A Different Corner George Michael
Song Title: A Different Corner
Artist: George Michael
Date of release: 2nd of April 1986
Description: ” 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 in excess of 100 Million records.
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 UK 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. The Album was certified Platinum in the United States by the RIAA ( Recording Industry Association of America ) with sales of 1 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 produce the song, he played all the instruments on the track.
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 of the song ” I think you can tell that ‘A Different Corner’ is genuinely the sound of a man who’s 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 Album 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 the content of the lyrics. 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 the song reached a peak of number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and spent 16 weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom ” A Different Corner ” entered the UK chart on the 5th of April and reached Number One, it stayed 3 weeks at the top. The song spent 6 weeks in the top ten and a total of 10 weeks on the UK chart.
George Michael died on the 25th of December 2016.
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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