Freddie Mercury / Michael Jackson Duet Uncovered

Material could be released this year...
Michael Jackson

Collaborative material recorded by Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson could be released this year.

Twin pop icons, Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson have both released work posthumously. Now it seems that a long forgotten collaboration between the pair is ready to be unearthed, with new material reportedly set to be released this year.

The Times reports that sessions undertaken by the pair 30 years ago have been re-discovered. Fan speculation had long held that Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson had worked together, but nothing emerged from those sessions due to time restraints.

Queen guitarist Brian May revealed that there will be "something for folks to hear" in just two months time. Seemingly, there was no small amount of friction between the two stars with matters coming to a head after Michael Jackson brought a llama into the studio.

Jim 'Miami' Beach - Queen's manager at the time - told The Times about a sudden phone call from Freddie Mercury. "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.'"

Meanwhile, Sacha Baron Cohen has opted out of tackling the lead role in the forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic. According to reports, the actor / comedian found himself at odds with the remaining members of Queen as to the direction that the proposed film should take.

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