George Michael

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George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, 25.6.1963)

George Michael is an English pop singer / songwriter who first rose to fame in the 1980s as one half of the pop duo Wham!

George Michael: Childhood

George Michael's father, Kyriacos Panayiotou (a Greek Cypriot) moved to England in the 1950s and changed his name to Jack Panos. His mother was Lesley Angold Harrison. George was born and raised in North London.

George Michael: Wham!

Wham! formed in 1981 and propelled George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley to chart success. The duo's debut album, Fantastic went to number one in the UK. Singles such as 'Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do?)', 'Bad Boys' and 'Club Tropicana' all became massive hits

The band's second album, Make It Big did just that and sold 6 million copies in the US. George sang on Band Aid's 'Do They Know It's Christmas' and the band donated the proceeds from sales of 'Last Christmas / Everything She Wants' to the charity. In 1985, George Michael also sang on Elton John's singles 'Nikita' and 'Wrap Her Up'.

Wham! split in 1986 after releasing a farewell single for their fans, entitled 'Edge of Heaven'.

George Michael: Solo Career

In 1984, 'Careless Whisper' (taken from a Wham! Album) was released as a solo single for George. This was followed in 1986 with 'A Different Corner', which won George Michael a Grammy Award. In 1987, George recorded a duet with Aretha Franklin. 'I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)' reached number one in the UK and US singles charts.

Faith was George Michael's first solo album release, which hit the stores in 1987. 'I Want Your Sex' was the debut single from the album and was banned from a number of stores for its highly sexualized lyrics. The track was featured on the soundtrack to Beverley Hills Cop II. Regardless of censorship efforts, the track charted at number two in the US and three in the UK. The title track from the album was released as the second single and was a huge success, reaching number one in the US and two in the UK. Faith has been awarded a Diamond certification and has sold over 20 million across the globe.

Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1 was released in 1990. George Michael refused to take part in any promotional activities for the album and as a result, no videos were made for the singles from this album. Despite this, 'Praying For Time' still reached number six in the UK and was a number one hit in the United States. The album was denied a number one position in the States but in the UK, he reached the lucrative top spot. In 1992, the album was certified four times platinum and has sold over eight million copies worldwide. The single 'Freedom 90' was supported by a music video but George refused to appear in it. Instead, he drafted in a group of supermodels, including Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista to appear in the video and mime the words to the song.

At the end of 1991, George Michael's duet with Elton John on Elton's 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' was released and became a huge success and was the only modern number one single to have been recorded at an outdoor venue (Wembley Arena).

George Michael's intended third album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 2 became the victim of a feud between Michael and his record label, Sony. Michael scrapped the album and the single 'Too Funky' was the final release for Sony before George became embroiled in lengthy proceedings to release himself from his contract.

After a brief break from music, George released the single 'Jesus to a Child' in 1994, the song was a tribute to his lover, Anselmo Feleppa, who had died the previous year. The single went straight to number one in the UK and seven in the US. Its follow-up, 'Fastlove' was also a UK number one. The accompanying album, Older, was Michael's first in six years.

George Michael's greatest hits package, Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael was released in 1998. Songs from the Last Century was released in 1999 and featured a number of re-workings of songs by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sting.

Patience, released in 2004 was George Michael's first album of original material in eight years. The lead single 'Shoot The Dog' sparked some controversy for its open criticism of the British and US involvement in the war in Iraq.

George's second greatest hits release, Twentyfive, was released in 2006 and was a number one hit in the UK. The 2-CD set contained some songs from the Wham! era as well as three new songs, including a duet with Mutya Buena of Sugababes and a version of 'Heal the Pain', recorded with Sir Paul McCartney. George undertook a 50-date arena tour to promote the album.

George Michael: Personal Life

In the past, there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding George Michael's sexuality. During his time in Wham! there were a number of tabloid articles which speculated on his relationships with actresses such as Whoopi Goldberg and Brooke Shields. His homosexuality was later made public and George has stated that he hid his sexuality because he was worried about the impact it may have on his mother.

In 1998, George Michael was arrested in Los Angeles, for 'engaging in a lewd act' in a public toilet. He was fined $810 for the incident and was forced to undertake 80 hours of community service. The video for his song 'Outside' was a humourous take on the incident and featured men dressed as policemen kissing in a public toilet. The arresting officer, Rodriguez, took George Michael to court, claiming that the video mocked him and that he had been slandered by Michael in interviews. The case was dismissed by the courts.

In 2006, George Michael was arrested for possession of cannabis. He was then involved in a number of incidents in which he was discovered asleep at the wheel of his car. He has been banned from driving and given a community service order.

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24th March 2014 -

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19th March 2014 -

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17th March 2014 -

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George Michael still has the jeans he wore in his famous 'Faith' video. The 50-year-old singer wore a pair of ripped denim trousers with a leather jacket and black sunglasses for the 1987 video and...

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21st January 2014 -

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George Michael has had a tough time of it over the past few years, but he's ready to show his fans he's come out stronger with his first solo album in a decade, 'Symphonica'.George Michael...

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5th June 2013 -

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The police investigation into the events that lead to George Michael's near-fatal accident on the M1 motorway has concluded: "no further action will be taken" after witnesses' statements were taken.The 49 year-old singer, who wasn't...

George Michael Discharged From Hospital As He Recovers From M1 Accident

30th May 2013 -

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George Michael has now finally been discharged from hospital following his harrowing car accident on the M1 motorway in Hertfordshire, England.The 'Faith' singer suffered a nasty head injury and a bad case of shock after...

George Michael Expected To Be Out Of Hospital Soon

23rd May 2013 -

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George Michael diced with death earlier this week when the former Wham! star fell out of the passenger seat of a moving vehicle whilst on the M1 motorway way in St Albans, near London. The...

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22nd May 2013 -

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21st May 2013 -

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21st May 2013 -

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When George Michael’s car accident was reported, and subsequently passed off as "superficial cuts and bruises" by his publicist Connie Filipello, no one quite knew the seriousness of the incident, until now.Katherine Fox, 23, an...

George Michael Fell Out Of Moving Vehicle Prior To Recent Crash

21st May 2013 -

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Virgin Records Anniversary - '40 Years Of Disruptions' - A Series Of Events Celebrating The Labels Rich History Involving Artists Past And Present

20th May 2013 -

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2013 is the 40th anniversary of Virgin Records, the revolutionary British record label launched by Richard Branson in 1973. To mark the event there will be a series of events taking place this autumn...

George Michael Released From Hospital After Crash – “I spoke to him and he is good” Confirms Boyfriend

18th May 2013 -

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George Michael has been released from hospital following a car crash. His long-term boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, allayed fears that for former Wham! Star was seriously injured, confirming that he’s “good”.“Of course I was worried, but...

George Michael Rushed To Hospital Following Motorway Crash

17th May 2013 -

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George Michael was airlifted to hospital today following a crash on the M1 motorway, with the singer's Range Rover veering into a roadside barrier Wednesday (May 15) evening. The former Wham! singer was rushed to...

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25th January 2013 -

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5th December 2012 -

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George Michael Cancels Australian Tour Dates Citing "Anxiety"

1st October 2012 -

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George Michael has cancelled forthcoming tour dates in Australia, citing anxiety brought on by his battle with pneumonia last year as the reason why he has had to pull the shows. Michael will still be...

George Michael Cancels Australian Leg of His Tour Due to “Major Anxiety” After Struggle with Pneumonia

1st October 2012 -

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In the aftermath of his life-threatening condition of pneumonia late last year, George Michael has been forced, by his mental ill-health, to cancel the final leg of his worldwide tour in Australia. Although Michael,...

George Michael's "Major Anxiety" Causes Australian Tour To Be Cancelled

1st October 2012 -

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The George Michael tour of Australia has been cancelled, reports The Chicago Tribune, because of the "major anxiety" he is suffering following a turbulent year for his health.He had been due to open in Australia...

George Michael Cancels Australian Leg Of World Tour

30th September 2012 -

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George Michael has pulled out of the Australian leg of his 'Symphonica' tour, detailing to his fans that the reason he has been forced to cancel the gigs is due to the 'major anxiety' he...

George Michael's Live Comeback Still Not Quite Up And Running In Glasgow

24th September 2012 -

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It's been a while to wait for George Michael,'s fans but they're finally getting to see the pop legend playing live again after a year that's seen the former Wham! man battle back to recover...

George Michael Declined To Testify At Press Hearing

8th May 2012 -

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Singer George Michael was called to testify at a hearing into media standards in Britain but declined, branding the official probe a "sham".The former Wham! star refused to give evidence at the U.K.'s Leveson Inquiry,...

George Michael - Shoot The Dog

26th January 2012 -

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Brooke Shields Thought She Was George Michael's Careless Whisper

15th January 2012 -

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Brooke Shields was convinced George Michael wrote Careless Whisper about her as the singer released the song after they split up.The model/actress briefly dated the Wham! star before he 'came out' as gay, and she...

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25th April 2011 -

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9th March 2011 -

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FLORENTA

It's great George is speaking for religon and things a good person inside. Wonderfully.

8 years 11 months ago
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amklvyldy

Hey thistle chic, I am going to the UK concert from Michigan...all I got to say is....thats a true fan!!

7 years 10 months ago
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christian mama 2

I was touched by the song he sang however i must suggest he read Leviticus in the holy bible. no sarcasm intended i truly hope he finds the Lord and may God bless him.

6 years 2 months ago
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Love George Michael and his partner Kenny.

4 years 5 months ago
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hieverybody

George Michael is wonderful. I think his music is beautiful and so wonderful. I wish him the best and continued success.

7 years 2 months ago
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Chev

George Michael for me (and soooo many others),has been and still is the best male artist the world has seen (and heard)!!I would love for him to reconsider his decision not to tour the UK ever again (one more time pleeeease)!!!George you are a LEGEND!!!!

8 years 8 months ago
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sara

What a sad year 2008 really is,the end of GEORGE MICHAEL TOURS,we have only just been given the chance to see him after 15 years.....and now its over,There are 3 things you will never take from george,1 his talent and 2 his fans and 3 that beautiful smile.No matter what they say ,all over the world,through the years and the ones to come GEORGE WE LOVE YOU.and to us you are JESUS TO A CHILD.

5 years 11 months ago
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jackie

I thing it's great that George is speaking out FOR religon. He has always had a good heart and is a good person inside. His position in the industry helps bring things to peoples minds and i'm glad that he is using that for yet another good cause. I feel that he is a great singer songwriter and most of all human being. Who he is in a relationship has no bearing on anything. He and Kenny seem to be very happy so they should be allowed thier lives however they want to live.I would like a live conversation. I wish he would reopen his website and ignore idiot's.

9 years 1 month ago
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jenny

im glad george michael isnt leaveing for good i`d miss hes singing voice and i wont have no one to sing to, well done in your earls court concert,i tryed to get tickets but they sold out on the min they went on sale ,i didnt have lots of money people shouldnt buy ticket if they dont like him,its so wrong on the other hand i love him and couldnt go to earls court because ticket robbers took them and soled them for more money:(

5 years 10 months ago
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jackie

I think it's great that George Is thinking about touring again. He is too talented to just stop . I had hoped that he would change his mind about stopping. I hope that he will come to the U.S. Please have him come somewhere near Orlando, Florida

8 years 7 months ago
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