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Singer of 'Careless Whisper' and 'Faith', Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou is a two-time Grammy Award winning, best known as English singer/songwriter. Geoge Michael has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Surprisingly he is neither in black and white nor in half shadow. He has a keen, almost ruthless, intelligence and an extraordinarily developed sense of self. He laughs enthusiastically, swears like a Tourette's Syndrome trouper and enjoys nothing more than a self-deprecating joke.
He was born on June 25, 1963 in North London. George went on to meet his future Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley at a nearby school. The duo formed a band formed called 'The Executive', in 1981. Through 1986, he and his partner, scored hit after hit in a variety of styles ranging from rap to up-tempo pop to slow ballads. As a songwriter and lead singer, Michael gradually outshined the group, and by the time the duo split.
In 1987, George issued his debut solo album, Faith, which turned out to be one of the best selling albums of all time. Faith was also the first album to produce six top 5 singles in the United States while selling over 20 million copies worldwide. This success contributed notably to make George Michael the most played artist on British radio over the past two decades
However for his next album, Listen Without prejudice (Vol. 1), Michael had not achieved a similar critical success. The album was considered a major commercial disappointment even though it sold a million copies. After the failure of his second album, Michael engaged in a bitter legal battle with his record company, accusing them of not properly promoting the album. He later signed with the music division of Dreamworks, a fledgling entertainment corporation founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen.
DreamWorks released the more somber album titled 'Older' in 1996. In April 1996, George received the Capital Radio award for 'Best Male Singer' once more. He was also honored with an 'Outstanding Contribution To Music' award. 'Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael' and 'Songs from the Last Century' were his following albums released in 1998 and 1999 respectively. The albums turned out to be the greatest hits compilation and received a lukewarm response from critics.
After several years of privacy regarding his sexual orientation and rumored relationships with various women, Michael was finally out of closet. In 1998, George exposed himself to an undercover policeman in a Beverly Hills park toilet. He was arrested for lewd behaviour, fined $180 and given 80 hours of community service. Later he released a video to his single 'Outside', featuring policemen kissing.
It also became known that George's lover of two years, Brazilian Anselmo Feleppa, had died in 1993 of an AIDS-related brain haemorrhage. Michael dedicated a song to him 'Jesus to a Child' from the 'Older' album. He publicly acknowledged his relationship with Kenny Goss from Dallas, Texas, a former cheerleader coach. In 2005, both George Michael and Kenny Goss opened the Goss Gallery for contemporary arts in Dallas.
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