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Monday
Jul292013

Three Unreleased Michael Jackson Duets with Queen Singer Freddie Mercury to Get Fall Release 

Neal Preston/CorbisThirty years ago, Michael Jackson joined forces in the studio with Freddie Mercury, the flamboyant frontman of British rock legends Queen, to record three duets.  At the time, the songs were shelved, but this fall, they'll finally see the light of day, according to The Times of London.

Mercury joined Michael at his Los Angeles home studio in 1983 to record the songs "State of Shock," "Victory" and "There Must Be More to Life than This," but scheduling difficulties prevented them from collaborating further.  Mercury diedin 1991 from AIDS-related complications.

"Victory" eventually provided the title for the Jacksons' 1984 album of the same name, though it wasn't included on the disc.  Michael also recorded another version of "State of Shock" with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger for Victory.

Queen guitarist Brian May describes the Mercury--MJ recordings as "exciting, challenging and emotionally taxing," as well as "cool."

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