Hi Everyone. This is Remarkable. Some George Michael fans – many George Michael fans – seem to be confused about the George’s attitude to money. What do I mean by that? Well, when George does things like the private Russian show, there seems to be a tendency for people to cry – “I’m sure George had his reasons, he’ll probably give all the money to charity.” Or when George says, “We seriously underpriced the 25 Live tickets.” people are up in arms – “Underpriced? How can he say that?!”
So here’s the deal. George Michael wants to make money. For himself. For Kenny. To enjoy. To collect art. To put into their homes. There is nothing wrong with this. And more than that, the most important aspect of George wanting to make money is almost certainly not even about making money for money’s sake. It’s much more likely to be that, in the field popular music, money is a surrogate indicator of success. In other words, if you’re not making any money, you can’t really claim to be popular (read – successful). George wants to be successful, so he needs to make money.
So, when you see George selling his voice to the highest bidder, it’s time to stop being surprised or offended or upset. He’s not doing anything wrong – better believe George gonna is gonna get what’s his.
Now, this is all very well, but actually, I think the more interesting questions about George concern his future musical direction. Remember, George wants to be successful, so he needs to make money. But, I think he’s unlikely to just want to continually tour, singing his back-catalogue. Sure, he will do that. But it won’t be enough for him. He needs to be creative too.
I suspect George’s view is that it’s almost impossible for most artists to make serious money from selling pop records these days. That means, there really wouldn’t be a lot of point in continuing to do only that in terms of future musical output. So, what will he do? He might give new songs away for free. Or he might not. The point is, simply giving away new music is unlikely to satisfy his desire to be successful.
I expect George will diversify in terms of genre of future new music output. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the things George does next is to try his hand at writing the music for a stage musical. It won’t have escaped George’s notice that Elton’s critically acclaimed Billy Elliot musical recently sold it’s one millionth ticket. Over the next few years, Billy Elliot will almost certainly gross hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket sales world-wide. It’s a great business to be in, if you can get a hit.
So… please – no more whining when George does a show and gets well-paid for it. Instead, try looking forward. The future’s bright.