Fans of Michael Jackson and Queen have another posthumous release to celebrate.
The Times of London announced that three duets featuring the King of Pop and Queen’s flamboyant frontman, Freddie Mercury, will be released later this year. The demos were recorded at Jackson’s home studio back in 1983, but due to the singers’ conflicting schedules a larger album was never created. The songs are entitled “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” “State of Shock” and “Victory.”
Versions of the songs have been leaked onto the internet over the years, but Queen’s guitarist Brian May confirms with Rolling Stone that this isn’t just a rumor. Indeed, according to British news reports, May and drummer Roger Taylor are working on the release. Music producer William Orbit, who has worked with Madonna, among other A-listers, is helping revive the decades-old recordings.
For those who aren’t familiar with Mercury or the British rock band Queen, they were famous for numerous hits including “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” — both of which are often played at modern sporting events — as well as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which got a second life after being used in the Wayne’s World movie. Mercury died at age 45 in 1991, a day after he publicly announced he was HIV-positive.
Jackson, whose Thriller album is the best-selling album of all time, died at age 50 in 2009 from an overdose of a surgical anesthetic administered by a physician. That doctor who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Check out two of the leaked versions from years ago. These are most likely being cleaned up and enhanced for the actual release.