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George Michael injured in car crash

George Michael has been hospitalized following a single-car accident. The former Wham! singer and platinum solo artist was a passenger in a Range Rover traveling on the M1 highway yesterday in Hertfordshire, England.

Reports say that Michael was airlifted to a local hospital with a head injury after the crash. “The man who we believe to be in his 40s sustained a head injury and following treatment, stabilisation and immobilisation by land and air ambulance crews, he was flown to hospital for further care,” Gary Sanderson, a spokesperson for the medical crew, told the BBC.

Meanwhile, Michael’s representatives told the BBC that the singer had only sustained “superficial cuts” during the accident and was fine.

Michael, 49, has been in questionable health. Last year, he canceled a handful of tour dates to work through the extreme anxiety that followed his extended hospitalization for pneumonia in 2011 (a visit that saw him slip briefly into a coma).

Though his last new album was in 2004, he has steadily been releasing one-off singles for various charities and events, including a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “You and I” recorded on the occasion of Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton and a new tune called “White Light” that commemorated the 30th anniversary of the first Wham! single.

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The xx cover Wham!'s 'Last Christmas -- Hear it here

When you think of Wham!, many things come to mind: the 1980′s, synthesizers, pre-irony nylon windbreakers, Zoolander, George Michael’s hair. Noticeably absent on that list are “being cool” and “material that is ripe for reinterpretation,” which renders the xx’s decision to cover “Last Christmas” somewhat peculiar.

Listen to the song after the jump, and be sure to give us your thoughts in the comments!

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George Michael cancels tour dates to seek treatment for anxiety

George Michael is canceling Australian shows so he can get treatment for major anxiety he’s suffered since a serious health scare last year.

The singer said on his website he had hoped making music and performing would be enough to work through it but that he underestimated how hard his recovery would be. READ FULL STORY

Muse will play Olympics closing ceremony

U.K. rockers Muse will play the closing ceremony of the London Olympics, the band’s drummer told music magazine NME Wednesday. Muse, who also wrote the song “Survival” in honor of the Olympics, will perform the song at Saturday’s event.
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George Michael has a new video and Kate Moss is in it: Watch it here!

George Michael is happy to be alive. After a nasty bout with pneumonia, the 49-year-old former Wham! star bounced back heartily, and now has a new music video to show for it.

The clip is for the single “White Light,” whose lyrics include lines like “I’m back/Prouder than ever, baby” and “Was it music that saved me?/Or the way that you prayed for me?/Guess either way, I thank you/I’m alive.”

As for the visuals, there’s a lot going on: shots of IV drips and hospital beds, avian imagery, dancing, a zebra, and supermodel Kate Moss. Yes, you read all that correctly. Watch it all go down in the video below:
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Adele and Ed Sheeran win at U.K. music's Brit Awards

Soulful songstress Adele capped a momentous year of Grammy Awards triumph and medical woes with a double win at the U.K.’s Brit music awards Tuesday, taking prizes for album of the year and best British female solo artist before making an obscene gesture after the show’s host cut her acceptance speech short.

Teen-friendly English troubadour Ed Sheeran won two trophies, including British male solo artist, at an energetic ceremony in London. READ FULL STORY

George Michael healthy, home for Christmas: Report

Austria’s state broadcaster says George Michael has been released from a Vienna hospital and will be able to celebrate Christmas at home.

The 48-year-old British singer was being treated for pneumonia. Broadcaster ORF says he was released Thursday morning from the AKH hospital and is catching a flight to London later in the day.

A woman answering the hospital phone said she could not comment due to confidentiality laws.

Michael was hospitalized late last month after canceling a performance in the Austrian capital.

Rebecca Black tops '50 Worst Music Videos Ever' -- Who else made the list?

No surprises here: In a list of the “50 Worst Music Videos Ever,” U.K. music mag NME gives Rebecca Black and her viral assault on music otherwise known as “Friday” the dubious top honor.

Though the list had its share of Brit-tastrophes, there is no shortage of American cheese. Some inclusions make absolute sense (Paris Hilton and Steel Panther, anyone?), though other artists who made the cut (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears) might cause more than a few internet mutinies.

Keep reading to see Black’s video and judge for yourself, then see which other guilty-pleasure highlights made the list: READ FULL STORY

George Michael announces break-up with Kenny Goss during emotional performance

George Michael is experiencing a different kind of “Freedom.” On Monday, the singer took the stage at Prague State Opera, where he promptly announced he had broken up with his longtime partner, Kenny Goss. In fact, they had split long ago — Michael announced that he and Goss had not been together in over two years. “My battles with substances are well-documented and my partner went through similar problems with drink,” he told the crowd before singing “Where I Hope You Are.” “The truth is my love life has been a lot more turbulent than I have let on. This is probably the first break-up song I’ve written.”

The performance was Michael’s first on his “Symphonica” tour. He has not toured since serving jail time last year for driving under the influence. During the show, he also tipped his hat to another singer who struggled with substance abuse — Michael nearly teared up singing a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Love is a Losing Game.”

Iron and Wine covers George Michael's 1988 hit 'One More Try' for the Onion: Listen to it here

News from the left-field of awesome: lo-fi folk singer Iron and Wine (a.k.a. Sam Beam) covers an ’80s his from dance-pop icon George Michael.

Beam swung by the Chicago offices of The Onion’s A.V. Club to perform a lovely, subdued version of Michael’s chart-topper “One More Try.”

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