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Sacha Baron Cohen No Longer Playing Queen Frontman Freddie Mercury After Differences With Band
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Sacha Baron Cohen & Freddy Mercury

We found out that Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen was going to play Freddie Mercury, the late great singer of the band Queen, back in 2010. But now, sadly, the actor has been forced to walk away from the project.

Cohen brought in two-time Academy Award nominee Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) to write the script, and he had been looking for potential directors to take on the biopic. Unfortunately he could never find approval from the remaining members of Queen, who have final say on both the screenplay and director. According to sources, it was this same final say from Queen that also ultimately led to Cohen’s departure. While he was aiming to make a more mature, R-rated tell-all about Mercury, Queen seems determined for the movie to be a more family-friendly PG-rated biopic.

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$4 MP3 Album Deal: Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’
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Queen Greatest Hits Volume 1

The MP3 album deal of the day over at Amazon today is Queen‘s Greatest Hits for only $3.99.

This hits album contains 17 awesome tunes from the classic rock band’s extensive back catalog, making this sale a steal! This is the first greatest hits volume and contains the most popular songs like “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions,” and “Another One Bites The Dust.”

If you’d like a physical copy of Greatest Hits, the CD is available for only $9.99. A “We Will Rock You” hits album is also on sale for only $3.99 in MP3 format. There’s also a 2-CD set, Queen: Greatest Hits I & II, that’s $13.79.

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Remembering Queen Front Man Freddie Mercury On The 21st Anniversary Of His Death
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Freddie Mercury

Today marks the day that 21 years ago the front man of the British rock group Queen, the irrepressibly colorful Freddie Mercury, succumbed to complications of AIDS. The band had carried on after the death of their singer, but it was never the same; the band had matched the intensity and sonic wallop to the eardrums its singer vocally postulated, and was one of those lighting in a bottle, one of a kind situations, ala a Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, The Who, and The Beatles (many of those bands acting as an influence to Queen). Mercury’s death created a void in rock/pop music for all time and also set a standard for singing excellence for all time as well.

Mercury was gifted with a vocal range that reached untold galaxies; he had perfected the term bombast, as Queen’s self-indulgent musical posturing never sunk them, largely in part to A) the ferocity and flowery he/she kind of style manifested by Mercury, with his boldness on stage, and his flamboyance somewhere in the middle of Marc Bolan and Elton John and B) the fact that they were mainly the only band engaging in a kind of theater rock/cabaret progressive (in the early days of the band’s career) style, which ultimately became their instant trademark.

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2012 Black Friday Lightning Deals – Music CDs & Box Sets
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Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set

All week, Amazon has been offering up Lightning Deals, limited quantities of various products for a discounted price for a 4-hour window of time, as a prelude to the biggest shopping day of the year — Black Friday. You have to be on the lookout for these deals and once the item runs out, the sale is over. Meaning, if you see something on sale that you want, buy it immediately before it’s gone.

Amazon has released the Lightning Deal schedule and prices for Music CDs and Box Sets for Friday, November 25, starting at 5AM PST (that’s 8AM EST) and running through 9pm PST. See a sample of some of the Black Friday deals here below, along with more information on how these special deals work. You can visit the main Sale calendar page to see ALL the deals and the exact times they’ll be going up.

Here’s some of the items coming up on sale:

Nirvana – Nevermind [4 LP Deluxe Edition]
35.99

Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector’s Box Set
$35.99

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$4 MP3 Album Deal: Queen ‘Greatest Hits – We Will Rock You Edition’
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Queen - Greatest Hits We Will Rock You Edition

Right now, Amazon is selling Queen‘s Greatest Hits – We Will Rock You Edition in MP3 format for only $3.99.

This hits album contains 20 awesome tunes from the classic rock band’s extensive back catalog, making this sale a steal! This is the first greatest hits volume and contains the most popular songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” and “Another One Bites The Dust.”

If you’d like a physical copy of Greatest Hits – We Will Rock You Edition, the CD is available for only $6.99.

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John Lennon Sculpture Erected During ‘Imagine’ Tribute At Olympics Closing Ceremony
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John Lennon Sculpture Erected During Imagine Tribute At The Olympics Closing Ceremony

Today was the closing ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics, which saw performances by legendary British bands like Queen and The Who, as well as musical tributes to artists David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and the late John Lennon.

A remastered version of the iconic video for the song “Imagine” was shown during the tribute to the former Beatle, while performers sang (and signed) along, while others erected a sculpture of John Lennon’s face, including his trademark glasses.

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$3 MP3 Album Deal: Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’
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Queen Greatest Hits Volume 1

The MP3 album deal of the day over at Amazon today is Queen‘s Greatest Hits for only $2.99.

This hits album contains 17 awesome tunes from the classic rock band’s extensive back catalog, making this sale a steal! This is the first greatest hits volume and contains the most popular songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” and “Another One Bites The Dust.”

If you’d like a physical copy of Greatest Hits, the CD is available for only $9.99. There’s also a 2-CD set, Queen: Greatest Hits I & II, that’s $15.68.

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Geek Gear: Alien/Queen ‘Alien Rhapsody’ Shirt
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Alien Queen - Alien Rhapsody

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel today is the Alien-inspired shirt with a nod to the rock band Queen called “Alien Rhapsody” by spacemonkeydr.

The shirt went on sale at RIPT today, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

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Queen To Perform With Freddie Mercury Hologram
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Queen - Freddie Mercury -Freddie for a Day

Metal Hammer in the UK reported today that the rock group Queen is going to have a special performance commemorating the tenth anniversary of the musical We Will Rock You, which is based on the quartet, and as an added “bonus”, will have a holographic image of their late singer Freddie Mercury, accompanying them.

Guitarist and co-founder of the group Brian May confirmed the news to BBC Television in England, telling them that “It’s a little unfortunate that they did that thing with Tupac as we’ve been trying to make Freddie appear on the stage for quite a while.” May was referring to the guest “appearance” made by a Tupac Shakur hologram at the Coachella Festival, held here in America last month. May also went on to state that the Mercury hologram would not sport the same technology used to bring Tupac to eerie life on stage, but Mercury’s effect would be achieved as an “optical illusion of sorts.”

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Queen ‘The Works’
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Queen: The Works

As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deal for April 2012, Queen‘s The Works is on sale for only $5.

Released in 1984 and during what would have to be categorized as their “lean years” in this country, The Works by the British group Queen, remains a mildly unknown yet still pretty decent record in their long history of making music. Coming off the heels of the album Hot Space, which was a commercial flop in America, and ending a stretch of long successes for the band which started in the mid 1970s with A Night at the Opera and peaked with The Game (which spawned the number one smash “Another One Bites the Dust”), The Works finds Queen in an adventurous mode and slightly stripped down.

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