“Careless Whisper” is a 1984 single by George Michael (credited to Wham! featuring George Michael in the US). The song was George Michael’s first solo single although he was still performing in Wham! at the time (the song is included on Wham!’s album Make It Big). The song features a prominent saxophone riff, and has been covered by a number of artists since its first release. It was released as a single and became a huge commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic. It reached number one in nearly 25 countries, selling about six million copies worldwide.

George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panagiotou; 25 June 1963) is a British musician, singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to fame in the 1980s when he formed the pop duo Wham! with his school friend, Andrew Ridgeley. As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Michael has sold over 100 million records worldwide as of 2010. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, has sold over 25 million copies worldwide and made several records and achievements in the United States. Michael has garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Michael the 40th most successful artist on the “The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists”. Michael has won numerous music awards throughout his 30 year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations.

On October 26, 2011, Michael had to cancel a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall due to viral infection. On November 21, Michael was admitted to hospital in Vienna after complaining of chest pains at a hotel two hours prior to him performing at a venue there for his Symphonica Tour. Michael was later confirmed to have suffered from pneumonia and until December 1 was in an intensive-care unit. While Michael appeared to be “in good spirits” and was responding well to treatment following his admittance, hospital officials said on November 25, that Michael’s condition had “worsened overnight”. This development led to Michael’s remaining 2011 dates, most of them in the United Kingdom, to be cancelled and postponed. Michael’s friend, celebrity hairstylist Fadi Fawaz, told press that Michael’s health was improving “by the hour”. On December 1, doctors in the hospital Michael is staying in, announced that the singer was “steadily improving” and had moved out of the intensive care unit.

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SOULSPY Nu-Disco Edit of George Michael`s “Careless Whisper”. Release date: Dec 3, 2011.

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Silence Is Easy is the second studio album by indie rock group Starsailor, released in September 2003 and recorded in Los Angeles, and the song “Some of Us” was featured in an episode of the hit TV series “Bones.” It was also played in the closing credits of the Belgian film “The Memory of a Killer” (a.k.a. The Alzheimer Case). In the UK, the album was certified gold in 2003.

Starsailor is an English post-britpop band, formed in Leigh, Warrington and Greater Manchester. They are composed of singer and songwriter James Walsh, Bassist James Stelfox, drummer Ben Byrne, and Barry Westhead on the keyboard. The band signed with EMI, the label that a relative of one band member worked for, in 2000. In 2008, in a re-organisation, Starsailor were moved to Virgin Records, a division of EMI.

For a band often lambasted as shrinking violets, Starsailor have kept some pretty loose and unexpected company since they announced their arrival in 2001 with the majestic ‘Love Is Here.’ Then, as 19 year olds straight out of music college in Wigan, they found themselves hurled into the world of Heavenly Recordings – a label notorious for The Social, the good times and being friends with Primal Scream, Happy Mondays and The Charlatans. It was the legendary DJ Andrew Weatherall that provided their first remix. The band might have been signed by EMI, but it was Heavenly’s founder, the mercurial Jeff Barrett, that A+R’ed them through their first two wildly successful albums. Indeed, the second of those – 2004’s ‘Silence Is Easy’ – saw them become the last band to record with production genius and careless gun user Phil Spector. Not the kind of company you suspect that their supposed peers – Snow Patrol, Keane et al – would ever keep.

By 2009, they had four charting albums and ten Top 40 singles in the UK since 2001. On November 13, 2009 it was officially announced by Lancashire Evening Post that Starsailor was on hold and that James Walsh was concentrating on his solo career. In an interview with VirtualFestivals.com he stated that at this moment he was working on his first solo album and that he was writing the lyrics with American songwriter and singer Suzanne Vega.

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Buscemi brings a smooth mix of earthy breakbeats, classic house, and jazz-funk that made Buscemi an interesting addition to the ranks of trip-hop acts. Buscemi debuted in 1997 with the Plus Belle Africaine EP and earned airplay on Kiss FM through Gilles Peterson’s radio show. The following year brought debut album Mocha Supremo and in mid-2000, Our Girl in Havana. Camino Real arrived in 2003 with guest vocals from Michael Franti and Isabelle Antena. Antena returned for the 2006 release Retro Nuevo.

Isabelle Antena, on the other hand, is a French singer who discovered a sound all of their own (Camino del sol), light years ahead of its time but this exotic combination of indie, electro, pop and sambas was destined to be overshadowed. She is a musician pioneer of bossa nova- and samba-inflected nu-jazz and electropop. She was a founding member of the original 1980s French-Belgian synthpop trio Antena, and in the 1990s led another group, the genre-defying Powaga Sisters to record three releases between 1993-2004. Alongside these projects, she has also carved out a remarkable solo music career in the last thirty years, selling over a million albums and winning fame and musical acclaim across the globe: from Camino Del Sol (1982) to Bossa Super Nova (2010), her cool latin, bossa, jazz and funk vibes have delighted ears and feet worldwide.

Lastly, Hed Kandi is a UK-based record label and a music brand which was established in 1999 by Mark Doyle, specialising in funky, soulful house music. Hed Kandi’s catalogue includes both artist albums and various genres of club compilations. As well as producing music albums and compilations, Hed Kandi host events all over the world. From their famous Saturday night parties in Ibiza to pool parties in Las Vegas, their distinct brand of uplifting house music accompanied by a live saxophonist and percussion player can be found in every corner of the globe.

This track is part of the 2 CD pack Beach House of 2007.

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I entered the Trance and House music world when I went to Bacolod City in Negros Occidental (Central Philippines) to set up a call center, a joint venture between a Canadian IT company and Filipino entrepreneurs. The kids of the call center realm were in to house, trance and chill music, and pretty much everyone drinks and parties every weekend. This is the national anthem of House music, Hed Kandi’s Beach House album featuring Bonnie Bailey on vocals.

Bonnie Bailey is a singer/songwriter known for her beautiful re-mixed trax released on Hed Kandi and Fierce Angel compilations. She entered the UK dance scene full on when signed by the massive Dance label Hed Kandi. It was there she had her first smash billboard hit “Everywhere.” She also maintained top chart presence around the globe with her Beach House anthem “Ever After” and a variety of her songs can be found on over 100 different compilations that have sold millions worldwide. (Source: WikiMusicGuide)

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