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George Michael


East Finchley, London, England

George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 1963 in East Finchley, London, England) is an English pop musician of English/Greek Cypriot ancestry. Michael began his career by forming a band called The Executive together with his best friend Andrew Ridgeley, a fellow pupil at Bushey Meads School, though it did not survive for long.

It wasn’t until he formed the duo Wham!, working together again with Ridgeley, in 1981 that he achieved success. Their first album, ‘Fantastic!’, achieved almost instant acclaim, and, within a year, they had released their classic debut single, “Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)”. Their second single, “Young Guns (Go For It)”, became the first in a string of Top 10 hits in the U.K. singles chart, showing that they had captured a spirited, dance pop side of the popular new wave scene.

Those songs were rapidly followed by tracks such as “Bad Boys”, “Club Tropicana”, “Wake Me up Before You Go-Go”, “Freedom”, “Last Christmas”, “Everything She Wants”, and “I’m Your Man”. With the commercial and critical success seen by the band after their second album, ‘Make It Big’, they appeared to be on top of the world. George Michael also sang on the original Band Aid recording of “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, and he donated the profits from the “Last Christmas” / “Everything She Wants” dual-single release to the charity.

As one of the world's best-selling music artists, Michael has sold more than 100 million records worldwide as of 2010. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, has sold more than 20 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 Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists list.

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 worldwide 25 Live tour, spanning three individual tours over the course of three years (2006, 2007 and 2008).

He was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in Bushley, Hertfordshire, England.
The first band he formed was called The Executives. Included in its lineup was Andrew Ridgley, who would later become the other half of the duo Wham!
His album Faith (which he produced) won Album Of The Year at the Grammy Awards in 1988. He also won a Grammy in 1987, for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, shared with Aretha Franklin for the song, "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me."
Michael has been arrested twice, first in 1998 for lewd conduct in a Los Angeles bathroom, and again in 2006 when police discovered marijuana in his car. After the first incident, where Michael was caught by an undercover cop, he declared his homosexuality and wrote a song about it called "Outside," where he made fun of the incident.

 

80's Hits

Faith
Father Figure
I Want Your Sex

90's Hits

Fastlove
Freedom 90
Praying For Time
Too Funky

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