Andrew Ridgeley recalls moment he found out Wham! bandmate George Michael had died: “It hit me like a punch to the gut”

George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of Wham!
Andrew Ridgeley of Wham! has released a new book, and in it he recalls the moment he found out that bandmate George Michael had died. Read more: George Michael obituary: 1963-2016 George Michael passed away on Christmas Day in 2016 at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. He was 53 years old. In a new book titled Wham! George Michael & Me, the singer-songwriter's...

Watch Robyn perform a minimal cover of Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’

Robyn has covered Wham!'s festive banger 'Last Christmas', performing a stripped-back rendition in Radio 1's Live Lounge. Read More: Hang with me - Robyn’s greatest collaborations The Swedish pop star unveiled her new album 'Honey' in October, marking her first full-length release in eight years. Discussing the mood of the record prior to its release, she said that the album feels like...

Ed Sheeran, Eminem and Wham! in race for Christmas Number One single

Christmas Number One
Ed Sheeran, Eminem, and Wham! are in the running for this year's Christmas Number One single. The festive chart-topper will be announced on Friday (December 22). Last year's Christmas Number One was claimed by Clean Bandit and their Sean Paul and Anne Marie-featuring single 'Rockabye'. As the Official Charts Company confirms, Sheeran is currently in the lead in the...

Who’s in the running for 2017’s Christmas Number One?

Christmas Number One
It’s December, Michael Buble has defrosted, the X Factor winner has been decided and the charity choirs have assembled. That's right, it’s Christmas, and the race for Christmas Number One is on. Here are the runners and riders. The Favourite Ed Sheeran feat. Beyonce – 'Perfect' In March, Ed Sheeran released the fastest-selling pop album by a male artist in the UK of...

Odds slashed on Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ landing Christmas Number 1

Last Christmas
Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' is currently the bookies' favourite to clinch Christmas Number 1 this year. The 1984 seasonal hit is a regular fixture when it comes to Christmas playlists, and it seems that 'Last Christmas' could be set to land the top spot in the UK in just over two months' time. The expected resurgence of 'Last Christmas' will coincide with...

Wham! star says ‘Careless Whisper’ re-release isn’t ‘appropriate’ George Michael tribute

Wham! in 1985
Wham!'s Andrew Ridgeley has argued that a campaign to re-release 'Careless Whisper' is not the most "appropriate" tribute to George Michael. The campaign is being spearheaded by The Sun, a newspaper Michael said had referred to him as a "poof" and a "pervert" during his lifetime. The proceeds from the proposed re-release would go to several of the late singer-songwriter's favourite charities....

Austrian radio station punishes DJ after he plays Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ 24 times in a row

Host Joe Kohlhofer has been forced to work extra shifts at Christmas and New Year as punishment

Michael Gove performs ‘Wham Rap!’ – watch

The Education Secretary raps during an interview with a group of schoolchildren

Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ is Spotify’s most streamed song on Christmas Day

Michael Bublé had a whopping seven tracks in yesterday's UK festive Top 10