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Queen’s new heavyweight multi-format ‘NEWS OF THE WORLD’ deluxe package includes unique ‘RAW SESSIONS’ CD – newly created ‘alternative’ version of original album!

Set for release November 17th, 2017.

A special box set of Queen’s landmark 1977 album News of the World is set for release towards the end of this year, marking the 40th anniversary of the original release. This lavish new package has a worldwide release date of November 17th. The box set is available to pre-order now HERE.

The 40th anniversary is also marked with the release of a special limited edition picture disc album. Newly cut from the Bob Ludwig 2011 master, this picture disc version will be available in a strictly limited run of 1977 individually numbered copies housed in a commemorative die-cut sleeve. This version will only be available through pre-order from the official Queen online web store. http://www.queenonlinestore.com

Originally launched in October 1977, News of the World is one of Queen’s biggest selling albums of all time. It opens with two of the band’s most indestructible worldwide hits, the Brian May-penned We Will Rock You and Freddie Mercury’s We Are The Champions, monumental stadium anthems which remain a staple of major sporting events all around the world to this day. With songs written by all four band members, NOTW, Queen’s sixth album, set a new standard in stylistic diversity, from Roger Taylor’s proto-punk blast of Sheer Heart Attack to the salacious funk-rock groove workout Get Down Make Love, to the fragrant tropical calypso-pop Who Needs You. News of the World also features the hit Spread Your Wings, the epic rock saga It’s Late and Freddie’s wistfully romantic My Melancholy Blues.

The new package includes the original album on CD, plus two further CDs of recently unearthed out-takes and rarities from the band’s archives, one of which is a newly created ‘alternative’ version of the whole album – Raw Sessions.

For many Queen devotees, this Raw Sessions CD will be the most intriguing component of the new release. Mined deep from long-vaulted studio multi-track tapes, this extraordinary parallel album brings to light never-before-heard alternative versions of each of the album’s 11 tracks. Every lead vocal is different, as are most of the lead guitar parts and a great many other instrumental details. Here we experience We Are The Champions anew, with many unfamiliar vocal and instrumental elements, and for the first time at its full-recorded length rather than the edited 1977 album cut. Here also is the chance to discover peak era Freddie Mercury vocals on a track that nobody outside Queen’s inner circle has heard him sing before at all – Brian May’s All Dead, All Dead. The original album version features May himself on vocals. Roger Taylor’s Sheer Heart Attack can be heard with its original long-lost guitar intro and uncut ending. Taylor’s other song, Fight From The Inside, is more remarkable in that we hear his demo vocal worked on in his home studio in preparation for the next sessions, ‘homework’ that all of the band members would regularly carry out. As a point of note, Taylor plays all instruments on these two recordings, except for some lead guitar. In this age of digital leaks and obsessive fan culture, there is already great excitement that these recordings are, in 2017, truly New to the World.

The third CD in the package, Bonus Tracks, features a feast of previously released but hard-to-find versions of News of the World tracks recorded in concert, for radio shows, or in alternate mixes. Included is the band’s entire five-song final live session recorded for BBC Radio in October 1977, seven live performances of NOTW songs, plus rare backing tracks and instrumentals of the Queen classics We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Spread Your Wings, Get Down, Make Love and Fight From The Inside. Also on this third disc is the seldom-heard US radio edit of It’s Late, making its belated CD debut, and the rowdy stomper Feelings Feelings, which was recorded during the original NOTW sessions but not included on the final album.

Another outstanding feature of this weighty 40th anniversary box is another first – a pure analogue re-cut of the original vinyl LP, direct from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes. This exceptional album collector’s piece is presented in a facsimile original sleeve. There is also a rich selection of NOTW related memorabilia including three posters and a 60-page book of images, mostly previously unseen.

The package is completed with a brand new one-hour DVD documentary, Queen : The American Dream, created from backstage material filmed during Queen’s 1977 USA News of the World tour. In November that year, Queen embarked on another headlining US tour. The highly respected British radio and TV presenter Bob Harris, complete with full film crew, followed their journey as part of a proposed documentary that has remained incomplete and unreleased – until now. The crew had unlimited access to the band on and off stage, in the recording studio and during rehearsals. This one-hour documentary includes superb live footage of Queen at the Houston Summit in December. We also see moments from the birth of We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, songs that would both earn a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Queen : The American Dream is a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into a young British band at a creative peak, defying the odds as they take the USA by storm.

For casual fans and Queen connoisseurs alike, the new NOTW package, with its feast of extra material, is manna from Heaven – a bumper haul of buried treasure from a world-beating band in its prime.

Queen : News of the World – 40th Anniversary Edition – Track Listing.

VINYL LP: The Original News of the World Album – new Pure Analogue Cut.

Side One

1. We Will Rock You (May) 2:01

2. We Are The Champions (Mercury) 2:59

3. Sheer Heart Attack (Taylor) 3:26

4. All Dead, All Dead (May) 3:10

5. Spread Your Wings (Deacon) 4:34

6. Fight From The Inside (Taylor) 3:03

Side Two

1. Get Down, Make Love (Mercury) 3:51

2. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (May) 3:06

3. Who Needs You (Deacon) 3:05

4. It’s Late (May) 6.26

5. My Melancholy Blues (Mercury) 3:29

CD 1: The Original Album (Bob Ludwig 2011 master)

1. We Will Rock You (May) 2:01

2. We Are The Champions (Mercury) 2:59

3. Sheer Heart Attack (Taylor) 3:26

4. All Dead, All Dead (May) 3:10

5. Spread Your Wings (Deacon) 4:34

6. Fight From The Inside (Taylor) 3:03

7. Get Down, Make Love (Mercury) 3:51

8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (May) 3:06

9. Who Needs You (Deacon) 3:05

10. It’s Late (May) 6.26

11. My Melancholy Blues (Mercury) 3:29

CD2: NEWS OF THE WORLD : RAW SESSIONS

1. We Will Rock You (Alternative Version) 2:29

2. We Are The Champions (Alternative Version) 4:33

3. Sheer Heart Attack (Original Rough Mix) 4:17

4. All Dead, All Dead (Original Rough Mix) 3:08

5. Spread Your Wings (Alternative Take) 4:56

6. Fight From The Inside (Demo Vocal Version) 3:08

7. Get Down, Make Love (Early Take) 4:02

8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (Live in the USA, 1977) 3:49

9. Who Needs You (Acoustic Take) 2:46

10. It’s Late (Alternative Version) 6:44

11. My Melancholy Blues (Original Rough Mix) 3:36

CD3: NEWS OF THE WORLD : BONUS TRACKS

1. Feelings Feelings (Take 10, July 1977) 1:55

2. We Will Rock You (BBC Session) 1:36

3. We Will Rock You (Fast) (BBC Session) 2:52

4. Spread Your Wings (BBC Session) 5:33

5. It’s Late (BBC Session) 6:39

6. My Melancholy Blues (BBC Session) 3:13

7. We Will Rock You (Backing Track) 2:03

8. We Are The Champions (Backing Track) 2:59

9. Spread Your Wings (Instrumental) 4:23

10. Fight From The Inside (Instrumental) 3:02

11. Get Down, Make Love (Instrumental) 3:49

12. It’s Late (USA Radio Edit 1978) 3:52

13. Sheer Heart Attack (Live in Paris 1979) 3:35

14. We Will Rock You (Live in Tokyo 1982) 2:55

15. My Melancholy Blues (Live in Houston 1977) 3:48

16. Get Down, Make Love (Live in Montreal 1981) 4:35

17. Spread Your Wings (Live in Europe 1979) 5:20

18. We Will Rock You (Live at the MK Bowl 1982) 2:08

19. We Are The Champions (Live at the MK Bowl 1982) 3:32

DVD: QUEEN : THE AMERICAN DREAM (One hour)

Mute

A Visual Document

From 1978 – Tomorrow

Terry Burrows with Daniel Miller

November 28, 2017 $45.00 hardcover

Page count: 320pp Size: 7 ½” x 9 5/8”

ISBN: 978 0 500 519721 Over 2,000 illustrations

The definitive visual chronicle of the innovative independent record label

Daniel Miller created Mute Records to release his debut single (‘Warm Leatherette’/’T.V.O.D’), a pioneering electronic sound with a defiantly DIY attitude. Mute quickly established a reputation for releasing cutting-edge, chart-topping music and through the music of its community of artists – ranging from Fad Gadget, Moby, Can, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and Einstürzende Neubauten to Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure, Laibach, Goldfrapp, Liars and Ben Frost – it has had an incalculable impact on popular music for four decades.

Mute: A Visual Document is packed with stunning artwork and photography – much of it previously unseen – from the Mute Archives and Daniel Miller’s personal archives, including photography and video stills from legendary photographers, conceptual artworks, rare ephemera and equipment.

Comprehensive discographies, a family tree of Mute artists, an extensive introduction and commentary by Daniel Miller, who has curated the materials for the book, plus anecdotal and photographic contributions from key figures in the label’s story, including Moby, Alison Goldfrapp, Anton Corbijn, Bleddyn Butcher, Brian Griffin, Jon Spencer, Barry Adamson, Ivan Novak, Angus Andrew, Adrian Shaughnessy, Tom Hingston, make this book the definitive chronicle of the label.

Daniel Miller grew up in North West London, the son of refugee actors from Vienna. In 1978 he founded Mute, with the release of his own 7” single under the name The Normal. Since then, Mute has expanded into a global entity that encompasses the record label, Mute Song (publishing) and Mute Management. Running parallel to a strong commercial track record, the guiding spirit behind Mute has always been one of artistic freedom and creative adventure. Daniel Miller has produced numerous releases and plays regular techno DJ sets worldwide.

Terry Burrows is an author and musician. He has more than 80 books and 50 (predominantly) experimental music releases to his name. Translated and published globally, his books have sold more than four million copies. His music has sold slightly less. He lives in Hackney, London.

Nielsen Music’s 2017 Q3 Industry Insights Reveal

Total Audio Consumption Is Up More Than 10%

Audio On-Demand Streaming Continues to Reach New All-Time Highs

The Summer of “Despacito”: Song Surpasses 1 Billion Streams

NEW YORK – October 3, 2017 – Nielsen Music – the industry’s leading source for music data and insights – today released its Q3 industry insights for the 9-month period ending September 28, 2017. Included in the findings are the coveted Nielsen Music charts, presented by Billboard, as well as key insights into the most important industry trends in sales and streaming, social media, and consumer engagement across today’s most popular platforms.

The Nielsen Music Q3 insights confirm that streaming is still on the rise, with weekly on-demand Audio streams surpassing 8.3 Billion, the highest single week streaming total in history, for the week ending September 28. On-demand Audio streams have surpassed 287 Billion streams so far in 2017, a considerable 59.4% increase over the same time period in 2016. This increase in Audio streaming volume has produced gains in Total Audio consumption (Albums + TEA (Track Equivalent Albums) + Audio on-demand SEA (Streaming Equivalent Albums)), which is up 10% over last year. Overall on-demand streams (including video) have surpassed 442 Billion streams this year, an increase of 40.4% over the same period in 2016. Total Music consumption (Albums + TEA + On-Demand SEA) is up by 11.1% vs. the same period last year.

There was, however, a decrease in ownership compared to 2016. Album sales (-18.3%), Album sales + TEA (Track Equivalent Albums) (-19.6%), Digital Album sales (-19.5%), Digital Track sales (-23.1%) and Physical Album sales (-17.3%), all show significant declines, demonstrating that consumer listening habits continue to move towards streaming formats. The one highlight in ownership continues to be Vinyl Albums, which are up 3.1% for the year and now represent nearly 14% of all Physical Album purchases, which is an all-time high.

The biggest song of 2017 so far, in terms of total song consumption (digital song sales with streaming equivalent on-demand audio) is “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (featuring Justin Bieber) with 5.9 million units. The track is also the top streamed song with over 1.1 Billion Streams, the most streamed on both Audio (516.8 million) and Video (598.5 million) platforms. It is also the most purchased Digital Song with nearly 2.5 million downloads sold so far this year. “Despacito” is followed by Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” with 5.3 million units, which includes 2.4 million downloads and 432 million Audio streams. Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” is next with 4.2 million units.

Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. is the leading album in total volume so far this year with total activity of more than 2.3 Million units (albums, track equivalent albums and audio on-demand streaming equivalent albums combined), followed by Ed Sheeran’s Divide with 2.1 million units and Drake’s More Life with 2.0 Million units.

Rounding out this year’s Q3 insights are highlights from Nielsen’s 2017 Music 360 Report, which reflects the ongoing changes of the music industry and listener habits. The report finds that playlisting is on the rise and is becoming an increasingly important part of the music experience. Nearly three-quarters of those who stream music in the U.S. create online playlists. More than half of all music listeners create playlists by selecting tracks across genres and artists, and 32% share their lists with others, up from 24% in 2016. Additionally, among those who stream music online, 74% reported engaging with playlists in some form and 38% of those surveyed agree that playlists are an important part of their streaming experience.

Radio continues to be the leading source for music discovery in the United States, with 72% of Americans of online music streamers listening to some form of radio, according to Nielsen’s 2017 Music 360 Report. Additionally, 37% of music listeners say that one of the things they like most about listening to traditional radio – and that add to the enjoyment of the music – are the DJs.

As with other forms of entertainment, social media has become an integral part of the music experience. Nielsen’s 2017 Music 360 Report finds that social media and streaming services are intersecting in the United States, with 55% of all music listeners using social media to follow or stay informed about the musicians they like.

“We Are The Champions” & “We Will Rock You” Previously Unheard Alternative ‘Raw Sessions” Versions To Mark 40TH Anniversary of News of the World Out Now

To mark the 40th Anniversary of the release of Queen’s 1977 landmark album News of the World, alternative previously unheard ‘Raw Sessions’ versions of both “We Are The Champions” and “We Will Rock You” are out now as digital downloads.

Originally launched in October 1977, News of the World is one of Queen’s biggest selling albums of all time. It opens with two of the band’s most indestructible worldwide hits, the Brian May-penned “We Will Rock You” and Freddie Mercury’s “We Are The Champions”, monumental stadium anthems which remain a staple of major sporting events all around the world to this day.

Both are taken from the upcoming special box set edition of News of the World which is released on November 17th. The brand new package includes the original album on CD, plus two further CDs of recently unearthed out-takes and rarities from the band’s archives, one of which is a newly created ‘alternative’ version of the whole album – Raw Sessions.

Mined deep from long-vaulted studio multi-track tapes, this extraordinary parallel album brings to light never-before-heard alternative versions of each of the album’s 11 tracks.

All the lead vocals on the Raw Sessions are from a different take to that used on the original album. This includes “We Will Rock You”, which also features a radically different approach to the guitar solo, reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, plus the band’s original studio banter recorded immediately prior to the master take. This reveals that the much-speculated noise at the beginning of the 1977 record is actually an echo of Brian’s count-in.

On “We Are The Champions”, there are also many unfamiliar instrumental elements, most notably from the guitar department. This track was edited on the 1977 album but is presented here for the first time in its originally recorded length with two more choruses. Also included is a charming false-start to one of the earliest takes of the song. The recordings also reveal that “We Are The Champions”, known for its unresolved cliff-hanger ending, was originally intended to fade-out. Freddie ends the take saying “That was a lovely feel…that’s exactly how it should be”.

All of the material on the Raw Sessions was recorded in 1977.

“We Are The Champions” & “We Will Rock You” are available from:

40th Anniversary Edition of News of the World, out November 17th, 2017

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Sunbury News Staff