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Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury always made Queen his principal creative focus, releasing only a few stand-alone singles, one solo album and a duet project with operatic soprano Montserrat Caballe before his 1991 death from AIDS complications. In fact, Mercury returned to complete a Queen album during the sessions for his 1985 debut ‘Mr. Bad Guy,’ releasing a No. 10 U.K. solo hit with 1984′s “Love Kills” in the meantime. But when it finally appeared, ‘Mr. Bad Guy’ became a U.K. Top 10 hit as well, producing a single in “I Was Born to Love You” that also went to No. 11 overseas. ‘Barcelona,’ recorded in 1988 with Caballe, grew out of a song project Mercury undertook after Barcelona was selected to host the 1992 Summer Olympics. That initial Caballe duet eventually evolved into a full-length studio project. Since his sad passing, Mercury’s solo debut has proven to be a treasure trove for posthumous Queen releases. Two tracks were later updated by Queen’s remaining members for 1995′s ‘Made in Heaven.’ A discarded collaboration with Michael Jackson from the ‘Mr. Bad Guy’ sessions ended up on 2014′s ‘Queen Forever,’ as did the single “Love Kills.”

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30 Years Ago: Freddie Mercury Releases His Solo Debut, ‘Mr. Bad Guy’

Freddie Mercury's debut was the perfect solo album, in that it became a outlet for his inclination toward non-rock music away from Queen and never threatened his group's integrity.

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UPDATED: Sacha Baron Cohen NOT Rejoining Freddie Mercury Biopic

After a two-year absence, Sacha Baron Cohen has rejoined the Freddie Mercury biopic.

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25 Years Ago: Freddie Mercury Makes His Final Public Appearance

The 11th Brit Awards, held on Feb. 18, 1990, offered a moment of public triumph for the members of Queen.

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Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

Brian May Says Adam Lambert Reaches Vocal Heights Freddie Mercury Never Could

Most classic-rock stars might shy away from directly comparing their newest singer with the career-making frontman he replaced.

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23 Years Ago: Freddie Mercury Dies

Freddie Mercury was the face of Queen's wildly popular mixture of hard rock, pop, cabaret, glam and opera in the '70s, before becoming one the the AIDS virus' most well-known casualties in the '90s.

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About That Time Wolverine Could Have Met Freddie Mercury

Comics artist Steve Bunche posted unpublished panels that depict Wolverine meeting Freddie Mercury.

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Queen Releases Unheard Freddie Mercury-era Song for Charity

Queen has issued a previously unreleased track called 'Let Me In Your Heart Again' exclusively for the (Coca-Cola) RED campaign, which benefits the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

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Queen Waiting For Clearance From Michael Jackson’s Estate On Unreleased Freddie Mercury Duets

Roger Taylor says he's still waiting to get approval from Michael Jackson's estate on the unreleased Jackson-Freddie Mercury duets.

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Zanzibar Relies on Freddie Mercury Tourism, While Condemning His Lifestyle

Zanzibar has built a cottage industry out of the late Freddie Mercury, in direct contrast to its stance against homosexuality.

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Queen Surprise Fans with First-Ever Live Performance of Freddie Mercury’s ‘Love Kills’

Queen took the stage in Southern California on June 16, delivering a warmup show to 400 fortunate fans that included the first-ever live performance of the Freddie Mercury solo track 'Love Kills.'

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