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George Michael News from August 2004

August 30, 2004
More Press

Today's George Michael articles are:

bullet Music review: The boys of summer '04
bullet Pop Psychology: Ch-ch-ch-changes

August 26, 2004
Billboard U.S. Charts

Pat tells us that "Flawless" is up from #4 to #2 on the latest Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for the week of September 4, 2004.

Also, "Amazing" is up from #10 to #9 on Billboard's Dance Radio Airplay chart for the week of September 4, 2004.

"1985"

The video for "1985" by the group Bowling for Soup includes a clip like the "Faith" video, despite the fact that the song mentions Wham! Thanks to my boyfriend for telling me about the song!

August 25, 2004
New Book on Princess Diana

George Michael is one of 200 people who was interviewed for a new book about the humanitarian work of Diana, Princess of Wales, which will be published next week to mark the seventh anniversary of her death.

August 23, 2004
Behind the Music

If you missed VH1's excellent Behind the Music on George Michael, check it out at the following times:

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 1/12c AM

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 2/1c PM

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - 6:30/5:30c PM

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Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 3/2c PM

Thanks to GMFREEEK for the information.

August 19, 2004
Billboard U.S. Charts

"Flawless" is up from #7 to #4 on the latest Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for the week of August 28, 2004.

Also, "Amazing" drops to #10 on Billboard's Dance Radio Airplay chart for the week of August 28, 2004.

George's Patience

Check out Ask Billboard for how well Patience is doing in the U.S.

Thus far, "Patience" has sold 291,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. You are right, the album has yet to sell anywhere near the numbers that "Faith" posted back in the 1980s. The Recording Industry Association of America has certified that 1987 album 12-times platinum, reflecting U.S. shipments of 12 million copies.

His last studio album, "Older," has sold 881,000 to date. "Songs From the Last Century" has shifted 149,000 units and his greatest hits package, "Ladies & Gentlemen," has moved 932,000.

More Press

Today's George Michael articles are:

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Getting in tune with life's bigger questions

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Bowling for Soup Relive the 1980s

August 18, 2004
VH1 Has "Faith"

From PRNewswire:

Premiering Sunday, August 22 at 9:00 p.m., "Behind The Music: George Michael," tracks the unparalleled arc of a living legend and reveals how the quiet son of a Greek immigrant changed the look and sound of modern pop. With talent, dignity and style, he conquered every chart, everywhere, every time ... but that triumph has not come without struggle and loss.

Built from an intimate new interview, Michael's "Behind The Music" details every step of the man born Georgios Panayiotou, an artist who would not be denied fame and longevity despite constant dogging from the media, a brutal legal battle with his record label and his instantly infamous arrest in Los Angeles. From "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" to "I Want Your Sex" to "Faith" to "Freedom" to the present global smash, "Amazing", Michael's platinum path is testament to the power of integrity in the face of hardship.

In his Behind The Music, Michael opens up on his ambitious beginnings, his teenage ego, the Wham split, his unmatched solo conquests, his decision to sue Sony Music, the death of his mother, and the Beverly Hills bathroom escapade that ultimately led to his coming out of the closet as a proud gay man. With perspective from those who've surrounded the singer from day one, this sixty minute show paints the picture of a naturally, otherworldly gifted musician and performer who rose from waiter to poster boy.

"Behind The Music" gets the truth behind every scandal, the tears behind every loss and the story behind the songs we know by heart. This promises to be the most revealing and comprehensive look ever at a pop king whose reign might just last forever.

Charts in Australia

Cameron tells us that last week, the Oprah interview with George Michael was repeated on Network 10 Australia. Following this, the Aus album charts saw a rise for Patience from 15 to 6 with a bullet for the week ending 16/08/04. Another bouquet for Oprah??

August 17, 2004
"Behind the Music: George Michael" Premieres on Sunday, August 22 at 9:00 PM

From PRNewswire:

As part of "VH1 Classic Weekend," VH1 will premiere "Behind The Music: George Michael" on Sunday August 22 at 9PM*. This one-hour episode tracks the unparalleled arc of a living legend and reveals how the quiet son of a Greek immigrant changed the look and sound of modern pop. With talent, dignity and style, he conquered every chart, everywhere, every time...but that triumph has not come without struggle, heartache, controversy and loss.

August 16, 2004
More Press

Today's George Michael articles are:

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Charity funfair and rally hits the green

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Why stars go too far with surgery

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They're in the pink for a charity Girls Night In

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Vriend George Michael laat zich opnemen

August 12, 2004
Billboard U.S. Charts

"Flawless" is up from #15 to #7 on the latest Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for the week of August 21, 2004. (Thanks Frank, Pat, and GMFREEEK!)

Also, GMFREEEK tells us that "Amazing" is holding steady at #6 on Billboard's Dance Radio Airplay chart for the week of August 21, 2004.

No Olympics Performance

The official site is reporting that George will not be performing at the opening or closing ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games.

Tickled Pink

The official site is also reporting that George Michael will be appearing at a Breast Cancer Charity Show called 'Tickled Pink' at The Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, September 19th. (See July 26th news for more information.) The show, promoted by Clear Channel, will be broadcast in the U.K. on Channel 5 the following Saturday, September 25th.

August 11, 2004
Royal Albert Hall Performance

Maria says George Michael is singing in the Royal Albert Hall for the charity event with Geri Halliwell on September 19, 2004!

Target

Patience is featured on the Entertainment page of Target.com

August 9, 2004
Billboard U.S. Charts

Frank tells us that "Flawless" is up to #15 on the latest Billboard chart.

George's Pain For Booze Clinic Boyfriend

George Michael's boyfriend Kenny has reportedly checked into a rehab clinic to beat a booze problem. More information is available in:

bullet George's Pain For Booze Clinic Boyfriend
bullet Michael's Boyfriend Battles Alcohol Addiction
bullet George Michael apoya a su novio alcohólico
bullet Michael sends Goss into rehab

August 6, 2004
George Michael Sells Home

George Michael is once again selling one of his houses, this one in St. Tropez for a mere $5.8 million (GBP3.2 million).

August 5, 2004
Artists Risk Rocking the Boat when Rocking the Vote

The absence of "Shoot the Dog" in Patience in the U.S. is noted in "Artists Risk Rocking the Boat when Rocking the Vote."

August 4, 2004
Do More Interviews!

Billboard is reporting:

"George Michael's "Patience" (Sony), up 144-51 on a 166% sales increase to 24,000 copies, is the Billboard 200's greatest gainer. A rerun of the artist's appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the original airing of which pushed sales to earn him the greatest gainer crown 10 weeks ago, also nudged sales this time around."

Club Wham!

Club Wham! is the newest Wham! website.

August 2, 2004
Behind the Music

Wayne tells us that "Behind the Music: George Michael" will air on VH1 on August 22, 2004.

Updated Posters

I have updated the Posters page with one new poster for Patience.

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