George Michael scores posthumous number one with Listen Without Prejudice re-release
George Michael has posthumously topped the UK album charts with a re-release of his hit album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1.
The pop superstar’s second solo record returns to the summit 27 years after it was first released following its reissuing alongside the release of a new documentary about the Wham! singer’s rise to fame.
Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1 received 56,000 physical, digital and streaming equivalent sales – more than 30,000 ahead Pink who drops to second place with Beautiful Trauma.
Michael’s former manager and childhood friend, David Austin, said: “It’s no great secret that George was a perfectionist and it shows – he was over everything from its inception to its finish, and it’s a blessing and rare gift to be guided by such genius.
“That, along with exceptional teamwork and the overwhelming love for George from the public has made everything come together. We are all so incredibly proud to have the Number One album in the UK.”
The album’s reissue is paired with Michael’s MTV Unplugged session from 1996 and contains the remastered original and bonus tracks.
Nile Rodgers, who collaborated with Michael for the reissue, said: “I’m eternally grateful to George for choosing me to work on this project.
“His genius will be missed. And I’m equally grateful to David Austin, for convincing me to finish after George had passed.
“I was in a funk for months, and one day David said to me rather matter-of-factly, ‘Yog would love it. That’s why he called you in the first place’.”
One Direction’s Niall Horan was at third place in the albums chart with his debut solo record, Flicker, while rap duo Krept & Konan scored two top tens with the dual release of mixtapes 7 Days at number six and 7 Nights at nine.
In the singles charts, US singer and rapper Post Malone celebrated a fourth week at the summit with Rockstar once again ahead of Camila Cabello’s Havana.