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Queen and YouTube Music have challenged Freddie Mercury fans

11.20.2019     /     News author: Alexandra

Queen and YouTube Music have challenged Freddie Mercury fans
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"Bohemian Rhapsody" is considered one of the best rock songs of all time, it is no surprise that the video recently reached a billion views on YouTube.

For decades, fans have sung the iconic lyrics of the song along with the unparalleled voice of Freddie Mercury, but how many can really sing like him? YouTube, Google Creative Lab and Google Research, in collaboration with Queen, Universal Music Group and Hollywood Records, have developed an experiment with Artificial Intelligence called FreddieMeter to find out.

The campaign is being launched in support of Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and Jim Beach to raise awareness and raise funds for the fight against HIV AIDS, and in honor of the 44th anniversary of the first presentation in I live from "Bohemian Rhapsody", at the Empire Theater, Liverpool, in the United Kingdom in November 1975; FreddieMeter was created to allow fans around the world to determine how closely their singing matches the voice of Queen's legendary leader, Freddie Mercury.

The FreddieMeter shows users how much their voice matches Freddie Mercury's legendary rank by analyzing the singer's tone, timbre and melody to assign them a score of 0 to 100. Queen fans, imitators and anyone who enjoys a Little karaoke, and be ready to take the challenge, you can start by doing the following:

Google Creative Lab and Google Research created FreddieMeter using new machine learning models inside the device, which has been trained with Freddie's isolated voice and with some samples of people trying to sing like him. FreddieMeter is trained and optimized for soloists, running on desktop, Android and iPhone devices, and the audio is not loaded on any server to be analyzed, so all voices are kept completely private unless the user shares them.

Freddie Meter is part of the YouTube celebration of Queen's music and the milestone of "Bohemian Rhapsody" upon reaching a billion views, which coincided with the recent HD remastering of the video. The achievement made history by being the first song released before the 90’s to reach one billion views on the platform.

In alliance with Universal Music Group and Hollywood Records, YouTube recently launched 'You Are The Champions', a unique campaign that gave band fans the exclusive opportunity to be part of Queen's story by starring, in new and generated videos by users, three of the band's most celebrated songs - "A Kind of Magic," "Don't Stop Me Now" and the iconic "Bohemian Rhapsody." The results were obtained from more than 10,000 presentations from more than 120 countries around the world, demonstrating the depth and love for Queen and Freddie among their loyal fans.

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