A Different Corner

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"A Different Corner"
Single by George Michael
from the album Music from the Edge of Heaven
Released 2 April 1986
Format 12", 7"
Recorded 1984–1985
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length 4:32 (LP version)
3:57 (single edit)
Label Columbia Records (US/Canada)
Epic Records
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Careless Whisper"
"A Different Corner"
"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
Music video
"A Different Corner" (Official) on YouTube

"A Different Corner" is a song written and performed by George Michael which was released on Epic Records (Columbia Records in the U.S.) in 1986.


At the time of its release in April 1986, Michael was still a member of pop duo Wham! (the song is included on Wham!'s album Music from the Edge of Heaven only released in Japan and North America, as well as their compilation album The Final, released worldwide), though he and partner Andrew Ridgeley had announced that they would split in the summer after a farewell single, album and concert. Michael had already enjoyed a solo #1 in the UK Singles Chart in 1984 with "Careless Whisper", which was credited as Wham! featuring George Michael in the US.

After radio DJ Simon Bates first aired "A Different Corner" on Radio 1, he rated the song so highly that he immediately played it again from the beginning. Michael went back to the top of the UK chart with "A Different Corner", becoming the first solo act in the history of the UK chart to reach #1 with his first two releases, although he was hardly an unknown or new act on either occasion due to his previous hits with Wham!. The song was also credited with being the second #1 (after "I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder) which was written, sung, played, arranged, and produced by the same person.[citation needed] The song reached #7 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first single credited solely to Michael to become an American top-ten hit.

The song was also remixed for his compilation Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael. This version omitted the guitar and the chorus from Andrew Ridgeley.

Music video[edit]

The video is set in a sparse white room with a window. George Michael is also dressed in white, and is shown sitting and walking around the room whilst singing the song.

Sleeve notes[edit]

A note on the back of the sleeve proclaims, "This record is dedicated to a memory."

Charts and certifications[edit]

Track listing[edit]

7": Epic / A 7033 (UK)[edit]

  1. "A Different Corner" – 3:57
  2. "A Different Corner" (instrumental) – 4:13

12": Epic / GTA 7033 (UK)[edit]

  1. "A Different Corner" – 3:57
  2. "A Different Corner" (instrumental) – 4:13
  • released in gatefold sleeve
Preceded by
"Living Doll" by Cliff Richard and The Young Ones featuring Hank Marvin
UK number one single
19 April 1986 - 3 May 1986
Succeeded by
"Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco
Preceded by
"Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston
Canadian RPM number-one single
14 June 1986
Succeeded by
"On My Own" by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald


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  2. ^ Top Singles - Volume 44, No. 12, June 14 1986. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  3. ^ Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  4. ^ Single-Chartverfolgung. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  5. ^ The Irish Charts. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  6. ^ Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  7. ^ George Michael singles sales ranking. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  8. ^ Top 75 Releases. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  9. ^ a b A Different Corner - George Michael. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  10. ^ Goud/Platina Muziek. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  11. ^ Certified awards search. Retrieved 6 May 2011.

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