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
Wham! Make It Big European cover.jpeg
Studio album by Wham!
Released 23 October 1984
Recorded 1984, in the south of France
Genre Post-disco, blue-eyed soul, pop
Length 38:02
Label Epic
Columbia (US & Canada)
Producer George Michael
Wham! chronology
Fantastic
(1983)
Make It Big
(1984)
Music from the Edge of Heaven
(1986)
Alternative cover
Album cover in North America
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 studio album from British pop duo Wham!, released in 1984. In comparison to their earlier work, the duo had more control over the album's production, as George Michael became the sole credited producer, a position he would subsequently hold on all future releases until the group split in 1986. The album was a critical and commercial success, hitting No. 1 in both the UK and the US 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 Certified units/Sales
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]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[12] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^

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

Charts[edit]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ RIAA Certification for Make It Big
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  10. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1985". IFPI Hong Kong. 
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