Bohemian Chanukah: 'Is this the eighth night, we light with family?'

Jewish a cappella group Six13 spun their own adaptation of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in their delightful "Bohemian Chanukah.":

Is this the eighth night We light with family? Recall with great pride Our escape from Greek tyranny?

Kindle the lights Remember the Maccabees How did those five boys Lead us to victory?

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Listen to this stunning cover of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by the man who travels the world singing as Freddie Mercury

My daughter and I saw Bohemian Rhapsody this weekend and came straight home to listen to Queen real loud. As we were digging around YouTube, we came across this incredible "Bohemian Rhapsody" cover by Canadian artist Marc Martel. Turns out he's the guy the band's Brian May and Roger Taylor endorsed to travel the world singing as Freddie Mercury in the tribute show, The Ultimate Queen Celebration. He's also the guy whose vocals were mixed in with the isolated tracks from studio recordings of Mercury himself for use in the film. Watch the video and I think you'll see why they chose him. What talent!

He told Noise11.com:

"They hired me to do some of the singing in the movie and give the audience an immersive experience and not be able to tell where the singing is coming from. It is to make the audience believe they are really watching Freddie Mercury sing...

The way it works in movies the actor will perform their part based on the music. All of the music was prepared before shooting..."

And he told Metro:

"It is an amalgamation of a few voices. But predominantly it is my hope and the hope of everyone that we will hear as much Freddie as possible. I think that is the goal for all of us."

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Freddie Mercury chocolate cake

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Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' featuring a rubber chicken

This is too silly not to share. Like the headline reads, it's Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" featuring the vocals of "Mr. Chicken," an (extra)ordinary squeaky rubber chicken.

Thank you, YouTuber Franco Muñoz for bringing us this much-needed laugh.

(The Awesomer)

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Easter egg: How to make Siri recite every word to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

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8-bit Bohemian Rhapsody

That Gamer created this lovely 8-bit rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," along with many of Queen's other greatest hits. Read the rest

This version of Queen's We Will Rock You is best

Here's a version of We Will Rock You that actually rocks instead of sounding like a stadium full of drunk teenagers. It's from a 1970s BBC session, according to the liner notes. Right on! Read the rest

Scientists are studying what made Queen singer Freddie Mercury's voice so amazing and unique

In a new scientific study, researchers conducted acoustical analysis of Queen singer Freddie Mercury's singing voice. While he spoke in a baritone voice, Mercury had a tremendous singing range. But his real vocal superpowers were a rather unique vibrato combined with his ability to use subharmonics, like a Tuvan throat singer. The Austrian, Czech, and Swedish scientists report on their research in the journal Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology.

"Perceptually, Freddie Mercury's irregular (and typically faster) vibrato is clearly audible in the sustained notes of famous songs such as 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (A Night at the Opera) or 'We Are the Champions' (News of the World), and it appears to be one of the hallmarks of his vocal style," they wrote.

In other Mercury news, a notebook containing some of his last lyrics will be auctioned off at Bonham's in June. It's estimated to go for £50,000-£70,000.

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David Bowie and Freddy Mercury singing "Under Pressure," a capella

Isolated vocal tracks from Bowie and Queen's "Under Pressure" (1981). Original below.

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History of Queen's groundbreaking "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was released 40 years ago. Here is Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor along with the group's studio engineer Justin Shirley Smith on the history of this feat of rock opera. This clip is from the bonus DVD on Queen's Greatest Video Hits 1. "Bohemian Rhapsody" is on Queen's LP A Night at the Opera and the track will be released as a special edition vinyl 12" this month on Record Store Day Black Friday!

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Cockatoo dances to Queen's 'Another One Bites The Dust'

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The Luvilee Jubilee: underwhelmed by opposition to Her Majesty's Big Day

There was little surprise at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, but that's probably the point. Dutifully present were the Queen, the rain, the warm beer and the National Health Service glasses and teeth (I can say this, I’m British) and, surreally, hundreds of photographic Queen masks handed out for free. Parts of the crowd looked like a monarchist V for Vendetta; R for Regina? Read the rest

Happy Jubilee, Ma'am

From Cyriak, of course. [Video Link] Read the rest