George Michael Set to Release New Album This Spring
By Shannon Carlin
Over the course of the last few years, George Michael has been arrested for marijuana possession, hospitalized for life-threatening pneumonia and in a mysterious car crash, but Michael is now getting back to what he does best: music.
According to the Associated Press (via Billboard), Michael’s sixth album, Symphonica, is due out March 17. The record, which was produced by the late Phil Ramone, will reportedly feature original songs along with covers, including Nina Simone’s “My Baby Just Cares for Me.”
Michael also took to Twitter yesterday (Jan. 20) to get fans excited about the album writing, “Symphonica the album is ready to go, and I hope it rekindles memories of the nights we spent together over the last few years.”
The album was recorded during his year-long tour in 2011, which was cut short after he was hospitalized for pneumonia. Michael even based his song, “White Light,” which is slated to appear on his upcoming sixth album, on the experience. The song has already stirred some controversy for the singer, who was accused of shameless self-promotion when he performed the song back in 2012 at the London Olympics.
Last May, Michael was reportedly thrown from the passenger side of a vehicle moving 70 mph and airlifted to a nearby hospital. Hours after he was taken to the hospital, a spokesman for Michael confirmed that the singer had been involved in an accident. He stated that Michael had suffered only “superficial cuts” and was “fine.” No further details of the incident were ever released.
After his hospitalization, Michael canceled a string of Australian dates to seek therapy for anxiety.