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George Michael to release new album


 George Michael. Photo: PA

George Michael. Photo: PA

George Michael. Photo: PA

GEORGE Michael has announced the release of a new album later this year.

The former Wham! star has been out of the spotlight since falling out of a car on the M1 motorway, after which he was airlifted to hospital with a head injury.

Now Michael (50) is releasing his sixth solo album, Symphonica, which he began recording during his 2011-12 orchestral concert tour of the same name.

The studio album includes highlights from Michael's back catalogue as well as covers of songs, such as Nina Simone's My Baby Just Cares For Me and Ewan MacColl's The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, made famous by other artists.

Last year's motorway accident took place just 18 months after Michael came close to death when he was struck down with pneumonia in Vienna.

But he fought back to perform again.