George Michael

George Michael

Member of pop duo Wham! in the 1980s
Yorgos Kyriatou Panayioutou (George Michael) achieved fame in the duo Wham! in his native U.K. in 1982. Through 1986, he and his partner, Andrew Ridgeley, scored hit after hit in a variety of styles from rap to up-tempo pop to slow ballads. As songwriter and lead singer, Michael gradually overshadowed the group, and by the time they split, he was ready for a massively successful solo career. This began with the 1987 album Faith, which featured a series of chart-topping hit singles and sold more than seven million copies. That Michael had not achieved a similar critical success was evident from the title of his follow-up album, Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1, which must be considered a major commercial disappointment even though it sold a million copies, included two Top Ten hits, and hit number two. With Vol. 2 apparently shelved, Michael contributed several songs to the charity album Red Hot + Dance in 1992, and one of them, "Too Funky," reached the Top 20. After the failure of Listen Without Prejudice, Michael engaged in a bitter legal battle with his record company, accusing them of not properly promoting the album and asking them to release him from his contract; he stated that he would refuse to release any records if he lost the lawsuit. He lost. After losing an appeal, Michael bought his way out of his Columbia contract and signed with the music division of Dreamworks, a fledgling entertainment corporation founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen. In 1996, he released Older, its sales clearly hampered by his long hiatus away from performing. In 1998, Michael made tabloid headlines when he was arrested for lewd conduct in a men's public restroom at a park near his Beverly Hills home; following the incident, the singer appeared on CNN and publicly revealed his homosexuality. The covers collection Songs From the Last Century followed in late 1999. Source: icebergradio.com
Change is a stranger you have yet to know.More George Michael quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm not anti-American. I've lived with Kenny, a Texan, for six years.More George Michael quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It was like I had a curse on me. I couldn't believe how much God was piling on. There was so much death around me.More George Michael quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Stupid cupid keeps on calling me, but I see nothing in his eyes. I miss my babeMore George Michael quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
With pop stars or film stars, we become the object of people's self-definition, as well as the object of sexual definition.More George Michael quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Of all the things that Darth Vader lost when the Death Star blew up, it was the destruction of his George Michael box set that affected him most deeply.

He finds his lack of Faith disturbing.More Jokes about George Michael [01/02/2018 12:01:02]

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