George Michael’s brand-new single ‘This Is How (We Want You To Get High)’, a previously unreleased song, is his first music to be shared since 2012.
A funky, upbeat classic, the song provides the perfect finale to ‘Last Christmas’, the new movie inspired by the music of George Michael and Wham!
‘This Is How (We Want You To Get High)’ is out today and available here on all streaming platforms.
George Michael gave the world some of the greatest ever pop songs, including arguably the greatest ever Christmas record. Now, some 35 years on from that song, the iconic ‘Last Christmas’, another festive treat has come for his millions of fans across the world.
‘This Is How (We Want You to Get High)’, was co-written and co-produced by George Michael and collaborator James Jackman, and was released today by Virgin EMI after its first radio play at 8am this morning.
The previously unreleased track, recorded during George’s final studio sessions, is his first original material to be shared for seven years.
‘This is How (We Want You to Get High)’ has a seductive George Michael hook and melody that will surely delight his legion of loyal fans as well as electrify a whole new audience. The lyrics, written exclusively by George, see the star addressing society’s ills, with his trademark blend of self-deprecation, and wry humour.
“We hope fans and lovelies! everywhere rejoice in hearing this great new song written as ever with Yog‘s immense passion and pride. This new track we proudly send as his gift to you this season to bring you all love and festive joy…..
– Whoever you worship…..
– Whoever you love….”
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Work on ‘This is How (We Want You to Get High)’ started in early 2012. The track was subsequently developed and recorded in sessions at Air Studios in London, before the finishing touches were added in late 2015 during George’s final recording sessions.
With its uplifting vibe and socially-conscious message, ‘This is How (We Want You to Get High)’ is a fitting finale to ‘Last Christmas’, the new romantic comedy from Universal Pictures. Inspired by the eponymous Wham! hit, the film has a soundtrack featuring three Wham! tracks and twelve songs from George Michael’s solo career. Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Mad Men) describes the movie as “a love letter to George”.
The film was co-scripted by Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson, who stars alongside Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians). Thompson visited George at his North London home in the Spring of 2013 to talk through her ideas for the screenplay. George loved what she had to say and gave his blessing. The actress and screenwriter then developed various versions of the script before George’s sudden passing on Christmas Day 2016.
In the Spring of 2018, after discussions over which songs would be in the film, Emma Thompson was given an exclusive preview of four new, finished and unreleased George Michael tracks. She instantly fell in love with ‘This Is How (We Want You To Get High)’, remarking how the lyrics resonated with the film’s central themes.
The film ‘Last Christmas’ will be released in the United States on 8 November, the United Kingdom on November 15 and throughout the rest of the world on assorted dates until 27 December. The Soundtrack to the film will be released this Friday, November 8th.