The current issue of Music Week has around 30 pages dedicated to covering George Michael. The articles include: a profile of George’s career to date; an interview with David Joseph, Chairman and CEO of Universal UK, talking about current and future plans for working with George; a piece about Phil Ramone and the Symphonica album, which George and David Austin supplied a few quotes for; and an interview with George’s publisher, discussing future plans for George’s back catalogue.
I know you’re all interested in what the plans are for Symphonica, and for the album after that (the album of new material). So, here’s some of the main points from David Joseph’s interview.
About the Symphonica album…
- There are currently no plans for George Michael to do any promotion for Symphonica. The record company believes they can do well with this album, without the need for George to do the rounds of the PR circuit.
- There may be more singles to come from Symphonica, in addition to Let Her Down Easy. David Joseph’s vote for the next single goes to, The First Time Ever I Saw Her Face. No final decision has yet been taken on that. Presumably that will depend on how well the album does in terms of sales.
- Currently, the belief is that the Symphonica documentary will not be shown on TV to coincide with the release of the album. They’re looking to place the TV special with broadcasters around the world. If they can sign the deals in time, it could be shown to coincide with the release, but the most likely scenario is that it will air some time later.
About the album that comes after Symphonica…
- George has already signed the deal with Universal for the release of the album after Symphonica.
- George is still working on the next album (with new songs on it). It will be done when it’s done. From the point of view of the record company, there is no timescale for release. George will say when he feels it’s done, and then the record company will release it.
- David Joseph doesn’t know if that release will be this year or not. His best estimate, based on what he’s heard of the album so far, is that it won’t be finished in time for a release this year. Obviously, George may or may not share that view.
- David Joseph seems genuinely excited about the new material that George has recorded so far. He clearly thinks it’s going to be a great album (although, obviously he’d hardly say otherwise in an interview like this!).
- George’s complete attention and focus at the moment is working on the next album. If you’re wondering why he’s not doing any promotion for Symphonica, that’s the reason why.