George Michael Retires From Pop Music

Published: 2005-02-17
Both as solo artist and member of Wham!, George Michael dominated the 80's and 90's music scene. After an eight year hiatus from the spotlight, Michael returned to the forefront with his latest album, the aptly titled "Patience". However, it now appears that "Patience" was much more of a swansong than a true return.

On Wednesday, February 16th, Michael revealed that he would be "disappearing" from the world of pop music. He made the announcement after the debut of a detailed documentary of his life, "George Michael: A Different Story", at the Berlin International Film Festival. The media-shy singer used the flick to settle all the details of his rise to fame, and all the stumbles and controversy along the way.

Fans needn't be completely panicked though, for Michael plans to stay active in the world of music, but just not as a performer. When he was asked what the next step in his life would be, Michael replied: "Perhaps it will mean writing for other people. I have an ambition to write a truly contemporary musical, not necessarily even for the stage, but for the screen ... I have got to find ways to make music and enjoy it the way I used to."

George Michael's "Patience" was released in May of last year to a fairly good reception, which many critics didn't think possible. Of course, compared to the massive success of his 1987 debut solo album "Faith", the sales of "Patience" don't even come close. Although he is one of the most successful solo artists to emerge from the '80s, Michael has only released four proper studio efforts.

To watch a clip of the documentary "George Michael: A Different Story", go to:

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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