The release of George Michael’s new Greatest Hits double album, 25, has been put back, possibly to maximise the chances of it going in at Number 1 in the album charts. Previously slated for released at the end of October, it will now be released on November 13. The competition Sony BMG is likely trying to avoid is with Robbie Williams’s new album, Rudebox 74, which will be out on October 23.
Actually, I’m pretty sure that George’s album will outsell Robbie’s – so I’m not sure why they would be scared. It looks to me like Robbie’s star is fading pretty rapidly at the moment. How the mighty have fallen, eh? A few years ago, when George was recording his album Patience at Air Studios in Hamptead, he left his plush studio to pop upstairs to Robbie’s (actually Stephen Duffy’s) little attic studio in the same building. As George left the room, he gave Robbie some advice, “You’re in your ‘Rock Phase’ are you? You should try listening to Joy Division’s album – the second half is really beautiful.” Robbie wasn’t impressed – so just after George shut the door, Robbie said, “Yeah. And you’re in your ‘Not Selling Any Records Phase’ are you? You should try writing a hit.”
Famous last words…
Actually, the competition with Robbie isn’t the only possible reason that the album could be delayed. It may also be because George didn’t get the masters to Sony BMG until later than planned, possibly because of a fifth new track – a new Christmas song. Anyway, whatever the cause, the new album won’t be out until mid-November.