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"Scandal" is a song by the British rock band Queen. It was released as the fourth single from their 1989 album The Miracle and peaked at #25 in the UK.[1] The single was released in the United States but failed to chart.

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Single by Queen
from the album The Miracle
B-side"My Life Has Been Saved"
Released9 October 1989
GenreRock, electro-rock
  • 4:43 (Album version)
  • 6:23 (12" extended version)
LabelParlophone, EMI, Capitol
(Brian May)
Producer(s)Queen and David Richards
Queen singles chronology
"The Invisible Man"
"The Miracle"


"Scandal", written by Brian May, but credited to Queen, is about the unwanted attention May and lead singer Freddie Mercury received from the press in the late 1980s, involving May's divorce from his first wife, Chrissie Mullen, and his relationship with actress Anita Dobson and growing media speculation about Mercury's health. Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS in April 1987; he did not reveal his condition until the day before his death in November 1991. However, changes in his appearance, particularly his weight loss and rather gaunt look, helped fuel speculation that he was seriously ill.[2]


May recorded the keyboards and guitars in one take. Mercury's vocal was also done in one take.[2]

Music videoEdit

The video for the song featured the band performing on a stage designed to look like a newspaper - it was filmed at Pinewood Studios in September 1989, and is notable for Mercury's "gaunt" appearance.

In the audio commentary included with the video in Queen: Greatest Video Hits 2, Roger Taylor admitted his dislike for it, stating it was “not one of my favourite songs. One of the most boring videos we ever made."


The original version of the song "My Life Has Been Saved" was featured on the B-Side of the single, before May, Taylor, Deacon and Richards reworked the track for their fifteenth and final studio album Made in Heaven. The 1995 version replaced the original guitar intro with keyboards played by bassist John Deacon.


Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1989) Peak
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 12
Irish Singles Chart[4] 14
UK Singles Chart[1] 25


  1. ^ a b "Queen - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Scandal - Queenpedia". Retrieved 26 January 2008.
  3. ^ "Queen - Scandal - Dutchcharts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
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