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White Light

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George Michael



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George Michael released this song to mark the thirtieth anniversary of his first entry in the UK singles chart. He described the track as a "thank you to everybody who has been a part of [his] success", adding: "I mean everybody, including the press!! Long may it continue." The song was made available to download on August 12, 2012, 30 years after George first entered the UK singles chart with Wham!'s "Young Guns (Go For It!)."
The song references Michael's battle with pneumonia in late 2011, during which he came close to losing his life. "Was it science that saved me, or the way that you prayed for me? Either way I thank you, I'm alive," he sings.
The release also contains a previously unreleased cover of Tim Buckley's 1970 hit "Song To The Siren."
George Michael sang this during the London Olympic Games closing ceremony, marking the former Wham singer's first performance since his life-threatening illness. Whilst other artists sang some of their best known songs, Michael went with a new one. Responding to criticism that he used the event to plug his new material, Michael said: "It was my one chance on TV to thank you all for your loyalty and prayers, and I took it. And I don't regret it."
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