George Michael

English singer-songwriter, musician, producer George Michael

George Michael is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Michael rose to fame in the 1980s when he formed the pop duo Wham! with his school friend, Andrew Ridgeley. His first solo single, "Careless Whisper", was released when he was still in the duo and sold about six million copies worldwide.
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Birthday
25 June 1963
home town
Hertfordshire
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Fans and relatives remember George Michael a year after death
CNN - about 2 months
Friends, family and fans of George Michael shared tributes Monday to the music superstar, who died a year ago on Christmas Day.
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George Michael's new song is 'mixed feelings'
CNN - 5 months
A posthumous single from singer George Michael is receiving mixed reaction from fans.
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Pandora Celebrates And Supports LGBTQ Community With Launch Of 'Sounds Like Pride'
Huffington Post - 8 months
Pandora, “the world’s most powerful music discovery platform,” is turning up the volume on Pride with a brand new spotlight on queer artists and experiences. The “Sounds Like Pride” campaign includes a special station, exclusive content from emerging LGBTQ+ musicians and Pandora employees, and a charitable collaboration with The Ally Coalition, according to a press release sent to HuffPost. The “Sounds Like Pride” station features “personal Pride experiences from Riff Raff and Jonny Pierce from The Drums,” as well other artists throughout June, via Artist Audio Messages. It will also offer listeners music from LGBTQ+ artists including Against Me!, Grizzly Bear, Le Tigré and Perfume Genius, as well as classics from ABBA, Blondie, Culture Club, David Bowie, George Michael, Queen and many more. Pandora users can donate directly to The Ally Coalition via the “Sounds Like Pride” station to support their LGBTQ+ advocacy.  In an effort to shine a light on queer employees workin...
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This May Be The Most Unusual George Michael Tribute You'll Ever See
Huffington Post - 10 months
George Michael’s boundary-pushing legacy will be remembered with a unique tribute in New York. Interior designer Paris Kostopoulos and artist Tina Psoinos of Paris K Design are remembering Michael with “Faith,” a custom-created “vignette” dedicated to the pop superstar, who died in December. The vignette, which is a scaled-down room, will feature a stenciled image of the singer amidst monochromatic walls and neutral furniture. The display will be one of many featured at the Housing Works’ annual “Design on a Dime” event at New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion.  Proceeds from the sale of items from “Faith,” as well as similar vignettes, will benefit Housing Works, an advocacy group focused on fighting homelessness and HIV/AIDS.  Kostopoulos and Psoinos said they choice to honor Michael because of his generation-defining talent, philanthropic work and “attitude to life.” “He is a role model to all, paving the way for other gay contemporary artists at a time where being gay w...
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Private funeral held for singer George Michael in London
Reuters.com - 11 months
LONDON (Reuters) - Best-selling British superstar singer George Michael was buried in London on Wednesday in a private funeral some three months after his death on Christmas Day, his publicist said.
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Private funeral held for singer George Michael in London
Reuters.com - 11 months
LONDON (Reuters) - Best-selling British superstar singer George Michael was buried in London on Wednesday in a private funeral some three months after his death on Christmas Day, his publicist said.
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George Michael's cause of death revealed
CNN - 12 months
The singer George Michael died of natural causes, it was announced Monday.
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Coroner Reveals George Michael Died Of Natural Causes
Huffington Post - 12 months
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Timeline
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    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 50
    In July 2014, Michael was revealed to be a celebrity investor in a tax avoidance scheme called Liberty.
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    Michael's album Symphonica was released on 17 March 2014, and became his 7th solo number one album in the UK, and 9th overall including his Wham! chart-toppers.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 49
    On May 2013, George Michael sustained a head injury when he fell from his moving car on the M1 motorway, near St Albans in Hertfordshire, and was airlifted to a hospital.
  • 2011
    Age 47
    On 23 December 2011, Michael made a public speech outside his house in Highgate, London, in which he stated that the staff at the Vienna General Hospital had saved his life and that he would perform a free concert specifically for those staff.
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    On 21 December 2011, the hospital discharged Michael.
    On 1 December 2011, doctors at the hospital in which George Michael had stayed announced that the singer was "steadily improving" and that he had moved out of the intensive care ward.
    This development led to cancellations and postponements of Michael's remaining 2011 performances, which had been scheduled mainly for the United Kingdom.
    On 21 November 2011, a hospital in Vienna admitted Michael after he had complained of chest pains while at a hotel just two hours before his performance at a venue there for his Symphonica Tour.
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    On 26 October 2011, George Michael cancelled a performance at London's Royal Albert Hall due to a viral infection.
    According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2011 of the wealthiest British musicians, Michael is worth £90 million in currency alone.
    In early 2011, Michael made "You and I", a cover of a Stevie Wonder song, a free download on his website; he did so under the proviso that those that download it make a donation to a charity from those listed.
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    On 22 August 2011, the opening night of his Symphonica world tour, Michael announced that he and Goss had split two years earlier.
  • 2010
    Age 46
    Michael was released from Highpoint Prison in Suffolk on 11 October 2010, after serving four weeks.
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    Goss was present at Michael's British sentencing for driving under the influence of marijuana on 14 September 2010.
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    In the early hours of Sunday 4 July 2010 Michael was returning from the Gay Pride parade.
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    On 5 March 2010, Michael confirmed that he would be a guest performer at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras After Party, where he performed at 1 am, followed by Kelly Rowland at 3 am.
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    On 20 February 2010, Michael performed his first show in Perth at the Burswood Dome to an audience of 15,000.
  • 2009
    Age 45
    At the end of 2009, Michael announced, after months of speculation, that he would be performing shows in the Australian cities of Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, his first concerts in Australia since 1988.
    Though the song is not available any more on his website, it remains available on file sharing networks and on 29 October 2009 the BBC said that George Michael was to join the race for the UK Christmas number one as a remastered version of "December Song" would go on sale on 13 December.
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  • 2008
    Age 44
    On 17 June 2008, Michael said he was thrilled by California's legalisation of same-sex marriage, calling the move "way overdue".
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    On 25 December 2008, Michael released a new track "December Song" on his website for free.
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    Michael appeared on the 2008 finale show of American Idol on 21 May singing "Praying for Time".
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    Following news of Michael's North American tour, Twenty Five was released in North America on 1 April 2008 as a 29-song, 2-CD set featuring several new songs (including duets with Paul McCartney and Mary J. Blige and a song from the short-lived TV series, Eli Stone) in addition to many of Michael's successful songs from both his solo and Wham! career.
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  • 2007
    Age 43
    On 9 June 2007 Michael became the first artist to perform live at the newly renovated Wembley Stadium in London, where he was later fined £130,000 for over-running the programme for 13 minutes.
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    On 12 May 2007 in Coimbra, Portugal, he began the European "25 Live Stadium Tour 2007", including London and Athens, and ending on 4 August 2007 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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  • 2006
    Age 42
    In 2006, Michael started his first tour in 15 years, 25 Live.
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  • 2005
    Age 41
    In late November 2005, it was reported that Michael and Goss would register their relationship as a civil partnership in the UK, but because of negative publicity and his upcoming tour, they postponed it to a later date.
    During the 2005 Live 8 concert at Hyde Park, London, Michael joined Paul McCartney on stage, harmonising on The Beatles classic "Drive My Car".
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  • 2004
    Age 40
    Michael told BBC Radio 1 on 10 March 2004 that future music that he puts out will be available for download, with fans encouraged to make a donation to charity. Twenty Five was George Michael's second greatest hits album, celebrating the 25th anniversary of his music career. Released in November 2006 by Sony BMG, it debuted at no.1 in the UK.
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    "Amazing", the third single from the album, became a number one hit in Europe. When Michael appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on 26 May 2004, to promote the album, he performed "Amazing", along with his classic songs "Father Figure" and "Faith".
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    When Michael's fifth studio album, Patience, was released in 2004, it was critically acclaimed and considered the album of George Michael's comeback to the spotlight in the new millennium.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 39
    On 17 November 2003, George Michael re-signed with Sony Music, the company he had left in 1995 after a legal battle.
    Michael also performed the song on long-running British chart show Top of the Pops on BBC Television on 7 March 2003, introduced by the writer and stand-up comedian (and fan of George Michael) Ben Elton.
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    In February 2003 George Michael unexpectedly recorded another song in protest against the looming Iraq war, Don McLean's The Grave.
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  • 2002
    Age 38
    However, his next single "Shoot the Dog" proved to be highly controversial when released in July 2002.
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  • 2000
    Age 36
    In 2000, Michael worked on the hit single "If I Told You That" with Whitney Houston, a song which was meant to feature Michael Jackson, initially.
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  • 1999
    Age 35
    Songs from the Last Century is a studio album of cover tracks. It was released in 1999 and was the final George Michael album to be released through Virgin Records.
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  • 1998
    Age 34
    Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael was Michael's first solo greatest hits collection released in 1998.
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    The exact identity of the song's subject—and the nature of Michael's relationship with Feleppa—was shrouded in innuendo and speculation, as Michael had not confirmed he was homosexual and did not do so until 1998.
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  • 1996
    Age 32
    After the incident, Michael became explicit about his sexuality and his relationship with Kenny Goss which began in June 1996.
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    In 1996, Michael entered into a long-term relationship with Kenny Goss, a former flight attendant, cheerleader coach and sportswear executive from Dallas.
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    In 1996, Michael was voted Best British Male, at the MTV Europe Music Awards and the Brit Awards; and at the British Academy's Ivor Novello Awards, he was awarded the prestigious title of 'Songwriter of The Year' for the third time.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 28
    George Michael performed at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert on 20 April 1992 at London's Wembley Stadium.
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    Michael ended the idea for Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 2 and donated three songs to the charity project Red Hot + Dance, for the Red Hot Organization which raised money for AIDS awareness, while a fourth track "Crazyman Dance" was the B-side of 1992's "Too Funky".
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  • 1991
    Age 27
    Michael established a relationship with Anselmo Feleppa, a Brazilian dress designer, whom he had met at the 1991 concert Rock in Rio.
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    Later in 1991, Michael embarked on the "Cover to Cover tour" in Japan, England, the US, and Brazil, where he performed at Rock in Rio.
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  • 1990
    Age 26
    In 1990, he told his record company Sony that, for his second album, he did not want to do promotions like the one for Faith.
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  • 1989
    Age 25
    At the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards on 6 September in Los Angeles, Michael received the Video Vanguard Award.
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    In February 1989, Faith won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year at the 31st Grammy Awards.
  • 1988
    Age 24
    In 1988, George Michael took part in the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute at Wembley Stadium in London together with many other singers (such as Annie Lennox and Sting), performing "Sexual Healing".
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    In 1988, Michael embarked on a world tour.
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    Michael and Aretha Franklin won a Grammy Award in 1988 for Best R&B Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal for the song.
  • 1987
    Age 23
    The second single, "Faith", was released during October 1987, just a few weeks before the album. "Faith" would become one of his most popular songs.
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    During the autumn of 1987, Michael released his debut solo album, Faith.
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    The beginning of his solo career, during early 1987, was a duet with Aretha Franklin. "I Knew You Were Waiting" was a one-off project that helped Michael achieve an ambition by singing with one of his favourite artists, and it scored number one on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 upon its release.
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    His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, has on its own sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
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  • 1985
    Age 21
    In addition, he contributed background vocals to David Cassidy's 1985 hit "The Last Kiss", as well as Elton John's 1985 successes "Nikita" and "Wrap Her Up".
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1981
    Age 17
    Michael first found success after forming the duo Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley in 1981.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Born
    Born on June 25, 1963.
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