White Light (George Michael song)

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"White Light"
George Michael - White Light.jpg
Single by George Michael
B-side"Song to the Siren"
Released29 June 2012 (2012-06-29)
Format
Recorded2012
Genre
Length4:36
Label
Songwriter(s)George Michael
Producer(s)George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"You and I"
(2011)
"White Light"
(2012)
"Let Her Down Easy"
(2014)

"White Light" is a song by English singer George Michael. It was released to radio on 29 June 2012, in order to commemorate the 30-year anniversary since his first single (co-written by Andrew Ridgeley) entered the British charts in 1982.[1] The song was inspired by Michael's illness in late 2011 with pneumonia and the resulting near-death experiences.[2] The song received its debut live performance (alongside "Freedom! '90") at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony on 12 August 2012 and subsequently entered the UK Singles Chart at number 15. This was his final original song released before his death in December 2016. The song samples the BBC News theme tune.

Chart performance[edit]

On 19 August 2012, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 15, becoming his last top 40 hit in his lifetime, following his death on 25 December 2016. The song has also charted in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Track listing[edit]

"White Light" (EP)[edit]

  1. "White Light" – 4:35
  2. "Song to the Siren" – 3:33
  3. "White Light" (Voodoo Sonics Remix) – 6:58
  4. "White Light" (Kinky Roland Remix) – 6:47

"White Light" (The Remixes)[edit]

  1. "White Light" (Kinky Roland Remix) – 6:47
  2. "White Light" (Steven Redant & Phil Romano Divine Vox Remix) – 7:12
  3. "White Light" (Stereogamous Bath House Mix) – 5:05
  4. "White Light" (Voodoo Sonics Remix) – 6:58
  5. "White Light" (Jackman & Thomas Remix) – 6:08
  6. "White Light" (David Kay Remix) – 4:01

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 88
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 53
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 50
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[6] 32
Belgium (Dance Bubbling Under Wallonia)[7] 17
France (SNEP)[8] 73
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 21
Hungary (Single Top 40)[10] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 32
Italy (FIMI)[12] 17
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 6
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[14] 29
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[15] 35
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 15

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Italy (FIMI)[18] Gold 15,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News - GeorgeMichael.com". Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  2. ^ Fahy, Collette (17 July 2012). "EXCLUSIVE: George Michael premieres single White Light... but it's Kate Moss who steals the spotlight in sexy new video". www.dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Issue 1173" ARIA Top 100 Singles. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – George Michael – White Light" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – George Michael – White Light" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – George Michael – White Light" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Dance Bubbling Under". Ultratop. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – George Michael – White Light" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – George Michael – White Light". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 33, 2012". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Top Digital (Download e streaming)". FIMI. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – George Michael – White Light" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – George Michael – White Light" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – George Michael – White Light". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  17. ^ "George Michael: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  18. ^ "Italian single certifications – George Michael" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 29 January 2013. Select "Tutti gli anni" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "George Michael" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".

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