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George Michael to release new album, ‘Symphonica’

Monday, January 20, 2014
Francois Mori, APGeorge Michael

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George Michael

LONDON — After a spell of making headlines for mishaps rather than music, George Michael is coming back with a new album.

Michael announced Monday that his sixth solo album, “Symphonica,” is due for release March 17.

It includes his own songs as well as covers including Nina Simone’s “My Baby Just Cares for Me.” It was produced by Michael and Phil Ramone, who died in March.

Michael recorded the album during a 2011-2012 tour that was interrupted when he contracted life-threatening pneumonia.

The former Wham! singer was hospitalized again last year after falling from a car on a highway near London.

He was imprisoned for eight weeks in 2010 for possessing marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs after he crashed his Range Rover into a photo shop.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. That’s wonderful and glad it’s finished.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:27am
  2. Geoff Stevens – exited? Will once more style your hair the same as Mr. Michael? You looked good when you had it like him :)

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:29am
  3. big fan..great voice

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:30am
  4. i woulda called it…CRUIZIN ;)

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:32am
  5. Miss his music. Looking forward to the new album- yay.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:32am
  6. I love George im glad to see him releasing a new album. Can’t wait to hear it.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:33am
  7. I can’t wait !! Good news

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:40am
  8. So great to hear!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:43am
  9. Why? Oh must be broke !

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:45am
  10. Caleb R. McKinley-Portee!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 6:38am
  11. *Faint*

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 6:47am
  12. FUCK HIM

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:08am
  13. Joél!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:56am
  14. btw i will stick with the classics. thank you. and now…. back to your “regular programming”

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:58pm