WHO LOVES GEORGE MICHAEL......
23 Dec 06
George Michael was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, to a Greek Cypriot father and an English mother. He spent the majority of his childhood in London living in the home his parents bought shortly after his birth. He began his career by forming a short-lived band called The Executive together with his best friends Andrew Ridgeley & Costas Michael, a fellow pupil at Bushey Meads School. He held everyday jobs, one was as a waiter.His biggest hit singles as a solo artist include the single "Faith," taken from his debut album of the same name. The album not only became number one on both sides of the Atlantic, but also resulted in four number one singles in the United States. In 1989 he again sang backing vocals on a record called "Heaven Help Me" with longtime friend Deon Estus. The song was written by both of them, and just missed out on the British top 40, reaching #5 in the U.S. "Careless Whisper" (written when he was seventeen) became one of the most played songs of the decade and voted favourite record of all time by Londoners in January 1995, in a competition run jointly by the capital's leading evening newspaper and radio station. He was then also voted Best Male Singer by the same radio station and by the readers of a national newspaper. Some of his other hits include "Father Figure", "Kissing a Fool", "One More Try", "Freedom 90", "Fastlove", "Jesus to a Child", "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (a duet with Elton John), 2002's "Freeek!" and the controversial song and video "Shoot the Dog" which is a commentary on Tony Blair's partnership with George Bush in Bush's 'War on Terror'. His work covers a variety of pop styles, from ballads to funky dance tracks. In a career spanning more than twenty years, George Michael has been responsible for more than 80 million record sales according to his official website. Michael was involved in a 1993 court case concerning his record contract after his record company CBS was taken over by Sony. Amongst Michael's complaints was that Sony had not fully supported the release of his second solo album resulting in its poor performance in the U.S. compared to Faith. Sony responded that Michael had refused to appear in promotional videos and it was this that had caused the poor response to the album. The case was heard in London and was found against Michael. As a consequence, Michael declared he would not release any new material until he had completed the minimum of his contractual obligations to Sony. Having decided to release his new material through a number of labels on a single-by-single basis, Michael found a home at Sony for his new, highly anticipated album Patience. It was released in March 2004 after two popular singles released through Polydor Records. Patience debuted at number one in the UK album charts and number two in Australia. It has sold moderately globally with 2.5 million. Michael was also engaged in more controversy when he shut down his online Official Forum/Message Board because he did not like the petty bickering about his cousin. Also, the moderating/webmaster team were not doing their job properly. This alienated and polarised his fanbase and many fans dispersed to new online fan communities. During the 2005 event Live 8, George Michael joined Paul McCartney on stage, harmonizing on the Beatles' classic "Drive My Car". He couldn't perform a separate set himself because of a head cold. At the event, Michael told BBC Radio 1 that he was writing and recording music at home and hinted that was considering a tour in 2006. It was announced on 21 April 2006 that he would embark on a 50-date tour in 2006 called "25 Live" to commemorate 25 years of being in the music business. The tour is set to kick off 23 September 2006 in Barcelona, Spain. A new greatest hits package will be released to coincide with the tour. The new album will feature four new tracks. This will be the fourth "best of" package of George Michael material after 1986's "The Final", 1997's "If You Were There" (both Wham! collections), and 1998's solo collection "Ladies & Gentlemen", a double disc which went double platinum in the US. Michael has also stated that he is recording a new version of "Heal the Pain" with Paul McCartney. "We're doing some recording later this week actually. We're gonna do another version of one of my old songs called "Heal the Pain" – which I wrote as a tribute to him and so I'm incredibly honoured that he's gonna sing it for me," Michael said.In a recent interview with Michael Parkinson on Britain's ITV television channel, Michael announced his intention to tour for the first time in 15 years. He announced that he would embark on a 50-date European tour entitled 25 Live, beginning in Barcelona on 23 September 2006, and ending up at Wembley Arena in London in December. He also confirmed his intention to form a civil partnership with long-time partner Kenny Goss. He told Parkinson they would perform the legal ceremony and then hold a party. He also quipped that none of them would be donning a dress. To coincide with the tour, a new greatest hits collection,Twenty Five, was released on 9 November 2006, including four new songs. The lead single, "An Easier Affair", debuted on radio on 24 May 2006, and was released by Sony BMG as a download on 19 June and as a CD release a week later. This new single hit #1 in the UK dance charts and reached #13 in the UK singles chart upon physical release (download entered the charts at #74). Due to an overwhelming response by fans to his recently announced tour celebrating 25 years in the music industry, George Michael, as stated by his publicist, is considering a North American tour as well. George has released his latest single, a duet single with ex-Sugababe Mutya, "This Is Not Real Love", on 6 November 2006. It peaked at #15 in the UK Charts.