- George Michael
George Michael in concert in Belgium, on 14 November 2006
Background information Birth name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou Born 25 June 1963
East Finchley, North London, England
Genres Pop rock, New Wave, blue-eyed soul Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer Instruments Vocals, multiple instruments Years active 1980–present Labels Columbia, Sony Associated acts Wham!, Band Aid, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Mutya Buena, Whitney Houston Website Official website Notable instruments Piano
John Lennon model "Z" Steinway
George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on 25 June 1963) is a British musician, singer, songwriter and record producer who 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.
As one of the world's best-selling music artists, Michael has sold over 100 million records worldwide as of 2010. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, has sold over 25 million copies worldwide and made several records and achievements in the United States. Michael has garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Michael the 40th most successful artist on the "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists".
Michael has won numerous music awards throughout his 30 year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations.
In 2004, the Radio Academy named Michael as the most played artist on British radio between the period of 1984–2004. The documentary A Different Story was released in 2005; it covered his personal life and professional career. In 2006, George Michael announced his first tour in 15 years. The 25 Live tour was a massive, worldwide undertaking by Michael, spanning three individual tours over the course of three years (2006, 2007 and 2008).
Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in East Finchley, North London. His father was Kyriacos Panayiotou, a Greek Cypriot restaurateur who moved to England in the 1950s and changed his name to Jack Panos. Michael's mother, Lesley Angold (née Harrison, 1937–1997), was an English dancer who died from cancer in Fulham. Michael spent the majority of his childhood in North London, in the home his parents bought soon after his birth. While in his early teens, the family moved to Radlett. There Michael attended the Bushey Meads School, where he met Andrew Ridgeley. The two had the same career ambition of being musicians.
His involvement in the music business began with his working as a DJ, playing at clubs and local schools around Bushey, Stanmore and Watford. This was followed by the formation of a short-lived ska band called The Executive with Ridgeley, Ridgeley's brother Paul, Andrew Leaver, and David Mortimer (aka David Austin).
Michael first found success after forming the duo Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley in 1981. The band's first album Fantastic reached no. 1 in the UK and produced a series of top 10 singles including "Young Guns (Go For It!)", "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)" and "Club Tropicana". Their second album, Make It Big, was the breakthrough that made the duo international superstars, reaching No. 1 on the charts in the US Singles from that album included "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", "Freedom", "Everything She Wants", and "Careless Whisper", the latter of which was Michael's first solo effort as a single.
Michael sang on the original Band Aid recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and donated the profits from "Last Christmas/Everything She Wants" to charity. 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". In 1985, in an exclusive foray into popular journalism, Michael interviewed David Cassidy for David Litchfield's legendary Ritz Newspaper.
Wham!'s tour of China in April 1985, the first visit to China by a Western popular music act, generated enormous worldwide media coverage, much of it centred on Michael. The tour was documented by celebrated film director Lindsay Anderson and producer Martin Lewis in their film Foreign Skies: Wham! In China and contributed to Michael's ever-increasing fame.
With the success of Michael's solo singles, "Careless Whisper" (1984) and "A Different Corner" (1986), rumours of an impending break up of Wham! intensified. The duo officially separated during the summer of 1986, after releasing a farewell single, "The Edge of Heaven" and a singles compilation, The Final, plus a sell-out concert at Wembley Stadium that included the world premiere of the China film. The Wham! partnership ended officially with the commercially successful single "The Edge of Heaven", which reached no.1 on the UK chart in June 1986.
The beginning of his solo career, during early 1987, was a duet with soul music icon Aretha Franklin. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" 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 Billboard Hot 100 upon its release.
For Michael, it became his third consecutive solo number one in the UK from three releases, after 1984's "Careless Whisper" (though the single was actually from the Wham! album Make It Big) and 1986's "A Different Corner". The single was also the first Michael had recorded as a solo artist which he had not written himself. The co-writer, Simon Climie, was unknown at the time, although he would have success as a performer with the band Climie Fisher in 1988. Michael and Aretha Franklin won a Grammy Award in 1988 for Best R&B Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal for the song.
During the autumn of 1987, Michael released his first solo album, Faith. In addition to playing a large number of instruments on the album, he wrote and produced every track on the recording, except for one, which he co-wrote.
The first single released from the album was "I Want Your Sex," during the summer of 1987. The song was banned by many radio stations in the UK and US, due to its sexually suggestive lyrics. MTV would broadcast the video, featuring celebrity make-up artist Kathy Jeung in a basque and suspenders, only during the late night hours. Michael argued that the act was beautiful if the sex was monogamous. Michael even recorded a brief prologue for the video in which he said: "This song is not about casual sex." One of the racier scenes involved Michael writing the words "explore monogamy" on his partner's back in lipstick. Some radio stations played a toned-down version of the song, "I Want Your Love," which was mainly the word "love" replacing "sex." When the tune reached the US charts, American Top 40 host Casey Kasem refused to say the song's title, referring to it only as "the new single by George Michael." In the US, the song was also sometimes listed as "I Want Your Sex (from 'Beverly Hills Cop II')," since the song was featured on the soundtrack of the movie.
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. The song hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and maintained that position for four consecutive weeks. It also reached no.2 in the UK singles chart. The famous video provided some definitive images of the 1980s music industry in the process—Michael in shades, leather jacket, cowboy boots, and Levi's jeans, playing a guitar near a classic-design jukebox. On 30 October, Faith was released in the UK and in several markets worldwide. In the United States, the album had 51 non-consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard 200, including 12 weeks at no.1. "Faith" had many successes, four of which ("Faith," "Father Figure", "One More Try", and "Monkey") reached no. 1. Eventually, "Faith" received Diamond certification by the RIAA for sales of 10 million copies in the US. To date, global sales of Faith are more than 25 million units.
In 1988, Michael embarked on a world tour. The nightly set list included from the Wham! era "Everything She Wants" and "I'm Your Man", as well as covers of "Lady Marmalade" or "Play That Funky Music". In Los Angeles, California, Michael was joined on stage by Aretha Franklin for "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)". It was the second highest grossing event of 1988, earning $17.7 million. According to Michael in his film, A Different Story, success did not make him happy and he started to think there was something wrong in being an idol for millions of teenage girls. The whole Faith process (promotion, videos, tour, awards) left him exhausted, lonely and frustrated, and far from his friends and family. 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.
1990–1992: Listen Without Prejudice
Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 was released in September 1990. For this album, Michael tried to create a new reputation as a serious-minded artist; the title is an indication of his desire to be taken more seriously as a songwriter. Michael refused to make any kind of promotion for this album, including no music videos for the singles released. The first single, "Praying for Time", was released in August 1990. It concerned social ills and injustice; the song was an instant success, reaching No. 6 in the UK and No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, despite the absence of a video. A video was released shortly thereafter, consisting of the lyrics on a dark background. Michael did not appear in this video or any subsequent videos for the album.
The second single "Waiting for That Day" was an acoustic-heavy single, released as an immediate follow-up to "Praying For Time". It reached No. 27 in the US and No. 23 in the UK in October 1990. The album was released in Europe on 3 September 1990 (and one week later in the United States). It reached No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart and peaked at No. 2 on the U.S Billboard 200. It spent a total of 88 weeks on the UK album charts and was certified 4 times Platinum by the BPI. The album produced 5 UK singles, which were released quickly, within an at eight-month period: "Praying For Time", "Waiting For That Day", "Freedom! '90", "Heal the Pain", and "Cowboys and Angels" (the latter being his only single not to chart in the UK top 40).
"Freedom '90" was the second of only two of its singles to be supported by a music video (the other being the Michael-less "Praying for Time"). The song alludes to his struggles with his artistic identity, and prophesied his efforts shortly thereafter to end his recording contract with Sony Music. As if to prove the song's sentiment, Michael refused to appear in the video (directed by David Fincher), and instead recruited supermodels Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz, Tyra Banks, and Cindy Crawford to appear in and lip sync in his stead. It also featured the reduction of his sex symbol status. It had contrasting fortunes on each side of the Atlantic—a No.8 success on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, but only No.28 on the UK singles chart. "Mother's Pride" gained significant radio play in the United States during the first Persian Gulf War during 1991, often with radio stations mixing in callers' tributes to soldiers with the music. It reached No.46 on Billboard Hot 100 with only airplay. In the end, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 sold approximately 8 million copies.
In 1991, George Michael embarked on the "Cover to Cover Tour" in Japan, England, the US, and Brazil, where he performed at the "Rock in Rio" event. In the audience in Rio, he saw and later met Anselmo Feleppa, the man who would become his partner. The tour was not a proper promotion for Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. Rather, it was more about Michael singing his favourite cover songs. Among his favourites was "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," a 1974 song by Elton John; Michael and John had performed the song together at the Live Aid concert in 1985, and again for Michael's concert at London's Wembley Arena on 25 March 1991, where the duet was recorded. The single was released at the end of 1991 and became a success on both sides of the Atlantic.
In the meantime, the expected follow-up album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 2, was scrapped due to Michael's lawsuit with Sony. Among Michael's complaints was that Sony had not completely supported the release of his second album, resulting in its poor performance in the US as compared to Faith. Sony responded that Michael's refusal to appear in promotional videos had caused the bad response. 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". Michael donated the royalties from "Too Funky" to the same cause. The song did not appear on any George Michael studio album, although later it was included on his solo collections Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael in 1998 and Twenty Five in 2006. The video featured Michael (sporadically) as a director filming supermodels Linda Evangelista, Beverly Peele, Estelle Lefébure and Nadja Auermann at a fashion show. "Too Funky" was a success, reaching number 4 in the UK singles chart and number 10 in the US Billboard Hot 100.
1993: Five Live
George Michael performed at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert on 20 April 1992 at London's Wembley Stadium. The concert was a tribute to the life of the late Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, with some proceeds going to AIDS research. Michael performed "'39" and "Somebody to Love". The performance of the latter was released on the "Five Live" EP.
Five Live, released in 1993 for Parlophone in the UK and Hollywood Records in the US, features five—and in some countries, six—tracks performed by George Michael, Queen, and Lisa Stansfield."Somebody to Love" and "These Are the Days of Our Lives" were recorded at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. "Killer", "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", and "Calling You" were all live performances recorded during his "Cover to Cover Tour" from 1991. Michael's performances of "Somebody to Love" was hailed as "one of best performances of the tribute concert". The idea of having George Michael take over as full-time lead singer of Queen was even given serious consideration.
All proceeds from the sale of the EP benefited the Mercury Phoenix Trust. Sales of the EP were very strong through Europe, where it debuted at number 1 in the UK and several European countries. Chart success in the United States was less spectacular, where it peaked at number 40 on the Billboard 200 ("Somebody to Love" reached No.30 on the US Billboard Hot 100).
During November 1994, after a long period of seclusion, George Michael appeared at the first MTV Europe Music Awards show, where he gave a touching performance of a brand-new song, "Jesus to a Child". The song was a melancholy tribute to his lover, Anselmo Feleppa, who had died in March 1993.
The song was Michael's first self-penned success in his homeland in almost four years; it entered the UK singles chart at No. 1 and No. 7 on Billboard in the same month of release. It was also Michael's longest UK Top 40 single, at almost seven minutes long. 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. The video for "Jesus to a Child" was a picture of images recalling loss, pain and suffering. Michael consistently dedicates the song to Feleppa before performing it live.
The second single, released in April 1996, was "Fastlove", an energetic tune about wanting gratification and fulfilment without commitment. The song was somewhat unusual for a popular song, in that it did not have a defined chorus and that the single version was nearly five minutes long. "Fastlove" was supported by a futuristic virtual reality-related video. It scored No. 1 in the UK singles chart, spending three weeks at the top spot. In the US, "Fastlove" peaked at No. 8, his most recent single to reach the top 10 on the US charts. Following "Fastlove", Michael finally released Older, his first studio album in six years and only the third in his ten year solo career. The album's US and Canada release was particularly notable as it was the first album released by David Geffen's (now-defunct) DreamWorks Records. Older was particularly notable for the release of its six singles. Each of them reached the UK Top 3, a record for the most singles in the British Top 3 released from a single album. At the time of release of the album's fifth single, "Star People '97", chart specialist James Masterton noted George Michael's success on the singles charts, writing: "George Michael nonetheless makes an impressive Top 3 entry with this single. The Older album has now proved itself to be far and away his most commercially successful recording ever. Five singles now lifted and every single one has been a Top 3 hit. Compare this with the two Top 3 hits produced by Faith and Listen Without Prejudice's scant total of one Top Tenner and one single which missed the Top 40 altogether. This sustained single success has, of course, been achieved with a little help from marketing tricks such as remixes – or in this case a new recording of the album track which gives it a much-needed transformation into a deserved commercial smash."
In 1996, Michael was voted 'Best British Male', at the MTV Europe Music Awards and the Brit Awards; and at The Ivor Novello Awards, he was awarded the prestigious title of 'Songwriter of The Year' for the third time. Michael performed a concert at Three Mills Studios, London, for MTV Unplugged. It was his first long performance in years, and in the audience was Michael's mother. The next year, she died of cancer.
1998: Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael was Michael's first solo greatest hits collection released in 1998. The collection of 28 songs (29 songs are included on the European and Australian release) are separated into two halves, with each containing a particular theme and mood. The first CD, titled "For the Heart," predominantly contains Michael's successful ballads, while the second CD, "For the Feet", consists mainly of his popular dance tunes. It was released through Sony Music Entertainment as a condition of severing contractual ties with the label.
The album is notable for containing a large number of compilation tracks and duets that had not previously appeared on his albums, including his duet with Aretha Franklin, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"; "Desafinado", a duet in Portuguese with Brazilian legendary singer Astrud Gilberto; and the Elton John duet "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me".
Ladies & Gentlemen was an instant success, peaking at number one on the UK Album Chart for 8 weeks. It has spent over 200 weeks in the UK Charts, and it is the 38 best-selling album of all time in the UK. It is certified 7 times platinum in the United Kingdom and Multi-Platinum in the United States, and it's George Michael's most commercially successful album in his homeland having sold more than 2.8 million copies. To date, the album has reached worldwide sales of approximately 15 million copies.
The first single of the album, "Outside" was a humorous song about his arrest for soliciting a policeman in a public restroom. "As", his duet with Mary J. Blige, was released as the second single in many territories around the world. Both singles reached the top 5 in the UK Singles Chart.
1999: Songs from the Last Century
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. To date, the album has peaked the lowest of his solo effort. The album debuted at number 157 on the American Billboard Charts, which was also the album's peak positions. It was also his lowest charting album in the UK, becoming his only solo effort not to reach number 1. It peaked at number 2 in the UK Album Chart. It consists of old standards, plus new interpretations of more recent popular songs such as "Roxanne (song)","The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"; and the Frank Sinatra classic "Where or When". Each of the 11 tracks was co-produced by Phil Ramone and George Michael.
Michael began working on what would be his fifth studio album, spending two years in the recording studio. His first single "Freeek!", taken from the new album, was successful in Europe going to number one in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Denmark in 2002 and reaching the top 10 in the UK and ther top 5 in Australia. It made 22 charts around the world. However, his next single "Shoot the Dog" proved to be highly controversial when released in July 2002. It was highly critical of George W. Bush and Tony Blair in the leadup to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It reached number one in Denmark and made the top 5 in most European charts. However, in Britain it peaked at only number 12 in the UK Singles Chart.
On 17 November 2003, George Michael re-signed with Sony Music after a legal battle with the company led to his contract being sold to rival record companies Virgin Records and DreamWorks Records. When Michael's fifth studio album, Patience, was released in 2004, it went straight to number 1 on the UK Albums Chart, and became one of the fastest selling albums in the UK, selling over 200,000 copies in the first week alone. In Australia it reached number 2 on 22 March. It reached the Top 5 on most European charts, and peaked at number 12 in the United States, selling over 500,000 copies to earn a Gold certification from the RIAA. Critically acclaimed, it is considered the album of George Michael's comeback to the spotlight in the new millennium, selling around 7 million copies worldwide and spawning four (of six) new hit singles.
"Amazing", the first single off 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". On the show Michael spoke of his arrest, revealing his homosexuality, and his resumption of public performances. He allowed Oprah's crew inside his home outside of London. The second single taken off the album was "Flawless (Go to the City)", It was a dance hit in Europe as well as North America, reaching no.1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and became Michael's last number one single on the United States Dance chart. In November, Sony released another single – "Round Here". It was the least successful single taken from Patience when it stalled the UK charts at no. 32. In 2005, "John and Elvis Are Dead" was released as the final single from the album; it was released as a download single and was therefore unable to chart in the United Kingdom.
George Michael announced that Patience will be the last record on sale to the public. He 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.
2005–2008: Twenty Five and concert tours
The album contains songs chiefly from George Michael's solo career but also from his earlier days in Wham! It comes in two formats: two CDs or a limited edition three-CD set. The 2-CD set contained 26 tracks, including four recorded with Wham! and three new songs: "An Easier Affair"; "This Is Not Real Love" (a duet with Mutya Buena, formerly of Sugababes, which peaked at No.15 in the UK Charts); and a new version of "Heal the Pain" recorded with Paul McCartney. The limited edition three-CD version contains an additional 14 lesser known tracks, including one from Wham! and another completely new song, "Understand".
Twenty Five was released in North America on 1 April 2008 as a 29-song, two-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. To commemorate the Twenty Five album, George Michael toured North America for the first time in 17 years, playing large venues in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, St. Paul/Minneapolis, Chicago and Dallas.
The DVD version of Twenty Five contains 40 videos on two discs, including seven with Wham!.
During the 2005 Live 8 concert, Michael joined Paul McCartney on stage, harmonising on The Beatles classic "Drive My Car". Michael was one of several remixers commissioned in 1990 to work on dance mixes for Bananarama's "Tripping on Your Love". Bananarama covered "Careless Whisper" for their Exotica album in 2001, and the track was also released as a single in France.
In 2006, Michael started his first tour in 15 years, 25 Live. The tour began in Barcelona, Spain, on 23 September and finished in December at Wembley Arena in England. According to his website, the 80-show tour was seen by 1.3 million fans. 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. There were 29 tour dates (as of 21 April 2007) across Europe. 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 overrunning the programme for 13 minutes.
On 25 March 2008 a third part of the 25 Live Tour was announced for North America. This part included 21 dates in the United States and Canada. This was Michael's first tour of North America in 17 years. 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. In addition, a companion 2-disc DVD of 40 videos was also made available.
Michael made his American acting debut by playing a guardian angel to Jonny Lee Miller's character on Eli Stone, a TV series that was broadcast in the United States. In addition to performing on the show as himself and as "visions", each episode of the show's first season was named after a song of his. Michael appeared on the 2008 finale show of American Idol on 21 May singing "Praying for Time". When asked what he thought Simon will say of his performance, he replied "I think he'll probably tell me I shouldn't have done a George Michael song. He's told plenty of people that in the past, so I think that'd be quite funny."
2008–present: Latest projects
On 25 December 2008, Michael released a new track "December Song" on his website for free. It was hoped that fans who download the song would donate money to charity. 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. The popularity of the single was boosted by a promotional appearance that Michael made on The X Factor, where he performed the song with David Austin playing piano.
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. On 20 February 2010, Michael performed his first show in Perth at the Burswood dome to an audience of 15,000.
On 2 March 2011 Michael announced the release of his cover version of New Order's 1987 hit "True Faith" in aid of the charity Comic Relief. Michael released a cover of Stevie Wonder's 1972 song, "You and I" on 15 April 2011, as an MP3 gift to Prince William and Catherine Middleton on the occasion of their wedding on 29 April 2011.
Although the MP3 was released for free download, Michael appealed that those who do download the special track that make a contribution to "The Prince William & Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund".
In October 2011, Michael was announced as one of the final nominees for the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
In a 2007 interview, Michael admitted that he had hidden the fact he was gay because of worries over what effect it might have on his mother.
Michael established a relationship with Anselmo Feleppa, whom he had met at the 1991 concert Rock in Rio. Feleppa died of a brain haemorrhage in 1993. Michael's single "Jesus to a Child" is a tribute to Feleppa (he consistently dedicates it to him before performing it live), as is his 1996 album Older.
In 1996, Michael entered into a long-term relationship with businessman, Kenny Goss. Goss opened the Goss Gallery in May 2005 in Dallas, which shows contemporary art and works from their private collection, which includes many artworks by YBAs such as Sarah Lucas. They had homes in London and Dallas. 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. On 22 August 2011, the opening night of his Symphonica world tour, Michael announced that he and his long time partner, Kenny, had split two years before. Goss was present at Michael's British sentencing for driving under the influence of marijuana on 14 September 2010.
Questions of Michael's sexual orientation persisted in public until 7 April 1998, when he was arrested for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public toilet in a park in Beverly Hills, California. He was arrested by an undercover policeman named Marcelo Rodríguez, in a sting operation using so-called "pretty police."
In an MTV interview, Michael stated: "I got followed into the restroom and then this cop—I didn't know it was a cop, obviously—he started playing this game, which I think is called, 'I'll show you mine, you show me yours, and then when you show me yours, I'm going to nick you!"
After pleading "no contest" to the charge, Michael was fined US$810 and sentenced to 80 hours of community service. Soon afterwards, Michael made a video for his single "Outside" which was obviously based on the public toilet incident and which featured men dressed as policemen kissing. Rodríguez claimed that this video "mocked" him, and that Michael had slandered him in interviews. In 1999, he brought a US$10 million court case in California against the singer. The court dismissed the case, but an Appellate court reinstated the case on 3 December 2002. The court then ruled Rodríguez, as a public official, could not legally recover damages for emotional distress.
After the incident, Michael became explicit about his sexuality and his relationship with Kenny Goss, a former cheerleader coach and sportswear executive from Dallas, and his partner beginning in June 1996.
On 23 July 2006. Michael was again accused of engaging in anonymous public sex, this time at London's Hampstead Heath. The anonymous partner was later discovered to be 58-year-old Norman Kirtland, an unemployed van driver. Despite stating that he intended to sue both the News of the World tabloid who photographed the incident and Norman Kirtland for slander, Michael stated that he cruises for anonymous sex and that this was not an issue in his relationship with partner Kenny Goss.
On 26 February 2006, Michael was arrested for possession of Class C drugs, an incident that he described as "my own stupid fault, as usual." He was cautioned by the police and released.
Michael was arrested in Cricklewood, North-West London, after motorists reported a car obstructing the road at traffic lights. He pleaded guilty on 8 May 2007 to driving while unfit through drugs. He was banned from driving for two years, and sentenced to community service.
On 19 September 2008, Michael was arrested in a public toilet in the Hampstead Heath area of London for possession of Class A and C drugs. He was taken to the police station and cautioned for controlled substance possession.
In the early hours of Sunday 4 July 2010 Michael was returning from the Gay Pride parade. The singer was spotted on CCTV driving into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London and was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive after reports that a car had crashed into a building. On 12 August, London's Metropolitan Police said he was "charged with possession of cannabis and with driving while unfit through drink or drugs". Michael had also been taking the prescription medication Amitriptyline.
On 24 August 2010 the singer pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in London after admitting driving under the influence of drugs and on 14 September 2010 at the same court, was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, a fine, and a five year ban from driving. Michael was released from Highpoint Prison in Suffolk on 11 October 2010, after serving four weeks.
It was reported that Michael had also been taking the prescription medication, Amitriptyline, some of the side effects of which are listed on Medline include tiredness, drowsiness, blurred vision, fainting, dizziness and hallucinating.
During 2000, Michael joined Melissa Etheridge, Garth Brooks, Queen Latifah, the Pet Shop Boys, and k.d. lang, to perform in Washington, D.C. as part of 'Equality Rocks' – a concert to benefit the Human Rights Campaign.
During 2007, he sent the £1.45 million piano that John Lennon used to write "Imagine" around the United States on a "peace tour," having it on display at places where violence had taken place, such as Dallas' Dealey Plaza, where US President John. F. Kennedy was shot.
During 1984, he sang as part of Band Aid on the charity song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" for famine relief in Ethiopia. This single scored No.1 on the UK music charts over Christmas 1984, holding Michael's own song, "Last Christmas" by Wham!, at #2. Michael donated the royalties from "Last Christmas" to Band Aid and subsequently sang with Elton John at Live Aid (the Band Aid charity concert) in 1985.
In 2003 he paired up with Ronan Keating on the British version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and won £32,000, after having their original £64,000 winnings halved after missing the £125,000 question.
The proceeds from the single "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" were divided among 10 different charities for children, AIDS and education.
Michael is supporting a campaign to help raise US$32 million (GBP15 million) for terminally ill children.
According to reports, between the years 2006 and 2008, Michael earned £48.5 million ($97 million) from the 25 Live tour alone, as well as earning millions more for private concerts that he periodically does, such as for Billionaire Vladimir Potanin and super rich fashion shop owner Sir Philip Green. According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2011, George Michael is worth £90 million in currency alone.
In 1991 Michael released an autobiography titled "Bare" through Penguin Books, which he co-wrote with writer Tony Parsons. The over 200 page book covers various aspects of his life, including details of his relationship with a former girlfriend. On 16 January 2008, Michael signed a contract with HarperCollins for an autobiography which he is to write "entirely himself".
- 1987: Faith
- 1990: Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
- 1996: Older
- 1999: Songs from the Last Century
- 2004: Patience
- List of artists by total number of UK number-one singles
- List of best-selling music artists
- ^ a b "Most Expensive Musical Instruments". Forbes. 10 April 2006. http://www.forbes.com/2006/04/10/cx_mr_0411featslide_print.html. Retrieved 15 February 2008.
- ^ "Careless Whisper by Wham!". Songfacts. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3051. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- ^ "Michael seeking 'a quieter life'". BBC News Online. 12 June 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7449964.stm. Retrieved 2011-10-05.
- ^ "Faith: George Michael". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Faith-George-Michael/dp/B0000026CH. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- ^ The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists (40-21) Billboard; Retrieved 18 February 2011
- ^ George Michael Rock On The Net; Retrieved 18 February 2011
- ^ Brown, Mark (21 April 2006). "He is the last transcendent world pop star, and it's a shame his problems have restrained his musical output". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2006/apr/21/popandrock1. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
- ^ George Michael dominates airwaves BBC News, 28 April 2004
- ^ "Michael film signals 'retirement'". BBC News. 16 February 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4271843.stm. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
- ^ "George Michael '25 LIVE' Tour Hits Paris". Popdirt.com. 26 June 2007. http://popdirt.com/george-michael-25-live-tour-hits-paris/62065/. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- ^ Biography George Michael: The Making Of A Superstar Bruce Dessau, Sidgwick & Jackson, London 1989
- ^ "George Michael-The history". Twentyfive Live LLP. & Signatures Network. http://www.georgemichael.com/index.php?module=history. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
- ^ a b "George Michael – Star Snapshot". Femail.com.au. 27 April 2009. http://www.femail.com.au/snapshotgeorgemichael.htm. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- ^ a b ">"Life events (birth, marriage and death) records". Find my Past. http://www.findmypast.co.uk/BirthsMarriagesDeaths.jsp. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- ^ Kelly, Tom (15 September 2010). "George Michael sobs as he is branded a drug addict and sent to prison for smashing car while high on cannabis". Mail Online. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1311935/George-Michael-sent-prison-smashing-car-high-cannabis.html. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- ^ A Different Story; George Michael Biographical DVD
- ^ George Michael, Nigel Goodall (1999) George Michael: in his own words Omnibus Press, 1999 (Google Books)
- ^ Litchfield, David (1985–). "David Cassidy by George Michael". Ritz Newspaper No. 100 (Bailey & Litchfield): pp. 16–19. "The interview between DAVID and GEORGE happened first during a lunch at Pier 31 Restaurant, at which they both got rather inebriated..."
- ^ Wham! in China – Foreign Skies Movie Reviews Rotten Tomatoes; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Wham! Number Ones Number-ones.co.uk; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Mark Bego Aretha Franklin: the queen of soul Da Capo Press, 2001 (Google Books)
- ^ Lucy Ellis, Bryony Sutherland (1998) The complete guide to the music of George Michael & Wham! p. 37. Music Sales Group, 1998
- ^ Aretha Franklin Timeline The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 2010; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ David Austin Notting Hill Music Group; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ a b George Michael: I Want Your Sex – Banned Songs – Music Virgin Media, 27 January 2010; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Sexy Song of the Week: "I Want Your Sex" ANT 2301: Human Sexuality & Culture, Gravlee.org; University of Florida; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Video Review George Michael - The Box of Fame, 15 January 2005; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ a b 80s Singers: George Michael Total 80s Remix, 22 February 1999; Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- ^ a b c d George Michael – Gay Icons AstaBGay.com; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael Biography LoveToKnow Music; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q George Michael The Official Charts Company; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l George Michael Album & Song Chart History Billboard.com; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ McCormick, Neil George Michael's image will outlast the scandal The Telegraph, 15 September 2010; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael|80s Singers. Total 80s Remix, 22 February 1999; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ RIAA Certified Diamond Albums HBR Production; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ "George Michael at HP Pavilion at San Jose". Yahoo!. 24 March 2008. http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/462423/. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
- ^ George Michael – Faith Remaster antiMusic.com, 12 April 2011; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Entries – Monsters of Rock / OU812 Tour The Van Halen Encyclopedia; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael: Talk without prejudice The Independent, 9 December 2005; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ a b Listen Without Prejudice Teen Ink; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ a b "UK Charts > George Michael". The Official Charts Company. http://www.theofficialcharts.com/artist/_/george%20michael/. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
- ^ a b SoulBounce's Class Of 1990: George Michael 'Listen Without Prejudice Vol. I' Soulbounce.com, 29 November 2010; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 EW.com, 14 September 1990; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ a b Gay History, Gay Celebrities, Gay Icons – George Michael Circa-club.com; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael: A colourful life BBC News, 14 September 2010; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ a b Reviews/Pop; George Michael's Tour, From Motown to Disco New York Times, 28 October 1991; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Lucy Ellis, Bryony Sutherland The complete guide to the music of George Michael & Wham! Music Sales Group, 1998
- ^ Inside Story: Sony faces a test of faith: George Michael, who has cast off the leather look for a suit and horn-rimmed glasses, went to court last week for a divorce from his Japanese bosses, Norio Ohga, below left, and Akio Morita. No matter who wins, writes Nigel Cope, the case will put a different spin on the record business The Independent, 24 October 1993; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ The Long GOODBYE[dead link] (article for a US magazine explore Michael)
- ^ Red Hot & Dance: Various Artists: Music Amazon.com; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael Gay Life, About.com; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Too Funky by George Michael Songfacts; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness MyGnR.com; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ The Freddie Mercury Tribute: Concert for AIDS Awareness Cineman, Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Queen's Greatest Hits 3 h2g2, BBC Online, 22 March 2005; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Queen Greatest Vol 3 AlbumLinerNotes.com, 17 January 1997; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Queen Television Tropes & Idioms, 1 January 2010; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ 5 Live / Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Shanes Queen Site; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (10 December 1994). Billboard. pp. 18–. ISSN 00062510. http://books.google.com/books?id=ZQgEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA18. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- ^ Jesus To A Child by George Michael Songfacts; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Part one Chez Nobby, Fortunecity; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ DreamWorks SKG – Building theDream Team, Bad Dream?, First Successes Reference for Business, 12 October 1994; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ About George Michael GeorgeMichael.com; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Officially all the artistic sensibility of a salted slug James Masterton; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ 1996 MTV Europe Awards MetroLyrics.com, 14 November 1996; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ The Brit Awards everyHit.com; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael on TV.com, 20 December 2008; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael's Suicidal Thoughts After Mother's Death popdirt.com, 10 September 2004; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael Amazon.com; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ a b George Michael goes back to Sony BBC News, 17 November 2003; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ "BPI Highest Retail Sales". British Phonographic Industry. http://www.bpi.co.uk/assets/files/top%2040%20albums.pdf. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
- ^ Artist: George Michael[dead link] Hip Online
- ^ Songs from the Last Century by George Michael Artist Direct; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael Freeek! Top40-charts.com; Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- ^ George Michael's highs and lows BBC News, 21 September 2008; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael Shoot The Dog Top40-charts.com; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Analysis: UK albums and singles market Music Week, 29 November 2004; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ ARIA Charts – End of Year Charts – Top 100 Albums 2004 Australian Recording Industry Association; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Patience: George Michael Amazon.com; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael Amazing Top40-charts.com; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael – Sold Out Pictures SuperiorPics.com, May 2004; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Inside George Michael's Home Oprah.com, 1 January 2006; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael Single collection My collection of George Michael & WHAM! records (Vibevej.dk); Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Distant beat of rhythm divine The Telegraph India, 20 March 2004; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael shuns music industry BBC News, 11 March 2004; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael – Twentyfive CD Album CD Universe, 28 November 2006; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Number 1 albums of the 2000s everyHit.com, 16 March 2000; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Music: Twenty Five (Dlx) (CD) by George Michael (Artist) Tower Records, 6 November 2006; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ Eli Stone Music Season 01 TV Show Music; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael: Twenty Five Slant Magazine, 10 April 2008; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Michael – Twenty Five DVD Sony Music UK, 13 November 2006; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ "George Michael Regains His Faith". AOL Music Canada. 2008. http://music.aol.ca/article/George-Michael-interview/554/. Retrieved 13 June 2008. [dead link]
- ^ 24 Facts: George Michael Channel 24, 14 October 2010
- ^ George Michael Reflects on His Own American Idolatry Spinner, 22 May 2008
- ^ "New George Michael Track Survives on The Pirate Bay". TorrentFreak. 27 December 2008. http://torrentfreak.com/new-george-michael-track-survives-on-the-pirate-bay-081227/. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- ^ "2010 Australian Tour Announcement". GeorgeMichael.com. 24 November 2009. http://www.georgemichael.com/index.php?module=news&news_item_id=215. Retrieved 24 November 2009.
- ^ "George Michael on Australian stage". The Herald Sun. 21 February 2010. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/george-michael-on-australian-stage/story-e6frf96f-1225832582934. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- ^ "George Michael To Perform At Mardi Gras After Party". Idio. 5 March 2010. http://www.idiomag.com/peek/106661/george_michael. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
- ^ George Michael covers New Order's 'True Faith' for Comic Relief NME.com, 2 March 2011; Retrieved 21 April 2011
- ^ George Covers Stevie Wonder for Will & Kate GeorgeMichael.com, 15 April 2011
- ^ "Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund". The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. http://www.royalweddingcharityfund.org/. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- ^ "First Night: George Michael - Symphonica Tour, State Opera House, Prague". The Independent. 23 August 2011. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/first-night-george-michael--symphonica-tour-state-opera-house-prague-2342293.html. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- ^ "Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2012 Nominees For Induction Announced". 18 October 2011. http://songhall.org/news/entry/1281. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- ^ Andrew Johnson (30 September 2007). "George Michael: Why I had to keep my homosexuality secret". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/george-michael-why-i-had-to-keep-my-homosexuality-secret-403989.html. Retrieved 15 February 2008.
- ^ a b "Latest news and profile of George Michael". Hellomagazine.com. Hello!. http://www.hellomagazine.com/profiles/georgemichael/. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- ^ "Goss Gallery to Open in Dallas Featuring International Contemporary Art". PR News Wire. http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=146309. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- ^ "George Michael to 'marry' partner". BBC News. 29 November 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4483552.stm. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- ^ "Michael issues 'marriage' denial". BBC News. 26 July 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5216598.stm.
- ^ "Club Stroppycana". The Sun. News International. 6 May 2004. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article88053.ece. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- ^ >Ward, Kate (23 August 2011). "George Michael announces break-up with Kenny Goss during emotional performance". EW.com. Entertainment Weekly. http://music-mix.ew.com/2011/08/23/george-michael-kenny-goss-break-up/. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- ^ "George Michael gets 8 weeks jail for drug driving". Yahoo! Music. Associated Press. 14 September 2010. http://new.music.yahoo.com/george-michael/news/george-michael-gets-8-weeks-jail-for-drug-driving--61992822. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
- ^ Rex Wockner George Michael's Tearoom Tale Gay Today, 9 November 1998
- ^ A. Wallace Tashima (3 December 2002) (PDF). Marcelo Rodriguez v Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit. Archived from the original on 22 December 2005. http://web.archive.org/web/20051222154503/http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/ca9/newopinions.nsf/6BEA0A1BA36F0D2A88256C84000643EA/$file/0056923.pdf?openelement. Retrieved 15 February 2008.
- ^ "George Bust 'Bad Karma' Says US Cop", Sunday Star, 5 March 2006
- ^ "Cheerleader feedback". University of North Texas. Fall 2003. http://www.unt.edu/northtexan/archives/f03/cheerextrafb.htm. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- ^ "Kenny". Chez Nobby. http://www.home.no/cheznobby/id50.htm. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- ^ Star to sue over 'cruising' claim BBC News, 28 July 2006; Retrieved 28 October 2009
- ^ George Michael speaks on BBC News The Advocate, 29 July 2006; Retrieved 28 October 2009
- ^ George Michael - Michael Blasts Tabloid 'Cruising' Claims Contact Music, 23 July 2006; Retrieved 28 October 2009
- ^ Quote UnQuote Gay and Lesbian Times, 10 August 2006; Retrieved 28 October 2009
- ^ George Michael not ashamed after sex sting China Daily, 31 July 2006; Retrieved 28 October 2009
- ^ Cohen, Benjamin (27 February 2006). "George Michael: "arrest my own stupid fault"". Pink News. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-626.html. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
- ^ "Pop Star Pleads Guilty To Drug-Drive Charge". Sky News. 8 May 2007. http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Sky-News-Archive/Article/20080641264521. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- ^ "Drug is a problem, Michael admits". BBC News. 30 September 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7018682.stm. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- ^ "George Michael arrest over drugs". BBC News. 20 September 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7627636.stm. Retrieved 20 September 2008.
- ^ Hattenstone, Simon (5 December 2009). "George Michael: 'I'm surprised I've survived my own dysfunction'". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/dec/05/george-michael-interview-music-sex-drugs. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
- ^ "George Michael Arrested". Sky Living HD. http://skyliving.sky.com/celebrity/george-michael-arrested. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- ^ Andre Paine (6 July 2010). "George Michael Arrested After London Car Crash". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/news/george-michael-arrested-after-london-car-1004102234.story#/news/george-michael-arrested-after-london-car-1004102234.story. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
- ^ George Michael Charged With Drug, Driving Offenses Billboard, 12 August 2010
- ^ Paul Cheston (14 September 2010). "George Michael gets eight weeks in jail for drug driving crash". Evening Standard. UK. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23877664-george-michael-faces-jail-over-drug-driving-crash.do. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
- ^ "Michael jailed for cannabis crash". The Sun. UK. 14 September 2010. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3138060/George-Michael-jailed-for-cannabis-crash.html. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
- ^ "George Michael pleads guilty to driving under the influence of drugs". BBC News. 24 August 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11070361. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- ^ "George Michael jailed for eight weeks for drug driving". BBC News. 14 September 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11299938. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
- ^ "George Michael jailed for eight weeks". The Telegraph (UK). 14 September 2010. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/8002310/George-Michael-jailed-for-eight-weeks.html. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
- ^ "George Michael released from prison". The Telegraph (UK). 11 October 2010. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/8055522/George-Michael-released-from-prison.html. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
- ^ "George Michael jailed for cannabis crash". The Sun. 14 September 2010. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3138060/George-Michael-jailed-for-cannabis-crash.html.
- ^ "George Michael gets eight weeks in jail for drug driving crash". London Evening Standard (UK). 14 September 2010. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23877664-george-michael-faces-jail-over-drug-driving-crash.do.
- ^ "Side effects of Amitriptyline". MedlinePlus. US Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682388.html#side-effects.
- ^ Basham, David (28 February 2000). "George Michael, Queen Latifah To Rock For "Equality"". MTV.com (MTV Networks). http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1432143/george-michael-queen-latifah-rock-equality.jhtml. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
- ^ "Bulgaria: George Michael: Free Bulgaria's Nurses in Libya!". Novinite.com. 29 May 2007. http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=81212. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- ^ "George Michael sounds off on gay marriage". USAToday.com. Associated Press. 18 June 2008. http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2008-06-18-georgemichael_N.htm. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- ^ a b George Michael's tour fortune Monsters and Critics, 18 March 2009
- ^ "The top 50 richest people in music: Sunday Times Rich List This is Money, 4 May 2011
- ^ Bare: George Michael, His Own Story Amazon.com
- ^ "George Michael to reveal all in autobiography, The Telegraph, 16 January 2008
Studio albums CompilationsLadies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael (1998) · Twenty Five (2006) Extended playsFive Live (1993) Singles"Careless Whisper" (1984) · "A Different Corner" (1986) · "I Want Your Sex" (1987) · "Hard Day" (1987) · "Faith" (1987) · "Father Figure" (1988) · "One More Try" (1988) · "Monkey" (1988) · "Kissing a Fool" (1988) · "Praying for Time" (1990) · "Waiting for That Day" (1990) · "Mother's Pride" (1990) · "Freedom! '90" (1990) · "Heal the Pain" (1991) · "Cowboys and Angels" (1991) · "Too Funky" (1992) · "Killer"/"Papa Was a Rolling Stone" (1993) · "Jesus to a Child" (1996) · "Fastlove" (1996) · "Spinning the Wheel" (1996) · "Older" (1997) · "Star People '97" (1997) · "You Have Been Loved"/"The Strangest Thing '97" (1997) · "Outside" (1998) · "Freeek!" (2002) · "Shoot the Dog" (2002) · "Amazing" (2004) · "Flawless (Go to the City)" (2004) · "Round Here" (2004) · "John and Elvis Are Dead" (2005) · "An Easier Affair" (2006) · "December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas)" (2008) · "True Faith" (2011)Duets Video albums Tours Related articles Grammy Award for Album of the Year (1980s) Year Album Artist(s) Producer(s) 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 Faith George Michael George Michael Complete list · (1960s) · (1970s) · (1980s) · (1990s) · (2000s) · (2010s) Billboard Year-End number one singles (1980–1999)
1980: "Call Me" - Blondie · 1981: "Bette Davis Eyes" - Kim Carnes · 1982: "Physical" - Olivia Newton-John · 1983: "Every Breath You Take" - The Police · 1984: "When Doves Cry" - Prince · 1985: "Careless Whisper" - Wham! featuring George Michael · 1986: "That's What Friends Are For" - Dionne & Friends · 1987: "Walk Like an Egyptian" - The Bangles · 1988: "Faith" - George Michael · 1989: "Look Away" - Chicago · 1990: "Hold On" - Wilson Phillips · 1991: "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" - Bryan Adams · 1992: "End of the Road" - Boyz II Men · 1993: "I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston · 1994: "The Sign" - Ace of Base · 1995: "Gangsta's Paradise" - Coolio featuring L.V. · 1996: "Macarena" (Bayside Boys Mix) - Los del Río · 1997: "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" - Elton John · 1998: "Too Close" - Next · 1999: "Believe" - Cher
Complete list · (1946–1959) · (1960–1979) · (1980–1999) · (2000–2019) Billboard Year-End number one albums (1970–1989)
1970: Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel · 1971: Jesus Christ Superstar - Soundtrack · 1972: Harvest - Neil Young · 1973: The World Is a Ghetto - War · 1974: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John · 1975: Elton John's Greatest Hits -Elton John · 1976: Frampton Comes Alive! - Peter Frampton · 1977: Rumours - Fleetwood Mac · 1978: Saturday Night Fever - Soundtrack · 1979: 52nd Street - Billy Joel · 1980: The Wall - Pink Floyd · 1981: Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon · 1982: Asia - Asia · 1983: Thriller - Michael Jackson · 1984: Thriller - Michael Jackson · 1985: Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen · 1986: Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston · 1987: Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi · 1988: Faith - George Michael · 1989: Don't Be Cruel - Bobby Brown ·
Complete list · (1956–1969) · (1970–1989) · (1990–2009) · (2010–2029)George Michael · Andrew Ridgeley Studio albums CompilationsThe Final · If You Were There (The Best of Wham) Singles Related articles
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
George Michael — à son concert à Munich (Allemagne) le 30 octobre 2006. Nom Georgios Kyriákos Panayótou … Wikipédia en Français
George michael — George Michael à son concert à Munich (Allemagne) le 30 octobre 2006 … Wikipédia en Français
George Michael — en el concierto de Munich Alemania en 2006 Datos generales Nombre real Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou … Wikipedia Español
George Michael — in Antwerpen, 2006 … Deutsch Wikipedia
George Michael — ➡ Michael * * * … Universalium
George Michael — … Википедия
George Michael vs Sony — fue una demanda presentada contra Sony por George Michael, un cantautor ingles que toca influencias del pop, soul, y quien (como solista y la otra mitad del dúo Wham!) ha disfrutado de un éxito fenomenal mundial desde la década de 1980. En 1993,… … Wikipedia Español
George Michael Live in London — Título Live in London Ficha técnica Producción George Michael Música George Michael Wham! … Wikipedia Español
George Michael (sportscaster) — George Michael (born March 24, 1939), is a sportscaster best known nationally for his long running American sports highlights show called The George Michael Sports Machine . Started as a local show in 1980 called George Michael s Sports Final [… … Wikipedia
George Michael Live in Australia — Gira de George Michael Lugar(es) Australia Fecha de inicio 20 de febrero de 2010 Fecha de final 3 de marzo de 2010 Etapas 1 … Wikipedia Español