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Three unheard George Michael tracks to be released

Three unheard of George Michael songs are released – six years after the iconic singer’s death… as the star’s songwriting partner rules out a possible hologram tour

  • Three unheard of George Michael songs will be released after being unearthed by David Austin, the late star’s former songwriter and best friend.
  • The songs were completed before the singer died of a heart condition on Christmas Day in 2016 at the age of 53
  • David is set to release the songs after helping create the upcoming intimate documentary George Michael Freedom Uncut about the pop star’s life
  • It comes as David insisted that a George Michael hologram tour will never happen

Three unheard of George Michael songs will be released after being unearthed by the late star’s former songwriting partner and best friend, David Austin.

The songs were completed before the singer died of a heart condition on Christmas Day in 2016 at the age of 53.

And David is ready to release the songs after helping to create the upcoming intimate George Michael Freedom Uncut documentary about the pop star’s life.

New Music: Three unheard of George Michael songs are released after being unearthed by David Austin, the late star's former songwriter and best friend.

New Music: Three unheard of George Michael songs are released after being unearthed by David Austin, the late star’s former songwriter and best friend.

According to The sunDavid said, ‘There are three or four shots ready. After Amy (Winehouse) passed away, they pulled all those demos out of the drawer and got people involved.

‘We would never do that. George’s oeuvre is his complete oeuvre. We have to work on that – and there are a few tracks that are finished.’

Documentary George Michael Freedom Uncut is scheduled for release on June 22 of this year, which the singer started working on before his death.

Late star: The songs were completed before the singer died of a heart condition on Christmas Day in 2016 at the age of 53

Late star: The songs were completed before the singer died of a heart condition on Christmas Day in 2016 at the age of 53

The film tells the story of George’s career in his own words, with the tracks being recorded alongside the song This Is How, which was released posthumously in 2019.

Meanwhile, David said there will never be a George Michael hologram tour.

He revealed that there was talk of using a hologram for part of the late music legend’s performance of Fastlove at the legendary Royal Albert Hall, but the plans were scrapped because they didn’t feel like the technology would make the Wham! star justice.

Songwriter: David is ready to release the songs after helping to create the upcoming intimate documentary George Michael Freedom Uncut about the pop star's life (David pictured in 2014)

Songwriter: David is ready to release the songs after helping to create the upcoming intimate documentary George Michael Freedom Uncut about the pop star’s life (David pictured in 2014)

During a screening of the new documentary Freedom Uncut at Soho House in London on Monday, David replied when asked if it’s a possibility: ‘Never. A few years ago, long before that all started while George was with us, we thought about doing something at the Royal Albert Hall.

‘So around the release of Listen Without Prejudice’ [anniversary set] what we initially made this movie for, we were going to do a live event, it was going to be orchestral or something, we were trying to figure out how to do this.

“We had the idea that in the middle of Fastlove, that part where the rain comes down, we’d see if we could create a hologram idea in the middle of the RAH that we thought would blow people away.

“We went around and had all these people courting me – they did Tupac, they did this, they did that. I went to see a lot of them and they were s**t. They were really very poor. There were people who got ahead with it, others didn’t, but it just didn’t work.’

ABBA recently opened their own arena to host their first ABBA Voyage avatar show, and while he hasn’t seen it himself, he can understand why it’s popular.

David saw the Roy Orbison, however, and he doesn’t feel like the public can fully relate to it and see it as anything more than a tribute.

He added: “The point is I was talking to someone and I want to go see the ABBA thing because everyone is raving about it, they obviously put a lot of money into it and it’s full of hits. That’s the real driver, when it’s full of hit records, that sort of thing works.

“I’ve seen the Roy Orbison thing here. The problem with holograms is that people just don’t engage with them subconsciously. They know it’s a hologram and 20 minutes later once they see it, people are on the phone, there’s a chat, this level of mumbling is underway.

“The ABBA thing probably works because it’s full of hit after hit.”

No plans: Meanwhile, David said there will never be a George Michael hologram tour, while David said Tupac's hologram was 's**t'

No plans: Meanwhile, David said there will never be a George Michael hologram tour, while David said Tupac’s hologram was ‘s**t’

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