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George Michael passes away at the age of 53. Visit the tribute page here

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George Michael Tour news - Order George Michael's 25, his latest album here and the DVD set here

George Michael to tour North America from the 17th of June. Click here for the full schedule and purchase tickets.

Here are some links to news stories about George Michael's 25 Live Tour:
First Night: George Michael, Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona - Independent Online Edition
A trip back to the age of designer stubble - Telegraph.co.uk
Press Views - George Michael - BBC
George Michael plays first gig for 15 years - NME

George Michael kicks off his 25 Live tour in Barcelona
 

George Michael's long awaited tour kicks off in Barcelona on the 23rd of September. George Michael wrote a special note to his fans, it read:
"Well it just goes to show doesn't it ? Never say never, because hell freezes over on a regular basis. I truly believed that tonight would never happen, that I would never sing these songs to you again. But then, I'm a fool, which you have probably worked out by now. My apologies for being such a tease, but believe me, I am going to make it up to you tonight. By the time you leave tonight, you will have forgiven me for the 15 years of silence. Well almost .... With all my love and thanks, George Michael" - (23 September 2006)

George Michael to release new album "Twenty-Five"

George Michael will be releasing his latest album, Twenty Five. The 2 disc CD set will contain 29 tracks with material spanning George's 25 year career and will include the latest singles "An Easier Affair" and "This Is Not Real Love". A 3 disc CD set will contain 44tracks. The album is expected to be released on November 13th. A 2 Disc DVD set is also expected to be released. Pre-Order now! - (22 September 2006)

George Michael to release new single "This is not real love"
 

George Michael will be releasing a new single called "This is not real love". The new single is a duet with former Sugababe Mutya Buena. The single will be released in Europe on the 6th of November. The single will also be available for download.  Pre-Order now! - (12 September 2006)

George Michael plans 2006 tour
 

George Michael has announced he will be touring later this year. The tour called 25Live promises to be an unprecedented celebration of George Michael's 25 year career in music.

A statement by George Michael Website read:
"George Michael will be performing a selection of songs taken from all of his albums including some classic Wham! tracks.

George Michael has enjoyed one of the most successful and enduring careers in the history of pop music, selling more than 85 million records globally and encompassing 11 British No. 1 singles, 7 British No 1 albums and 6 US No 1 singles. In 2004, he was declared the most played British artist on radio over the course of the last 25 years.

The tour will kick off in Madrid on September 27 and will reach British shores in November."

Check out the George Michael 2006 Tour page for all the latest information - (22 April 2006)

Music Chart News (last update 14 November 2005) - For all music chart peak positions, check out the Patience album page
John and Elvis are Dead:
Released for download only. Download Now!
The album Patience hit # 1 in Denmark, Italy, Germany, Sweden and the UK. 
The album has sold over 2 Million copies worldwide and reached the top 5 in most countries. Check the new Patience page for more details.  
The album spent several weeks at #1 on the Amazon.co.uk Hot 100 Music Albums
George Michael's Patience was released on the 15th of March (except North America - released on the 18th of May). 
(order the music album from the USA (local - import), the UK, Canada (local - import) or Australia.) 

The CD Single Amazing: Peak music chart positions: #1 in Italy, #1 in Spain, #2 in Denmark, #3 in Canada, #4 in the UK, #4 in Ireland. Click here to order the CD single.
The CD Single Flawless (Go To The City): Peak music chart positions: #2 in Spain, #5 in Portugal, #7 in Italy, #7 in Denmark, #8 in the UK. Click here to order the CD single.
The CD Single Round Here: Peak music chart positions: #32 in the UK.
Click here to order the CD single.


George Michael admits fault

George Michael has admitted he was in possession of controlled substances. In a statement issued to the media, he said:

"I have been through enough in 24 years of dealing with the media to know what I am in for from them this week. Much of it will be inaccurate or simply untrue. I can handle that, it is my own stupid fault, as usual.

I was in possession of Class C drugs which is an offence and I have no complaints about the police who were professional throughout.
The only thing I care about is that people know that I was properly tested by the police doctor on Saturday night, who stated to the officers present that I was not impaired in any way and should be allowed to drive home.

In fact, the only reason I didn't drive home was that the police accidentally immobilized my car when they parked it.
The duty solicitor very kindly gave me a lift home.

PS: I promise I won't make a record out of this one - even though it is tempting - (27 February 2006)

Related coverage: BBC - Yahoo - News on George Michael from Google
Also:
The ups and downs of George Michael (BBC)


George Michael reportedly arrested in London
George Michael was found slumped at the wheel of his car on Saturday in London. A member of the public alerted the police and the ambulance service. He was not suffering any injuries but upon a police search he was found to have what appeared to be controlled substances.
He was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substances of Category C and on suspicion of being unfit to drive. The later charge was dropped following examination by the duty doctor.
He was released on bail pending analysis of the substances recovered.

The paperwork was filed under the name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou - (26 February 2006)


George Michael plans to marry partner Kenny
George Michael has revealed he is planning to "marry" his partner Kenny Goss. George Michael said "Iím sure Kenny and I will be doing the old legal thing, but we wonít be doing the whole veil and gown thing".

George Michael expects the ceremony to be held early in the new year. George Michael also revealed that he will be attending the partnership ceremony of Elton John and David Furnish next month.

Under the Civil Partnership Act 2004, the first gay marriages can be staged on December 21 - (29 November 2005)


George Michael: A Different Story - Special London Gala screening on December 5th
Following critical acclaim at both the Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals in 2005, Southan Morris' documentary film George Michael: A Different Story will have a Special Gala screening, attended by George Michael, on December 5th at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema prior to a series of special theatrical engagements through Gorilla Entertainment across the UK, details of which will be announced in due course. Initial bookings include December 7th and 12th at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square.

George Michael: A Different Story will also have theatrical releases in Japan, Australia, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Sweden and Poland between now and early 2006. 
The Gala screening on December 5th is by invitation only, but there will be a second screening that evening at 9.30 pm. Tickets can be bought from the Curzon Mayfair Box Office on 0207 495 0500 or via the website: www.curzoncinemas.com
Tickets for the Prince Charles screenings can be bought through the Box Office on 0870 811 2559 or directly at the cinema. Screenings: Wednesday 7th and Monday 12th December at 6.30 pm - (15 November 2005)


'John and Elvis are Dead' EP available now for download. Click on the iTunes buttons below to order.
The EP contains:
John and Elvis are Dead
Edith and Kingpin (Recorded: Abbey Road '04)
Praying For Time  (Recorded: Abbey Road '04)
For The Love (Of You)
Precious Box (Shapeshifters Remix)

Download Now! (01 November 2005)


'A Different Story' cinema trailer now available on Yahoo Music  (15 October 2005) - Watch the Trailer


John and Elvis video clip now available on Yahoo Music  (01 October 2005) - Watch the Video


George Michael interview with Jo Whiley. George hints at tour plans in 2006 and a duet with Paul McCartney singing Heal The Pain! - Full Interview (03 July 2005)


George Michael & Paul McCartney to sing a duet (Baby You Can Drive My Car) at Live 8 (02 July 2005) ... The Mirror


' A Different Story' featured at the Tribeca Film Festival between the 25th of April and the 7th of May. (16 March 2005)


Variety.com reviews 'A Different Story':
A candid, self-deprecating and altogether winning career-to-date overview, "George Michael: A Different Story" finds the witty and articulate pop star looking back with unblinking candor and wry humor on an eventful 20-year-plus run that embraces worldwide hit records, personal tragedy, public scandal and more than his fair share of fashion violations (16 March 2005) ... fiull review from Variety.com. Also another review from Gay.com


' A Different Story' featured at the Berlin Film Festival between the 10th and 20th of February 2005. In the documentary, George Michael talks about his career and personal life. (31 January 2005) ... more from the BBC


On the 27th of November 2004, BBC 1 showed an hour long documentary of George Michael. The documentary is entitled 'A different story' featuring candid interviews with George.
George Michael talks about his childhood, the Wham! years, the pain of losing his boyfriend to Aids in 1992, his battles with Sony, the LA toilet incident and his attack on the US foreign policy.


George Michael will perform live at London's Abbey Road studios for a BBC Radio 2 special in December. As part of the station's Sold on Song initiative which explores the art of songwriting, George Michael will also be talking about how his biggest hits came about. The George Michael special will broadcast on 18 December (21 November 2004) ... Visit the Sold On Song website at the BBC


Round Here is the third single from the album Patience. It was released on the 1st of November in the UK. 

You can order your copy from the UK or Canada here 

Round Here

UK - USA - Canada

Here is the track listing for CD single

Round Here
Patience
Round Here (Video)

You can watch the video clip of Round Here from the George Michael Official Site (low - high) - In Real Format


George Michael has pulled out from the Breast Cancer Charity show Tickled Pink due to illness. A statement on George Michael's Official site read: "Following an attack of laryngitis, George Michael has been forced to pull out of Geri Halliwell's Tickled Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Concert on Sunday at the Royal Albert Hall (17 September 2004)


As part of "VH1 Classic Weekend," VH1 will premiere "Behind The Music: George Michael" on Sunday August 22 at 9PM (US Eastern Time). This one-hour episode tracks the unparalleled arc of a living legend and reveals how the quiet son of a Greek immigrant changed the look and sound of modern pop. With talent, dignity and style, he conquered every chart, everywhere, every time ... but that triumph has not come without struggle, heartache, controversy and loss. Source: VH1 (17 August 2004)


It has been confirmed that George Michael will join a host of other celebrities appearing at the Breast Cancer Charity show called Tickled Pink at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday the 19th of September. 
The show will be broadcast in the UK on Channel 5 on Saturday the 25th of September. (12 August 2004)


Flawless is the second single from the album Patience. It was released on the 28th of June.

You can order your copy from the USA, UK or Canada here 

CD 1

CD 2

USA - UK

USA - UK - Canada

Here is the track listing for each of the CD singles

CD1
Flawless (Go To The City)
Please Send Me Someone

CD2
Original Version
Shapeshifters Remix
Sharp Boys Remix
Boxer Remix
Jack N Rory Remix
Video

You can watch the video clip of Flawless from the George Michael Official Site (low - high)


The album Patience was released in the USA and Canada on the 18th of May. The North American release though does not contain the controversial track Shoot the Dog nor the instrumental Patience Part II.
You can order your copy from the USA (local - import), the UK, Canada (local - import) or Australia. (18 May 2004)


Billboard reviews the soon to be released (in the USA and Canada) Patience album ... check out the Patience review page for more  (12 May 2004)


George Michael has been named the most played artist on British radio over the past 20 years. George Michael picked up the award at the Radio Acedemy's annual music conference in London. Commenting on the award he said "I can't believe it. I've only made six albums in 22 years so I don't know how this happened. I'm the luckiest writer on earth"
George Michael topped the list ahead Elton John and Robbie Williams .... read the full article from the BBC (28 April 2004)


The album Patience debuts at # 1 in Denmark, Italy, Germany, Sweden and the UK. The album is also in the top 5 of most other contries. The Patience album page will be updated regularly with Chart information. (26 March 2004)


The album Patience sold a massive 60,000 copies on the first day of its release in the UK and is on track to debut at #1. An HMV spokesperson said "This is a great return to form by one of the world's greatest recording artists and sets George up to be an early contender for the year's biggest-selling album. Patience has clearly been worth the wait.
At this rate George is on target to sell well over 250,000 copies by the end of the week, and maybe even 300,000 which would earn him a platinum disc.
That would not only assure him his first UK No1 since his covers album Songs From The Last Century in 1999 - but also give him the biggest first week sales of any album this year, including Norah Jones's Feels Like Home."

In Australia, HMV Midweek chart has Patience at #1. (17 March 2004)


An excellent article in The Daily Telegraph (Australia) titled George Michael's a patient guy .... "But George Michael never needed to do interviews before either. George has never, ever courted the limelight, so why break his silence now?
The simple reason is he is proud of Patience, wants people to know about it and believes he has some responsibility to explain himself to his fans, the ones who have remained fiercely loyal." .... read the full article (17 March 2004)


Checkout the new Patience page. It includes the track listing, chart performance and lyrics to selected tracks as well as album reviews in the press (13 March 2004)


George Michael announced today that he is not planning to release any more albums commercially following Patience. Instead he plans to release songs online and give the fans the option of donating money for charity. Michael made his announcement during an interview with Jo Whiley on BBC1 Radio. He said "I think this will be my last commercial promoted release. I've been very well renumerated for my talent over the years and I really don't need the public's money really."
"I'm sure it's unprecedented, it's definitely unprecedented for someone who still sells records."
Asked on his choice for the album title, he said "I actually think Patience is the most important word on the planet at the moment and I think patience is the only thing that will save us really but also I was having a quick joke about that fact it has taking me so long to make the album."
He also praised his fans for their patience and said "I do understand that I have the most patient fans in the history of pop music."
George Michael described 'My mother had a brother' and 'Through' as the most personal tracks on the album. 
George Michael also talked about his appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and about his relationship with Kenny. (10 March 2004) .... Click here for Jo Whiley's interview page on the BBC where you can listen to the interview.


You can now watch a clip for the video 'Amazing' via this link from the Official George Michael web site (7 March 2004)


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