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George Michael's 'Gay-Friendly' Album To 'Make Up For The Bad' He Caused

May 12th, 2011 10:01am EDT
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George Michael is creating a "gay-friendly" dance album in an attempt to "make up for" shaming the gay community over the years.

The openly gay hitmaker has endured a series of personal troubles, most recently including a stint behind bars last year for driving his car into the front of a London photo store while under the influence of drugs.

And he accepts his bad behavior has caused gay fans all kinds of trouble.

Now he's hoping to make amends by releasing an album featuring gay or gay-friendly artists.

He tells WENN, "As a gay man, every time I make a mistake I feel I let every young...
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George Michael Dedicating London Concert To Elizabeth Taylor

May 11th, 2011 11:58am EDT
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George Michael will pay his "respects" to his late pal Elizabeth Taylor by dedicating one of his London concerts to the Hollywood actress later this year.

The British singer announced a set of European dates for his Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour on Wednesday, his first live shows in three years. Michael is planning to use his gig at London's iconic Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in November to help raise funds for Taylor's AIDS Foundation and honor her memory following her death in March.

He tells WENN at a press conference, "At the moment there are four opera houses booked - two...
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George Michael Announces His Comeback Tour

May 6th, 2011 11:34am EDT
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George Michael is set to hit the road for a new tour, just three years after he quit performing live.

The Faith hit-maker played two London concerts, dubbed The Final Two, in 2008 and announced the shows would mark the end of his career on the stage.

He recently released a new track called True Faith, as well as recording a cover of Stevie Wonder's You & I in honor of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's wedding last month - and now he's preparing to sing the songs to his fans during a string of arena shows.

In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page on Friday, he wr...
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George Michael Laments Tragedy-Tinged Royal Wedding

May 1st, 2011 7:00pm EDT
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George Michael saw the sad side of Britain's royal wedding on Friday as he lamented the loss of Prince William's mother and late fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

The "Father Figure" hitmaker celebrated William's marriage to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on Friday at a "wedding party" in north London.

The singer admits he was struck by sadness when the duchess appeared wearing a gown designed by Sarah Burton, who took over as creative director of the Alexander McQueen label after the famed couturier's suicide last February.

He wrote in a post on his Twitter.com page, "The one tragic ...
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George Michael Glad Prince William Doesn't Hold A Grudge

April 17th, 2011 3:45pm EDT
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George Michael is thrilled Prince William likes his new royal wedding tune because he has always felt terrible about turning down his request to sing with Elton John at a family Christmas party.

The pop superstar came up with the idea of reworking Stevie Wonder's "You & I" as a wedding gift to William and his bride Kate Middleton and the couple gave him permission to proceed.

Michael, who was good friends with the prince's mother Princess Diana, admits he was relieved to hear William didn't bear a grudge for a performance snub way back in his youth.

Premiering the song on CNN chat show P...
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George Michael To Record Song For Royal Wedding

April 11th, 2011 8:21am EDT
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Singer George Michael is planning to record a song to commemorate the upcoming wedding of Prince William.

The British royal will marry fiancée Kate Middleton in London on April 29th and the former Wham! star is looking forward to watching the nuptials - and he's promised an extra special treat for fans to mark the big day.

In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "I have been thinking about Will and Kate.... and I'm so happy for William... the whole country is getting ready to party! Let's have our own celebration twitter style.....

"Instead of Song of the Day, let's p...
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The Stars Pay Tribute To Elizabeth Taylor

March 23rd, 2011 1:08pm EDT
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Tributes are pouring in for Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor following her death on Wednesday. The movie icon passed away in Los Angeles after a long battle with congestive heart failure, and within minutes of the announcement, dozens of celebrities were paying their respects to the star.

Elton John said, "We have just lost a Hollywood giant; more importantly, we have lost an incredible human being", while other stars flooded microblogging website Twitter.com to pay tribute.

George Michael wrote, "Such a sad day, Elizabeth Taylor was the last of the Hollywood greats, and a fantasticall...
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Music Mogul L.A. Reid May Judge 'X Factor'

March 17th, 2011 9:32am EDT
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Music mogul L.A. Reid, the man behind Usher and Justin Bieber, is in final negotiations to land the first judging panel spot on Simon Cowell's new U.S. version of his hit talent show "The X Factor."

The record executive and producer will be among the experts on the program, according to EW.com.

A source says, "L.A. wants to do it. He has his sights set on a seat on that panel, and apparently Simon would like it to happen."

Billboard.com reports Reid will leave his job as chairman of Island Def Jam to become a judge on the show.

Cowell is also considering judging roles for Mariah Carey, ...
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George Michael: 'I Deserved Jail'

March 6th, 2011 12:13pm EST
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Singer George Michael has opened up about his recent jail stint, insisting he deserved to go behind bars for his "shameful" acts.

The former Wham! singer was jailed for eight weeks in September for possessing cannabis and driving under the influence of drugs.

Michael was previously banned from driving for two years following his 2007 conviction for driving while unfit and a year later he received an official police caution for possession of cannabis.

And now he has spoken about his time in prison, admitting he believes it's karma for repeatedly landing in trouble.

He tells British radio...
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Celebrity Impersonators Flock to Las Vegas for the Reel Awards - Do They Pull off Their Stars Though?

February 27th, 2011 5:45pm EST
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This is why What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas: the "stars" - Lady Gaga, Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Pattinson and a myriad of others - were out Thursday night at the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas for the 20th Annual Reel Awards - given to the best celebrity impersonators from around the world.

Yes, around the world.

The event is a spoof/tribute to the Academy Awards and is presented as such; with categories that mirror the Oscars, like Best Actor, Best Actress and a Lifetime Achievement Award. It also has its own categories, like Best Tribute Band, Best Classic Crooner and Most Professi...
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Which Celebrities Are In Open Relationships?

January 17th, 2011 12:00pm EST
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In the upcoming film "No Strings Attached" (in theaters Jan. 21) lifelong friends Adam (Ashton Kutcher) and Emma (Natalie Portman) attempt to avoid falling in love after falling into each other's beds. The comedy explores the complexities and quirks of having "friends with benefits." Can that work in real life?

Some celebrity couples agree that they want to be together, but they allow romantic or sexual relationships with additional people. These "open" relationships make big headlines in Hollywood.

Which ones are true and which one's aren't? Check below to find out!

Will Smith & Jada P...
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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: October

January 2nd, 2011 3:00pm EST
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Celebrity break-ups were big news in October with a number of high-profile couples calling time on their relationship. Courteney Cox and David Arquette stunned the world by announcing they were taking a break from their 11-year marriage, and just days later singer Christina Aguilera confirmed her split from husband Jordan Bratman. Ben Harper and Laura Dern also filed for divorce after 10 years together.

But October also saw an influx of celebrity weddings - Katy Perry and Russell Brand sealed their love in a lavish Indian ceremony, and both Paul Weller and David Schwimmer hit the news when...
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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: July

January 2nd, 2011 9:00am EST
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Love was in the air in July as a host of celebrities walked down the aisle - Spanish stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem tied the knot in the Bahamas, while Emily Blunt became Mrs. John Krasinski after marrying The Office star in romantic Como, Italy.

A pregnant Alicia Keys said 'I do' to Swizz Beatz, while Orlando Bloom and Australian model Miranda Kerr became husband and wife in a secret ceremony. Wedding bells also rang in Georgia as country sweetheart Carrie Underwood married her hockey hunk, Mike Fisher.

But there was also plenty of heartache in Hollywood - Kelly Osbourne called of...
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George Michael Won't Be Judging U.S. 'X Factor'

December 18th, 2010 6:02pm EST
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Music mogul Simon Cowell has shot down reports George Michael is set to join him as a judge on the U.S. version of The X Factor.

The Faith hitmaker was rumoured to be preparing to make his comeback with a central role on the reality TV show after he was spotted in a meeting with The X Factor creator Cowell in November.

But Cowell has dismissed the speculation, telling "Extra" TV presenter Terri Seymour, "(Michael) will not be a judge on the U.S. The X Factor".

The TV job was expected to mark Michael's return to the spotlight following a series of personal woes, which recently saw him ser...
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Simon Cowell Offers George Michael U.S. 'X Factor' Job?

December 16th, 2010 10:36am EST
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Music mogul Simon Cowell is preparing to re-launch George Michael's career by offering him a judging seat on the upcoming U.S. version of The X Factor, according to a U.K. report.

The pair was spotted holding a meeting last month, sparking rumors Cowell was plotting Michael's comeback following several years of personal woes, including his recent stint behind bars for driving under the influence of drugs.

Cowell has now decided the Faith hit-maker would be perfect as a panelist on his latest TV talent show venture, according to Britain's The Sun.

A source tells the publication, "Georg...
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George Michael Wants To 'Start Again'

October 11th, 2010 9:48pm EDT
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Pop star George Michael is looking forward to a fresh start following his release from jail on Monday.

The former Wham! singer walked free from Highpoint Prison in Suffolk, England after serving 27 days of an eight-week sentence for possession of marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs, stemming from an incident in July.

Speaking to reporters outside his London home on Monday afternoon, Michael said, "I just want to say thank you for everybody who has supported me in there.

"I'm coming out here on my own so that you'll realize I just want to start again."

Michael also vowed t...
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George Michael Released From Prison

October 11th, 2010 8:14am EDT
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George Michael has regained his freedom after he was released from prison in Suffolk, England on Monday.

The Wham! singer served 27 days of an eight-week sentence handed to him on September 14th for possession of cannabis and driving under the influence of drugs.

He was arrested in July when he was found passed out behind the wheel of his car after crashing into a storefront in north London. The star admitted smoking dope before driving.

Michael began his stint in London's tough Pentonville Prison before officials transferred him to Highpoint Prison, where he carried out the remainder...
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George Michael Abandons Appeal

September 17th, 2010 1:55pm EDT
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George Michael is resigned to serving out his jail term in full - his lawyers have dropped a planned appeal against his sentence.

The former Wham! singer intended to mount a legal challenge to his eight-week prison sentence for possessing cannabis and driving under the influence of drugs.

But his legal team withdrew its application just hours ahead of a scheduled appeal and bail hearing at a court in London on Friday.

A court spokesperson said a letter from criminal defense firm Burton Copeland stated the Faith hitmaker was officially "abandoning the appeal".

Michael was caged for eight...
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Mark Wahlberg Praying For George Michael Over Jail Stint

September 16th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
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Mark Wahlberg has offered his support to incarcerated singer George Michael - he's praying for the troubled star during his eight-week prison stint.

The former Wham! singer was jailed on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and driving under the influence of drugs.

Now Wahlberg, who was sentenced to two years in prison as a teenager for assault, has reached out to Michael - because he doesn't envy anyone who spends time in jail.

He says, "I was 16 when I went to prison but he's been busted a couple of times. He should get a driver or go to Amsterdam where pot is lega...
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Record Label Loses 'Faith' In George Michael

September 16th, 2010 1:30pm EDT
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Jailed pop star George Michael has been dealt another blow - a planned re-release of his debut solo album Faith has been put on hold.

The former Wham! singer was locked up for eight weeks on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and driving under the influence of drugs.

Following the sentence, bosses at his record label Sony agreed not to go ahead with plans to re-release his 1987 album Faith later this month.

A spokesperson tells WENN the album's release has been "rescheduled" but no new date has yet been confirmed.

Michael's prison stint stems from his arrest in Ju...
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George Michael To Serve 2 Months For DUI, Drug Possession

September 14th, 2010 10:47am EDT
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George Michael has been jailed for eight weeks for driving under the influence of drugs and possessing cannabis.

The former Wham! singer was warned last month that he faced a possible prison sentence after he admitted smoking dope before climbing behind the wheel of his Range Rover in the early hours of July 4.

He later crashed into a shopfront near his home in Hampstead, north London and was found dazed and confused in the vehicle by a passing police patrol.

Careless Whisper star Michael pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and driving under the influence of drugs, and was sentenced...
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George Michael Checks Into Rehab, Apologizes For Behavior

August 28th, 2010 2:03pm EDT
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George Michael checked himself into rehab following his car crash last month and has been undergoing drug counseling sessions ever since.

The pop superstar was arrested after smashing his Range Rover into a store front near his home in Hampstead, north London.

He appeared in court in the British capital this week and pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis and driving under the influence of drugs.

The hitmaker has now revealed he checked himself into a clinic shortly after the incident to undergo a 14-day detox program. He is now receiving outpatient treatment, which includes drug counsell...
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George Michael Pleads Guilty To DUI, Drug Possession (Video)

August 24th, 2010 9:12am EDT
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Singer George Michael was banned from the roads on Tuesday after he admitted DUI and drug possession.

The former Wham! star was arrested last month after crashing his Range Rover into a photographic store near his home in Hampstead, north London.

A passing police patrol found the hitmaker slumped at the wheel, sweating and breathing heavily, with the vehicle's engine still running. He appeared unaware he had crashed and even tried to put the car in gear when cops arrived.

He was taken to a nearby police station, where officers found cannabis joints in his pocket. He was charged with poss...
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George Michael Arrested After Crashing His Car Into A Building

July 6th, 2010 7:45am EDT
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George Michael was arrested on Sunday after he smashed his car into a shop in London, according to a report.

The Faith hit-maker was reportedly taken into police custody after his Range Rover mounted a curb and hit the front of a photography store in Hampstead, North London in the early hours of Sunday morning.

According to Britain's Daily Mirror, the singer was uninjured in the crash and waited by his vehicle for officers to arrive. He was reportedly tested for alcohol and drugs at a nearby police station and was bailed until August pending further inquiries.

A spokesperson for Scotl...
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George Michael 'Has Been Loving It Down Under'

March 25th, 2010 8:27am EDT
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George Michael has fueled rumors he's split from longtime love Kenny Goss, after he was spotted kissing a mystery man on vacation in Australia.

The former Wham! singer spoke out to deny speculation of a split from Goss late last year, following reports the couple had parted over the star's promiscuous behavior.

Michael silenced the rumors by revealing he would be spending Christmas with Goss and his family.

However, the Faith hit-maker, who was recently touring in Australia, has sparked speculation he is no longer with his lover - he was photographed kissing a mystery man in the sea n...
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George Michael Rules Out Wham! Reunion

January 8th, 2010 8:58am EST
George Michael Rules Out Wham! Reunion
George Michael is adamant he will never re-team with his Wham! band mate Andrew Ridgeley - because he is too old to relive their heyday.

The singer enjoyed his first taste of fame as one-half of the 1980s duo, who charted with hits including Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and I'm Your Man, before going solo in the mid-1980s.

Michael is now an international gay pop icon, while Ridgeley has opted for the quiet life in Cornwall, England - and neither want to relive the past.

Michael says, "Wham! was about being young and exuberant and you can't recreate that feeling at a certain age. ...
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Overheard: What Celebs Say About Christmas

December 26th, 2009 11:16am EST
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"I totally love Christmas. I love the parties and the glitter. I'm still like a kid on Christmas morning but I also get a kick out of getting really cool gifts for my friends and family. I put a lot of effort into my Christmas shopping." Paris Hilton is a big fan of the holidays.

"It should be cold, you should be bundled up. You shouldn't be wearing a tanktop and flip flops." Actress Christina Applegate looks forward to a having a white Christmas every year.

"Scrooge was the first corporate scumbag and so, in this time where all our constructs are breaking down because of greed and se...
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Judy Garland Is Top Gay Icon Of All Time

December 10th, 2009 9:28am EST
Judy Garland Is Top Gay Icon Of All Time
Movie legend Judy Garland has been named the top female gay icon of all time in a new online poll. The late Hollywood star was voted above celebrities including Kylie Minogue and Madonna, who were named second and third respectively, and another film icon, Marilyn Monroe, who came in sixth place.

Meanwhile Elton John was awarded the title for the top male gay icon in the survey by OnePoll.com.

The Rocket Man was placed above late Queen star Freddie Mercury, British actor Stephen Fry, and Faith hit-maker George Michael, as well as playwright Oscar Wilde, who rounded out the top five....
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George Michael Defends Cruising For Sex

December 7th, 2009 11:35am EST
George Michael Defends Cruising For Sex
George Michael has defended his decision to cruise public toilets for gay sex - insisting it's better than approaching potential partners in a bar.

The Faith hit-maker's sexual preferences were outed in 1998 when he was arrested for engaging in a lewd act in a public lavatory in California.

In 2006 he was again accused of engaging in anonymous public sex, this time on London's Hampstead Heath, and he was arrested in the same park last year after police found drugs in his possession.

However, Michael is quick to defend his actions when cruising for sex - insisting the environment...
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George Michael Finds Nothing Wrong With Occasional Use Of Crack, Cruising For Sex

December 6th, 2009 9:47am EST
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Singer George Michael is amused critics brand him "tragic" - insisting he sees nothing wrong with smoking crack cocaine and cruising public toilets for gay sex.

The hitmaker was arrested on London's Hampstead Heath last year after police found drugs in his possession.

Now, the star admits it was deadly crack cocaine he had on his person, but doesn't see the harm in using the dangerous narcotic sporadically.

When quizzed by the Guardian newspaper over whether he was using the drug at that time, he replies, "Was I? On that occasion, yeah."

He adds, "I've done many different things...
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