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30/07/2013 10:29 BST | Updated 29/09/2013 06:12 BST

Freddie Mercury And Michael Jackson Duet Recordings To Be Released, Confirms Queen Guitarist Brian May

Fans of Freddie Mercury, still reeling from the departure of Sacha Baron-Cohen from the film of the showman's life, have at least got something to celebrate this week.

A documentary (shown on BBC4 a fortnight ago) teased a tantalising duet between Queen's much-loved, much-missed frontman and the 'prince of Pop' Michael Jackson.

Now, Brian May has confirmed that he, bandmate Roger Taylor and producer William Orbit are working on on three different duets recorded by the pair in 1983, and that he'll have something to release soon. He previously announced that he had been given permission by Jackson's estate to work on the recordings.

On his blog, May wrote, "Great evening with William Orbit working with some Queen/Freddie/Michael Jackson tapes. Exciting, challenging, emotionally taxing. But cool."

Mercury died in 1991 from an AIDS-related illness, while Jackson died suddenly in 2009.

Sacha Baron-Cohen had been working on a biopic about the charismatic Queen frontman for several years, but left the production last week, citing "creative differences" with the remaining members of Queen.

The 'Borat' star was believed to have wanted to concentrate on some of the bawdier aspects of Mercury's life, including his party years in New York.