Documentary: “George Michael: Freedom”

George Michael

In celebration of the reissue of the late George Michael’s iconic album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1, Sony Music together with Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide have commissioned George Michael: Freedom, a stunning new film, narrated by George himself.

George Michael: Freedom tells the gripping, dramatic story of the making of Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1, the court case which followed and George’s personal struggle and pain as he loses Anselmo.

You may recall George decided he would not appear on Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1’s album cover or be available to physically promote the album beyond select interviews, but instead gave the label the David Fincher-directed “Freedom! ‘90,” which featured five of the most recognizable beauties on the planet, lip-syncing in place of George.

George succeeded in reuniting the Freedom! ’90 video’s five supermodels: Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz and Linda Evangelista.

Other contributors include world famous artists such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Liam Gallagher, Mary J Blige, Tony Bennett, Nile Rodgers, Kate Moss, Ricky Gervais, Jean-Paul Gaultier and James Corden.

George Michael: Freedom airs in the UK on October 16, and will premiere in the US this Saturday/October 21st at 9pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

Also, a remastered version of George’s amazing 1996 MTV Unplugged performance will also be available as an album for the very first time as part of the Deluxe box set, 2CD and digital editions.

The concert took place in East London on October 11, 1996 and featured George playing ten of his finest songs from the Wham!, Faith, Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1 (Freedom ’90) and more.

  Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 will also be reissued on vinyl.

George Michael Listen Without Prejudice / MTV Unplugged Track listings:

3 CD/1 DVD LIMITED EDITION BOX

CD1 Listen Without Prejudice (Remastered)

1 Praying For Time
2 Freedom! ’90
3 They Won’t Go When I Go
4 Something To Save
5 Cowboys And Angels
6 Waiting For That Day
7 Mother’s Pride
8 Heal The Pain
9 Soul Free
10 Waiting (Reprise)

CD2 MTV Unplugged

1 Freedom! ’90
2 Fastlove
3 I Can’t Make You Love Me
4 Father Figure
5 You Have Been Loved
6 Everything She Wants
7 Strangest Thing
8 Older
9 Star People
10 Praying For Time
11 Fantasy featuring Nile Rodgers

CD3 B Sides & Rarities

1. Soul Free (Special Radio Edit)
2. Freedom! (Back To Reality Mix)
3. Freedom (Back To Reality Mix Edit)
4. Fantasy 90
5. Freedom (Edit)
6. Cowboys & Angels
7. If You Were My Woman
8. Too Funky (Edit)
9. Crazy Man Dance
10. Do You Really Want To Know
11. Happy
12. Too Funky (Extended)
13. Too Jazzy (Happy Mix)
14. Fantasy 98
15. George Michael with Paul McCartney – Heal The Pain
16. George Michael with Astrud Gilberto – Desafinado

DVD

1. The Southbank Show 1990
2. Freedom! ’90 promo
3. Praying For Time promo
4. Freedom 90 MTV 10th Anniversary

2 CD EDITION

CD1 Listen Without Prejudice (Remastered)

1 Praying For Time
2 Freedom! ’90
3 They Won’t Go When I Go
4 Something To Save
5 Cowboys And Angels
6 Waiting For That Day
7 Mother’s Pride
8 Heal The Pain
9 Soul Free
10 Waiting (Reprise)

CD2 MTV Unplugged

1 Freedom! ’90
2 Fastlove
3 I Can’t Make You Love Me
4 Father Figure
5 You Have Been Loved
6 Everything She Wants
7 Strangest Thing
8 Older
9 Star People
10 Praying For Time
11 Fantasy featuring Nile Rodgers

Listen Without Prejudice – Vinyl

SIDE A

1 Praying For Time
2 Freedom! ’90
3 They Won’t Go When I Go
4 Something To Save
5 Cowboys And Angels

SIDE B

1 Waiting for That Day
2 Mothers Pride
3 Heal The Pain
4 Soul Free
5 Waiting (Reprise)

First Look At “George Michael: Freedom”

Billboard writes:

George Michael: Freedom will cover the singer’s entire career, but will focus particularly on the tumultuous period leading up to and following the release of his sophomore album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. Michael felt huge pressure to match the stratospheric success of his 1987 solo debut, Faith, which eventually earned a diamond certification in the United States and produced six top 5 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Listen Without Prejudice underperformed, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and barely selling 2 million copies in the United States, which led Michael to sue Sony Music for allegedly failing to promote his album adequately.

Filmed before Michael’s untimely death on Dec. 25, 2016, the documentary features narration from the pop star and gives viewers a look into his personal life, including the death of his partner Anselmo Feleppa. It also includes archival and private home footage from his reclusive period in the early 1990s, just a few years after becoming one of the biggest artists in the world.

The film includes interviews with his famous friends – Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Cindy Crawford, Ricky Gervais, and more.

Premieres Saturday, October 21st at 9pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

George Michael Quietly Donated Millions To Help Abused & Bullied Children

George Michael

As the world reels from the passing of pop music star George Michael, we learn he was even more generous in private than most knew.

Michael had secretly been giving millions to a charity that helped UK children who were the target of abuse and/or bullying.

Via The Irish Times:

Behind the headlines and huge on-stage persona, George Michael was a generous man who kept quiet about his considerable charitable donations, it has emerged. The star donated all the royalties from his 1996 number one single Jesus To A Child to charity, and is said to have given a gameshow contestant thousands of pounds to fund her IVF treatment.

Michael has helped countless children as a result of his donations to Childline, the charity’s founder and president Dame Esther Rantzen said. “For years now he has been the most extraordinarily generous philanthropist, giving money to Childline, but he was determined not to make his generosity public so no-one outside the charity knew how much he gave to the nation’s most vulnerable children,” she told the Press Association.

“Over the years he gave us millions and we were planning next year, as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations to create, we hoped, a big concert in tribute to him — to his artistry, to his wonderful musicality but also to thank him for the 100s of 1,000s of children he helped through supporting Childline.”

From Childline’s official website:

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.

Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to us on the phone, by email or through 1-2-1 counsellor chat. Whatever feels best for you.

Our counsellors are trained staff and volunteers. All sorts of people become Childline counsellors. They could be 16 or 60. They could be gay or straight – or anywhere in between. They come from lots of different backgrounds and places.

What they all have in common is they want to help young people.

They’re real people who want to support you with any issue you’re facing. They’re trained but they don’t follow a script.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

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Another shirtless pic of Casper Smart, just because…

George Michael’s condition improving

Singer George Michael is on the mend after being admitted to Vienna’s AKH hospital last week, forcing him to postpone the remaining dates of his European tour.

Doctors treating the recording star have since issued a statement to update fans on Michael’s condition, saying that while he remains hospitalized, his health is “improving”.

Professors Gottfried Locker and Christoph Zielinski said: “The latest development in Mr Michael’s case, which has evolved from a severe pneumococcal infection, necessitated intensive care due to its severity and extension.

“We are happy to announce that Mr Michael is improving steadily with an impressive regression of pneumonic symptoms and follows a steady rate of improvement as hoped.”

Upon news of his hospitalization, the internet was rife with innuendo that his pneumonia was HIV related.  The doctors treating George Michael seemed to address those rumors in their statement.

“There are no other health issues with regards to the patient other than the underlying pneumonic disorder, and no further measures had to be taken,” they said.

“Michael is receiving precisely the same treatment as any ordinary patient in Austria would receive at the hospital for this disease.”

George Michael’s condition apparently worsens

George Michael was transported from his hotel in Vienna to Vienna AKH general hospital last night. The AKH is the largest hospital in Europe.

He is reportedly in intensive care as a result of heart problems believed to be caused by the shortage of oxygen caused by his pneumonia.

Head doctor from the nearby Otto Wagner Hospital, Norbert Vetter, said that the reason a person with a lung problem was being treated in the cardiac unit probably lay in the fact that if there was a lung problem – and not enough oxygen being taken into the body – then that could affect the heart especially if the heart had already been damaged in some way. He added in the worst case the heart could cease to function.

A spokesman from his management would only confirm that his condition is “bad.”

UPDATE 11/27/11: George Michael’s partner, Fadi Fawaz, who is keeping a bedside vigil, said George is not going to die and is getting better by the day.  “He is improving every day.”

Fadi spoke Sunday from Vienna, Austria.

“There is nothing to be concerned about. He is doing fine. We are very happy. He is doing extremely well and coming back from everything. We are very pleased.  All I can say is he is really improving, everything is going right. He is doing very well.”