Today The Optemist carries this story…
George Michael will return to the spotlight with a new single supporting Comic Relief, following his release from prison for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis.
George has covered one of New Order’s most famous tracks, True Faith, and the members of New Order have also pledged to donate their royalties from the track’s re-release to the charity.
The singer will release a version of the band’s 1987 hit digitally on March 13 (physically a day later) in advance of Red Nose Day on March 18. The video will be premiered that night.
Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis commented: “Over the years, George has been the most tremendous supporter of Comic Relief. Out of the blue one year he gave us all the cash from the release of ‘As’, his single with Mary J. Blige. Then he did a brilliant Little Britain ‘Lou and Andy’ sketch, which ended with the inevitable insult slung at him: ‘I don’t like him.'”
“But, most excitingly, he’s giving Comic Relief all the money from his new single, ‘True Faith’. It’s always so moving when people stick with us year after year – and we’re thrilled and delighted about the song, and the wonderful video that goes with it. We promise we’ll use every penny we make from it to save and change lives in Africa and all over the UK.”
Hopefully it will be a fresh start for George, who was released from Highpoint Prison in Suffolk in October after serving four weeks of an eight week prison sentence. The singer pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in London after crashing into a building and admitting driving under the influence of drugs.