Michael Records New Order Cover For Comic Relief

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March 2, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

George Michael has revamped New Order’s True Faith hit to help raise cash for charity.
The track will be Michael’s first new release since his walking free from jail in October. The Careless Whisper star served 27 days of an eight-week sentence in London after being found guilty of cannabis possession and driving under the influence of drugs.

The singer will donate the proceeds from sales of his 1987 cover to Comic Relief – the British charity drive which benefited from cash from his As hit with Mary J. Blige in 2006.

Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis is thrilled with Michael’s 2011 contribution to the charity, revealing the pop superstar has been very generous with his cash and time in recent years.

He says, “Over the years, George has been the most tremendous supporter of Comic Relief. Out of the blue one year he gave us all the cash from the release of As, his single with Mary J Blige. Then he did a brilliant Little Britain sketch.

“But, most excitingly, he’s giving Comic Relief all the money from his new single, True Faith. It’s always so moving when people stick with us year after year – and we’re thrilled and delighted about the song, and the wonderful video that goes with it.

“We promise we’ll use every penny we make from it to save and change lives in Africa and all over the UK.”

The video will premiere at 12.01am in the U.K. on 19 March – at the end of Comic Relief’s annual Red Nose Day telethon.

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