With the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic currently in UK and US cinemas, Troye Sivan took time out to pay homage to Freddie Mercury and Queen with his own interpretation of the iconic band’s ‘70s classic, ‘Somebody to Love.’ You can listen to the track below.
Sivan tugs at the heartstrings with his mellow take on the track, which was written by Freddie Mercury and first appeared on Queen’s landmark 1976 album A Day At The Races. The song was a big hit, climbing to No. 2 in the UK and No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. An enduring live favourite throughout Queen’s career, ‘Somebody To Love’ was also performed live on 20 April 1992, during The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at London’s Wembley Stadium, with George Michael on lead vocals.
“I’m so beyond honored to have been asked to cover ‘Somebody to Love’ by Queen, a masterful song by the most legendary band,” Sivan commented in a statement.
Produced by Bram Inscore, who worked with Troye Sivan on his 2015 debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, the new rendition is the third in a series of artist covers in support of the Mercury Phoenix Trust (MPT), set up in 1992 – the year after Freddie Mercury’s death – to continue the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Two weeks ago, the series launched when Shawn Mendes released a cover of ‘Under Pressure’ and it continued last week with Aussie popsters 5 Seconds Of Summer’s take of ‘Killer Queen’.
‘’Troye’s version is a unique take on this Queen classic. It is both moving and totally original. Thank you from us all at the Mercury Phoenix Trust – fighting AIDS worldwide,” notes Queen’s manager, Jim Beach, who co-founded the Mercury Phoenix Trust along with Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.
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