XPN MusicNotes: Take a first look at actor Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, get details on St. Vincent’s new album

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“When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror – it’s a very affirming moment.” -Rami Malek on portraying Freddie Mercury

Entertainment Weekly has published the first photograph of actor Rami Malek as the late, great Freddie Mercury for his new film about the late Queen frontman.

The film, entitled Bohemian Rhapsody, is directed by Bryan Singer and is expected to be released in December of 2018. Rami Malek, who starred in Mr. Robot and Night at the Museum will play the late Queen frontman.

According to Entertainment Weekly:

“Parts of the movie that feature singing will utilize either Malek’s own voice or recordings of Mercury, with a sound alike filling in the gaps.“We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible,” Malek says.“I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”

The film begins in 1970, when Freddie Mercury got together with Brian May and Roger Taylor to form Queen. It culminates with Queen’s performance at 1985’s Live Aid concert. Freddie Mercury died in 1991 at the age of 45 of complications from AIDS.

Annie Clark, St. Vincent, has announced a new album. Her fifth full-length is called MASSEDUCTION and it will be released on October 13th.

In a statement, Annie Clark says:

“Every record I make has an archetype. Strange Mercy was Housewives on Pills. St. Vincent was Near-Future Cult Leader. MASSEDUCTION is different, it’s pretty first person. You can’t fact-check it, but if you want to know about my life, listen to this record.”

There are 13 songs on the new album, which was  co-produced by Clark and Jack Antonoff.  Listen to the song “Los AGEless” below and watch the video for “New York,” which was made by locally-rooted filmmaker Alex Da Corte and filmed by Ted Passon of Philly’s All Ages Productions.




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