George Michaelwas born as Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, on June 25, 1963, in East Finchley, North London England.. George is an English singer and songwriter and performs soul music which is influenced with pop. His musical success began about 1982 and his biggest commercial success came about in 1987 when he released his debut album called, Faith. The album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. George Michaelís music has been said to be the most played on British radio in the past 20 years. He is one of the most successful male artists worldwide and has sold over 85 million copies. He has released 12 number 1 British singles , 9 British number 1 albums, 10 number 1 singles in the United States, and 2 U. S. Number 1 albums.
George formed his first band called The Executive, with his friends, Andrew Ridgeley, Paul Ridgeley, Andrew Leaver, and David Mortimer. The band was short lived and his next move was to form the duo called, Wham! Andrew Ridgeley was the other half of the duo and the two became successful in 1981. Their first album was released in 1981 and was called, Fantastic!. The album reached number 1 on the U. K. Charts. Within the year they released their debut single called, Wham Rap! Enjoy What You Do. Their second single, Young Guns Go For It, was the first of a string of Top 10 hits for them on the U. K. Singles charts. A couple of those singles were, Bad Boys, and Club Tropicana. Their second album released was a big breakthrough and sold over 6 million copies. The album was called, Make It Big. Singles from the album were, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Freedom, Careless Whisper, and Last Christmas/Everything She Wants. Careless Whisper was written by George when he was 17 and it was voted to be the favorite record of all time by Londoners in 1995. The duo split up in 1986 after they released a farewell single called, Edge of Heaven., and also an album, as well as a sell out concert at Wembley Stadium.
After the split, George went on a worldwide tour in 1988. His latest hits album is, Twentyfive, and it celebrates his 25th anniversary of his music career. It was released in November, 2006. It reached number 1 in the U. K.. In 2006 George announced that her would be going on his first tour in 15 years. George has suffered from drug problems in the past. He has released a total of 8 albums and compilations as well as 22 number one singles during his musical career.
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