Queen confirm new album of unreleased Freddie Mercury songs

Michael Jackson duet may feature on latest posthumous project

Queen confirm new album of unreleased Freddie Mercury songs

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Queen guitarist Brian May has confirmed the band will release an album before the end of 2014 which will feature unreleased vocals by Freddie Mercury.

May said the album is likely to be titled 'Queen Forever', adding that Mercury's vocals date back to the 1980s. He explained that he and drummer Roger Taylor recently recorded instrumental tracks for the songs, based on the original "scraps" of unreleased music.

"We had to start from scratch," May told BBC Radio Wales. "Knowing how it would have happened if we'd finished the songs, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology. It's quite emotional. It's the big, big Queen ballads and the big, big epic sound."

The album may feature a previously-unheard duet with Michael Jackson, recorded in 1983, which Taylor revealed in March existed in the Queen vaults. The song didn't feature on Jackson's own recently-released posthumous album of unreleased tracks, 'Xscape'.

Since Mercury's death in 1991, Queen have released one album of recordings, 1995's 'Made In Heaven'. That featured original Queen bassist John Deacon, but he hasn't recorded any music for the new album.

Queen tour North America in June with Adam Lambert, the singer who has been Mercury's replacement since 2012.

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