The reissue of the late George Michael’s 1990 masterpiece Listen Without Prejudice vol.1 has gone straight to No.1 in the UK album charts.
The record sold 56,000 copies to go to the top of the charts, overcoming new entries from latter day artists. In so doing, it also achieves the biggest week 1 sales for a reissue in UK chart history.
It matches the success of the original release which also went straight to No.1 in the UK album charts in September 1990 – before going on to sell more than eight million copies worldwide.
George personally oversaw the remastering of the album which includes his legendary MTV Unplugged set from 1996 and additional, previously unreleased track Fantasy featuring Nile Rodgers. The album was released following the airing on Channel 4 of the acclaimed film George Michael: Freedom earlier this month, which George had also been personally guiding before his death aged just 53 on December 25th 2016.
George Michael was one of the most successful UK artists of all time. Alongside Andrew Ridgeley in Wham! and then as a solo artist, he had record sales of more than 115 million.
David Austin, George Michael’s manager, long term collaborator and close friend since childhood says:
“For three years George, myself and his loyal team have worked relentlessly alongside our amazing team at Sony and together we have carefully crafted our beautiful LWP/MTV Unplugged campaign and film ‘Freedom’. It’s no great secret that George was a perfectionist and it shows, he was over everything from its inception to its finish and it’s a blessing and rare gift to be guided by such genius. That, along with exceptional teamwork and the overwhelming love for George from the public has made everything come together. We are all so incredibly proud to have the NUMBER ONE album in the UK.”
TRACK LISTING BELOW:
LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE vol.1 – MTV UNPLUGGED
Praying For Time – Freedom! ‘90
Freedom! ’90 – Fastlove
They Won’t Go When I Go – I Can’t Make You Love Me
Something To Save – Father Figure
Cowboys And Angels – You Have Been Loved
Waiting For That Day – Everything She Wants
Mothers Pride – The Strangest Thing
Heal The Pain – Older
Soul Free – Star People
Waiting (Reprise) – Praying For Time
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