Freddie Mercury is best known as one of the rock world's most versatile and engaging performers and for his mock operatic masterpiece, "Bohemian Rhapsody." Singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5, 1946, in Zanzibar, Tanzania. He studied piano in boarding school in India and befriended numerous musicians at London's Ealing College of Art. The music of Mercury's band, Queen, reached the top of U.S. and British charts. Mercury died of AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia on November 24, 1991, at age 45.
In addition to his talents as a singer and songwriter, Mercury was also a skilled showman. He knew how to entertain audiences and how to connect with them. He liked to wear costumes — often featuring skintight spandex — and strutted around the stage, encouraging fans to join in the fun. Artistic in nature, Mercury was also actively involved in designing the art for many of the group's albums.
Offstage, Mercury was open about his bisexuality, but he kept his relationships private. He also lived a lavish lifestyle. He loved champagne and liked to collect art, once spending more than $400,000 on a set of hand-painted china. Always one for a party, Mercury threw himself elaborate celebrations; for one particular birthday he flew a group of friends to the island of Ibiza. The occasion was marked by fireworks and flamenco dancing.
On November 23, 1991, Mercury released a statement: "I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV-positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with my doctors and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease." The next day, he died from AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia at his London mansion. Mercury was only 45 years old.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018 biographical film about the British rock band Queen) has grossed over $401 million worldwide on a production budget of about $50 million. It is the highest-grossing musical biographical film of all time. The film received mixed reviews from critics; its portrayals of Mercury's life and sexuality and of the other band members were criticised, but Rami Malek's performance and the music sequences received praise. Several historical inaccuracies were also highlighted.
Queen's Greatest Hits (released worldwide on 26 October 1981) was an instant success, peaking at number one on the UK Albums Chart for four weeks. It has spent 833 weeks in the UK Charts, and is the best-selling album of all time in the UK, selling over six million copies. It is certified eight times platinum in the United States, and is Queen's most commercially successful album worldwide with over 25 million copies sold, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien hailed the UK edition of Greatest Hits as "impeccable" and "absolutely genius", while British journalist Brian Viner called it the greatest album of all time.
1. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (from A Night at the Opera, 1975)
2. "Another One Bites the Dust" (from The Game, 1980)
3. "Killer Queen" (from Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
4. "Fat Bottomed Girls" (single version, from Jazz, 1978)
5. "Bicycle Race" (from Jazz, 1978)
6. "You're My Best Friend" (from A Night at the Opera, 1975)
7. "Don't Stop Me Now" (from Jazz, 1978)
8. "Save Me" (Single Version on 1981 Release only, from The Game, 1980)
9. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (from The Game, 1980)
10. "Somebody to Love" (from A Day at the Races, 1976)
11. "Now I'm Here" (from Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
12. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" (from A Day at the Races, 1976)
13. "Play the Game" (from The Game, 1980)
14. "Flash" (single version, from Flash Gordon, 1980)
15. "Seven Seas of Rhye" (from Queen II, 1974)
16. "We Will Rock You" (from News of the World, 1977)
17. "We Are the Champions" (from News of the World, 1977)
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