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George Michael Celebrates Defying Death in New 'White Light' VIDEO

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George Michael has released the video for his new single, "White Light", a song he wrote and recorded for the fans that prayed for his recovery from pneumonia last year. As you might expect, the track and video meditates on coming close to death but pulling through.

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Michael said "it may be the best dance record I've ever made" to his followers on Twitter last April, adding:

I've been a busy boy in the studio this week, mixing symphonica and finally ready to write about what happened to me in Vienna.....And how grateful I am to be given another chance to live and breathe alongside you all in this wonderful world that we share...You may recall my reference to those strange individuals who took the time to pray for my death as I lay in my hospital bed back in November...But don't think I don't realise how many of you out there prayed for my recovery. I thank you all from the deepest part of my soul xxx...And i will repay your unending kindness the only way I know how. With music. Yesterday I began to write a song called "White Light". It's for all of you, for everyone who prayed for me, for every one of you who has prayed for me, for every person who has stopped me in the streets to ask me how I'm doing, you have made me feel so blessed. And I promise you it's a blinder. :)

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. So, so much better than Madonna's Turn Up The Radio

    Posted by: John | Jul 17, 2012 7:48:53 AM


  2. He's beginning to resemble some sort of evil genius.

    Posted by: johnny | Jul 17, 2012 8:00:27 AM


  3. not loving it, his voice is so modified and the song doesn't have much soul, just blah dance music. On the other hand, the video was nice

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jul 17, 2012 8:01:56 AM


  4. methinks George has a case of the "Gaga". Why do artists make statements like that. This is the best...

    Eh.
    (and you KNOW the Sisters are like-"you stole our Zebra!")

    Posted by: Powell | Jul 17, 2012 8:05:06 AM


  5. "I'm aliiiive and I've got so much more that I want to do". Like moving your hand as if it contained a knife and a couple of dice? Does papa need a brand-new bag? Give us a break!

    Posted by: Autechre | Jul 17, 2012 8:12:36 AM


  6. I just hope this near death experience inspires George to keep busy and get things done. I can't think of anyone more talented who has wasted so much time (except maybe D'Angelo).

    Posted by: don | Jul 17, 2012 9:04:01 AM


  7. After having faced death not once but three times. I can assure you that death is much more simple than this Chanel No.5 commercial looking video.It can be as simple as the visual of whats on the wall in front of your hospital bed. On one of my near misses it was a Thomas Kinkade painting...now thats something to fear.
    Nice try Michael I love your work, But this does not ring true a least to me.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Jul 17, 2012 9:08:16 AM


  8. Kate's looking rough in this video....she needs a night in and perhaps to wash her hair. Great to have George back and fighting fit...any other lover was a much better track though.

    Posted by: paul | Jul 17, 2012 9:11:01 AM


  9. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but I can definitely understand the motivation. George remains one of my most favorite artists when it comes to sheer talent. I hope there are many upbeat, celebratory tracks on this project! So glad he came through that scary period.

    Posted by: Geoff M | Jul 17, 2012 9:33:23 AM


  10. Glad he's well but never liked him and my god, what terrible style he has. Is that one of his suits from 92?

    Posted by: Stranded | Jul 17, 2012 9:33:27 AM


  11. Or did he steal it from Elton's closet?

    Posted by: Stranded | Jul 17, 2012 9:33:51 AM


  12. 'dance' record? funny, i didnt feel like even tapping my foot let alone dancing :(.

    Posted by: redball | Jul 17, 2012 9:41:33 AM


  13. I want the wav samples and midi. The elements are nice, but the arrangement is a bit scattered. Oh, and I'd totally remove like 90% of the vocals– not just the over-processed enhancements, either. It sounds too ballad/torch-song-esque to have a dance beat as its driving force.

    Posted by: JonQPublik | Jul 17, 2012 9:44:47 AM


  14. Uh... this video is lipstick on a pig. And if he thinks this is his best work yet, it's a sad day. Does anyone remember when he released "Amazing"??? Incredible music, lyrics and songwriting. Example: "I thought that loving you was out of the question, then i said to my reflection, please don't let this go." Holding out hope for a good remix.

    Posted by: TheMusicSucksPoorly | Jul 17, 2012 9:49:29 AM


  15. I'm as excited as anyone to hear a new GM track, but did something happen to his jaw? It looks unusually forced in this video and his enunciation is horrid when compared to his previous recordings. I like the song in general, but he himself sounds a bit less than usual in this track.

    Posted by: William | Jul 17, 2012 9:49:51 AM


  16. Wait.... did the plates on Kate's car say "CASA BLO"?

    Posted by: kodiak | Jul 17, 2012 9:55:08 AM


  17. Ooooooh! Zebra!!!

    Posted by: kodiak | Jul 17, 2012 9:56:29 AM


  18. No tearooms were harmed in the making of this video.

    Posted by: kodiak | Jul 17, 2012 9:57:18 AM


  19. I'm just glad he may be done wasting his talents. This isn't close to my favorite, but I'm happy to see he's back and I'm thrilled he's still alive. Musically, I'd love him to go in the direction of "Amazing." That was a much more joyful song than this. I hope he'll drop the modulation stuff he's been playing with. Ick.

    Posted by: BK | Jul 17, 2012 10:20:00 AM


  20. Thankful for George and his music and all the gifts he gets to keep sharing with us.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jul 17, 2012 10:45:03 AM


  21. I agree about "Amazing" and the album Patience being some of his better work. Just happy that he's better and releasing new music!

    Posted by: MattS | Jul 17, 2012 11:14:44 AM


  22. I can't help it...this guy is repulsive to me.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 17, 2012 11:18:48 AM


  23. Dazzling video. Is Kate suppose to be the Angel of Death? I wish there had been more of the hot cop.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jul 17, 2012 6:46:08 PM


  24. Its a lovely video and a great track. Well done George!

    Posted by: Chicklets | Jul 17, 2012 10:18:38 PM


  25. In 2002, he gave us the amazing ground breaking "Freeek!" and 10 years later, he gives us this generic dance song "White light". No George, this is anything but your best work yet.

    Posted by: Meh | Jul 17, 2012 11:10:19 PM


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