In our recent story about Universal Music Group’s deal with Yoto, we spotted that ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ had been removed from a Queen album.
Queen will soon be reaching their youngest set of listeners yet, courtesy of Universal Music Group’s latest partnership.
Beelzebub has a headset for a sideboard! (Don’t write in, we know, we know…). Queen have joined virtual-reality music game Beat Saber.
If Freddie Mercury were still alive, he’d have turned 75 this month – on past form, by having a helluva party to celebrate.
The Mercury Phoenix Trust, the non-profit founded in his memory to tackle AIDS, is marking the anniversary in a thoroughly modern manner: by releasing a collection of NFTs.
The Trust is working with marketplace SuperRare on the drop of four NFTs – each available in a single edition – based on the late Queen frontman.
Four artists, Blake Kathryn, Chad Knight, Mat Maitland and MBSJQ, were enlisted to create the artwork for the NFTs. They’ll go on sale from 20 September, although you can see them now on the SuperRare site.
After a fan-made music videos contest and the band’s official TikTok debut, the latest stage in Queen’s digital strategy has been revealed: a mobile game. It’s called ‘Queen: Rock Tour’, and launched today […]
We’ve had George Michael, Prince and John Lennon. Now TikTok’s collection of heritage artists has another entry: Queen. The British rock band now have an official TikTok profile, set up by their management with Universal Music Group/Hollywood Records.
What’s more, 10 Queen tracks have been made available for TikTokers to use in their own videos. Sensibly, it’s the obvious 10 to start with: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘We Are The Champions’, ‘I Want to Break Free’, ‘Somebody to Love’, ‘Killer Queen’ and ‘Radio Ga Ga’.
There’s also a #SingWithQueen hashtag challenge encouraging TikTokers to (not so sensibly, given his famed range) pit their vocal skills against Lord Frederick of Lucan himself, Freddie Mercury.
It’s clearly the week for starry seed investors. Snafu Records has Abba’s Agnetha Fältskog but another new startup, Iris, can boast Queen drummer Roger Taylor as one of its early backers.
Its promise: “a revolutionary new audio technology that heightens audio quality whilst simultaneously activating the brain”, which (if all goes well) will be integrated by partners including streaming services, wellness apps, headphones and speakers.
Music company Concord is another of Iris’s early backers. The tech boils down to something Iris is branding as ‘active listening’.
In July this year, Queen and Universal Music Group announced a contest with YouTube called ‘You Are The Champions’, tasking fans with creating new videos for three of the band’s hits. Three […]
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Fuelled by the recent biopic, Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has become the first pre-1990s video to pass 1bn views on YouTube. The achievement has been marked by a new, remastered ‘HD’ version […]
Spotify has put out some figures about the audience on its service for Queen, following the rock band’s recent biopic-fuelled spike in listening. “On Spotify, Queen is more popular than […]
Rock band Queen have a new record: their ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is now the most-streamed track from the 20th century. At least, that’s what Universal Music Group claims, with the song’s […]