R.I.P Legendary Singer: George Michael passes away at the age of 53
Hard to believe but it’s true George Michael passed away at 53. His publicist said that George Michael, the British pop superstar who reached early fame with WHAM! and then went on to a solo career lined with controversies and chart-topping hits that blended soul and dance music with daring social and personal commentary, has died.
He was only 53. He was not only a singing sensation but rather he was also known for his good looks. George formed the duo WHAM with his school friend Andrew Ridgeley in the early 1980s.
Helped by MTV, founded around the same time, easily crossed the Atlantic to become popular in the United States with Michael, as lead singer, usually the focal point.
George Michael’s controversial life
George Michael is no more with us so, today we are going throw some light on his life. His life was full of controversies.
Throughout his career, his drug use and taste for risky sex brought him into frequent brushes with the law, most famously in 1998 when he was arrested for public lewdness in Los Angeles.
But George managed to turn the incident into fodder for a popular song that poked fun at his behavior, and his acknowledgment of his homosexuality at that time made him even more popular with his fans.
George Michael’s first solo album
He started his career with first solo album in 1987’s “Faith,” 20 million copies were sold and he enjoyed several hit singles including the raunchy “I Want Your Sex,” which was helped immeasurably by a provocative video that received wide air play on MTV.
The song was ofcourse very controversial not only because of its explicit nature, but also because it was seen as encouraging casual sex and promiscuity at a time when the AIDS epidemic was deepening. Michael and his management tried to tamp down this point of view by having the singer write “Explore Monogamy” on the leg and back of a model in the video.
At that time famous singer, Michael had not disclosed his homosexuality, and much of his chart success was based on his sex appeal to young women.
His situation drastically changed in 1998 when he was arrested for lewd conduct in a public toilet in Los Angeles after being spotted by a male undercover police officer.
It received lot of media attention but instead of making excuses for his behavior, he went on to release a single and video, “Outside,” that made light of the charges against him and mocked the Los Angeles police who had arrested him. Arrest promoted him to discuss about his sexual orientation too. He was active user of marijuana.
Despite huge setbacks in personal life, George Michael was a successful in his professional life.
R.I.P George Michael!