Older Album is by George Michael. It was released in Europe on the 13th of May 1996 and a day later in the United States. Michael moved away from the more synthesised orientated style into more serious territory. The most notable change in style was the inclusion of brass and strings and an overall jazz feel.
It was the first album released by George since the 90s when he produced Listen Without Prejudice ( Vol.1 ). The gap of five and a half years was down to a legal fight George had with his record company.
The album was mainly noteworthy for the release of the six singles. All made the top three in the United Kingdom, hitting a record for the most singles released from a single album to make the UK Singles Chart top three.
The first single of the six released was ” Jesus to a Child “. The song, a melancholy tribute to Anselmo Feleppa, his lover, went on to be one of his best-known songs.
In the United States, it peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, his highest direct entry on the chart there. The single topped the charts in the United Kingdom, Australia, Finland, Ireland, Norway and Spain.
The Older album was a commercial success for George. In the United States, it reached number six on the Billboard 200 Chart, selling over a million copies in the country.
Outside of the United States, Older was more successful. In the United Kingdom, it debuted at Number One with sales of 281,000. It became one of the biggest debuts ever in UK Albums Chart history and went on to become Michael’s biggest-selling album in the United Kingdom with sales of over 1.8 Million.
The Older album was also a massive success throughout the rest of Europe, making Number One in many countries including Austria, Denmark, Holland, France, Hungary, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden and Spain.
About George Michael
George Michael was an English singer, songwriter and record producer. He found fame as a member of the music duo Wham!
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou was born on the 25th of June 1963 in East Finchley, an area in north London, England.
George met Andrew Ridgeley while working as a DJ in London; they formed a Ska band called The Executive, which was short-lived.
In 1981 the two friends formed Wham! The duo went on to have massive success selling more than 30 million records worldwide from 1982 to when they split in 1986.
George’s debut album, Faith, was released on the 30th of October 1987 to critical acclaim. It reached to top spot in five countries, including the UK and US and sold over 20 million copies.
His album releases during his lifetime were five studio, two compilations and five videos. He also released one extended play, forty-four singles, three promotional singles and thirty-one music videos.
During his career, his record sales were over 100 million worldwide, which makes him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. As a multi-award-winning recording artist, George won numerous awards throughout his thirty years in the music business.
These included three Brit Awards ( he won Best British Male twice ), four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards. He won two Grammy Awards out of eight nominations.
George Michael died aged 53 during the early hours of Christmas Day 2016 at his home in Oxfordshire.
Older Track Listing:
1. Jesus to a Child
4. Spinning the Wheel
5. It Doesn’t Really Matter
6. The Strangest Thing
7. To Be Forgiven
8. Move On
9. Star People
10. You Have Been Loved