boy Who Knew Too Much', Due Sept. 22

August 23rd, 2009 9:00am EDT
Mika New Album new CD The Boy Who Knew Too Much
Multi-platinum recording artist Mika will release his sophomore album, "The Boy Who Knew Too Much", on September 22nd via Casablanca/Universal Republic Records. Produced by Mika and Greg Wells (Katy Perry, P!nk), this record is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2007's Life in Cartoon Motion, which sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The new album features guest contributions by Imogen Heap and Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett, and contains brilliant first single, "We Are Golden," which was unveiled with an exclusive first play on England's Radio 1 on July 20th. A video for the track, hel...

Reason Number 874 To Be Excited For 'Glee:' Sampling Queen

July 22nd, 2009 10:55am EDT
As if we weren't already counting down the days until the return of Fox's "Glee," there's now a new promo for the show. While May's pilot episode featured a show tune version of Amy Winehouse's song "Rehab," this clip uses the same let's-sing-popular-new-songs-to-make-choir-look-cool formula by using Kanye West's "Golddigger."

The source of our excitement, and, well, glee, however comes from the inclusion of Queen's "Somebody To Love"...a song that has long deserved the musical treatment. Ranking among our favorite bands and songs of all time, Freddie Mercury's voice and music is so the...

Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

July 1st, 2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...

Did Kris Allen Win 'American Idol' Because Of His Looks?

May 21st, 2009 9:11am EDT
Kris Allen
Who says looks don't get you far? Certainly no one who watched last night as Kris Allen took the coveted title of American Idol Season 8 winner. After the announcement, he seemed as shocked as we all were and was left with very little to say.

How is it that Kris Allen was able to take home the grand prize when Lambert is clearly the stronger, more artistic and original singer? Well, Allen is simply more likable. Perhaps because of his looks or perhaps because he is the boy next door. As Lambert was by far the most original, "out of the box" contestant the show has ever seen, All...

Paul Rodgers No Longer A Servant To Queen

May 13th, 2009 3:06pm EDT
Paul Rodgers
Paul Rodgers will no longer be kneeling before Queen - he has quit the rock super-group to concentrate on reforming Bad Company.

Rodgers recently toured with Queen founders Brian May and Roger Taylor and fronted the group on its first release of new material since the death of Freddie Mercury. Fans hope that Queen + Paul Rodgers would become a permanent fixture, but the singer insists his collaboration with May and Taylor was never meant to be forever.

And, as he plans for dates with his old band Bad Company, Rodgers tells, "At this point we're gonna sit back from ...

'American Idol' Banter: Handicapping The Top 3

May 8th, 2009 10:19am EDT
American Idol
For those of you who remember my infamous predictions from the Top 13, I beg your forgiveness. For those of you who don't remember or didn't bother reading, let's just move on. On the bright side, at least I had Adam Lambert in the Top 3!

This time around, I'd like to do it differently. Instead of simply picking who I think will finish first, second, and third, I'm going to list five reasons why each of the remaining three contestants can walk away as the next "American Idol." Yeah, that's right, I'm implying that Adam isn't a lock, regardless of whom he faces in the finals.

If he...

Johnny Depp Tops Dinner Date List

March 26th, 2009 11:53am EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is the star most women would love to share a candlelit dinner with.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean actor was first choice in a poll to find the most popular celebrity dates, with women choosing him as their favorite fantasy companion - beating heart-throb George Clooney into second place.

Girls Aloud beauty Cheryl Cole was top amongst the males polled, with Jennifer Aniston and British model Kelly Brook also proving popular.

The survey, for environmental charity WWF, also found that Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury and Marilyn Monroe were the three late celebrities th...

Songs We Never Want To Hear Again On 'American Idol'

January 27th, 2009 10:04am EST
American Idol
With the countless amounts of songs floating around out there, and with more and more artists allowing American Idol to use their music, why are some of the show's contestants content to trot out the same old songs that have already been done to death? And why do some Idol hopefuls insist on choosing songs that are all wrong for their vocal range or style?

According to the judges, song selection is half the battle. You could have the voice of an angel, but if you're treating Simon and the gang to "Unbreak My Heart" for the millionth time, chances are they won't be jumping out of their...

Robert Plant Named Greatest Voice In Rock

January 3rd, 2009 2:00pm EST
Robert Plant
Former Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant has picked up his second major award of the new year after he was named the Greatest Voice in Rock in an online radio network poll.

Plant, who was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's New Year's Honors list for his services to music and the entertainment industry, has topped Planet Rock's new The Greatest Voice in Rock Top 40 ahead of Freddie Mercury and Mercury's Queen replacement Paul Rodgers.

The only woman to make the new list is Janis Joplin.

The top 10 are:

1. Robert Plant

2. Freddie Mercury


Brian May: 'I Didn't Know Mercury Was Gay'

December 19th, 2008 8:18am EST
Gay-dar jammed?
Queen star Brian May did not realize his band mate Freddie Mercury was gay for years - because the flamboyant star had a string of girlfriends.

The pair were close during the early days of the band, but the legendary guitarist insists he had no inclination of Mercury's homosexuality.

He tells Britain's Daily Express, "No, I didn't know. I don't think even he was fully cognizant in the beginning. You're talking to someone who shared rooms with Fred on the first couple of tours, so I knew him pretty well. I knew a lot of his girlfriends and he certainly didn't have boyfriends, tha...

Katy Perry Looked Up To Freddie Mercury

September 26th, 2008 9:48am EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry owes her success to Freddie Mercury - because he inspired her to become a star.

The I Kissed A Girl hit-maker looked up to Mercury - who died in 1991 - from a young age and cites his no-nonsense attitude as a big influence.

Perry says, "Freddie Mercury from Queen was - and remains - my biggest influence. The combination of his sarcastic approach to writing lyrics and his 'I don't give a f**k' attitude really inspired my music."

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No More Elgin Lumpkin Or Georgios Panayioutous: Celebrities Who Changed Their Names

July 21st, 2008 10:43am EDT
Marilyn Monroe was originally christened Norma Jean. Archibald Leach opted for the more debonair nom de guerre Cary Grant. At the age of 10, musical prodigy Steveland Morris was dubbed (by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.) "Little Stevie Wonder." These aren't the only celebrities who bid farewell to the names bestowed upon them in infancy; among those in the public eye, adopting a more star-worthy moniker seems to be the rule, not the exception.

Stage Names

Where stage names are concerned, some stars keep it succinct. Musicians Cher and Seal shortened their names from Cherilyn and ...

Book To Reveal Embarrassing Celebrity Behavior

April 17th, 2008 8:52am EDT
Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Freddie Mercury and Keith Richards are among a long list of stars whose bizarre behavior features in upcoming tell-all book "Rock Star Babylon."

The book, slated for release in July, recounts some of the stars' most embarrassing moments - compiled by author Jon Holmes. A publishing insider calls the book a "take-no-prisoners tell-all."

He tells The National Enquirer, "Holmes writes that rap honcho Sean Combs dropped his nickname 'Puff Daddy' because he was sick of the snickers he received - the Brits consider 'puff' a term for homosexual.

"Freddie (Merc...

Notes & Quotes

February 16th, 2008 8:00am EST
Beyonce Knowles
"You can't compare my legs to Tina's. She has the legs!" Beyonce Knowles insists her Grammy Awards duet partner Tina Turner has better legs than she does.

"Lemonade. That's something I never really cared about before. I drank a lot of coffee and have replaced that with lemonade." Pregnant Jessica Alba is craving the soft drink.

"Yesterday we had Led Zeppelin blaring through the house. Most new moms play Beethoven, but we're playing Metallica, Bob Marley, The (Rolling) Stones." Christina Aguilera and her husband Jordan Bratman are serenading their four-week-old baby MAX with rock ...

'Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann' Recap: Live Television Can Be Harsh

January 22nd, 2008 8:30am EST
Carrie Ann
It's another dose of "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann," and this episode went down as smoothly as chunky peanut butter on dry toast topped with Bubblelicious gum.

Reflecting on song choices last week, I lamented the lack of songs from the new millennium, and I think the producers heard me on this one. Wait, what was that? The Spice Girls' "Spice Up Your Life" came out in 1997? Scratch that. Let me make a Dionne Warwick psychic prediction. Next week's opening song and dance number will most likely be "Tubthumping" by Chumbawumba, with a special appearance by The Cranberries. Lo...

Pop-Rock Dynamo Katy Perry Signs With Capitol; To Release Debut In Spring

January 10th, 2008 8:00pm EST
Katy Perry
Capitol Music Group will release a digital EP from pop-rock songstress Katy Perry - entitled Ur So Gay - through iTunes and other online retailers on November 20th, 2007.

The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has been wowing crowds with her catchy songs and larger-than-life charisma at recent shows with Yellowcard, Mika, and the Starting Line, while everyone from Blender Magazine to online bloggers have been singing her praises.

The Ur So Gay EP includes the title track, a hilarious kiss-off to an ex-boyfriend; a club remix of the song by DJ/producer Junior Sanchez (Madonna, Sh...

Queen Release Aids Charity Single

November 29th, 2007 12:07pm EST
British rockers Queen are to release a free song download to raise awareness of World AIDS Day - 17 years after frontman Freddie Mercury died from the illness. The We Will Rock You hitmakers - ambassadors to Nelson Mandela's global 46664 HIV/AIDS initiative - will release Say It's Not True to coincide with the day itself, this weekend.

The track, written by drummer Roger Taylor in 2003 and featuring former Free vocalist Paul Rodgers, deals directly with the disease.

Taylor says, "By making the song available for free we hope to help Nelson Mandela with his campaign to get across t...

System Of A Down's Serj Tankian Talks About Politics, The Record Industry And His Solo Debut

October 22nd, 2007 12:24pm EDT
Serj Tankian
With his debut solo album Elect the Dead, System of a Down front man Serj Tankian delivers a record that's certain to satisfy old fans and win plenty of new ones. It rocks, it inspires, and it pushes the boundaries of what we've come to expect from one of music's most talented and dynamic vocalists. caught up with Serj days before the album's October 23rd release date to discuss the current state of American politics and the role it plays in his music, his plans for the future, and making songs that'll cause a person to explode out of their rectum.

You put out a gre...

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