George Michael’s new album Symphonica was released today, St Patrick’s Day. People in the UK took time out from buying Guinness in preparation for tonight’s celebrations, to go-online and purchase the Deluxe version of the album, as it rapidly hit #1 on the main album charts on both Amazon and iTunes.
Overall, Symphonica was an instant hit on iTunes around the world, hitting #1 in more than ten countries within a few hours of release, and instantly going top 20 in around fifty countries in Europe, South America, The Middle East, and East Asia.
Also, today we got official confirmation from the BBC that it would be airing a TV special on Symphonica in April, as well as an exclusive radio interview in the coming days. The press release quoted George Michael as saying,
“I’m delighted the BBC is broadcasting the Symphonica concert, which was recorded at the Opera Garnier in Paris, a stunning setting in which to perform a gig dedicated to a charity that’s so close to my heart. It was a magical night, so I’m thrilled that fans will get the chance to experience it, as well as hearing the behind-the-scenes story on Radio 2.”
The BBC’s Head of Commissioning for Music and Events TV said,
“George Michael is one of the UK’s most iconic figures in entertainment, which makes it an exciting opportunity for our audiences to hear from him in a rare interview, as well as watch his favourite songs being reworked with a live orchestra via two of the BBC’s most popular channels – BBC One and BBC Radio 2.”
While the exact date that the TV special was airing was not given, a while back, David Austin, the Executive Producer of Symphonica tweeted a clue that it would air on BBC One on April 1:
17 march 2014 1 April 2014. 22.35pm bbc1 Dx
— David Austin (@david__austin) March 7, 2014
Overall, it couldn’t have been a better start for the album. Congratulations to George, and everyone on the Symphonica team – you deserve the success. Hope the Irish among you have time for a pint of the Black Stuff this evening…