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George Michael at Stade de France

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Biography of George Michael

George Michael and the group Wham!

Born on 25 June 1963, Georgios Kyriákos Panagiótou (his real name) grew up in the suburbs of London. Early on, he developed a passion for music and especially for pop.

In 1982, he formed the group Wham! with his friend Andrew Ridgeley. They had immediate success with their first album, "Fantastic!", which got to No. 4 in the UK. In 1984, the group conquered the United States with the famous hit, "Wake me up before you go go".

A solo career

In 1986, George Michael embarked on a solo career. In 1987, he won his first Grammy Award, thanks to his duet with Aretha Franklin, "I Knew You Were Waiting". In the same year, his funk-based album, "Faith", marked the break-up of Wham!. George Michael sported a more assertive look, with a leather jacket and designer stubble. The single, "Faith", reached 2nd place in the British record charts. The album, which was released a few weeks later, got him to No. 1 spot. In 1988, he won a 2nd Grammy Award for his song, "I want your sex".

In 1990, his album, "Listen without prejudice, Volume 1", in a more jazz and soul style, did not however meet with the expected success, but he quickly returned to winning ways thanks to the album, "Older", which he released in 1996. "Fast Love", the single from this album, remained at number 1 in the UK for three weeks. The single, "Fast Love", from that album, stayed at No. 1 for three weeks in the UK. He then won two Best Male Artist awards: a Brit Award and a MTV Europe Music Award. In the years that followed, George Michael had many projects: a covers album, a duet with Whitney Houston, charity work, a documentary...

George Michael’s previous concerts at Stade de France

June 200725 Live tour

In 2006, to celebrate a 25-year career, George Michael released the album, "Twenty-Five", and embarked on an international tour, the "25 live tour". It was during that tour that he appeared at Stade de France on 22 June 2007!

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