After three decades of hits, is it possible for him (George Michael) to analyse or pinpoint what exactly are the ingredients that go into making music that stands the test of time? He considers for a moment.

“I think it’s heart” he says eventually. “It’s the desire to communicate genuinely, rather than a desire to show off and make a bit of money. I always had a strong intent to be direct and emotional with my songs, and that’s never left me. When music comes from the heart it’s as much an artistic statement as a painting or a book.”

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