As George Michael records new songs, everything else in his career might be up in the air

By Tom Sinclair and Josh Wolk
September 07, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

George Michael is recording three new songs for a greatest hits release on November 10 (Epic), but don’t take this as a show of faith that his career is stable again. Michael, 35, has reportedly canceled a world tour (his first in eight years) that was to start in March, saying he couldn’t handle it because of the turbulence in his private life. (No doubt referring to his public arrest on April 7 for lewd conduct in a Beverly Hills park, and the death of his mother last year.) And Entertainment Weekly’s Tom Sinclair reports that the singer may be vying to return to Sony, the label he lost a lawsuit against in 1994, claiming they hadn’t effectively promoted his 1990 album, “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1.”

In light of the ho-hum performance of Michael’s 1996 DreamWorks debut, “Older,” which barely went platinum, the singer may have decided that Sony chief Tommy Mottola is the father figure he needed after all, says Sinclair. Sony and Michael are mum, but word is the subject of his return was broached while he was recording the new tracks for his upcoming CD. A DreamWorks spokesperson denies that Michael plans to jump ship: “The original deal allowed him to do the greatest-hits album for Sony but stipulated that thereafter he would be fully on DreamWorks…. There is no truth to the rumor.” Hey, George, wake them up before you go-go.

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