“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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I Miss You is from this Finnish artist’s 2005 album, “Seasons of Life.” Born Janita Maria Ervi née Raukko in Helsinki on December 28, 1978, she started her career in Finland and later moved to Brooklyn at the age of 17. Janita has released five albums in her native Finland—one of which, Tunteita (2001), was released in English to the U.S. market. Seasons of Life was released in the United States on 16 May 2006 and in Japan on 21 September 2006. Her latest album, Haunted, was released worldwide on 27 July 2010 by Engine Company Records.

Before moving to Brooklyn as a seventeen-year-old, Janita had already been a superstar outside of the United States. In her native Finland she was a national icon, the premiere recording artist on radio and television, awash with awards, constant touring and commercial success: a historic and pioneering career, all while still a teenager. She was quickly signed by Sony after moving to New York, capitalizing on her international celebrity. Her eponymous debut was followed by 2001’s I’ll Be Fine and 2006’s Seasons Of Life, the latter scoring her two Top-40 hits on the US Charts. But throughout, Janita saw her own musical vision often being pushed aside for what she was told would be “safer” and in everyone’s best interest.

On the heels of her most commercially successful release to date, Janita returns with her highly anticipated new album, Haunted. The latest in an already acclaimed discography, Haunted is helmed by an artist with the courage and determination to evolve—not only out of artistic desire, but personal necessity.

“The great artists aren’t afraid to grow while retaining what was unique about them in the first place.”

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Ciara: The Evolution became Ciara’s first number one album on the US Billboard 200 and second on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts with sales of more than 338,000 becoming her highest first week of sales to date. The album went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States, within only five weeks of its release, and has sold 1.3 million copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It sold over two million copies worldwide. The album’s international lead single “Get Up” which features Chamillionaire reached number seven in the United States and gained a platinum accreditation. It reached number five in New Zealand. The song was used for the film Step Up and featured on the film’s soundtrack.

Ciara is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and fashion model. She said that watching Destiny’s Child and Janet Jackson perform on a television program while staying home from school inspired her to pursue a career in music, and cites superstar siblings Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson as her biggest inspiration. Ciara is quoted to have reached what she considered “a career pinnacle” when she recorded with Janet Jackson on Jackson’s 2008 Discipline album. In October 2008 Ciara was honored as Billboard’s “Woman of the Year”, because of her success as a recording artist and leadership in embracing the changing music business.

In 2009 Ciara signed a multi-million dollar deal with the modeling agency Wilhelmina Models. On November 9, 2009 it was announced that Ciara would be modeling in the German edition of “Vogue”. During that time, it was also announced that Ciara would be the new face of a major multimedia ad campaign for Verizon’s smartphone the LG Chocolate Touch. In March 2010 it was officially confirmed and announced that Ciara was the spokesperson in the new ad campaign for Adidas Originals.

For now, Ciara is focusing on promoting Basic Instinct, an album she hopes will inspire her fans – both to have fun to and to pursue their dreams. It’s also a landmark record for an artist who has hit a comfortable creative stride. “I’m really running with my ‘basic instinct’ — the first feeling. I’m even giving more of myself, too, because I’m really private. Over the years, my music has been my voice. With Basic Instinct, I wanted to give more.”

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If you don’t know who Peter Frampton is, you’re probably hibernating somewhere in Tibet where internet access is a spurt of a few minutes each month (LOL!) No reason to say you weren’t born yet. “Baby, I Love Your Way” was the soundtrack to the 1994 “Reality Bites,” featured in the episodes of Californication, Cold Case, Family Guy, and That 70s Show, including movies such as Halloween and High Fidelity. Even Filipino Bossa Nova singer Sitti recorded a version of this song in her second album.

“Baby, I Love Your Way” was written and performed by Peter Frampton that was first featured on Frampton’s 1975 album, Frampton. His international breakthrough album was his live release, Frampton Comes Alive! The album sold over 6 million copies in the United States alone and spawned several hits, also peaking at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The success of Frampton Comes Alive! put him on the cover of Rolling Stone, in a famous shirtless photo.

Today, Peter is on the road with The Frampton Comes Alive 35th Anniversary Tour that showcased and followed exactly the songs played at that famed night in San Francisco where the famous Frampton Comes Alive album was recorded. The concerts each night started with the prerecorded thump of a microphone being turned on, that was so familiar to many fans of the album, followed by that recorded voice saying, “If there was ever a musician that was an honorary member of San Francisco society, Mr. Peter Frampton”…and then the crowd goes wild. He played the album song for song to a dizzying 69 locations between June 15, 2011 and October 22, 2011 throughout the United States.

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This American singer-songwriter isn’t just a pretty face on the music scene, she’s also a very talented artist. “Love Story” was written and performed by Taylor Swift in 2008 as the lead single in her second album, Fearless. The song actually talks about Taylor’s love interest, a man who was never officially her boyfriend and who wasn’t popular with her friends and family members. She used a similar scenario in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as a source of inspiration to compose the song, but with a happy ending.

“It’s about a love that you’ve got to hide because for whatever reason it wouldn’t go over well. I spun it in the direction of Romeo and Juliet. Our parents are fighting. I relate to it more as a love that you cannot really elaborate on — a love that maybe society wouldn’t accept (or) maybe your friends wouldn’t accept.”

In a little more than a year, the single sold 6.5 million copies becoming the best-selling single of all time. Besides this, the song peaked number four on the Billboard Hot 100, became the best-selling single in the United States, best-selling country single, received a quintuple platinum status by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and also became a number single and certified triple platinum in Australia.

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