is George Michael
's first solo album, released in October 1987 via Columbia Records
. The album has won several awards including the Grammy Award
for Album of the Year in 1989. It was an instant commercial success in the United States, selling more than one million copies in its debut, the most copies ever sold in a week by a British pop artist. To date, the album has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, and received diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America
spawned six top-five singles that substantially helped it dominate the chart of 1988. In 2003, the album was ranked number 480 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time"
. The album was also notable for entering the R&B albums chart at number-one making it the first album by a Caucasian
artist to hit the top spot on that chart, mainly due to the R&B
-leaning singles that were released from the album, most notably, "One More Try
", "I Want Your Sex
" and "Father Figure
By 1986, George Michael had spent five years as lead singer of the popular duo Wham!
and had grown tired of accusations that the group, which featured best friend Andrew Ridgeley
, was nothing more than a teenybopper
group despite the serious subject matter that was included on albums such as Fantastic
and Make It Big
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