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“Freedom! ’90” (also known simply as “Freedom”) is a song written, produced, and performed by George Michael, and released on Columbia Records in 1990. The “’90” added to the end of the title is to prevent confusion with a hit by Michael’s former band Wham!, also titled “Freedom”.
It was the third single taken from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, though released as the second single from the album in the United States and Australia. “Freedom! ’90” was one of a few uptempo songs on this album. It was a major hit and peaked at number 8 on the U.S. charts. The song refers to Michael’s past success with Wham!, yet also shows a new side of himself as a new man, who is more cynical about the music business than he had been before. Michael refused to appear in the video and allowed a group of supermodels to appear instead.
Michael performed this song, alongside his 2012 single “White Light”, during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.
Deon Estus (born Jeffery Deon Estus, July 4, 1956, Detroit, Michigan) is an American bassist and singer, best known as the bass player ofWham! and as the bassist on George Michael’s first two solo projects. Estus’ single “Heaven Help Me,” with additional vocals by George Michael, reached Number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989.