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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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Freddie Mercury Scientifically Proven to Be Awesome

Science just confirmed something Queen fans have known for years: Freddie Mercury was an incredible singer.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Expands on Reasons for Leaving Freddie Mercury Biopic

The actor goes into more details on the creative differences that caused him to quit the movie about the late Queen singer a few years ago.

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The Story of Freddie Mercury’s 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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25 Years Ago: Freddie Mercury Stares Down His Mortality With Queen’s ‘Innuendo’

Throughout 1989 and 1990, Queen toiled away on their 14th studio album while fans eagerly awaited the end result.

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Rob Halford and Freddie Mercury Named to Russian Magazine’s List of Celebrities ‘Forgiven’ for Being Gay

The Russian version of the men's magazine Maxim has drawn the ire of people worldwide after publishing a list of "forgiven" gay celebrities.

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The Day Freddie Mercury Died

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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Freddie Mercury Biopic Now Has Oscar-Nominated Writer

Andrew McCarten has been hired to write the script for the Freddie Mercury biopic.

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Top 10 Freddie Mercury Queen Songs

The music Freddie Mercury crafted with Queen retains its stadium-filling appeal and glamorous luster decades later.

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Freddie Mercury Mocks Kanye West’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ In New Video

A new video intersperses Kanye West's performance of the Queen classic with Freddie Mercury laughing.

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The Story of Freddie Mercury’s 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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