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Posted: 08 Dec 09, 11:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


In the past week, the video for Queen + The Muppets’ version of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has been viewed over a staggering nine and a half million on YouTube.

The video brings together two iconic pieces of pop culture: Queen’s rock-opera classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Jim Henson’s inimitable Muppets. It features all the hugely recognisable characters that defined an era of children’s television, and continue to be popular with each new generation; Miss Piggy, Kermit The Frog, Gonzo, Animal and many more.

Seen as a contender to X Factor for the Christmas no.1 spot, bookmaker Paddy Power said of the single:

“We’ve taken more bets on the Muppets to be Christmas No. 1 than anyone else so far, but with zillions of views already on YouTube it’s no surprise the punters are getting stuck in. Imagine, the mighty X Factor toppled by the Muppets! It’s great to have a competitive Christmas no. 1 race again!”

The momentum for the video has taken on a life of its own, with The One Show and Sky News having already shown it, plus The Sun tipping it as a Christmas Number 1 contender.

The single will be released as a Vingle (video of the single) and audio, both available through all Digital Service Providers.

The Muppets ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for Christmas Number 1 on Facebook

The original version of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ appears on their ‘Absolute Greatest’ compilation, which has so far spent three weeks in the UK Top 10 Album Chart.


Source: http://www.queenonline.com/news/1560/

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Posted: 08 Dec 09, 15:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I can't believe my eyes. That shit is official ?


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Posted: 08 Dec 09, 15:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

See, I find that cute.

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Posted: 08 Dec 09, 15:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

MY GOD! i just can say it!!!!!!!



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Posted: 08 Dec 09, 19:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There are some things that never stop surprising me about this site, like this, for one. Well... Like it or not, Queen has the chance to be the first act to top the charts the third time with the same title, and basically just top the Christmas charts, yet there are three responses to the article from their fanbase. Nevermind, I'm not a big fan of this version either, but I like the idea of the Muppets beating the f%#$^%^  sh$^^# X-Factor in the race for Christmas Number One. And yep, I might even buy it. And yes, this topic is strange:/


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Posted: 08 Dec 09, 19:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Just buy it and see what happens!


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Posted: 08 Dec 09, 19:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Let me see if I understand this...



In the last 8 years or so, this forum has seen probably a few hundred threads with the title "Idea for a Queen release/project".

Fans have discussed what thrilled us the most and what we want to have as new release. Some were genius, others were a bit lame.



Off the top of my head, here are some examples (in no particular order):

  • Full blown Queen Boxed Set including all the albums
  • Rarities only Queen Boxed Set
  • DVD release of a 70's gig
  • Hammersmith 79' DVD release with Hammy 75 as extra material.
  • Compilation DVD of Live performances (like Led Zep's)
  • Full BBC sessions boxed set
  • New compilations: Greatest Hits IV, Queen Ballads, Queen Solo Hits, Queen does Calypso, etc.
  • 5.1 Surround MIDI releases of Queen songs (I shit you not!)
  • Suggestions for a second single release from the Cosmos Rocks
  • Ideas for videos for the Cosmos Rocks singles
  • Endless setlist suggestions for the 2005/6 and 2008 tours with Paul Rodgers
  • ...
  • Queen + The Muppets released as a single for Christmas


So...  NOW they listen to us???!!!

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Posted: 08 Dec 09, 20:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh ha ha ha.  The Facebook group that was being shilled here is part of the official Disney/EMI press release?

Wiki on stealth marketing:

It is the consumer's sense that this recommendation was spontaneous and unsolicited, and the resulting feeling that "one good turn deserves another", that drives the buzz. So, the "bought and paid for" aspect of the transaction must remain hidden. Overall, the person doing the marketing must look and sound like a peer of their target audience without any ulterior motive for endorsing the product—employees of the company cannot do undercover marketing, nor can celebrities (except possibly to other celebrities).


I had slight suspicions about the Facebook group earlier, but said to myself "Oh that's even too cynical for you Grateful Fan".  But now, I'm more than willing to entertain it.

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Posted: 09 Dec 09, 03:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



 



pittrek wrote:



I can't believe my eyes. That shit is official ?


Seconding your post. It seems everything is part of a big joke (or nightmare):

- TCR: the worst album in rock history in terms of planning, strategy, advertising, etc (although I liked the content)
- TCR Tour: or  how to ruin a new tour two years later, omitting your new songs and barely offering something new
- QPR Live In Ukraine: released ... when some really hot and better shows are recorded and stored in you archives   
- The end of the QPR project: ah, thanks Roger for telling us it´s over .. one year later. Brian was busy with his 3D pics, I guess. Can´t blame him.
- the singles boxsets ruined project
- the american idol / X Factor appereances
- Absolute Greatest. Hey, but thanks for the book with the handwritten lyrics. Is this the closest to the Anthologies we´ll get ever?

... and when we start seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel, when Rog releases (virtually, I should say) a cool new track and when a 70´s DVD is about to be released at last .... we get a new Queen+ project:

Queen+The Muppets

Ok guys, I don´t know. Is it because I´m not from the US or the UK? Is that the reason behind the lack of a single smile from my side when watching this joke? I can´t get it. I can´t understand the success of such thing. 

But  9+ million people watched it at Youtube ..... "$$$$$$$$$ & €€€€€€€€€€€€€ !!" QPL thought. 

Ok ok, it´s a business. I get it.


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Posted: 09 Dec 09, 04:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen are officially muppets now. This press release is beyond belief.




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Posted: 09 Dec 09, 04:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

After nine million have watched the Youtube video and possibly downloaded it, who is going to buy the single ?

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Posted: 09 Dec 09, 04:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



BlazeGoldmine wrote:

See, I find that cute.

Well if I were let's say 4 years old I would probably find it cute :)







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Posted: 09 Dec 09, 09:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Now that Paul Rodgers has left the "Queen+" scene.  I wonder if a tour will be in the works for 2010.   Queen+ The Muppets?


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Posted: 09 Dec 09, 10:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ok another queen + project. Lokks more like Queen++++ to me.

Question:

When will the tour be announced?


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Posted: 09 Dec 09, 10:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



dsmeer wrote:

Ok another queen + project. Lokks more like Queen++++ to me.

Question:

When will the tour be announced?

as soon as QPL reach an agreement with Jim Henson´s Estate 



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Posted: 09 Dec 09, 11:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Between the X-Factor people and the Muppets and the pervasive parade of  WWYR renditions this wonderful, significant piece of music has been so tarted up I expect Tiger Woods to be humping it any moment now.

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Posted: 09 Dec 09, 12:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I may have seen it on youtube and enjoyed it already, but, to be able to buy the single and possibly topple Xfactor's guaranteed no.1? Priceless :)
Buy it, don't buy it. But me? I gotta try this!!
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Posted: 09 Dec 09, 12:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



A Word In Your Ear wrote:

Now that Paul Rodgers has left the "Queen+" scene.  I wonder if a tour will be in the works for 2010.   Queen+ The Muppets?

"if i told them once, i told them a thousand times - Spinal Tap first, puppet show second"


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Posted: 09 Dec 09, 16:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

So Queen Productions next goal is to release BoRhap sung by The Muppets to achieve the all-important goal of beating X Factor in the charts???

Pathetic.


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Posted: 09 Dec 09, 16:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh, and the saddest part is that just two weeks ago we had a bozo starting a thread here, telling us a fairy tale about a Facebook initiative started by a group of fans, to release this as a single "to rival against X Factor for a No. 1 christmas single".

QPL reckons we the fans are stupid, that's what enrages (and saddest me) me the most.