Queen has confirmed plans to release a new album featuring previously unheard tracks sung by late frontman Freddie Mercury.

DigitalSpy reports Queen guitarist Brian May told BBC Wales that the record will be released by the end of the year and is likely to be called Queen Forever.

The unreleased songs date back to the 1980s and feature Mercury’s vocals over recently recorded instrumental tracks.
May said: “It is quite emotional. It is the big, big ballads and the big, big epic sound.”
The Queen guitarist disclosed that he is restoring the songs himself along with bandmate Roger Taylor.

“We had to start from scratch because we only had scraps,” he explained.

“But knowing how it would have happened if we had finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology.”

Freddie Mercury died aged 45 of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS on 24 November 1991, only one day after publicly acknowledging that he had the disease.

He continues to be voted one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music.

November last year marked the 22nd anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death.

A special event was held at The Ivy in central London to coincide with the anniversary.