Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duets to be released this autumn

Queen's Brian May confirms that the tracks recorded 30 years ago will be available soon

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A number of duets recorded by Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson are to be released for the first time later this year.

The Times reports that around three tracks the pair recorded in 1983 will be made available to fans with Queen guitarist Brian May quoted as saying there will be, "something for folks to hear" in two months time. Mercury and Jackson worked together 30 years ago in California but failed to release anything substantial as they could not secure time to record further tracks.

Revealing some tension between Jackson and Mercury, Jim 'Miami' Beach, a lawyer who became Queen's manager, said that the pair fell out when Jackson brought a llama into the studio: "Mercury rang me and said: 'Miami, dear, can you get over here? You've got to get me out of here, I'm recording with a llama.'"

Meanwhile, actor Sacha Baron Cohen recently pulled out of the lead role in the forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic. The Borat star has been attached to star as Mercury since September 2010, but new reports suggest that he's now pulled out of the project because he and Queen, who have script and director approval, can't agree on the type of movie they want to make.

Meanwhile, Michael Jackson's mother Katherine recently gave a tearful speech while testifying in her multi-million dollar lawsuit against concert promoters AEG Live, who she believes are guilty of causing the death of Jackson in 2009.

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