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Wham!

About

Wham! (briefly known in the US as Wham! U.K.) were an English pop duo formed in Bushey in 1981. The duo consisted of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. They became one of the most commercially successful pop acts of the 1980s, selling more than 30 million certified records worldwide from 1982 to 1986.Influenced by funk and soul music and presenting themselves as disaffected youth, Wham!'s 1983 debut album Fantastic addressed the United Kingdom's unemployment problem and teen angst over adulthood. Their second studio album Make It Big in 1984 was a worldwide pop smash hit, charting at number one in both the UK and the United States. Associated with the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US, the singles from the album—"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", "Everything She Wants" and "Careless Whisper"—all topped the US Billboard Hot 100. In 1985, Wham! made a highly publicised 10-day visit to China, the first by a Western pop group. The event was seen as a major watershed moment in increasing friendly bilateral relations between China and the West.In 1986, Wham! broke up. Michael was keen to create music targeted at a more sophisticated adult market rather than the duo's primarily teenage audience. Before going their separate ways, a farewell single "The Edge of Heaven", and a greatest-hits album titled The Final would be forthcoming, along with a farewell concert entitled The Final.

Articles

June 7, 2022

New Wham! documentary featuring Andrew Ridgeley in the works

The new project will provide fans with an insight into the group's ups and downs The post New Wham! documentary featuring Andrew Ridgeley in the works appeared first on NME.

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March 14, 2022

Tory Lanez Called Out by George Michael Estate Over ‘Unauthorized Sample’ of "Careless Whisper"

The Wham! icon's estate is calling out the Toronto artist over his song “Enchanted Waterfall,” claiming he sampled "Careless Whisper" without authorization.

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December 6, 2021

Adele Keeps Atop Global Charts, Mariah Carey, Wham! & GAYLE Soar to Top 10

"Easy on Me" logs a sixth week atop both the Global 200 & Global Excl. U.S. surveys.

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December 1, 2021

What’s Your All-Time Favorite Christmas Song? Vote!

From Mariah and Britney to Wham! and Brenda Lee, Billboard has rounded up 100 holiday tunes to choose from.

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October 12, 2021

Wham! and George Michael bassist Deon Estus has died aged 65

"Deon was passionate about music and loved interacting with his loyal fans" The post Wham! and George Michael bassist Deon Estus has died aged 65 appeared first on NME.

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October 12, 2021

Deon Estus, Wham! & George Michael Bassist Behind the Hit ‘Heaven Help Me,’ Dies at 65

Deon Estus, the longtime bass player for Wham! and George Michael behind the 1989 hit song "Heaven Help Me," died Monday (Oct. 11) at age 65.

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Discs

Club Tropicana (Wonderland Redux - Remix)

August 5, 2022

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Music From The Edge Of Heaven

July 1, 1986

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LAST CHRISTMAS

November 29, 1984

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Make It Big

October 23, 1984

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Fantastic

July 9, 1983

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Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do?)

September 29, 1982

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