George Michael Inks Deal With Virgin, Cover Album Due Before Christmas

After releasing one album, 1996's "Older," via DreamWorks Records, singer George Michael has just signed a new North American recording deal with Virgin Records, who will issue his new album, "Songs From The Last Century," on December 14.

Michael had actually signed an international deal with the Virgin Music Group in 1995, but then signed an exclusive deal with DreamWorks to handle his albums in the U.S. and Canada.

As we previously reported (see "George Michael Sifts Through The Century For Covers Album"), Michael worked on the new album, which features his versions of some his favorite songs of the last century, over the summer with producer Phil Ramone in New York City.

The first American single from "Songs From The Last Century" will be "Miss Sarajevo," a song originally recorded by U2's Bono and renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti for the 1995 "Passengers" soundtrack. In the U.K., the BBC is already playing

another track, a cover of the Police's seminal hit, "Roxanne."

Other tracks slated for the new George Michael album include: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "Wild Is The Wind," "Brother Can You Spare A Dime," "Secret Love," "My Baby Just Cares For Me," "I Remember You," "Where Or When," and "You've Changed."

Last year, Michael issue a highly successful double-album set, "Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best Of George Michael," via Sony Records, the label that carried his 1987 breakthrough, "Faith," as well as 1990's follow-up, "Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1."