George Michael has once again topped the UK albums chart with the reissue of Listen Without Prejudice.
In 1990, when Listen Without Prejudice was first released, it topped the UK album charts as well. According to the BBC, “CD sales have collapsed in the meantime. In 1990 the album sold 423,577 copies to top the chart. This week, it shifted just 56,000 copies.”
David Austin, Michael’s manager, long-term collaborator and close friend since childhood, said the team behind the efforts were “incredibly proud” to have immediately topped the charts.
“It’s no great secret that George was a perfectionist and it shows, he was over everything from its inception to its finish and it’s a blessing and rare gift to be guided by such genius,” he added in a statement.
Sony reissued Michael’s second solo album, now adding his 1996 MTV Unplugged show and the Nile Rodgers collaboration “Fantasy,” in the wake of Channel 4’s Oct. 16 broadcast of the new Freedom documentary. Last week, that show helped his Ladies & Gentlemen — The Best of George Michael compilation (Epic/Sony) to re-enter at No. 9. Another collection, Twenty Five, now climbs 61-21 and Older re-enters at No. 35.
Did you buy Listen Without Prejudice this week? Which version? Tell us in the comments below!
Mark your calendars! George Michael’s final interview will air on November 1 and November 8 on BBC Radio 2.
George Michael: The Red Line is a two-part interview of 60 minutes each. It will be broadcast for the first time on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 8 at 10 p.m.
Kirsty Young interviewed George Michael as a part of the George Michael: Freedom documentary, which aired earlier this week in the UK.
After George’s death, it was decided that this, his final interview, should be released to the public.
The BBC article states:
Although it had never been the intention to broadcast their conversation in its entirety, following George’s untimely death only a few weeks later, it began to feel like something that should happen. In fact, as they parted, George said to Kirsty: “You should turn this into a radio programme.”
George Michael: The Red Line is his final interview, told in almost all it’s [sic] entirety with many of the personal asides left as they were.
Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2 says: “The Radio 2 listeners continue to love and remember George Michael and his music, and I’m glad that they will be able to hear his final, very special interview on the station.”
George Michael’s anniversary edition of Listen Without Prejudice was released today. It is technically in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the release of Listen Without Prejudice, although there were several delays, including George Michael’s death, that affected the release date.
The Deluxe version in the UK includes:
1. Praying for Time
2. Freedom! ’90
3. They Won’t Go When I Go
4. Something to Save
5. Cowboys and Angels
6. Waiting for That Day – George Michael / The Rolling Stones
7. Mothers Pride
8. Heal the Pain
9. Soul Free
10. Waiting (Reprise)
1. Freedom! ’90 (MTV Unplugged)
2. Fastlove – George Michael / Patrice Rushen (MTV Unplugged)
3. I Can’t Make You Love Me (MTV Unplugged)
4. Father Figure (MTV Unplugged)
5. You Have Been Loved (MTV Unplugged)
6. Everything She Wants (MTV Unplugged)
7. The Strangest Thing (MTV Unplugged)
8. Older (MTV Unplugged)
9. Star People (MTV Unplugged)
10. Praying for Time (MTV Unplugged)
11. Fantasy featuring Nile Rodgers(Via Download Code)
1. Soul Free (Special Radio Edit)
2. Freedom! (Back To Reality Mix)
3. Freedom (Back To Reality Mix Edit)
4. Fantasy 90
5. Freedom (Edit)
6. Cowboys & Angels
7. If You Were My Woman
8. Too Funky (Edit)
9. Crazy Man Dance
10. Do You Really Want To Know
12. Too Funky (Extended)
13. Too Jazzy (Happy Mix)
14. Fantasy 98
15. George Michael with Paul McCartney – Heal The Pain
16. George Michael with Astrud Gilberto – Desafinado
1. The Southbank Show 1990 (DVD Video)
2. Freedom! ’90 promo (DVD Video)
3. Praying For Time promo (DVD Video)
4. Freedom 90 MTV 10th Anniversary (DVD Video)
Even though we have a new video for “Fantasy” featuring Nile Rodgers, it’s nostalgic as well for George Michael fans. The new video includes at least 19 previous George Michael videos, from “Wham Rap” to “Freeek.”
Also, the producers have been able to edit certain previous videos to make it appear that George is singing some of the lyrics.
“George Michael: Freedom” premieres on Saturday, October 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on-air, on demand and over the internet on Showtime.
The press release states, in part:
GEORGE MICHAEL: FREEDOM covers the span of his entire career, but concentrates on the formative period in the late Grammy Award winner’s life and career, leading up to and following the making of his acclaimed, best-selling album “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1” and his subsequent, infamous High Court battle with his record label that followed, while also becoming poignantly personal about the death of his late partner and first love, Anselmo Feleppa.
Filmed before Michael’s untimely passing, the documentary is narrated by the singer, who was heavily involved in the making of the film that serves as his final work. GEORGE MICHAEL: FREEDOM features Michael’s incredible, unseen archival and private home footage, giving viewers a first-person account of this dramatic period in his life – revealing how he became one of the most influential recording artists of all time who alone fought a corner for all artists by challenging the standard recording contract helping to rewrite the rules of the music industry. He talks about why he stepped out of the limelight and turned his back on celebrity.
The feature documentary includes the original five supermodels from Oscar-nominated director David Fincher’s “Freedom! ’90” video – Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz and Linda Evangelista – who come together for the first time to discuss their experience on the iconic music video. The film also features interviews with some of Michaels’ most famous friends and music legends, including Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rogers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Corden and Tony Bennett.
George Michael’s sisters, Melanie and Yioda, have just posted a letter on George Michael’s official website www.GeorgeMichael.com.
The letter starts off by saying they are still “struggling” with the loss of George, but “know we hear you, through your amazing and thoughtful messages and that you understand our loss, as we try to understand yours.”
The following appears to be positive news about the release of new material. The documentary, in particular, would be considered one of the projects George was working on. Melanie and Yioda write:
Our aim is to carry on, as we know Yog would have wanted, to share and enjoy his precious legacy and to continue to bring you joy – through his extraordinarily beautiful music.
David, along with Yogs loyal creative team, will continue bringing you all the projects they had been working so hard on for you, exactly as Yog would have wanted…
Please read the entire letter on the official site.
Yours Only George is going to remain open! As I wrote previously, I was contemplating closing the site because my web hosting fee had doubled and advertising revenue wasn’t even covering the old fee. Fortunately, I was able to find a new web host with a much lower annual fee. Yeah! I still hope you continue to support our advertisers so that I may keep the site open indefinitely. YOU make a difference.
As I said before, it’s more difficult to update the site as there just isn’t as much news. I also have had a number of unsubscriptions to the mailing list lately. I am trying my best to post only the most important stuff here, but I do understand that some people aren’t as interested in George Michael news now that dear George has left us.
I do regularly post links on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so make sure to follow those to get all the news.
Thanks for allowing me to run Yours Only George for the last 20 years!
I have to admit I feel sad about celebrating the 20th anniversary of Yours Only George. I even hesitated to say anything at all.
As many of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook know, I have struggled with the loss of George Michael, maybe even more than most because this site has been a part of my life for 20 years and I have been a fan for 33 years.
On one hand, I’m still mourning George. (I just cried after watching the video for “Angels in Chains.”) On the other hand, I’m debating whether or not to keep this site open. Although I want to keep it open, I don’t know if I can afford to keep it open.
Obviously, when the center of your site dies and there is consequently little news, your site’s audience dies as well.
My webhost renewal is coming up soon and the rates went up. I have been experimenting this past week, trying to see how many articles a week it would take to keep the site open. What I discovered is that it only takes 5 people a day to visit an advertiser to keep this site open. That actually saddens me because I have been operating the site at a loss the last few years. I was always hopeful George would release something new to keep the site afloat.
If you like any small site, please know you do matter. You can easily keep your favorite sites open by purchasing items through their Amazon links or visiting sponsor’s advertisements that are of interest to you.
Thank you for all your support for the last 20 years!
Yours Only George
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In the past few weeks, quite a few musicians have been talking about George Michael’s influence. Here are a few of the comments:
Elton John opens up about George Michael’s shock death:
I haven’t had the chance to play “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” in England since George died.
It is such a big part of him and a big part of me.
Losing him was one of the most devastating things that had happened to me for a long long time.
Ronan Keating has revealed the heartbreak he felt in December when his friend and mentor George Michael died.
I got to know George 20 years ago and I grew up listening to George Michael.
He was my musical mentor and he’s the reason I’m a singer today… He’s always been a hero of mine.
It’s still very raw for me that he’s gone, I still can’t believe it.
Alison Moyet has paid tribute to George Michael performing his song “Jesus to a Child” on BBC Radio 2.
Chatting to Jo Wiley, Moyet said she wasn’t close friends with George Michael, but they used to bump into each other regularly, and at one point she was lined up to sing some backing vocals for a project of his.
“He was just such a kind and unpretentious person,” Moyet said.
While George Michael was and will remain one of the biggest pop stars in the world, he enabled me and gave me the strength to be a teeny tiny gay indie public figure, and for that, I am so grateful for George Michael and all he has given me and the world.
Mike Brown recalls his 120 gigs with George Michael and describes him as “amazing” in the studio. It’s about 40 minutes into the interview. (Thanks, Sebastian!)