LAST CHRISTMAS......GEORGE MICHAEL去世


(來源:自由時報)

英國著名流行歌手喬治麥可逝世 享年53歲

英國流行歌手喬治麥可(George Michael)驚傳逝世,有外媒報導指出,喬治麥可的公關在耶誕節晚間對外公開聲明,喬治麥可在家中安然去世,享年53歲。

綜合外媒報導,喬治麥可的公關在聲明中說,喬治在耶誕節當天在家中安然逝世,他的家人們希望能在這個艱難的時刻能保有隱私的尊重,並不會對外發表任何評論。喬治麥可過去曾在2011年因為肺炎的緣故而延遲一系列的演場會。

喬治麥可最早於1982年至1986年與安德魯瑞吉里(Andrew Ridgeley)兩人組成「轟!合唱團」(Wham!),產出的數張專輯成功打進英美兩地的市場,甚至在1985年以單曲〈無心的呢喃〉擊敗瑪丹娜的〈宛如處女〉成為告示牌當年度最佳單曲。

「轟!合唱團」於1986年6月宣布解散,喬治麥可單飛後仍在歌壇相當活躍,40年音樂生涯共賣出8千萬張唱片,他也是葛萊美獎、全美音樂獎、全英音樂獎和MTV音樂錄影帶大獎等多項大獎得主。代表作包括《Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go》、《Freedom》、《Last Christmas》等。

(來源:中時電子報)

「最後耶誕」 喬治麥可53歲心臟衰竭辭世

流行歌手喬治麥可(George Michael)53歲辭世,據他的公關周日告訴BBC,這位於1980年代紅極一時的「轟!」(Wham!)合唱團成員下午1點42分在家中安詳地辭世。警方說,並未發現他的死因有任何可疑之處。據《衛報》(The Guardian)報導,他原本預定2017年推出個人紀錄片。

而據《每日郵報》(Daily Mail)報導,麥可的前經理人利普曼(Michael Lippman)說,他因為「心臟衰竭」而撒手人寰。

喬治麥可的公關說,他的家人要求在這令人痛苦的時刻,讓他們保留隱私,現階段他們將不再發表任何評論。「轟!」1984年發行的《去年耶誕》(Last Christmas)廣受歡迎,早已成為人人耳熟能詳的經典聖誕曲目,不過令人唏噓的是--這次耶誕,已成為他人生的最後一個耶誕。

喬治麥可在2011年末時,一度因肺炎病重瀕危。他在維也納接受治療後,曾淚眼婆娑地在倫敦寓所外表示,無論能不能活下去,他都體會了命在旦夕的考驗。

他在近40年的演唱生涯中,已賣出超過1億張專輯,而他最後出的一張專輯,是2014年發行的《交響新經典》(Symphonica),推出後不久,隨即登上英國金榜銷售冠軍。

喬治麥可為英國籍希臘裔創作歌手,1980年代初時,以流行二人組「轟!」合唱團出道,曾經紅極一時。不過,「轟!」於1986年解散,喬治麥可在單飛後,1988年以專輯《信念》(Faith)創下演藝生涯高峰,成為英美兩地最受歡迎的男歌星。這張專輯從詞曲、編曲與製作等都由他一手包辦,專輯曲風更涵蓋爵士、節奏藍調、搖滾等風格。專輯《信念》在推出後,迅速登上英美兩地專輯榜冠軍,在告示牌專輯榜更獲得了12周冠軍,專輯在美銷售數字更高達8白金。

喬治麥可早年曾捐助衣索比亞難民,後來更長期投身愛滋病防治運動。他多次舉辦慈善演唱會,捐出所得款項。他甚至表示,自己名利雙收,退休後他的作品將全部在網路上讓歌迷付費下載,而所有款項都轉交慈善機構。

雖然喬治麥可外貌出眾,曾為女性偶像,但他的性取向一直為人所好奇。最富爭議性的,就是他1998年4月7日在美國加州比佛利山的公園公廁內,被便衣警察誘捕,並被控以公共猥褻罪。後來喬治麥可「不提抗辯」,也就是不承認有罪,但也不抗辯的方式終結。最後他獲處810美元(26,000元台幣)罰鍰,並服80小時社區服務役。後來喬治麥可根據這起事件,發行了音樂錄影帶《界外》(Outside),片中有兩名穿著警察制服的男子接吻。

而在公廁誘捕他的羅德里格斯(Marcelo Rodríguez)指控麥可影射他,並毀謗他,1999年求償1000萬美元(約3.2億台幣)。不過,上訴法庭於2002年裁決,羅德里格斯身為公務員,不能合法求取精神傷害賠償。

歷經這次事件後,喬治麥可出櫃,也公開了與男友肯尼高斯(Kenny Goss)自1996年6月便開始的關係。然而,歷經種種考驗後,兩人已於2009年分手。

才53歲啊.....
今年外國樂壇的損失還真大,已經失去DAVID BOWIE和PRINCE了
以後聽《LAST CHRISTMAS》會是另一番心情了吧
附一個詳細的英文報導:

(來源:THE GUARDIAN)

George Michael, pop superstar, dies at 53

Pop superstar George Michael has died peacefully at home, his publicist said.

The 53-year-old, who was set to release a documentary in 2017, rose to fame as a member of Wham!, known for their hits Club Tropicana and Last Christmas. He had a highly successful solo career which included the songs Careless Whisper, Faith, Outside and Freedom! ’90.

Michael – who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou – had 11 UK number ones and sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades. His most recent album, Symphonica, was released in 2014.

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Thames Valley police told the BBC an ambulance attended the house in Goring, Oxfordshire, at 1.42pm.They said the death was being treated as “unexplained but not suspicious” and they would not comment further until after a postmortem.

In a statement, the star’s publicist said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.

“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

On Twitter, Andrew Ridgeley, Michael’s partner in Wham!, said he was “heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend”.

Sir Elton John, another friend and collaborator, wrote on Instagram of his “deep shock” at the lost of a “the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist”.

Michael was born in London to Greek Cypriot parents and first achieved pop success with school friend Ridgeley in the pop duo Wham! They split up in 1986 and he went on to have a glittering solo career that also saw him collaborate with John, Aretha Franklin, and Queen, after the death of Freddie Mercury.

He also had frequent brushes with the law, including his highly publicised arrest in a Los Angeles public toilet in 1998, an incident which led him to acknowledge his homosexuality and his relationship with Kenny Goss. His track Outside, released the same year, poked fun at the incident and reached No 2 in the charts.

But Michael would struggle to recapture the same success, and his last studio album, Patience, was released in 2004.

In later years he had a series of arrests for drugs and driving offences and was banned from driving twice. In 2011, he officially announced the ending of a turbulent 15-year relationship with Goss – though he said that the pair had actually split around two years earlier. After a career hiatus that he described as “a very long period of grief and self-abuse”, he announced his return to performing and said he felt remorse for the impact his high-profile arrests might have had on young gay people striving for acceptance.

Michael nearly died from pneumonia in late 2011. After receiving treatment in a Vienna hospital, he made a tearful appearance outside his London home and said it had been “touch and go” whether he lived.

Doctors had performed a tracheotomy to keep his airways open and he was unconscious for some of his spell in hospital.

In May 2013, Michael had to be airlifted to hospital with a head injury after falling from his vehicle on the M1.

Michael’s 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 had been set to be reissued, accompanied by a new film featuring Stevie Wonder, John and the supermodels who starred in the video to his hit single Freedom! 90.

The movie, with the working title Freedom: George Michael, was to be narrated by Michael and set to feature Mark Ronson, Mary J Blige, Tony Bennett, Liam Gallagher, James Corden and Ricky Gervais.

The record was his second solo album, after the hugely successful Faith, and was arranged produced and almost entirely written by Michael, but did not feature him on the album cover.

It featured hits including Cowboys And Angels, Mother’s Pride and Praying For Time and outsold Faith in the UK, where it went platinum four times but led to a court case with US record label Sony about Michael’s frustration over how the album has been marketed. Michael lost the case.

Paying tribute, contemporaries Duran Duran referred to theloss of “another talented soul” in a year which has seen the death of several major-league rock and pop stars, among them David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen. Rick Parfitt, guitarist in Status Quo, died on Christmas Eve at the age of 68.

Brian May, the Queen guitarist, said the news of Michael’s death was “beyond sad” and LaToya Jackson said he had “an amazing gift”. Martin Fry, the lead singer and songwriter with ABC, said on Twitter: “Absolutely devastated to hear of the loss of George Michael.”

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, said Michael was “an exceptional artist and a strong supporter of LGBT and workers’ rights”. Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, was among the first to pay tribute, describing him as “an amazing talent gone too soon”.

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