” A Different Corner ” is by George Michael ( Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou ), who was an English singer, songwriter and record producer. George was part of the successful 80s duo Wham! along with Andrew Ridgeley and later became a hugely successful solo artist with Worldwide sales of over 100 Million records. George Michael died on the 25th of December 2016.
The song was written and produced by George Michael when he was still a member of Wham!, it is included on Wham!’s third and final album, Music from the Edge of Heaven.
The song was featured on the album which was released in the United States and Japan, in the United Kingdom and other countries the album, The Final, was released instead as a celebration of the music from Wham! and contained many of their biggest hits.
” A Different Corner ” was released on the 2nd of April 1986 by record labels Columbia Records in the US and Canada and Epic Records in other countries. The song was taken from the duo’s final album, Music from the Edge of Heaven. It was certified Platinum in the United States by the RIAA ( Recording Industry Association of America ) with sales of one million.
The reflective ballad which was written, performed and produced by George was very different from the upbeat disco tracks previously released by Wham!, not only did George write, perform and acted as producer, he played all the instruments featured.
A BBC One Special filmed in 2012 ( aired in 2014 ) at the Palais Garnier, which is a 1,979-seat opera house in Paris named after the building’s luxuriousness and Charles Garnier, the architect.
George said the song ” I think you can tell that ‘A Different Corner’ is genuinely the sound of a man whose heart’s been broken. I was 19, and the best critique I ever heard of that song was from a friend of mine who said, ‘ It’s beautiful, pathetic, but beautiful ‘ “.
He was the first contemporary artist ever to perform at the Palais Garnier with the recording was made for his live album Symphonica, the album was the 6th and last recorded by George.
With the release of ” A Different Corner ” George was on track to equal the record for three consecutive Number Ones with the first three releases by an artist, Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1963 and Frankie Goes To Hollywood in 1984.
It was the release of ” I Want Your Sex ” that stopped George achieving the feat. The song had very little airplay because of the content. George had said the lyrics were about safe sex. However, this wasn’t enough, and the single failed to help George equal the record.
The accompanying music video has George in an empty white room with a window; he sings the song while sitting and walking around the room.
The song was a commercial success for George. In the United States, it reached a peak of number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent sixteen weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom ” A Different Corner ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 5th of April and reached Number One, it remained for three weeks at the top. The song spent six weeks in the Top Ten and a total of ten weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 7
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Austrian Singles Chart 6, Canadian RPM Top Singles 1, Dutch Singles Chart 1, French Singles Chart 16, German Singles Chart 7, Irish Singles Chart 2, Italian Singles Chart 3, Japanese Oricon Singles Chart 78, New Zealand Singles Chart 3, Norwegian Singles Chart 1, Swedish Singles Chart 18, Swiss Singles Chart 3
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