Make It Big

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This article is about the album by Wham!. For the song sung by the Beach Boys, see Make It Big (song). For the film, see Make It Big (film).
Make It Big
Studio album by Wham!
Released 23 October 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre Post-disco, blue-eyed soul
Length 38:02
Label Columbia
CK-39595
Producer George Michael
Wham! chronology
Fantastic
(1983)
Make It Big
(1984)
Music from the Edge of Heaven
(1986)
Singles from Make It Big
  1. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
    Released: May 1984
  2. "Careless Whisper"
    Released: July 1984
  3. "Freedom"
    Released: August 1984
  4. "Everything She Wants"
    Released: December 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Make It Big is the second album from British pop duo Wham!, released in 1984. The album was a critical and commercial success, hitting No. 1 in both the UK and the USA and spawning four singles, all topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

Outside the US "Careless Whisper" was credited as a George Michael solo effort upon its release as a single, while "Everything She Wants" was released as a double A-side with "Last Christmas" which would later appear on the following album Music from the Edge of Heaven.

It was certified 6× Platinum in the US within weeks of the album's tenth anniversary.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by George Michael, except where indicated

Side one
  1. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" – 3:50
  2. "Everything She Wants" – 5:01
  3. "Heartbeat" – 4:42
  4. "Like a Baby" – 4:12
Side two
  1. "Freedom" – 5:05
  2. "If You Were There" (The Isley Brothers) – 3:38
  3. "Credit Card Baby" – 5:08
  4. "Careless Whisper" (Michael, Andrew Ridgeley)– 6:30

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[5] 6× Platinum 600,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[6] Platinum 53,465[6]
France (SNEP)[7] 2× Gold 429,500[8]
Germany (BVMI)[9] Gold 250,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[10] Platinum 20,000*
Japan (Oricon Charts) 821,000[11]
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals: George Michael
  • Additional vocals: George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, Pepsi & Shirley
  • Acoustic guitar: Hugh Burns and Andrew Ridgeley
  • Bass guitar: Deon Estus
  • Drums: Trevor Morrell
  • Electric guitar: Hugh Burns and Andrew Ridgeley
  • Keyboards: Tommy Eyre, George Michael, Andy Richards, Anne Dudley
  • Percussion: Danny Cummings
  • Saxophone: David Baptiste and Steve Gregory
  • Trumpet: Colin Graham and Paul Spong
  • Arranger: George Michael
  • Assistant engineer: Paul Gomersall
  • Engineer: Chris Porter
  • Photography: Tony McGee
  • Producer: George Michael

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ RIAA Certification for Make It Big
  5. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Wham – Make It Big". Music Canada. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  7. ^ "French album certifications – Wham – Make It Big" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select WHAM and click OK
  8. ^ "Les Albums Double Or". infodisc.fr (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Wham; 'Make It Big')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1985". IFPI Hong Kong. 
  11. ^ a b c Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Wham – Make It Big". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 26 February 2012.  Enter Make It Big in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Wham – Make It Big". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 26 February 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  14. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
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  16. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 26 February 2012
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  18. ^ "Europarade". Hitkrant (in Dutch) (Amsterdam: Nationale Hitkrant Productions) 9 (3). 19 January 1985. ISSN 0165-4942. 
  19. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste" (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved 26 February 2012. Note: user must select 'WHAM !' from drop-down
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  30. ^ a b "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts". Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
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