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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Love George Michael and his partner Kenny.

4 years 11 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 7 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!!!!

9 years 1 month ago
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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 6 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

9 years 2 weeks ago
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George Michael's official fanclub site is now www.georgemichael.com so please change that on your site.

6 years 12 months ago
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Florina

Hi!My name is Florina and I am a 100% George Michael fan.He is one of the greatest artists of all time.He had some terrible years in the past ...a lot of pain...He's back again because he is the best.George- a talented man devoted to his work only.I respect him for this.It was a pleasure to talk about George once again.Love,Florina...

9 years 2 weeks ago
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Maxinejoanne

Went to the concert at Wembley last night and had the most amazing time. We were fortunate enough to have the best possible tickets (right at the front of the stage!). He looked and sounded absolutley brilliant, a fantastic show performed by a fantastic showman. Love him millions.

7 years 6 months ago
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Tony Porch

I was dismayed at GM's views expressed in his interview with Kirsty Wark shown on BBC 2's Newsnight tonight.1. Why should he think that it is acceptable not to pay taxes just because a poltical figure he doesn't agree with is in power (i.e. Margaret Thatcher)? I can't stand Tony Blair but as a citizen of the UK I pay my taxes. 2. I think that GM has been used by Blair and he doesn't seem to have cottoned onto that. Although his music appears to be brilliant I cannot admire Mick Hucknall of Simply Red because of his support for the Labour Party. People like that and GM should keep their political views private.3. He denies his birthright to being English. He was born in England so he is English. His vindication was that he was in some way racially abused when he was younger and that has somehow made him not English. I have been proud that I was a fan of an English musician. I can see that I was duped.4. In conclusion I hope he permanently leaves the country of his birth and never returns. In the meantime I shall destroy all his CD's and DVD's that I have bought with my hard-earned cash (that what was left after paying taxes).DisappointedlyTony Porch

9 years 1 month ago
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Roser

hello everybodyI've liked GM music for long years, since Wham.I woul know how to get a dedicated autograph!!!!I love you George. Dont change!Kisses

7 years 2 months ago
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