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Top-selling pop legend George Michael in Greece

It’s a fact: George Michael is on his way for his first ever live concert in Greece this Thursday. The venue: the Olympic Stadium in Athens. Escalating temperatures aside, the event promises to be one of the hottest, as local audiences will be coming face to face with one of pop music’s greatest stars. George Michael has sold more than 90 million albums around the world. Since the early days of the 1980s when he was part of Wham! performing «Careless Whisper» (a song he composed at the age of 17), all the way to «Faith» (more than 15 million copies sold worldwide) and «Freedom,» Michael has always been at the forefront of international pop music. The 90,000 tickets sold in just three hours for his London concert at the renovated Wembley Stadium at the opening of this 25 Live European Stadium Tour 2007 can attest to that – and led organizers to schedule a second concert. Celebration The artist’s current tour is also a means of celebrating 25 years of an impressive career. Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in London to a Greek-Cypriot restaurateur and his wife, a former dancer, Michael was brought up in North London. His first venture into the world of music came in the form of the Executive, a short-lived ska band. The big break, however, came in 1981, when he formed Wham! together with one his best friends, Andrew Ridgeley. For ticket information, see Venues.