Singer's new project will follow forthcoming orchestral tour

George Michael has spoken about the album he is planning to make with a “gay collective” of artists.

The singer, who is due to tour the UK in the winter with a 41 piece symphonic orchestra, had previously revealed that his next studio album would be made with a collective of gay artists, in an effort to “correct the damage” his recent behaviour had caused in “letting young gay kids down.”

Now, revealing more about the record, Michael told NME:

For this album I’m going to be working with either gay or gay friendly artists, and it’ll be a mixture of tracks sung by me and others by young gay artists – possibly unknown ones. And I’ve lined up some really great dance producers to work on it too, so it’ll be a pretty stunning record.

He continued:

I’ll be 48 when the album comes out, but I have to say that gay men’s relationship with dance music probably doesn’t end at the same time as straight people’s does!

The singer has also recently spoken out about the phone hacking scandal, writing that he believes he had once “been under surveillance for several years” and that media mogul Rupert Murdoch had “tried to destroy him.”