"Symphonica" - Release Date: 3/14/2014
With the release of "Symphonica"His sixth Solo album, this in Germany at the 14 March 2014 appears, proposes George Michael The next chapter in his career spanning more than three decades. It was recorded the new album during the tour of the same name, which completed the 50-year-old Briton in the years 2011 and 2012; George was supported, even co-producer of the album, besides, of the now deceased Producer legend Phil Ramone. The first single "Let Her Down Easy" will be heard from the 03 February at Radio; it seems digital, as the album on the 14th of March. The song "Let Her Down Easy"Was originally written by Terence Trent D'Arby.
Since he is in 1982 for the first time with the rollicking "Wham! Rap (Enjoy What You Do)"Has reported musically word, George Michael has become one of the biggest international pop stars of our time since then has sold far more than 100 million albums -. Which is all the more impressive when one considers that Germany has just around 80 million people, of the UK with its 63 to mention. He has dominated charts to Australia from the Alps, filled stadiums from Tokyo to Tampa. Already with his first solo album, "Faith"In 1987, he asked the pop world on its head - and has since submitted an extremely diverse and yet extremely successful business.
Strictly speaking, begins his history course before 1982, in Radlett, a commuter town with a population of 60,000, northwest of London: Some scenes of Kubrick "A Clockwork Orange"Were filmed here. And here also landed a certain Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, born on 25 June 1963 after it had drifted his loving family with Greek Cypriot and British roots from the North London there. As teenagers are now times, even dreamed George and his best friend Andrew Ridgeley, who had gone with him to the Bushey Meads Comprehensive School, which, later to become pop stars and Ever a very large number, "I just wanted to be loved", should George confess later "My ego needed. the simple. "deep inside knew the two teens course very well that it would never ever come so. such dreams eventually never came true ...
However, such dreams are now and again but then reality, and so apply Wham! today as the epitome of early-Eighties sounds: between the publication of the aforementioned first single of 1982 and their last, "The Edge Of Heaven / Where Did Your Heart Go" from 1986, Ridgeley should he sell 25 million records. When she gave her monumental farewell concert on June 26, 1986 in front of 72,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, the two were still just as good friends as five years earlier. Wham! never became old, they have never lost their exclamation, but George was already during this year, 1985, to be exact, its first of three Ivor Novello Awards as "Songwriter of the Year"Take delivery. In the US had Wham! Two # 1 singles and a # 1 album landed - it was called "Make It Big"Because so finally their dream had envisaged as a teenager -; also they were the first band from the West, which should occur in China, and parallel to the musical activities George had already begun during his time in Wham therefore, be charitable! engage purposes: first he took "Do They know it's Christmas" by band Aid on, and then he donated all revenue from the sale of the single "Last Christmas / Everything She Wants"The Ethiopian famine relief.
Even as Wham! still surfed on the wave of success and George in parallel with his friend and sparring partner Elton John worked on songs like "Nikita" and "Wrap Her Up", it was already foreseeable that he pursue a solo career would. His songs were just too mature to become adult for an easy fun feel-good duo Wham !. as In fact, he had back in 1984 ventured to solo Neuland, with a song he age of 17 ( "is a truly precocious text," he joked afterwards) had written on the way home with the 32er bus: "careless Whisper"(!. In the USA as the title of Wham feat George Michael Released, while it was actually only his) gave mankind not only one of the best lines of text Ever - "guilty feet have got no rhythm" - Because at the same time it was the proof that it just George was not just about the sheer exuberance of tracks such as "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" or "Young Guns (Go For It)". "Careless Whisper" stormed the top of the US charts and landed among others in Australia, Canada, France, Holland, Italy, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the UK at # 1; in Germany's all square. 3
To prove a sense that "Careless Whisper" not just any musical ephemera was published George even before the big farewell concert of Wham! his second solo single "A Different Corner": Again No. 1 in the British charts, to top 10 rankings in the USA, Australia, Germany, Austria, Holland, Ireland, Switzerland - at this point we really had no be a meteorologist to know which way the wind was blowing ...
His first release after the dissolution of Wham! but had no further solo piece: After the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem with Stevie Wonder a stunning version of "Love's In Need Of Love Today"Had presented, George rare was honored einzusingen the first white singer Ever a duet with Aretha Franklin, the" best soul singer of the world ", as he described it afterwards. Your euphoric-life-and later with a Grammy award-winning duet -Single "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" went by return to the top of the charts in several countries, including the USA, UK, Australia, Ireland and Holland.
After George was then still been heard as a vocal guest on the eponymous album of Jody Watley (Shalamar), appeared shortly afterwards finally that album that represents an absolute milestone in his career: "Faith", his solo debut, straight to number 1 in several LTo finally awarded 10 times platinum in the US and 5 times platinum in the UK. Recorded at Puk Studios in Jutland (including tax reasons, George really wanted all the time back home) and at Sarm West Studio 2 in West London, Surprised "Faith" anyone who only superficial of the former Wham! -member party sound, but he did not expect such a draft.
"Faith" is the one album that George - with the exception of the song "Look At Your Hands"In which it was his good childhood friend David Austin aside -. Has entirely written, produced and arranged alone the same time it is the album that is 12 weeks at the top of the US charts and four of its six US - should produce # 1 hits: the title song "Faith", "Father Figure," "One More Try" and "Monkey".
Celebrated by journalists and critics and repeatedly called British counterpart to "Thriller" to "Faith" alone in the States over 10 million copies sold - worldwide the album was supposed to land in nearly 25 million homes - with which George Michael finally the transformation from had undergone global teen idol to adult superstar. In English-speaking countries is called such a career change today as "doing a George Michael" - a term he himself might never hear - but at the same time paved "Faith" the way for all the countless musical highlights that should follow it .. ,
On top of that was "Faith" album, which should fill the mantelpiece in the house Michael abruptly with Awards: There was a grammy in the category "Album of the Year"Three American Music Awards ( "Favorite Album (Soul / RB)", "Favorite Male Vocalist (Soul / RB)" and "Favorite Male Vocalist (pop / rock)"), and finally a MTV Award For "Father Figure"(Best Director) and two Ivor Novello Awards as"Songwriter Of The Year"And for the"International Hit Of The Year".
Highlights had "Faith" many: "I Want Your Sex", his ode to monogamy, sparked a heated debate - "At that time I honestly assumed that the BBC the song from the program takes," said George. "For a few weeks I was considered the ultimate Antichrist" -; the blustering "Monkey" negotiated drug abuse and took his overdose radio immediately into the blood; "Look At Your Hands" dissected the horror that accompanies domestic violence, but on the other hand there were also moments of pure beauty, both in "Father Figure", "Kissing A Fool"(A # 1 hit in Canada) and the first-placed in Ireland"One More Try"Out sounded -. The latter is the way still Georges personal favorite, the choice among such classics of course can not be easy" Hand To Mouth "even had a political impact, because the song can be interpreted as a rejection of the Thatcher policy this year read. on most stunning fact but was already the fact that George had all these pieces written with just 24 years but this does not mean that he was particularly pleased with himself and his life at this time. "One of the reasons why the album so successful was, "he commented in 2010," is well that the people could hear this loneliness in the songs. "
The success of "Faith" also naturally led to the legendary "Faith" tour, during which George both solo Wham! Chunks presented, topped off with one or the other cover. Between February 1988 and June 1989, he toured 19 countries and played 137 concerts; the choreography was by Paula Abdul, and for the Nelson Mandela Freedom Concert at Wembley, he played even an additional set of three cover songs. At the same time the massive scale tour helped that no other musicians in 1988 to sell as many records in the US should like George, "I have never met a famous person who is against life as the star reluctant would," he said , with the same enthusiasm with which he had his insatiable ambition added. In 1988 he was also the prestigious BRIT Award in the category "British Male Solo Artist" take delivery, after which he was still working on "Spell"Album his bass player Deon Estus with, as well as the fabled collaborative project Boogie Box High.
Besides the fact that he could take the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Europe Video Music Awards for his previous career in receiving this year, George took the 1989 free - "around the head times to get free," he said. So free and with a clear head, he published in September 1990 to be influenced by the Beatles second solo album "Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1". In fact, the title of the album was not all meant as an appeal to his songs to cause prejudice to heart: So self-centered he was then not yet. The mood of the LP was even gloomier, the songs sounded more adult and mature, but kept the his British fans is entirely independent, to promote his sophomore ado No. 1 on the charts. In the US, it was 2nd place, just behind MC hammer, and even that was no shame: The rapper with the oversized trousers was now even a good sprinter ... only George had always apart on the marathon distance.
This was followed by the next single-hit series, a BRIT Award for the "Best album"Demanded even more of the statics of the mantelpiece 'from, and his video showed things -. Up to George (of when it comes to that, has always kept covered) A cover of Vogue, shot by Herb Ritts, had him so impressed that in the video for the third single from the album, he "Freedom '90"Filmed by the director of the later"Fight Club"- And"The Social Network"-Regisseurs David Fincher, the models Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Tatiana Patitz did occur. All FüNF made this video to absolute supermodels who were only called from now on first name. Although George Michael likes fOr music have been responsible, but he had always stressed that only sells music that really artistic worth his salt well - and so soon after most prestigious of Britain it was as if he so wanted to emphasize his evolution as a musician again, Art TV show, the "South Bank Show ", dedicated a whole program.
have always fOr surprising approaches and new ideas, thought Georges next tour in 1991, the "Cover To Cover 'tour, exactly what promised the title: It was an almost dizzying Cover Song sweeping blow, he in the frame below other songs like "Living For the City" by Stevie Wonder, "killer" of Adamski, "Suzanne" by Leonard Cohen and - perhaps most prominently - "Do not Let The Sun Go Down On Merecorded ". Elton John presented the during the" Faith "tour duet with Elton John had previously also captured in the UK, the USA, France, Holland and Switzerland in first place of the charts; the total revenue of the single sales were at the London Lighthouse, an AIDS focal point, and the children's charity Rainbow Trust flowed.
Shortly afterwards brought another non-profit organization, the Red Hot Organization, George on board who was for such projects to have always: Your "Red Hot + Dance. "Album was a charity release for Red Hot Foundation, an AIDS research foundation, were assembled on the mostly remixes of existing songs, such as Madonna and Lisa Stansfield George contrast presented three new songs available exclusively to - among other things the aptly-titled track "too Funky". he also appeared in the video even this on, albeit briefly, and also this track went around the globe in the top 10 of the charts.
Although pioneered at that time already a dizzying dispute with his label Sony Music to, but wanted George yet catapult a few live songs in the charts and access other charities under the arms: The "Five Live"EP from 1993 bribed with a grandiose version of Queens" Somebody To Love "(recorded with Queen together), which had arisen at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert - Brian May had praised the performance of the two as the best performance of the evening, an accolade - and his interpretation of "Papa Was A Rollin 'Stone"Whose video finally even the"International Viewers' Choice"Award at the MTV EMAs should win. This time went the revenue to the Freddie Mercury Phoenix Trust, and in the same year George became effective on World AIDS Day as headliners at the Concert of Hope in the Wembley Arena, where even Diana, the Princess of Wales, was in the audience and listening.
In November 1994, George announced impressively at the MTV European Music Awards in Berlin Previous: With the song "Jesus To A ChildJesus To A Child "," finally new material, having previously written three years no new track. Although the seven-minute long song was anything but radio friendly, turned out to be "a # 1 hit in the UK charts (in Australia, Ireland and Norway also the way), while he made it in the US in the top 10th
The sparse Output had made the people even more fans: In January 1995, "Careless Whisper" was an absolute all-time Favorite in London listener selected, and George himself was chosen by the listeners of Capitol Radio for "Best Male Singer". Even an "Outstanding Contribution To Music 'award he received from them awarded, while in the meantime no other artist was represented frequently on British radio program as George Michael.
Once George then officially left his former label Sony and signed a contract with Virgin Records (in the US: Dreamworks) had signed, he published in May 1996, his third solo album "Older"." This is my first thoroughly honest album Older "" he said at the time over which in those days - - that is, before there was the Spice Girls. Daring and adventurous successful album of the label Musically, was "in content courageous, and nevertheless George turned so the record to place six singles consecutively in the top British. 3 1996 was the year in which he called the price "Best British Male"Both in the MTV Europe Awards should gain as well as the BRITs; to's was the third Ivor Novello Award for "Songwriter of the Year" and the title of "Best Male Singer" he got from Capitol Radio equal awarded again. The song "Fast Love" conceded at the MTV Video Music Awards "International Viewers' Choice" award from while "Older" whopping 147 weeks long held in the British album charts after it had topped these charts above (as well as the leaderboards in Austria, Australia, Norway, Holland and Sweden.)
Somehow found George in between even the time, the song "Desafinado (Off Key)", a duet with the legendary Astrud Gilberto, take the "Red Hot + Rio" -Charity album. And to all his fans to remember that he could not only shine in stages, but also in smaller concert halls (probably himself and) he played fOr BBC Radio 1 a series of intimate shows to only 200 people or fOr MTV before only 500 lucky fans.
1997 was George his second award as "Best British Male" at the BRITs; this appeared a new edition of "Older", expanded to include the second disc "Upper" on the four remixes, two recent pieces and interactive material gathered. Oh, and then there was 1997, and of course still the Wham -Best-of album "If You Were There" - and indeed: were actually not that evil was, the two types, or?
Next year we went with a best-of album continues: "Ladies And Gentlemen, The Best of George Michael"Consisted of two parts or two CDs,"For The Heart"And"For The Feet"What one hand his career highlights separately brought neatly to the point, but at the same time was an opportunity a few grandiose non-album tracks last but accommodate again. The three brand new songs this publication included"outside"With its incredibly funny video and an energetic version of Stevie Wonder's song"ace"Recorded with the always brilliant Mary J. Blige. The compilation granted in the UK is eight platinum awards from the entire nation celebrated his funny appearance on the talk show "Parkinson", and also "Hall of Fame"List of Capitol FM he dominated for the eighth time (such as the way the Norwegian charts).
New year, new unexpected Treats for the fans: When NetAid charity concert in October 1999. George played even a rendition of "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime", an ancient piece from the pen of Yip Harburg and Jay Gorney. Said classics from the era of the Great Depression was allowed a little later, in December, of course, on its cover song album "Songs From The Last Century"Not missing: George had for this album selected only his absolute favorite songs and reinterpreted, including" Roxanne "by Sting and"Miss Sarajevo"Of Passengers (U2 + Eno), both of which were released as singles (again along with videos that George was not to be seen), and the classic" Secret Love "," You've Changed "and a radical reinterpretation of" Wild Is the Wind ", the previous positions, Johnny Mathis, Nina Simone and David Bowie had sung. Although there was little marketing activities to this cover album entered the German Top 10 and Award UK with double platinum.
At the beginning of the new millennium throttled George Michael the pace initially a little; nevertheless he joined in 2000, among other things, the charity concert "Equality Rocks"The Washington RFK Stadium on (the biggest ever concert, which was organized to raise awareness of the LGBT groups to strengthen), and even with Luciano Pavarotti"Pavarotti And Friends"Event in Modena, where George unparalleled performance of"Brother, Can You Spare A Dime"Presented - so unique that some Italian newspapers afterwards even wrote, George had the whole evening thus saved and was indeed one of those concert in Modena with his rendition of."Somebody To Love" at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert the absolute live milestones of his career. A recording of it would eventually be published in the "Pavarotti And Friends For Cambodia And Tibet" album, and the two sang moreover, "Do not Let The Sun Go Down On Me" a once common. When it comes to studio recordings he kept his feet but then not completely silent: He went along with Whitney Houston into the studio to her song "If I Told You That"Again to re-record.
2001's was really quiet around him, but signed in 2002 George his new contract with Polydor Records. A little later he landed already on the first place in Croatia, Denmark, Italy, Portugal and Spain, and returned on top of that in the UK's top 10 back - with the overdose radio of, his first self-penned single since "" Freeek! "outside"In 1998. The realized by Joseph Kahn Video to unified science fiction elements with a lot of sex appeal and was therefore an eye-catcher because George was seen here as a businessman, researcher, Cowboy and dressed in leather Hundeabrichter! Similarly wild it went on, inter alia, with the satirical "Shoot The Dog"Which was knitted by one sample of The Human League, while swipes towards George Bush, Tony Blair and David Seaman were fired in the animated video clip The message of this song was by no means meant as a joke, but a very serious concern for him.: Although some scoffed at it, he was at that time one of the few who loudly spoke out against the Iraq war. and as soon became apparent afterwards, that was also the only right attitude.
In 2003, he worked diligently on the highly anticipated "patience"Album; the only interruption was his contribution to the charity album"War Child"And (linked to his appearance on"Top Of The Pops"), For which he a grim version of Don McLean's anti-war song"The Grave"Resumed Eight years after their last studio album with their own compositions -. In the music world an eternity - meanwhile asked himself his hard fans whether he build the next album yet at the milestones of days gone by would be able to (though he now back in his former label, Sony, had landed). But such concerns turned out to be completely unnecessary ...
Even the boisterous single "Amazing"Enough to even the last doubters to convince that something big was coming: How was it then, and" Patience "was, among other things in return mail Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Denmark and Sweden in the first place in the album charts. In the States he had adopted since "Older" out of business, but then invited Oprah Winfrey and her crew to his home as planned to them "Amazing" "Father Figure" and "Faith" - then went Album at number 12 in the US. There is no doubt George was back. More back actually did not work
In july 2005, George announced ex-Beatle Paul McCartney at Live 8 stage where they gave an incredible version of "Drive My Car" for the best. A little later, he released his duet with Ray Charles, "Blame It On The Sun", on which the released and posthumous album "Genius And Friends".
Began in 2006 with "George Michael: A Different Story"A resultant directed by Southan Morris documentary on which, among other variables such as Boy George, Mariah Carey, Noel Gallagher, Elton John, Andrew Ridgeley and Sting had participated The film really left no aspect of his career unlit. His childhood, . the years with Wham !, the "Faith" phase ... up to a glimpse of the future it was a thoroughly honest portrait, as honest as George has always been - what some people perhaps even as "too honest "classify dignity. As he saw it? he found the movie great!
The "Patience" album was anything but a tour to there had not been. Then, when his duet with Tony Bennett, "How Do You Keep The Music Playing From?"Of whose"Duets: An American Classic"Album, was in the box, it was high time for the next big tour after the"Cover To Cover"Concerts in 1991 now returns were already fifteen years after its launch in Barcelona in September 2006 we went to the finals in Copenhagen in August 2008 around the world. The celebrated"25 Live"Tour led by 27 countries - George played after 17 years his first US gigs -., And 2.5 million people flocked to the arenas and stadiums to see his unique show The Tour, in the George 25 years music business celebrated, also included the very first two nights in the renovated Wembley Stadium and a much more intimate Charity concert fOr British nurses, which took place in Camden Town Roundhouse.
Even during the tour released the compilation album "Twenty Five"With three brand new songs, one a duet with Paul McCartney, who along with George" "from the" Heal The PainListen Without Prejudice Vol. 1"Album was re-recorded: A clear case that such a recording had to land at number 1 in the UK charts, but also in the rest of the world top 10 rankings were the result Moreover appeared the album also as a DVD with 40th songs, and then George was given equal even a rare honor: The "South Bank Show"Dedicated to him and his work immediately added a sequence.
As the extensive tour was over, he made immediately afterwards with various TV appearances continue, first with "The Catherine Tate Show"And"Ricky Gervais's Extras"In the UK, but in addition also in the States, where he regularly in the sitcom"Eli Stone"Appeared, whose episodes were even titled after all of his songs. Even in the finale of"American idol"In 2008, George was there and put on a spectacular performance of"Praying For Time"Down. Shortly before the end there was the" December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas) "on the website of George a present for his fans, he had written with David Austin and the year it should be commercially released again.
2009 climbed the DVD "Live In London"That during the two concerts at Earls Court Arena during the" 25 Live "tour was filmed, No. 1 on the British DVD charts. He then joined London's O2 Arena on the side of Beyonce on to her "If I Were A Boy"To sing, and was with Joe McElderry in the TV show" The X Factor "to see where the two a duet version of"Do not Let The Sun Go Down On Me"Gave the best.
In 2010, had a number of highlights; three of them were clearly the sold-out shows in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, and finally he was before last occurred in the context of "Faith" tour in Australia in the year 1988th
The following year, the yield was even more abundantly: In January a new edition of "Faith" was released, and two months later he was for the charity Comic Relief active and thereafter at Red Nose Day thereby. Comic Relief, he had frequently supported than after he had donated the entire proceeds from its recorded with Mary J. Blige single "Ace" and in a "Little Britain" -Sketch alongside Matt Lucas and David Walliams as Lou'n ' Andy had occurred. In 2011 he turned then not only a new sketch with James Corden ( "Gavin Stacey "), but provided with a reinterpretation of New Orders"True Faith"Even the official Comic Relief single of the year. The term reinterpretation applies it in this case, really, because he was not merely a cover version of" True Faith "recorded, but turned the song into a massive ballad which then oodles of money should rinse in the coffers of the organization.
Before creativity downright Effervescent, opened George's last tour, "Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour", at the August 22, 2011 in the Prague State Opera. With orchestral support he presented this time a mix of original compositions and Cover songs, and concerts throughout Europe, among others at the Royal Albert Hall have been praised by fans and critics alike to the skies. On November 6 of that year he played a very special "Symphonica" show at London's Royal Opera House, the proceeds of the recently under the umbrella of Elton John AIDS Foundation founded Elizabeth Taylor Memorial Fund benefited - a concert that Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Rupert Everett, David Walliams, Lara Stone and several other celebrities did not miss it. Afterwards there were £987,000 who came together on this one evening for the charity organization.
That same month, George should occur in the Wiener Stadthalle, but had a few hours before the show to the hospital because he was suffering from severe pneumonia. On the advice of doctors, the following concerts were canceled, but George promised to make up any remaining European concerts. A promise that he should redeem nine months later.
However, before the "Symphonica"-trip continued George published with "WhiteLight"A brand-new single, to make the 30th anniversary of the first Wham! -Single"Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)"To celebrate. When he appeared in May 2012 at the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics in London, he presented alongside"Freedom! '90"Also this new song and wowed the audience.
The backlog of appointments "Symphonica" tour attended in 2012 consistently sensation, not least on September 9th in Paris, where George was the first contemporary pop star Ever in Opera Garnier could occur. Said evening also took place in the sign of charity, because the revenue came Sidaction benefit, the largest AIDS Charity France. It was also a film crew to David Austin and Caroline True in Paris with going to film the "Symphonica" show in this unique setting; the recordings will be shown for the first time in spring, 2014.
Since the grand finale of the "Symphonica" tour in October 2012 in London, George has focused on what he does best: writing new songs, record and produce. On 14 March 2014 he therefore now responds with "Symphonica" back, his new album during the tour of the same name has been created. was produced the new album by George and the legendary Phil Ramone, who in March 2013 has died at the age of 79 years. Of the 14-time Grammy winner Ramone, in his more than 50-year career has worked with hundreds of artists (including Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand and Karen Carpenter), had among other things, "Songs From The Last Century"Album co-produced." Symphonica "is Phil Ramones latest production.
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