Queen is working with William Orbit on a new album featuring previously unreleased vocals by the late Freddie Mercury. The in-demand producer, who has previously worked with Madonna, Britney Spears and Blur, confirmed the news via Twitter.
The record, to be called ‘Queen Forever,’ is the second posthumous Mercury-related project put together by May and Roger Taylor, and will include some long-discussed early ’80s-era duets between Mercury and Michael Jackson. According to NME, Queen Forever is expected to be released in time for the holidays.
Mercury and Jackson collaborated on a trio of unreleased songs during the sessions for 19822 s Thriller, but none of the original demos were ever completed. Victory and State of Shock‘ were subsequently recorded, the latter with Mick Jagger, for a 1984 album by the Jacksons. ‘There Must Be More to Life Than This’ was redone by Mercury for his 1985 solo disc ‘Mr. Bad Guy.’
Unreleased Mercury vocals were also used to produce the 1995 release ‘Made in Heaven,’ the last Queen album to feature original bassist John Deacon. May earlier hinted that new material with Lambert might also find its way onto this forthcoming release.
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