Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury together? Collabs between the two giants of music being prepped for release


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Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury are two musical icons who left the world far too soon. The “King of Pop” and the eccentric leader of Queen, one of Britain’s most acclaimed bands, collaborated several times in the midst of their chart-topping ascents in the ’80s.

And though they were not officially released as songs featuring the twosome together, what they did do was lay the blueprint for what became Jackson’s smash with Rolling Stones star Mick Jagger, “State of Shock.” But today 411 Mania reports that “Shock” and other unfinished songs may be dropping soon.

Queens drummer Roger Taylor was recently quoted saying, “We are now working on some never-before-released songs that Freddie made with Michael in the early 80′s. I’m not allowed to say too much about it but they sound incredible!” As a fan of both, I’d love to hear what the two were cooking up almost 30 years ago. But without them to okay the finished products, it might be better either being released as they are or not at all.”

Jackson’s reps have not yet responded to inquiries asking whether and when the songs will be released. What do you guys think of the forthcoming songs? Should they be let out of the vault? In what form? Anxious to hear them? Let us know.

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  • Michael

    This is a surprise, but I really don’t seen Michael and the collaboration yet. It still is so sad that it has been 20 years since Freddy died of AIDS. Freddie Mercury will always be a legend, because Queen will alwyas be definitive.

  • Nikki

    OMFG! Two of my fave legends in music!

    • Adeen

      Yeah me too.
      Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson are two of my favorite male singers of all time

  • Walrus

    This has been on You Tube for ages. They actually recorded a full demo of “State of Shock” together, and Freddie was interviewed about it many times. You can hear the song and the interview by doing a quick search.

  • Strepsi

    I do not think Michael Jackson “left the world far too soon” — he never wanted to get old. He never wanted us to see him get old. He wanted to be a frozen icon, like Marilyn of James Dean.

  • BG

    He also said he didn’t want to die and he said he loved his children.

    • Eva Belanger

      How very true, good response to previous comment.


    I think that decision should be made by his children know one ever includes them.They are his children, and they are very smart and they know there Dad better than anyone. Give it a try see what happens Love Bev mjforever

  • Rich Lather

    i agree with the writer of this article when he says they should be released as they are. i, and i have a feeling many would agree, feel that any further posthumous releases should also be released “as is” without someone trying to guess how mj would have wanted the finished songs to sound, which is obviously impossible.

  • Neil Harris

    The song is called ‘There Must Be More To Life than This’ It’s a haunting slow balled from the early 80’s! Amazing song by 2 legends who I so wish were here today!! King of Pop forever! x

  • courtney

    cool two of the greatest music pioneers in the history of music!

  • jadz

    Yes they should be released as they are, because they sound great and its nice to know that there is still the real true Michael sound out there,

  • John

    I’d love to hear all the collabs between them. State of Shock is a great song with Jagger or Mercury. Jagger performed it at Live Aid with Tina Turner – awesome.

  • True Blue

    Now I’m a huge, HUGE fan of both men… one of my favorite pop stars ever and the lead singer of one of my favorite bands ever (not to mention one of my favorite vocalists ever). But am I the only one who thinks that those two collaborating doesn’t really work? Freddie’s voice overpowers Mike’s, and it just doesn’t really gel overall. Maybe it’s the song choices, but I think it’s a case of two forces being better apart than together.

    • John

      So u never have seen ten year old Michael blowing adults off the stage?

      • True Blue

        Yes, I have. I never put down his vocal talent. All I’m saying is he was overpowered by Freddie on THOSE PARTICULAR SONGS. Besides, Freddie wasn’t just any other singer, you might want to look up some of his live performances as well. Then you would understand how easy it was for him overpower other vocalists. But in this instance, I believe it was more of poor song choices than anything else.

    • fancypants

      You must be kidding. Nobody’s voice overpowers Michael Jackson. No one. Go listen to the last 90 seconds of “Earth Song” and “Man in the Mirror”.

      • True Blue

        Ugh, my reply somehow didn’t show right beneath yours. It’s way below.

    • John

      I’ve seen Mercury, but not as a child. I didn’t know he was a child performer. I’m a fan of Mercury the adult though and Queen. Mercury sings louder and the lead on these songs, Jackson sings harmony, but that’s not the same as overpowering. In any event, I like the collabs. I like the one Jackson did with Jagger too, but Mercury is better.

      • Yvette

        Freddie Mercury was never a child performer. He started out late (in his 20’s) and he had no training, none at all. Freddie does over power Michael. I believe that’s why Michael chose Jagger for the final release. Freddie Mercury is the greatest rock singer and greatest rock frontman ever.

  • True Blue

    Hey now, I’m not putting down Michael’s vocal abilities. He was undoubtedly a GREAT singer, and I always dispute anyone who says otherwise. But Freddie’s voice DOES overpower him on those songs. Admitting this fact doesn’t lessen his talent. And keep in mind I said on those particular songs, not in general. I don’t know if Freddie would’ve vocally overpowered him in general, we never got a chance to find out. But these songs don’t really properly showcase them as a proper duet. There’s no need for MJ stans to jump down my throat because I said he wasn’t flawless at something.

    • shell517nj

      I agree. listen to freddie’s vocals in bohemian raphsody. As for Michael, “In the world of pop music their is MJ and their is everyone else.”

  • debs

    One should not compare…Both gifted! Michael I love and miss you, I pray for you and your children.

  • shondel mansell

    love you michael jackson so much

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