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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: Some things to know about Queen’s iconic hit song

“Bohemian Rhapsody” opens this weekend in theaters, and the biopic film about rock ’n’ roll icon, Queen, is certain to draw interest from fans of the band that produced songs like “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” “Killer Queen,” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

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And, of course, the movie’s iconic title track.

Here are some fun facts about the song.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” was written by lead singer Freddie Mercury and was released on Oct. 31, 1975. It was part of the album “A Night at the Opera” and clocks in at 5 minutes, 55 seconds.

The guitar riff that punctuates the song was written on the piano, guitarist Brian May told the BBC.

“The heavy bit was a great opportunity for us to be at full pelt as a rock band. But that big, heavy riff came from Freddie, not me,” May told the BBC. “That was something he played with his left hand in octaves on the piano. So I had that as a guide—and that’s very hard to do, because Freddie’s piano playing was exceptional, although he didn’t think so.”

The piano Mercury used to record the riff was the same one used by Paul McCartney when the Beatles recorded “Hey Jude.”

The song has several distinctive sections, opening as a ballad, stepping up the tempo with an operatic passage that crashes into hard rock. The song then slows down into a ballad-like coda.

>> ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ first teaser trailer released

The song has several terms that have been botched through the years: “Scaramouche” -- sometimes mispronounced by amateur singers as “Got a mooch” -- is a character that plays a fool in classic Italian opera. “Bismillah” -- no, not American conductor “Mitch Miller” (of “Sing Along With Mitch” fame) or even “Miss Miller” -- means “in the name of Allah.” 

The video of “Bohemian Rhapsody” preceded MTV by six years and was made so the group did not have to appear on “Top of the Pops,” a hokey British music show. 

“It was filmed with the express purpose of giving it to “Top of the Pops,” May told the BBC. “For those of us who remember it, it wasn’t a classy program.

“Top of the Pops” didn’t have a good reputation amongst musicians. Nobody liked it, really.”

The song went to the top of the pop charts for nine weeks in the United Kingdom and reached No. 9 in the United States in early 1976.

The song was long and quirky, but fans loved it. The headbanging scene in “Wayne’s World” when May’s guitar riff takes off remains a classic movie scene.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. 

Kanye West says he's 'distancing' himself from politics: 'My eyes are now wide open'

Weeks after Kanye West's headline-making meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, the rapper has announced that he is stepping away from politics.

>> Kanye West talks MAGA hat, mental health, Air Force One, more in Trump meeting at White House

In a Twitter thread Tuesday, West, who wore a "Make America Great Again" hat during a "Saturday Night Live" appearance last month and delivered a pro-Trump speech onstage after the show, said he has been "used to spread messages" he doesn't support.

"I support creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them the most, I support prison reform, I support common-sense gun laws that will make our world safer," he wrote Tuesday afternoon.

>> Kanye West gives pro-Trump speech after 'SNL,' Trump tweets he is 'leading the charge'

"I support those who risk their lives to serve and protect us and I support holding people who misuse their power accountable. I believe in love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war."

He continued: "I would like to thank my family, loved ones, and community for supporting my ACTUAL beliefs and my vision for a better world."

West went on to claim that he wasn't involved with Blexit, a campaign led by conservative activist Candace Owens that encourages African-Americans to stop supporting the Democratic Party. Owens recently said West designed the "X" in the "Blexit" logo.

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"I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it," West wrote.

"My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative!!!"

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Vanessa Hudgens, Jordan Fisher to headline ‘Rent’ live musical

Fox has announced that the network’s next live musical will be the hit show “Rent.”

And the company has a few pretty big names cast as the leads. 

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Vanessa Hudgens will step into the role of Maureen. The character, who is a performance artist who protests a real estate development, was originally played by Idina Menzel on both stage and screen.

Hudgens starred as Rizzo in Fox’s live broadcast of “Grease” last year, Entertainment Weekly reported

Maureen’s girlfriend Joanne will be played by Kiersey Clemons. Clemons is known for her roles on “Austin & Ally” and “Transparent.” She is also starring in the upcoming live-action version of Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp.”

Singer and “Dancing With the Stars” winner Jordan Fisher will play Mark Cohen , an aspiring filmmaker, originally played in both the Broadway musical and film adaption by Anthony Rapp. 

Brennin Hunt and Tinashe will play Roger Davis, a singer, and Mimi Marquez an adult dancer, who fall in love and who are both HIV positive, EW reported. Valentina, from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” will play Angel, a drag queen and drummer who falls in love with professor Tom Collins.

Collins will be played by Brandon Victor Dixon, who played Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” opposite John Legend. 

Mario, who was discovered at the age of 11 and signed a contract with Clive Davis three years later, will portray Benjamin Coffin III, the former roommate of Roger’s and Mark’s who is now developing his old neighborhood, according to Fox. 

The musical’s signature song “Seasons of Love,” which is normally performed by the ensemble cast, will feature “The Greatest Showman’s” Keala Settle. 

This isn’t the first time Settle lent her voice to “Rent.” She sang “Take Me or Leave Me” with Anika Larsen for “From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando.” in 2016.”

“Rent” won a Tony and Pulitzer prize during its original run in New York City. It was written by Jonathan Larson and is based on the opera “La Boheme.” Larson won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the book, music and lyrics. The show also won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical. Larson died Jan. 25, 1996, 10 days before his 36th birthday, according to Fox.

“Rent” will air live on Jan. 27, 2019 at 7p.m. ET on Fox. It will be played on tape delay for the Pacific time zone.

The live broadcast will be shot at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. and will be directed by the show’s original director Michael Greif who will oversee the stage direction, and Alex Rudzinski, who will oversee the live television side of the production.

Who is Young Greatness? Things to know about the slain rapper

Hip-hop fans were reeling Monday morning after news broke that New Orleans rapper Young Greatness was killed near a Waffle House in his hometown.

The rapper, whose real name is Theodore Jones, was gunned down Monday morning around 1:35 a.m., according to New Orleans CBS affiliate  WWL-TV. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police are investigating evidence to identify a suspect and motive. Young Greatness was 34 years old.

Fans and celebrities have come out to share their condolences for the rapper, known for his 2015 hit “Moolah.”

Young Greatness gained the attention of hip-hop fans with his catchy single “Moolah” in 2015. The song, considered a street classic, spent seven weeks on the Billboard 100, according to music website Hot New Hip Hop. The song was produced by Atlanta-based producer Jazze Pha. 

In the latest trend of artists remixing the tracks of fellow musicians, Young Greatness’ hot track was redone by rap heavyweights Lil Wayne and Yo Gotti. 

Born and raised in New Orleans, Jones moved to Houston after Hurricane Katrina hit his hometown in 2005. As a teenager, he was influenced by Jay-Z and fellow New Orleans rapper Juvenile.

Jones collaborated with Meek Mill on the single “Rollie on My Wrist” and his idol Juvenile on “Buku.” His last studio album was 2017’s “Bloody Summer.”

According to his website, the rapper intended on releasing a new album on his own label, Mile High Music Group, this year.

If you have any information about the shooting, contact NOPD Homicide Detective Brett Mathes at 504-658-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111.

2018 Soul Train Awards: Erykah Badu, and Faith Evans to receive special awards

The 2018 Soul Train Awards will be  hosted by Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold.

According to Billboard.comErykah Badu will be honored with the Legend Award. And Grammy winner Faith Evans will receive the Lady of Soul Award.

Leading the nominations this year is R&B star H.E.R. with seven nods.

Below is the full list of nominees for the 2018 Soul Train Awards:

BEST NEW ARTIST

Daniel Caesar

Jorja Smith

Kali Uchis

Leon Thomas

Normani

Queen Naija

SOUL TRAIN CERTIFIED AWARD

Ashanti

Jorja Smith

Ledisi

Lenny Kravitz

MAJOR.

Tamia

BEST R&B/SOUL FEMALE ARTIST

Beyoncé

Ella Mai

H.E.R.

Mariah Carey

SZA

BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST

Bruno Mars

Childish Gambino

Daniel Caesar

John Legend

Khalid

Tank

BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

Andra Day

Kirk Franklin

Lecrae

Snoop Dogg

Tori Kelly

RHYTHM & BARS AWARD (BEST HIP-HOP SONG OF THE YEAR)

Cardi B – “I Like It” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin

Childish Gambino – “This is America”

DJ Khaled – “No Brainer” featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Quavo

Drake – “In My Feelings”

The Carters – “Apeshit”

SONG OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars – “Finesse” (Remix) featuring Cardi B

Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”

H.E.R. – “Every Kind of Way”

SZA – “The Weekend”

The Internet – “Come Over”

ALBUM/MIXTAPE OF THE YEAR

Chloe X Halle – The Kids Are Alright

Chris Brown – Heartbreak on a Full Moon

H.E.R. – H.E.R.

Leon Bridges – Good Thing

Miguel – War & Leisure

The Internet – Hive Mind

THE ASHFORD AND SIMPSON SONGWRITER'S AWARD

“Finesse” (Remix) – Written by Gene Hernandez, Belcalis Almanzar, Chris Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Ray McCullough, Klenord Raphael, Jeremy Reeves, James Yip, Ray Romulus (Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B)

“Summertime Magic” – Written by Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson (Childish Gambino) 

Best Part” – Written by Ashton Simmonds, H.E.R., Riley Bell, Matthew Burnett, Jordan Evans (Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R.)

“Boo’d Up” – Written by Ella Howell, Dijon McFarlane, Joelle James, Larrance Dopson (Ella Mai)

“Focus” – Written by H.E.R., Darhyl Camper, Justin Love (H.E.R.)

“Broken Clocks” – Written by Solana Rowe, Cody Fayne, Adam Feeney, Ashton Simmonds, Thomas Beesley (SZA)

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE

Bruno Mars – “Finesse” (Remix) featuring Cardi B

Chris Brown – “Tempo”

Ciara – “Level Up”

HoodCelebrityy – “Walking Trophy”

Janet Jackson – “Made for Now” featuring Daddy Yankee

BEST COLLABORATION PERFORMANCE

Bruno Mars – “Finesse” (Remix) featuring Cardi B

Daniel Caesar – “Best Part” featuring H.E.R.

John Legend – “A Good Night” featuring BloodPop

Khalid featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 6lack – “OTW”

SZA – “Doves in the Wind” featuring Kendrick Lamar

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars – “Finesse” (Remix) featuring Cardi B

Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”

H.E.R. – “Avenue”

SZA – “Broken Clocks”

The Internet – “Come Over”

For more information and updates, click here.

2018 Soul Train Awards will air Sunday, November 25 at 8p/7c on BET.

2018 World Series: Matt Damon, Jimmy Kimmel wear dueling 'I'm With Stupid' shirts

The ongoing rivalry between Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel reached a new high for Game 5 of the World Series with a unique twist.

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Damon, rocking a Red Sox hat, wore a red "I'm With Stupid" shirt, with an arrow pointing at his "good friend" to his left: Kimmel.

Meanwhile, Kimmel had a rebuttal of his own, donning a Dodgers-themed blue "I'm With Stupid" shirt, pointing right back at Damon for when they sat together for Sunday night's game.

Caught just outside of the fray? Damon and Kimmel's friend Ben Affleck, showing support for his Red Sox and finding himself in the center of the notorious Damon-Kimmel rivalry once more.

Spotlight Gold: Natalie Cole - “This Will Be”

Youngblood Spotlights “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole.

Via Songfacts.com:Natalie Cole's first single, this funky pop song made a statement that she was not going to be a ballad singer like her famous father, Nat King Cole, who died when she was 15. Natalie worked hard to stay out of her father's shadow, and didn't start singing seriously until her senior year at the University of Massachusetts. After graduating in 1972 with a degree in child psychology, she started singing at small venues and met the producers Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy in 1974. Jackson and Yancy were in the group The Independents, which had broken up. They recorded Cole at Curtis Mayfield's studio in Chicago, writing and producing all the songs that would get her a record deal with Capitol (also her dad's label) and become the Inseparable album.

Super Bowl 53: Jermaine Dupri will helm music for Super Bowl Live

Super Bowl visitors will receive an authentic “Welcome to Atlanta” with Jermaine Dupri in charge.

The Grammy-winning producer and member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame has been tapped by the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee as the music producer for Super Bowl Live, the week of free fan events preceding the Feb. 3 game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Continue reading on AJC.com.

Sinead O'Connor converts to Islam, changes name

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor announced she has converted to Islam and has changed her name, the BBC reported.

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The artist, best known for her 1990 hit version of the Prince song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” announced on Twitter that she had changed her name to Shuhada'.

She converted to Catholicism last year and changed her name to Magda Davitt, Metro reported.

“This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim,” she wrote on Twitter. “This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant. I will be given (another) new name. It will be Shuhada.”

Irish Imam Shaykh Dr Umar al-Qadri posted a video on Twitter of the singer giving the Islamic declaration of faith.

Migos sued by rapper for allegedly stealing ‘Walk It Talk It’

Migos may be facing some legal trouble, because the group is reportedly being sued for allegedly stealing another rapper’s lyrics. 

» RELATED: 5 things to know about Atlanta rap group Migos

Leander C. Pickett, known by his stage name M.O.S., recently filed a copyright lawsuit against the Atlanta trio over his song “Walk It Like It Talk It,” according to TMZ. He claims he recorded it more than 10 years ago in 2007 and that Migos’ “Walk It Talk It,” which features Drake, uses a “substantial portion” of his version.

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