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George Michael Dies at 53 + “FAITH (Remastered)” Album Review

The world continues to mourn the loss of renowned singer George Michael, who died on Christmas Day (December 25). He was 53. According to his publicist, Michael died peacefully at his home. as it stands,  it is said that Michael died of heart failure.  Though Michael battled pneumonia  back in 2011 – a bit that he said almost killed him. He was said to be in good health when he died.  His exact cause o death will be  determined after an autopsy is done.

George Michael became a household name after the release of his debut solo album, Faith in 1987. Now almost 24 years after its original release date, this Grammy Award-winning album has been remastered and it’s better than ever.

Faith spent 87 weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album produced six chart-topping singles. These singles include “Father Figure,” ” I Want Your Sex,” “Monkey,” “Kissing A Fool,” “One More Try,” and the title track “Faith.” Not only did this album make a mark in music history, but it also thrust George Michael into the spotlight, giving him a massive amount of recognition around the world.

It’s not often that you come across an album that can mesh with the changing times. Although Faith was originally released in the 1980s, Michael’s soothing voice coupled with his heartfelt lyrics make the album’s ability to blend into today’s music seem almost effortless. Some albums from the 1970s and 1980s have a “dated” sound, but this remastered version of Faith is not one of them. The remastered version is much cleaner, and sharper than its original form. All of the songs on the album sound as though George Michael recorded them yesterday.

Faith has something for everyone. “One More Try” is a heartwarming ballad that explores a man’s reluctance to enter into a new relationship out of a fear of being hurt. “I Want Your Sex,” and “Monkey” were two of Michael’s most popular dance songs and they are both still heavily played in clubs and lounges. Jazz enthusiasts will get a kick out of the ballad “Kissing A Fool” due to it’s soft and mellow melodies. If you aren’t big on lyrics, then pop in the album’s second disc and listen to the instrumental versions of “Faith” and “Kissing A Fool”; you will be whisked away to a dream world after listening to those two tracks.

Paying tribute to an artist like George Michael could never be confined to just one CD. So, what better way to show appreciation for George Michael than with not one, but three Faith packages?

The three Faith packages available for purchase include: FAITH: DELUXE EDITION (12”x12” box set), FAITH (Double CD), and FAITH: SPECIAL EDITION ( 2 CD + DVD). Each package pays tribute to Michael and the album that put him on the map. These packages (shown below) can be purchased via George Michael’s official website, and wherever music is sold. Any avid George Michael fan will appreciate this compilation of remastered music, classic videos , a 180-gram vinyl replica of the original LP, and much more.

Music lovers fell in-love with George Michael’s debonair flair, charming good looks and magnetic stage presence, but his voice was the key element to his success. The songs, lyrics and words on this remastered version of Faith have not been altered, instead it has been digitally enhanced for your listening pleasure. If you are a true music connoisseur then one, if not all, of these Faith packages belong in your collection.

Check out the sizzle reel for George Michael’s Faith below:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

For more information on George Michael and his upcoming projects, please visit: www.georgemichael.com.

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Kerry Washington Talks Gay Rights with The Advocate

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Kerry Washington is speaking her mind on the LGBT community and showing her support.

Onlookers have constantly question Washington’s sexuality, but the actress, who is now happily married, is not fazed by the rumors.

See what Washington has to say about Gay Rights in her interview with The Advocate!

On supporting the LGBT community:
“When there are crimes against humanity being committed in the world, we are all so vulnerable. We have to look out for and protect each other. You don’t have to agree with me, but if you come at me with hatred and slurs, I will block you [on Twitter].”

On rumors of her being a lesbian:
“It’s interesting how much people long to fill in the gaps when someone in the public eye doesn’t share their personal life. I understand their frustration.I like how people will post pictures of me with other women that I adore,hugging on red carpets, and say, ‘See.’ Are we so uncomfortable with love between two people of the same genders that we immediately label it as sexual? But I’ve never been bothered by the lesbian rumor. There’s nothing offensive about it, so there’s no reason to be offended.”

On having a gay marriage in the Scandal storyline:
“Something that brings me great joy is known that ‘Scandal’s’ audience looks like in terms of African-American households and knowing that so many African-American people and families are being introduced to our characters James and Cyrus. It’s really exciting that millions of viewers each week are living life with this amazing, complex couple, stepping into their gay marriage and adoption experience, which is such a vital storyline of our show.”

GLEE’s Dot-Marie Jones is Engaged!

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Somebody’s getting married!

Dot-Marie Jones, who plays ‘Coach Shannon Beiste’ on FOX’s GLEE, proposed to longtime girlfriend Bridgett Casteen, according to The Advocate.

Jones, 49, proposed on Friday (Oct. 4) while the couple was at Disneyland Resort’s Sleeping Beauty Castle in Anaheim, Calif.. It was during Gay Days Anaheim –a weekend event where more than 30,000 LGBT visitors visit the park.

“It’s the happiest day of my life. I never though I’d find somebody that is so loving and kind,” Jones told The Advocate.

Casteen couldn’t hold her excitement and took to Twitter Friday night to share the news. She tweeted, “Thank you @dotmariejones for making me the happiest woman in the world. #engaged”

 

Congrats to the happy couple!

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