Freddie Mercury: Queen legend’s debut solo single Love Kills gets brand new video | Music | Entertainment

Freddie Mercury’s first solo single, Love Kills, was originally released in 1984 and peaked at number 10 in the UK singles chart.

Today, a brand new lyric video for the track has been released by Hollywood Records, featuring a suitably ‘80s disco animation.

The lyrics flash up in a stylised font — more ‘80s inspiration — and the release featured an enhanced audio mix.

Creators of the new video, which is animated by Justin Moon, cite Studio 54 and early ‘80s disco as inspiration.

Love Kills has been re-released as party of Freddie Mercury’s Never Boring box set.

Never Boring features 12 of Mercury’s best solo performances and is out on CD, vinyl and digital and streaming services.

Despite being his first official solo song, Love Kills actually features all four members of Queen.

30 years after it was first released, Queen’s guitarist Brian May, 72, and drummer Roger Taylor, 70, covered the track for the 2014 album Queen Forever.

Stripping it back to a raw ballad, they also performed it live on tour the same year with new frontman Adam Lambert, 37.

Interest in Mercury’s back catalogue has spiked since the release of Bohemian Rhapsody almost a year ago.

Earlier this year, Billboard reporter streams of Queen’s music had more than tripled in the six months after the movie arrived in cinemas.

Sales of Queen songs had also increased from 527,000 to 1.9 million.

In April, Bohemian Rhapsody surpassed $900 million (£716 million) in total gross worldwide, making it the sixth-biggest film of 2018.

It beat the likes of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2.

Foreign sales contributed hugely to the biopic’s success, with 76 per cent of its total gross from overseas.

QUEEN AND FREDDIE MERCURY TOP UK POLL OF MOST POPULAR CLASSIC ROCK ARTISTS

Meanwhile, Queen and Mercury recently topped a YouGov poll of the UK’s favourite classic rock acts over the likes of John Lennon.

The poll, conducted between November 2017 and October 2019, found Mercury was the nation’s favourite, with Queen in close second.

Lennon came in third, while May and The Rolling Stones followed in fourth and fifth place.

Doubtlessly, the Bohemian Rhapsody effect has had a big impact on the current popularity of Queen and Mercury.

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