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George Michael’s Cause of Death Revealed

George Michael‘s cause of death has been revealed.

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6 Artists We’d Love To See Tribute George Michael At the 2017 Grammy’s

 

The late 2016 death of pop star George Michael came as not only a shock to music lovers worldwide, but also another low light for a year filled with the losses of some of the entertainment genre’s most memorable & game changing figures (see:  David Bowie, Prince, etc.).

Now, to the pleasure of the ‘Faith’ singer’s fans, the Recording Academy has announced Michael and Prince are to be the recipients of a full on tribute to their groundbreaking and enduring achievements. And, while 2016 saw a number of unforgettable performances in homage of The Purple One, we at That Grape Juice are hoping the performers selected for Michael’s memorial are equally as talented and appropriate.

A multi-talented singer, songwriter, composer, and instrumentalist, George’s career spanned over 30 years and birthed a number of chart-topping hits with group Wham! (‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,’ ‘Careless Whisper’) before striking out solo (‘Faith,’ ‘Father Figure,’ ‘Freedom,’ etc.).  The first white artist to top the R&B charts, Michael’s interpolation of jazz, gospel, and other rhythmic formats into his pop sound was by no means unheard of for the day, but it was definitely one of the more authentic attempts to do so among his counterparts.

As such, we’ve formatted a list of artists across all genres who we think would give him a Grammy tribute worthy of his legacy.  Get into our list below and weigh in:

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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: George Michael Moves Over 100,000 Units The Week After His Death

Singer’s Catalog Sales Rise Over 2,600% In Week Following Death

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As the music world is still reeling from the untimely death of Grammy-winning crooner George Michael, new fans and old are clinging to the singer’s prized discography to remember him.

And, while it’s by no means unusual for an artist’s catalog to see a boost in sales posthumously, some acts – as legends David Bowie, Whitney Houston, and Prince exhibited at the time of their passings – exceed even the highest expectations.  Now, Michael can add his name to that list.

Billboard reports:

“In the week ending Dec. 29, sales of Michael’s music — including with his former duo, Wham! — increased 2,678 percent (to 477,000 albums and songs, rounded to the nearest thousand) as compared to the previous week (17,000). Of the 477,000 total, album sales equaled 48,000 (up from just 1,000 the week previous), while song sales totaled 429,000 (an increase from 16,000 a week earlier).

In total, Michael/Wham! earned 103,000 equivalent album units during the tracking frame — a gain of 2,071 percent compared to the 5,000 units earned a week earlier.”

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Breaking: George Michael Dies Aged 53

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In sad news, it has been announced that singer George Michael has died aged 53 on Christmas Day.

Famed for hits such as ‘Freedom’ and ‘Faith’ the crooner was discovered by Thames Valley Police, who said said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 UK time.

The late star’s publicist released the following statement:

“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.

The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

Michael’s career spanned four decades, during which he amassed sales of over 100 million.

Poetic almost is the day of his passing. Christmas being synonymous with the singer thanks largely to his global [Wham] smash ‘Last Christmas.’

May he rest peacefully.

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The icon’s cause of death has been revealed.

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