This week, Andrea and Niall are delving deep into the life, times, music, controversies and talent of one of the last great pop stars – George Michael.
One of the biggest selling artists of all-time, George Michael came to fame through the pop band duo of Wham! before going on to one of the most successful and creative solo artist careers of the last 40 years. From ‘Hotel Tropicana’ to ‘Faith’ to ‘Freedom 90’ to ‘Outside’ to ‘Fast Love’ to ‘Jesus To A Child’, George Michael wrote, produced, played and sang on them all.
George was an undeniable talent, a soulful singer, who often struggled with his fame and his life in the spotlight. He dealt with grief publicly and in private, while questions about his sexuality always hovered over his career. Taking our cue from the recently re-released Freedom Uncut documentary, produced by George before he died on Christmas Day 2016, and the release of a new box set of his seminal 1998 album Older, we delve into the backlash he received from American soul and R&B artists, his struggles with cannabis addiction, the sting operation that lead to his coming out and the best music of his career, his court case against his label, George the insightful interviewee and a focus on our favourite songs in his discography.
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