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Queen: I Want to Break Free (Video 1984) Poster

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Whereas the parody was acclaimed in the United Kingdom, it was considered controversial in the United States and banned by MTV and other stations.
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After its release in 1984, the single of the song was well received all over Europe and South America, where it was listed within top ten and regarded as an anthem of the fight against oppression.
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The song was made available to download on 7 December 2010 for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform.
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When Mercury appeared in front of an audience of 325,000 and started singing "I Want to Break Free", stones were thrown at him. He quickly realized that his female outfit was the reason and removed his wig and false breasts, which calmed down the audience - they did not wish to see the song about freedom which they interpreted as "sacred" mocked. This incident however puzzled and disappointed the singer.
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The female characters played (in drag) by the band and the look of the house it is set in is an affectionate tribute of the long running British television soap opera 'Coronation Street' (1960). Whilst most British and commonwealth fans of the band recognized this as a tongue in cheek parody of a British institution, the joke was lost on the American networks who didn't recognize the gag or thought the casual viewer wouldn't be aware of it and most promptly refused to screen the video for fear of upsetting their audience and thus affected both it's U.S. chart position and overall perception of the band.
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In the episode "The Final Problem" of BBC's Sherlock, Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott) is shown listening to "I Want to Break Free" while arriving on Sherrinford island.
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The song is largely known for its music video for which all the band members dressed in women's clothes, a concept proposed by Roger Taylor, which parodied the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street.
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The second part of the video included a composition rehearsed and performed with the Royal Ballet and choreographed by Wayne Eagling.
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The single reached only the 45th position in the US charts, but reached number 3 in the UK and was certified silver with 200,000+ copies sold.
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The song was written in 1983 by John Deacon and released at the beginning of April in 1984.
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There are three versions of the song: album, single and extended.
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The song was also performed in many concerts of the project Queen + Paul Rodgers, where Paul Rodgers took vocals, Danny Miranda played the bass guitar and Spike Edney was at the keyboard.
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The music video was shot on 22 March and 4 May 1984 at Limehouse Studios and cost about £100,000.
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Footage from the video was later used for the song "The Show Must Go On".
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United States (RIAA) Gold certification with 500,000 sales.
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United Kingdom (BPI) Silver certification with 250,000 sales.
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Germany (Official German Charts) peak position 4, 1984.
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Netherlands (Single Top 100) peak position 1, 1984.
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Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) reached Number 1, 1984.
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Lisa Stansfield led the song in The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.
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The video was directed by David Mallet.
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