Added on 28-Nov-2003
LONDON (Reuters) - Music label EMI is making all British rock group Queen's albums available for download over the Internet in the UK and Europe to mark World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, the company said Friday.
Surviving members of the band, whose opera-loving singer Freddie Mercury died from AIDS in 1991, will donate their royalties from the first week of online sales to AIDS charity the Mercury Phoenix Trust, with EMI matching the donation.
Queen are one of Britain's most successful rock bands, with a recent three-CD compilation of the band's hits, "The Platinum Collection," selling a million copies in the UK.
"We Will Rock You," a musical written by comic Ben Elton based around Queen tracks has entered its second year on the London stage.
Fans will be able to download separate tracks or entire albums from the 18 titles online, including "The Game," "A Night at the Opera" and "News of the World."
EMI said the cost of a download would be set by individual online retailers. Web sites for the Queen downloads -- restricted to the UK and Europe -- can be found at http://www.musicfromemi.com.