To celebrate the “Bohemian Rhapsody” video hitting over 1 billion on views YouTube, Queen have launched a new challenge to see if their fans have what it takes to sing like the late Freddie Mercury. Fans can test themselves with the “FreddieMeter,” which uses artificial intelligence to see how close your vocals are to Mercury’s.
A press release said the following:
“For decades, fans have belted out the song’s iconic lyrics alongside Freddie Mercury’s one-of-a-kind vocals, but how many can really sing it just like Freddie? YouTube, Google Creative Lab and Google Research working in partnership with Queen, Universal Music Group and Hollywood Records, have built a new AI experiment called FreddieMeter to find out!”
It went on to say that the “FreddieMeter” shows users “how closely their voice matches Freddie Mercury’s legendary range by analyzing the singer’s pitch, timbre, and melody to assign them a score of 0 to 100.”
Fans that try the “FreddieMeter” can choose from the following songs: “We Are The Champions,” “Somebody to Love,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The challenge was launched in support of the Mercury Phoenix Trust and it also celebrates the 44th anniversary of the first-ever live performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the Empire Theater in Liverpool, UK in November 1975.
Queen have blocked Donald Trump from using “We Will Rock You” in an October 9 campaign video featuring footage from one of his rallies. The group filed a copyright complaint with Twitter and the clip has since been removed due to its unauthorized use of the song. According to Buzzfeed, the band have also “already entered into a process to call for non use of Queen song copyrights by the Trump campaign.” This is the second time Trump has used Queen’s music without permission, following his July 2016 speech at the Republican National Convention in which he used “We Are The Champions.”
Queen’s 1985 performance at “Live Aid” will be recreated on the new episode of “The Simpsons.” You can check that out this Sunday (October 6) on Fox.
Queen + Adam Lambert have announced a European/UK tour. You can find the dates for that run below.
05/24 Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
05/26 Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
05/27 Antwerp Belgium – Sportspalais
05/29 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
05/30 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
06/02 London, UK – O2
06/03 London, UK – O2
06/05 London, UK – O2
06/06 London, UK – O2
06/09 London, UK – O2
06/11 Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
06/12 Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
06/24 Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Arena
06/26 Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
06/28 Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
06/29 Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
07/01 Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
Zee Productions have announced that they will be releasing new 500-piece jigsaw puzzles based on the artwork for Queen’s “News Of The World,” “A Night At The Opera,” “A Day At The Races,” and “Queen II.” They will be available on October 18 and pre-orders can be found HERE.
Queen + Adam Lambert are among the artists set to perform at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival. The event will take place on September 28 in New York City’s Central Park, and it will also include: Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, etc. You can find more info HERE.