Nearly three years after his death, George Michael is releasing a new song.
“This Is How (We Want You To Get High)” was written by Michael in one of his final recording sessions before his death on Christmas Day 2016. The song marks the first new music by Michael since 2012.
The new song, released on Wednesday, is featured in the upcoming romantic comedy “Last Christmas”. Directed by Paul Feig and co-written by Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson, the film, described as a “love letter” to Michael, was inspired by the Wham! holiday hit “Last Christmas”. The soundtrack features three songs by Wham! and 12 songs from the singer’s solo career.
Thompson first met with Michael in 2013 to talk about her ideas for the screenplay. The singer was enamoured with the concept and gave Thompson his blessing. In 2018, Thompson was given a preview of four unreleased tracks by Michael. The actress and writer reportedly fell in love with “This Is How (We Want You To Get High)” and its lyrics, which resonate with the central theme of the movie.
In the funky track, Michael addresses society’s ills with his signature wry humour and self-deprecation.
“Last Christmas”, which stars Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, and Michelle Yeoh, opens in theatres on November 8.