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George Michael edits audience out of live track

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Feb 17, 2014 | 3:31am EST

George Michael had to edit the audience noise from his new live single to avoid a radio station ban. The pop superstar recorded Let Her Down Easy while on tour, but he had to completely rejig the sound to make it suitable for broadcast as many stations won't play live tracks on air. In a series of posts on Twitter.com, he writes, "Just out of interest, Let Her Down Easy is indeed a live vocal, but radio these days won't play any live or live sounding tracks on the radio on their playlists anymore, so we had to go in and... get rid of all audience sounds off the track... I know I don't understand it either, all I can thank God for is that it's a recent development... because I'd have lost on two number ones, with Elton (John) and Queen! Anyway, just thought you'd like to have that cleared up." Michael's collaboration with Sir Elton John, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, was recorded during a show in London in 1991, while his duet with Queen, Somebody to Love, was taped at a Freddie Mercury tribute gig.

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