Star People (song)

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"Star People '97"
Single by George Michael
from the album Older
B-side "Everything She Wants" (Wham!)
Released April 28, 1997 (U.S.)
May 5, 1997 (UK)
Format 5", 12"
Recorded 1996
Genre Dance-pop, soul
Length 5:38
Label Virgin Records (UK)
Dreamworks Records (UK)
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Older"
(1997)
"Star People '97"
(1997)
"Waltz Away Dreaming"
(1997)
US CD single cover

"Star People '97" is a single by pop singer George Michael, which was released as the fifth single from his album Older. It was written and performed by George Michael and was released by Virgin Records in the UK and Dreamworks Records in the U.S. in 1997. "Star People '97" peaked at number 2 in the United Kingdom and also number 1 on the U.S. Dance. The song contains elements of The Gap Band's 1980 hit, "Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)".

"Star People" became George Michael's second of four #1 U.S. Dance single, after "Monkey".

The lyrics make reference to the materialism and frivolity of certain (not specified) people in the show business, suggesting that those behaviors are derived from some insecurity or a bad childhood (parental neglect, being given up for adoption, etc.).

The single version is referred as "Star People '97" instead of "Star People" (the name of the album version) because the single version is a remixed/re-recorded track.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD (VSCDG 1641)
  1. "Star People '97" (radio edit) – 4:39
  2. "Everything She Wants" (Unplugged)
  3. "Star People" (Unplugged)
EU CD The Dance Mixes (VSCDX 1641)
  1. "Star People '97" (Galaxy Mix) – 8:07
  2. "Star People '97" (Forthright Club Mix) – 9:17
  3. "Star People '97" (Galaxy Dub Mix) – 7:12
  4. "Star People '97" (Forthright Edit) – 4:27
US CD "Star People" (DRMDS-59005)
  1. "Star People" (LP edit) – 4:11
  2. "Star People" (MTV Unplugged edit) – 4:31
  3. "Star People" (Forthright radio edit) – 4:28
  4. "The Strangest Thing" (live) – 6:01
  • "The Strangest Thing" is listed as recorded live at the BBC Radio Theater, 8 October 1996.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[1] 37
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[2] 21
Danish Singles Chart[3] 1
Dutch Singles Chart[4] 24
Finnish Singles Chart[1] 15
German Singles Chart[5] 64
Irish Singles Chart[6] 7
Spanish Singles Chart[7] 4
Swedish Singles Chart[1] 37
Swiss Singles Chart[1] 28
UK Singles Chart[8] 2
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[9] 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs[10] 1

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Give It Up" by Victor Calderone
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
April 19, 1997
Succeeded by
"Havana" by Kenny G

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d George Michael - Star People '97 (song). Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  2. ^ Adult Contemporary - Volume 65, No. 10, May 12 1997. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  3. ^ Billboard, May 21, 1997: Hits of the World Section
  4. ^ Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  5. ^ Single-Chartverfolgung. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  6. ^ The Irish Charts. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  7. ^ Listas de Afyve. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  8. ^ Top 75 Releases. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  9. ^ Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  10. ^ Star People '97 - George Michael. Retrieved May 2, 2011.

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