New AI-powered singing challenge rates how well you can mimic Freddie Mercury's voice


We have all belted out the iconic lyrics of Queen's famous songs at one point or another. From Bohemian Rhapsody to We Are The Champions, there is something very satisfying about singing these famous songs. However, not many people can match lead singer Freddie Mercury's one-of-a-kind voice.

To help us work out how many can really sing like Freddie, YouTube, Google Creative Lab and Google Research, working in partnership with Queen, Universal Music Group and Hollywood Records, have built FreddieMeter, a AI-Powered singing challenge that let fans around the world determine how closely their singing matches the voice of Queen’s legendary frontman, Freddie Mercury.

Released in support of Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and Jim Beach to raise awareness and funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS, and in honour of the 44th anniversary of the band’s first-ever live performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” at the Empire Theater, Liverpool, U.K in November 1975; FreddieMeter was created to let fans around the world determine how closely their singing matches the voice of Queen’s legendary frontman, Freddie Mercury.

Using new on-device machine learning models, Google Creative Labs and Google Research have created FreddieMeter and trained it on Freddie Mercury's isolated vocals as well as samples of people trying to sing like Freddie. FreddieMeter is trained on and optimized for individual singers and works on desktop, Android and iPhone devices and the audio doesn’t get uploaded to any servers to be analyzed, so all vocals stay totally private unless shared by the user.

FreddieMeter analyses the singer's pitch, timbre and melody to assign the a score of 0 to 100. Whether you are a Freddie Mercury impressionist or just a regular fan like everyone else, anyone that enjoys a little karaoke and is ready to step up to the challenge can do so by doing the following:

  1. SING: Pick one of four QUEEN songs on the microsite (Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now, Somebody to Love or We Are the Champions) and sing your heart out!
  2. SHARE: Get your score and share! Download the custom scorecard asset directly to your device, then share it on YouTube Stories, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
  3. CHALLENGE: Using the hashtag #FreddieChallenge on social channels, challenge three friends to see how they measure up.
  4. DONATE: Encourage a charitable donation to Mercury Phoenix Trust in your post → http://www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com/donate


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