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The 25 Best Posthumous Albums Ever

May 26th, 2014 9:00am EDT
Notorious BIG
Just because an artist dies doesn't mean their music has to. These posthumous albums prove some musicians continue to have a lasting effect long after they're gone. In no particular order, here are the 25 Best Postumous Albums Ever.

Notorious BIG - Life After Death
This ironically-titled album was the first posthumous work to score two #1 singles on Billboard. It was released only a few weeks after the rapper was killed in drive-by shooting. Mo Money Mo Problems and Hypnotize helped BIG break into popular music and introduced the world to Sean Combs.

Jimi Hendrix - The Cry of ...
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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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Adam Lambert & Queen To Tour North America

March 6th, 2014 9:00pm EST
Adam Lambert & Queen To Tour North America
Queen and former "American Idol" star Adam Lambert will reunite for a summer tour of North America. The singer and the band have played on and off together since 2012, performing in the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Russia, Poland and at a music festival in Las Vegas in September.

Lambert told "Good Morning America" on Thursday: "To get to be on stage with these two amazing rock royalty members... Honestly, Queen is one of the quintessential rock bands of all time...They have influenced bands for years to come."

Drummer Roger Taylor commented, "We feel that Adam is one of the few singers that ...
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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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DVD Review: Queen - 'Queen On Fire: Live At The Bowl'

August 15th, 2013 3:23am EDT
Queen
Anytime you can take Queen, and not just any Queen, the 1982 near-unstoppable version of the legendary rock outfit, and put them in a place like the Milton Keynes Bowl in front of 65,000 fans, you know it is going to be something special. Enter Queen On Fire: Live at the Bowl.

Queen On Fire: Live at the Bowl, a glorious concert partially broadcast at one point in time on the BBC, captures the band in all of their reverent splendor, with the long missed pomp and circumstance of Freddie Mercury front and center. This DVD offering is a haul, as it presents the entire concert from June 5, 1982...
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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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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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Queen To Be Honored With London Concert Plaque

February 21st, 2013 4:24pm EST
Queen
Rock icons Queen are to be honored with a special commemorative plaque at the venue where they played their first concert in London.

Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor will be at Imperial College on March 5th to receive the PRS for Music Heritage Award in honor of the concert they played there at the start of their careers on July 18th, 1970.

May says, "The first proper gig we did was at Imperial College in the Union Hall. I remember it very distinctly because I'd seen all sorts of people playing in there. I'd been part of the Entertainment Committee and we booked a group every Satu...
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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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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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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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Queen And 'The Avengers' Assemble To Headline Closing Weekend At Tribeca

April 27th, 2012 12:26pm EDT
Queen: Days of Our Lives
The Tribeca Film Festival closes this weekend with a duo of powerhouse flicks that are certain to be all the talk Monday morning. The festivities kick off tonight at 9:30pm with the mother of all rockumentaries, Queen: Days of Our Lives. Legendary guitarist Brian May is scheduled to make an appearance on the red carpet. (BMCC, 9:30pm)

The big show will come Saturday night with the premiere of The Avengers. There has already been so much awesome buzz about this film that Tribeca curiously held many of the available presale tickets. Rush tonight if you can, but you’ll want ...
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Adam Lambert To Join Queen For Two London Shows

April 9th, 2012 10:42pm EDT
Adam Lambert
Queen stars Roger Taylor and Brian May have lined up two London dates with American Idol star Adam Lambert for fans who were hoping to see the new band live at the newly-canceled Sonisphere Festival.

The Queen stars recruited Lambert to belt out Freddie Mercury's hits at the British summer festival, but when it was scrapped last month, the duo scrambled to find a fitting London venue to stage an alternative.

Now drummer Taylor has revealed he'll be playing two concerts at the Hammersmith Odeon with May and Lambert in early July.

The duo performed Queen songs with the American star during...
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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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Adam Lambert In Talks To Become New Lead Singer Of Queen

December 8th, 2011 4:20pm EST
Adam Lambert
Queen stars Roger Taylor and Brian May are in talks with American Idol star Adam Lambert about becoming the rock supergroup's new frontman.

The rockers teamed up with Lambert for the 2009 American Idol finale and again at the MTV Europe Awards last month, where the trio performed a stirring medley rendition of Queen hits The Show Must Go On, We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, and drummer Taylor admits he's a big fan of the gay star.

He tells Billboard.com, "He has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that's great. We would like to work with ...
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Jeff Beck, Foo Fighters & Manic Street Preachers Lead Classic Rock Awards

November 10th, 2011 11:00am EST
Jeff Beck
Guitar great Jeff Beck, the Foo Fighters and the Manic Street Preachers were among the big winners at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor Awards in London on Wednesday night.

Dave Grohl's group walked away with the Band of the Year trophy, while the Manic Street Preachers were handed the Classic Songwriters prize at the ceremony, held at the English capital's Roundhouse venue.

Jeff Beck's lifetime achievements were recognized as he collected the Living Legend Award, following in the footsteps of previous recipients like Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop.

Elsewhere at the prizegiving, w...
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Will Ferrell Drops Mark Twain Award At Ceremony

October 24th, 2011 12:51pm EDT
Will Ferrell
Clumsy Will Ferrell was left red-faced after collecting the coveted Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday night - he broke the award by accidentally dropping it.

Ferrell received the honor during a star-studded gala at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and Jack Black opened the show with a song and dance number dedicated to his pal.

The School of Rock star led the crowd in a rendition of Queen's We Will Rock You, changing the words to "Will, Will, Will, will rock you," before adding, "Will Ferrell, did you notice how I changed it from We Will Rock You?.....
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Adele Scores Two Q Awards

October 24th, 2011 11:35am EDT
Adele
Singer Adele celebrated a double delight on Monday when she won two top honors at Q magazine's music awards ceremony.

The soul star was named Best Female Artist and also scooped the Best Song of the year award for her track Rolling in the Deep.

Rapper Tinie Tempah won the Best Male Artist prize, Coldplay took home the best act in the world today honor, and Bon Iver won Best Album for his self-titled disc.

Price Tag hit-maker Jessie J won Best Video for her Do It Like a Dude promo, Biffy Clyro landed the Best Live Act honor, and U2 were named the best band of the last 25 years.

Noel ...
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Paul Rodgers Open To Reunion With Queen For London Olympics

October 20th, 2011 9:41pm EDT
Paul Rodgers
Rocker Paul Rodgers has given Queen fans hope he'll reteam with Brian May and Roger Taylor for a spectacular to open the Summer Olympics in London next year by revealing he's open to the idea.

The former Free and Bad Company singer, who fronted the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour from 2005 to 2009, insists he hasn't heard from May and Taylor about a much-publicized and hoped for reunion - but he wouldn't say no.

He tells Billboard.com, "No one's actually approached me yet, but I would be open to something like that, I must say.

"I think we did fantastically well. We were up against potential d...
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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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Queen's 'We Are The Champions' Named Catchiest Tune

October 3rd, 2011 8:54am EDT
Queen
Queen's rock anthem "We Are The Champions" has been named the catchiest song of all time in a new scientific survey.

Musicologists at Goldsmiths University in England spent months researching what makes a song memorable and they have determined the Queen song beats "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People as the most easily memorized tune.

Sum 41's "Fat Lip," "The Final Countdown" by Europe and The Automatic's "Monster" also made the top five.
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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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'Rolling Stone' Readers List The 10 Worst Songs Of The 1990s

September 2nd, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Aqua
Rolling Stone recently tasked their readers with voting on the worst songs of the 1990s - there were plenty to choose from. At least no one had really mastered the use of Auto-Tune yet. Here are the Top (bottom?) 10 worst songs of the 1990s:

10. 4 Non Blondes, "What's Up?" - Lead singer Linda Perry would later write songs for P!nk and Christina Aguilera.

9. Right Said Fred, 'I'm Too Sexy' - The 90s was the decade of supermodels. Right Said Fred wanted to cash in, but instead created a theme song for the models they tried to make fun of.

8. Baha Men, 'Who Let the Dogs Out?' - If you atte...
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Queen's Brian May Joins My Chemical Romance On Stage At Reading Festival

August 28th, 2011 10:00pm EDT
Brian May
Queen star Brian May thrilled revellers at Britain's Reading Festival on Friday when he joined rockers My Chemical Romance onstage during their headlining set.

The "Welcome to the Black Parade" hitmakers closed the first day of the weekend event, and they invited the guitarist to perform with them for the final 10 minutes of their show.

Frontman Gerard Way introduced May by telling the crowd, "Ladies and gentleman, Brian f**king May", before the Queen star joined the band for several tracks, including a rendition of "We Will Rock You."

The three-day Reading and Leeds twin festivals also ...
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