Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson Duet Tracks Coming This Fall

Around three 1983 collaboration songs to drop in two months.

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Duet tracks of the two arguably greatest performers of all time, King of Pop Michael Jackson and iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, are officially set to drop earlier this fall.

According to the Times report (via NME), around three songs the duo recorded in 1983 will be released in approximately two months.

Jackson and Mercury made a collaboration three decades ago in California but couldn't see the project through due to a lack of time. Tensions between the two was also present, primarily due to King of Pop's eccentric recording habits.

As Queen manager Jim "Miami" Beach revealed, Jackson once brought a llama into the recording studio, baffling the Queen singer. "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,'" Beach said.

Considering the talent and superstardom status of the two singers, the duets were already met with excitement and enthusiasm from fans and the music world in global.

In related news, actor Sacha Baron Cohen recently quit Freddie Mercury biopic, leaving the project without its driving force. The "Borat" star was reportedly unhappy after a series of disagreements with the band over the film's storyline, causing him to scrap the project.

As Deadline report indicates, "the band wanted to make more of a PG movie about Queen while Cohen was counting on a gritty R-rated tell-all centered around the gifted gay singer."

19 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Michael Jackson brought a llama into the studio? Is this some kind of secret recording technique?
    Now this has to be good. Two of the best vocalists ever.
    "Jackson and May made a collaboration three decades ago..." Seriously UG... Brian May isn't even present in the entire article.
    I'm afraid it had been stored away all these years because it was not any good but you never know with artist, what they feel like is junk is another man's treasure. Hopefully this becomes a hidden treasure gone public.
    Way Cool JR.
    I remember Freddie talking about this once in an interview. It was funny as hell how he was talking about being freaked out about the Llama in the studio.
    Freddie Mercury's solo version of "There Must Be More To Life Than This" is pretty great, but the demo (sung by Michael Jackson) is only okay at best. At least the leaked one, that is. I suppose there could be another take or two floating around that we haven't heard... On the other hand, I'm rather fond of their demo version of "State of Shock" and have always thought it could be a pretty special bit of pop magic with a little more work.