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Sunday, March 14, 2004

GEORGE MICHAEL "RETIRES"
George Michael has decided to wake us up before he go-goes by declaring that he's likely retiring from the music business--which is not to say that he's retiring from music:

He revealed: "I think (‘Patience’) is going to be my last commercially promoted release. I’ve been very well remunerated as they say for my talents over the years so I really don’t need the public’s money. I’d really like to have something on the Internet with charitable donation optional, where anyone can download my music for free. I’ll have my favourite charities up there and people will hopefully contribute to that."

I'm sure this will make Michael an instant hero to the legion of dedicated fileswapping mavens, who'll tout him as a model for how music should be created and distributed in the Internet age. Of course, considering that Michael wouldn't be doing this if he hadn't already made a comfortable pile of money over the years, it's a bit of a hollow example. Plus, he had other, more personal reasons for doing this:

He explained the move would also help him reduce his profile, and so media intrusion. "I’m not pretending I won’t be famous any more, but believe me, in the modern world, if you take yourself out of the financial aspect of things, i.e. you’re not making anybody any money or you’re not losing anybody any money, believe me I’ll be of very little interest to the press in a certain number of years."

I could make a crack about most of the world, the press and beyond, considering Michael to already be, effectively retired for a few years now. But I won't.