Buzzing: Asteroid named after Freddie Mercury

Asteroid named after Freddie Mercury

The late Freddie Mercury's legacy is living on as an asteroid, named after him on what would have been the Queen singer's 70th birthday.

Queen's Brian May, who has a doctorate in astrophysics, announced that Asteroid 17473, discovered in 1991, the year when Mercury died, is now called Freddiemercury.

May revealed the name by video at a Freddie For A Day event in Switzerland. The asteroid, which is far from Mercury's namesake planet, is in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.


Malik cancels Dubai concert

Zayn Malik, the former One Direction member who released his solo debut this year, has called off an Oct 7 concert in Dubai.

In a statement, Malik, who has yet to tour alone, said he had been working "to overcome my extreme anxiety around major live solo performances".

"I feel I am making progress, but I have today acknowledged that I do not feel sufficiently confident to move forward with the planned show."


Beyonce to rest vocals

Singer Beyonce, citing "strict doctor's orders for vocal rest", yesterday rescheduled a New Jersey concert for Oct 7. Her Formation tour, which began in April and is to continue into early next month, resumes on Saturday in St Louis.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2016, with the headline 'Buzzing'. Print Edition | Subscribe