George Michael Tops UK albums chart

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.”

The AFP reports:

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.

Billboard also reports:

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!

George Michael: Freedom Reactions

Now that the dust has settled from all of the promotion of George Michael: Freedom, here are some of the reactions to this emotional documentary.

What did you think of George Michael: Freedom? Tell us in the comments below!

George Michael’s Final Interview

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.”

You can read more about it at George Michael’s final interview to be broadcast on BBC Radio 2.

Listen Without Prejudice Released Today

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:

Disc: 1
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)

Disc: 2
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)

Disc: 3
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
11. Happy
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

Disc: 4
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)

The CDs are available from our sponsors Amazon or  Amazon UK.

Did you buy the re-release of Listen Without Prejudice with all the extra goodies? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below.

New and Yet Nostalgic Video for Fantasy

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.

“Fantasy” is taken from Listen Without Prejudice / MTV Unplugged and will be out October 20th. Please consider buying it from our sponsors Amazon or from Amazon UK.

What do you think of the new George Michael video for “Fantasy”?

How do you think George would feel about promoting his new song from beyond the grave?

Let us know in the comments below!

Clips from George Michael: Freedom

In promotion of “George Michael: Freedom,” a few new clips have been released.

The first clip includes previously unseen visuals from the filming of George Michael’s “Freedom ’90” video.

The second clip is the promo for Channel 4:

The third video includes Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Cindy Crawford, and Ricky Gervais:

George Michael: Freedom is set to air on October 21 at 9 p.m. EST on Showtime.

And don’t miss out on the lyric video for “Fantasy.”

George Michael: Freedom on Showtime

“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.

Nile Rodgers’ Intriguing Message

Since the release of the new version of George Michael’s “Fantasy,” Nile Rodgers has been posting tidbits on Twitter.

One of the most intriguing is the following:

It also looks like David Austin was instrumental in getting “Fantasy” released for all of George Michael’s Lovelies to hear.

Here is one with which all George Michael fans would agree:

And here is one just for the George Michael fans out there:

George Michael’s Fantasy Remix

I have to admit I was conflicted when I heard the “new” George Michael song was “Fantasy.”

“Fantasy” is one of my favorite George Michael songs — maybe even my favorite of all time.

The song was updated by producer and musician Nile Rodgers.

The song was on the B-side “Freedom! ’90” originally.

On the plus side, it’s still George singing, but to be honest, the original was better.

“Fantasy” is taken from Listen Without Prejudice / MTV Unplugged and will be out October 20th. Please consider buying it from our sponsors Amazon or from Amazon UK.

Take a listen for yourself.

What did you think of the remix of “Fantasy”? Tell us in the comments below!

New George Michael Song Premieres September 7

As was hinted at yesterday in the letter from George’s family, a new, posthumous George Michael song will be released. The song will premiere on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show with Chris Evans tomorrow morning (September 7). The statement reads:

“Sony Music proudly presents a single by the late George Michael. Tune in to The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 tomorrow, Thursday 7th September at 9am for the first play.’”

George was working on at least two songs before his untimely death on December 25, 2016.

One was with Nile Rodgers who said today on Twitter:

Niles Rodgers also retweeted:

Do you think George would have wanted this song released? Let us know in the comments section.

Geri Horner’s Tribute Video to George Michael

Get ready for some tears.

I don’t know why I didn’t expect photos of George Michael in Geri (Halliwell) Horner’s video for “Angels in Chains,” her tribute to George Michael.

I don’t know why I didn’t expect the backing sounds of so many famous George Michael songs, such as “Faith” and “Father Figure.”

And I certainly didn’t expect to start crying at the end of it like I hadn’t cried in months about losing George.

I’m not sure whether to thank Geri Horner for this video or to be upset with her. LOL.

What did you think of it? Leave your comments below.

Musicians Mention George Michael’s Impact

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.

Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste described George Michael’s influence:

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!)

Hear Geri Horner’s Tribute to George Michael on June 19

Geri Horner’s tribute to George Michael will premiere on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Monday, June 19, starting at 8 a.m.

Profits from the sales of “Angels In Chains” will be going to Child Line, one of the many charities that George Michael supported.

Geri Horner Shares Tribute with George Michael Fans

Geri Horner’s new single, “Angels in Chains”, came from her grief after George Michael died on Christmas day.

“I didn’t know quite what to do with my feelings so I put it in a song, which became ‘Angels In Chains’,” she said. “I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work on this record with Chris Porter and the same team George had hand picked for his own projects. I am first and foremost a George Michael fan, so to be in the same studio with these amazingly gifted artists who have put their stamp on so many of my favorite records was a real privilege for me.”

She worked with George Michael’s extended musical family: Chris Cameron (Michael’s musical director), guitarist Phil Palmer and back up singers Shirley Lewis, Lucy Jules and Jay Henry for her tribute single.

She added: “This is our way of saying goodbye to our friend and music idol, and I hope George’s fans enjoy this as much as we have making it.”

“I am a George fan. I was a George Michael fan from the beginning. That was first. And so I want to share that with other George Michael fans,” Geri Horner also said.

The track is intended as a “beautiful, healing message” to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. In the process I found how healing making this record had been not only for me but also for everyone involved,” she said. “This is our way of saying goodbye to our friend and music idol, and I hope George’s fans enjoy this as much as we have making it.”

Iconic George Michael Items Up for Bid at Bonhams

Bonhams in London will be auctioning off some iconic George Michael items on June 28, 2017.

George Michael: The black leather biker jacket worn in the ‘Faith’ video, 1987

George Michael: The black leather biker jacket worn in the ‘Faith’ video,

1987, labelled La Rocka! Di Londres, front left breast pocket with white BSA logo, back with chromed studs and pale orange rhinestones, lettered in white Rockers Revenge and with green and gold wreath and red and white BSA logo, the lower left sleeve signed by George in silver marker, accompanied by a poster of George Michael wearing an identical jacket (2)

FOOTNOTES

  • Donated by George to a Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy charity auction hosted by Christie’s South Kensington, Sunday 31st January 1993 (Lot 35), held at the HMV shop, Oxford Street, London. Sold with a letter from Christie’s Archives, 2016.

George Michael: A pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses 

George Michael: A pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, with brown leather bound frames, with a letter concerning the provenance from George Michael’s office

FOOTNOTES

  • The vendor acquired these sunglasses from a Starlight Charity auction ‘Night Of The Stars Ball’ in 2003. The letter from Michael’s PA states that they were worn in his music video for ‘Faith’ however these can not be matched to those seen in the video.

George Michael: A jacket by Jean Paul Gaultier worn in the video for ‘I Want Your Sex’, 1987

George Michael: A jacket by Jean Paul Gaultier worn in the video for ‘I Want Your Sex’, 1987, in dark navy blue, collarless, double-breasted with decorative, diamond-shaped metal Gaultier buttons to front and cuffs, two hip and one breast pockets, single inside pocket, black/purple lining to shoulders, labelled Jean Paul Gaultier Homme Pour Gibo

FOOTNOTES

  • Donated by George to one of Elton John’s Out Of The Closet charity sales.

Wham!: An autographed copy of the album ‘Fantastic’, CBS Records, 1983

Wham!: An autographed copy of the album ‘Fantastic’, CBS Records, 1983, signed by both George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley in black ink on the front cover, accompanied by a copy of their single ‘Bad Boys’, and a letter concerning the provenance from the BBC (3)

FOOTNOTES

  • The vendor of this lot won these items on the 17th October 1983 after writing into a Wham! competition at the BBC.

George Michael: Handwritten notes relating to his lawsuit with Sony, circa 1992

George Michael: Handwritten notes relating to his lawsuit with Sony, circa 1992, comprising a yellow, lined notepad with five pages written by George in blue and black ballpoints, with many deletions/amendments, reading: …who quite frankly, have little understanding of the creative process. With C.B.S….I felt that I was believed in…as…a long-term artist…whereas Sony…appear to see artists as little more than software…They do not understand that musicians do not come in regimented shapes and sizes…but…are individuals who…change and evolve along with their audiences. Sony…obviously view this as a great inconvenience…they have developed…hard sell, high profile sales techniques…which, in the short-term at least, are very lucrative for them, and the simple truth is that if George Michael, or any other artist for that matter, doesn’t wish to…conform to…Sony’s…current ideas, there are…plenty of hungry…young acts who will., the ‘Expert Perforated Pad’, 5in x 8in (13cm x 20.5cm)

FOOTNOTES

  • Provenance: Andros Georgiou, George Michael’s cousin and former head of Aegean Records, George’s record label.

George Michael: A black leather coat worn at the 1994 MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony

George Michael: A black leather coat worn at the 1994 MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony, three-quarter length, one inside pocket with zip, one breast and two hip pockets, single vent, with faux fur-covered collar, labelled John Richmond Man, with the original ‘Out Of The Closet’ sales tag

FOOTNOTES

  • Originally purchased at one of Elton John’s Out Of The Closet sales. Worn by George when performing ‘Jesus To A Child’ at the MTV Europe Music Awards, held in Berlin, 24th November 1994.

George Michael: An autographed publicity photograph, 1990s

George Michael: An autographed publicity photograph,

1990s, black and white, signed by George in silver pen, 8in x 10in (20.5cm x 25.5cm)

New George Michael Single Feeling Good in August

George Michael will be releasing “Feeling Good,” his third single from Symponica, on August 11, 2014.

“Feeling Good” was written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse and featured in the 1964 musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd.

The song has already been released for radio airplay.

Also on August 11, Symphonica will be released as a special edition double vinyl album.

We first heard George sing “Feeling Good” on Eli Stone.

George Michael’s New Video for Going to a Town

George Michael has released a new video for his single, “Going to a Town.” Unlike the “Let Her Down Easy” video, the video for “Going to a Town” is concert footage from the Symphonica tour.

“Going to a Town” was originally written and recorded by Rufus Wainwright and featured on his 2007 album Release the Stars. It is the second song to be released from the successful Symphonica CD.

George Michael Palais Garnier Documentary

George Michael is the first contemporary artist ever to perform a concert at the Palais Garnier Opera House Paris. “George Michael Live at the Palais Garnier Paris” has already aired on the BBC and will be airing on AXS TV on April 13 at 8 ET.

You can enter to win a framed print from George Michael’s personal “Symphonica” collection, signed by George himself and the photographer, Caroline True. The print is one of only 16 photographs that was exhibited in London’s prestigious Hamiltons Gallery in Mayfair.

The program has been sold to Foxtel (Australia), DirecTV (Latin America), Globosat (Brazil) and Phoenix Satellite Television (Hong Kong, China and Macau). 

You can read more about the documentary in these two articles:

Tracks in the documentary include:

  • Through
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • A Different Corner
  • Cowboys and Angels
  • John & Elvis Are Dead
  • You’ve Changed
  • Brother Can You Spare a Dime
  • Let Her Down Easy
  • You’ve Been Loved
  • Roxanne
  • Wild Is the Wind
  • Praying for Time
  • Feeling Good