Wham! is an upcoming documentary that shows the iconic journey of English pop stars George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.
The two stars created the duo Wham! and gained prominence in the early 1980s and created a lasting impression on popular culture over their five-year tenure before disbanding in 1986. This documentary is part of Netflix’s continuous documentary content expansion initiatives.
Here’s all you need to know about Wham!
The long-awaited documentary Wham! will release on July 5, 2023.
Where to watch-
Starting on June 5, viewers can view Wham! exclusively on Netflix.
The documentary will trace the development of the well-known English musical duo Wham! from the 1980s as well as George Michael’s climb to fame as a gay icon. The band performed from 1981 to 1986.
This documentary, which is made by Simone Halfon, Batsek and directed by Chris Smith, takes viewers on a thorough trip that begins with the formation of the partnership and ends with a discussion of their ongoing legacy.
All about Wham!
George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, two of their closest friends from high school, created WHAM! in Bushey, England. The duo was formerly a part of the short-lived ska group The Executive. In 1981, Michael and Ridgeley launched a brand-new endeavor.
The pair soon rose to prominence as one of the 1980s’ top musical artists. 30 million certified records were sold globally by them. Funk and soul were influences on their music. Teenage rebellion and national unemployment were major themes in the songs. Make It Big, their second album is considered a masterpiece and reached the top spot in the charts in both the UK and the US.
When they went to China in 1985, the occasion was widely advertised as a chance to improve friendlier ties between the West and China. Five years of success later, the duo broke up for artistic differences. Although Michal wanted to make music for grownups, their main audience was teenagers.
Following their breakup, Andrew Ridgeley put out a solo album in 1990 titled Son of Albert. Between 100 and 125 million recordings were sold globally by Michael, who went on to become one of the best-selling performers of all time. Heart disease claimed Michael’s life in 2016 at the age of 53. He was openly gay, an ardent advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights, and a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS charities.