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George Michael

 
Bio:
In 1981, a teenage George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley formed the duo band Wham!. They released their first album, "Fantastic", in 1983 where it reached #1 in the United Kingdom and spawned hits, "Young Guns", "Wham Rap!" and "Club Tropicana". In 1984, the duo released "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
In 1981, a teenage George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley formed the duo band Wham!. They released their first album, "Fantastic", in 1983 where it reached #1 in the United Kingdom and spawned hits, "Young Guns", "Wham Rap!" and "Club Tropicana". In 1984, the duo released "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", ... (read complete bio)
 

George Michael Biography

In 1981, a teenage George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley formed the duo band Wham!. They released their first album, "Fantastic", in 1983 where it reached #1 in the United Kingdom and spawned hits, "Young Guns", "Wham Rap!" and "Club Tropicana". In 1984, the duo released "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", a pop anthem that was "the best elements of Fifties and Sixties records, combined with Wham!'s attitude and their approach" according to George Michael. It became their first American and UK number-one hit.

1984 also brought us some Christmas cheer with the release of their hit, "Last Christmas". Wham! donated all of their "Last Christmas" royalties to the Ethiopian famine along with the other bands in the charity super-group known as "Band Aid"

In 1987, George Michael began his solo career with a duet with R&B legend, Aretha Franklin. The song titled "I Knew You Were Waiting" became a number one hit in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Becoming one of his most iconic songs, "Faith" was released on October of 1987, holding the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a month. "Faith" incorporates the famous Bo Diddley beat, a classic rock and roll rhythm along with a music video featuring a cowboy-boot wearing, stubbled George Michael.

The last song on our list is the 1990 hit, "Praying for Time". George Michael's first song in nearly two years, it was said to be a reflection of social ills and injustice. The song became his ninth number one in the United States and the last solo single of his to reach number one in the U.S.

George Michael have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and his debut solo album, "Faith", sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Garnering multiple number one singles across the world, including "Careless Whisper" and "Freedom! '90", he ranks among the best-selling British acts of all time, ranked by Billboard magazine as the 40th-most successful artist ever. Michael won various music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards-he won Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations. Michael, who was gay, was an active LGBT rights campaigner and HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser as well.





George Michael News

Seal Announces 30th Anniversary North American Tour Photo Seal Announces 30th Anniversary North American Tour
by Michael Major - Jan 18, 2023

Produced by Live Nation, Seal will team up with longtime producer and trusted collaborator Trevor Horn, who will take on the role of musical director for the run of shows; additionally, Horn’s acclaimed new wave band The Buggles will be featured as special guest performers. Check out the full list of tour dates now!

ENNIO: THE LIVING PAPER CARTOON Announced At Club Fugazi Photo ENNIO: THE LIVING PAPER CARTOON Announced At Club Fugazi
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 10, 2023

The art of living origami meets hilarious theatre magic when Club Fugazi presents Ennio: The Living Paper Cartoon, co-produced by Club Fugazi Experiences, Glynis Henderson Productions, and Jonathan Reinis Productions, making its triumphant return to San Francisco after an 11-year absence, with a limited engagement, January 10 through February 5, 2023.

GEORGE MICHAEL REBORN Starring Robert Bartko Brings The Legend Back To Life On Stage  Photo GEORGE MICHAEL REBORN Starring Robert Bartko Brings The Legend Back To Life On Stage At Raue Center!
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 9, 2023

GEORGE MICHAEL REBORN, the incredible George Michael WHAM! tribute to the late, great legend rocks Raue Center on February 4, 2023, at 8 p.m.

Julio Iglesias Jr. & Jewel Release Duet 'Careless Whisper' Photo Julio Iglesias Jr. & Jewel Release Duet 'Careless Whisper'
by Michael Major - Jan 9, 2023

Julio Iglesias Jr., has released “Careless Whisper,” a spellbinding duet with four-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jewel. The new rendition features Julio’s warm, soulful vocals and Jewel’s inimitably sweet voice paired with a delicate samba beat that breathes new life into the beloved George Michael classic.

New Original Queer Musical SHOOTING STAR Adds Four More Performances Photo New Original Queer Musical SHOOTING STAR Adds Four More Performances
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 5, 2023

After a successful 15 show run, the popular, revealing new musical is extending into January. TIME OUT NEW YORK added SHOOTING STAR to its Top 5 list of 'the best immersive theater in New York right now,' where the action unfolds around you and puts the audience in the middle of the laughter, the drama, the belting and most importantly, the heart.

THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY to Play at Music Hall in March Photo THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY to Play at Music Hall in March
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 27, 2022

The internationally-acclaimed hit theater show The Simon & Garfunkel Story will crisscross the U.S. to more than 50 cities including Detroit on Saturday, March 18 at Music Hall.

THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY is Coming to Popejoy Hall in February Photo THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY is Coming to Popejoy Hall in February
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 27, 2022

The Simon & Garfunkel Story  will stop by Popejoy Hall on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 8:00 pm during the coast-to-coast U.S. tour.

††† (Crosses) Release Cover of George Michael's 'One More Try' Photo ††† (Crosses) Release Cover of George Michael's 'One More Try'
by Michael Major - Dec 23, 2022

In 2020, they instituted a holiday ritual by sharing a surprise cover of “The Beginning of the End” by Cause & Effect on Christmas Eve. They continued this tradition in 2021 with a cover of “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus. For 2022, they have unveiled “One More Try.” The song famously graced George Michael’s classic 1987 debut album, Faith.

New Original Queer Musical SHOOTING STAR Adds Four More Performances In January Photo New Original Queer Musical SHOOTING STAR Adds Four More Performances In January
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 22, 2022

After a successful 15 show run, the popular, revealing new musical SHOOTING STAR is extending into January. 

Billie Eilish to Bring Extended LIVE AT THE O2 Coming to Movie Theaters Photo Billie Eilish to Bring Extended LIVE AT THE O2 Coming to Movie Theaters
by Michael Major - Dec 16, 2022

The never-before-seen Extended Cut version of this concert film takes viewers on a visually captivating journey from beginning to end, to the heart of Eilish’s record-breaking sold-out “Happier Than Ever, The World Tour.” It features “bad guy,” “Therefore I Am,” “bury a friend,” “my future,” “Happier Than Ever,” “everything i wanted,” and more.

George Michael Videos

VIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night Of Broadway-Bound THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA In Chicago Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night Of Broadway-Bound THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA In Chicago

by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 7, 2022

The world premiere production of The Devil Wears Prada, The Musical has officially opened in Chicago! The production began performances on July 19th, and celebrated opening night tonight, August 7th. The production runs through August 21st at Broadway In Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre. Watch the opening night curtain speeches from producer Kevin McCollum and director Anna D. Shapiro.

Photo/Video: Get A First Listen To The Songs Of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA; Cast Meets The Videoplay
Photo/Video: Get A First Listen To The Songs Of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA; Cast Meets The Press In Chicgo

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 13, 2022

The Devil Wears Prada, The Musical hosted a welcome press event at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre ahead of the musical’s world premiere. Check out photos of the cast meeting the press, get a first look at the cast in rehearsal, and listen to Elton John preview songs from the show!

VIDEO: See Cynthia Erivo in the Trailer for GENIUS: ARETHA Videoplay
VIDEO: See Cynthia Erivo in the Trailer for GENIUS: ARETHA

by Stage Tube - Feb 9, 2021

National Geographic and Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet,” “The Color Purple”) revealed today during the network’s TCA session the highly anticipated premiere date and official series trailer for the multiple Emmy award-winning anthology series GENIUS: ARETHA.

VIDEO: Aretha Franklin Releases Black Lives Matter-Themed Music Video For 'Never Gonn Videoplay
VIDEO: Aretha Franklin Releases Black Lives Matter-Themed Music Video For 'Never Gonna Break My Faith'

by Stage Tube - Jun 20, 2020

A new Black Lives Matter-themed music video was released yesterday for Aretha Franklin's Never Gonna Break My Faith. The video was released in honor of Juneteenth.

Video Flashback: The Late, Great Aretha Franklin Sings LES MISERABLES Videoplay
Video Flashback: The Late, Great Aretha Franklin Sings LES MISERABLES

by Stage Tube - Mar 25, 2020

Today, BroadwayWorld celebrates the birthday of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin!

LAST CHRISTMAS Soundtrack is Out Now Videoplay
LAST CHRISTMAS Soundtrack is Out Now

by Kaitlin Milligan - Nov 8, 2019

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces Last Christmas, the soundtrack album, inspired by the music of George Michael and Wham!. The soundtrack features a?oeThis Is How (We Want You To Get High)a?? a brand new George Michael song, classic Wham! songs including a?oeLast Christmas,a?? a?oeEverything She Wantsa?? and George Michael's best loved tracks from his solo years.

New George Michael Song is Released Ahead of LAST CHRISTMAS Premiere Videoplay
New George Michael Song is Released Ahead of LAST CHRISTMAS Premiere

by Kaitlin Milligan - Nov 6, 2019

George Michael gave the world some of the greatest ever pop songs, including arguably the greatest ever Christmas record. Now, some 35 years on from the iconic Last Christmas, another festive treat has come for his millions of fans across the world. 

VIDEO: Emma Thompson Talks About Hedgehogs on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS Videoplay
VIDEO: Emma Thompson Talks About Hedgehogs on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS

by Stage Tube - Oct 30, 2019

Emma Thompson talks about writing Last Christmas with her husband for eight years, the inner depths of George Michael and why hedgehogs have left the UK.

VIDEO: Emma Thompson Talks George Michael & LAST CHRISTMAS on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH J Videoplay
VIDEO: Emma Thompson Talks George Michael & LAST CHRISTMAS on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON!

by Stage Tube - Oct 29, 2019

Emma Thompson talks about filming Cruella in tight corsets and three-foot-tall wigs, getting the personal sign-off from George Michael to write and produce Last Christmas with his music and nearly ruining her husband's The Great Celebrity Bake Off win.

Wade Bowen Announces Christmas Album TWELVE TWENTY FIVE Videoplay
Wade Bowen Announces Christmas Album TWELVE TWENTY FIVE

by Kaitlin Milligan - Oct 21, 2019

On November 8, country singer Wade Bowen will release Twelve Twenty-Five, a rare and timeless take on Christmas classics and modern holiday hits. Pre-order the album HERE, or pre-order vinyl, CDs and other Christmas items and bundles at wadebowen.com.