George Michael has flown to the top of the UK album charts, ten months after his untimely death.
The late singer, who passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 53, has topped the charts spending two weeks at number one- for the second time in 27 years.
The Careless Whispers singer’s expanded version of his second solo album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1, surpassed Pink and Niall Horan to become this week’s top-selling record.
Still ruling the charts! George Michael has flown to the top of the UK album charts, ten months after his untimely death
While in 1990 the album shifted 423,577 copies, it sold a more modest 56,000 copies on this occasion, still relegating Niall’s album Flicker to the number three spot.
The news came as tributes to George, who is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, continued to pour in opposite his Highgate home.
Residents have taken it upon themselves to take care of the shrine created in the garden opposite his Highgate home, with local residents taking care of the upkeep of the tributes and removing litter.
Legendary: The late singer, who passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 53, has topped the charts spending two weeks at number one- for the second time in 27 years
Meanwhile fans will get one more chance to say goodbye to the musician George Michael, as his final interview is set to air on November 1.
George sat down for an interview with presenter Kirsty Young ahead of the release of his documentary project Freedom, just weeks before his death.
The two-part special, which will be broadcast on Radio 2, will give details about George’s life.
Loyal: The news came as tributes to George, who is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, continued to pour in opposite his Highgate home
Legend: Fans will receive one last chance to say goodbye to George next month, as his final interview will be broadcast in a two-part special on Radio 2
In the interview, the ex Wham! singer told Kirsty that he was optimistic about his recording career, saying ‘even when I’ve really hit rock bottom, I believe… that this period of down time will result in something spectacular’.
But he said artists do not look out for fellow artists any more.
Talking about losing his court case against Sony Music, George said: ‘I feel I took three years out of my career, I spent 7 million and I got nothing for artists. Nothing.
Iconic: George, who passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 53, sat down for the interview just weeks before his death, with snippets used in his Freedom documentary
Emotional: Fans were left in tears by the TV project which aired on Monday night
‘And then 10 years later it’s a different generation… that never looks at what they’re doing to their fellow man you know. Let alone fellow artists.’
Kirsty’s interview with George was intended to cover a few topics, with parts of their discussion to be used as part of the soundtrack for the Freedom documentary, which aired on Monday night on Channel 4.
But the interview lasted over two hours and as they said goodbye, George said to Kirsty: ‘You should turn this into a radio programme.’
Following the showman’s sudden death only a few weeks later, ‘it began to feel like something that should happen’, Radio 2 said.
Revealing: George gave details about his life and career in the interview, which will air over two parts
In the interview George discusses putting music before his personal life, saying: ‘I had a feeling that I couldn’t have both. I felt that I couldn’t come out and live a full gay life, and still have my devotion to what I did.’
And of meeting Anselmo Feleppa, who later died of an Aids-related illness, he said: ‘I was happier than I’d ever been in my entire life. Fame, money… everything else just kind of, paled by comparison to finally at 27 years old, waking up in bed with someone who loves you.’
He remained hopeful about his future recording career, saying: ‘Even when I’ve lost control, even when I’ve really hit rock bottom, I believe, that the red line is still there. And that this period of down time will result in something spectacular.’
Lewis Carnie, head of Radio 2, said: ‘The Radio 2 listeners continue to love and remember George Michael and his music, and I’m glad that they will be able to hear his final, very special interview on the station.’
George Michael: The Red Line will be broadcast on Radio 2 on November 1 and November 8 at 10pm
Goodbye: Fans can listen to George in the Radio 2 interview on November 1 and November 8 at 10pm