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Sony boss backs plan for George Michael memorial

Plans for a permanent memorial to George Michael have received support from the head of his old label Sony Music.
George, who passed away in December last year (16) at the age of just 53, famously fought Sony chiefs in the courts in a bid to free himself from a recording contract – a battle he lost.
Now, the label’s current head, Rob Stringer has given his backing to plans to turn makeshift memorials outside George’s homes in London and Goring-on-Thames, England into permanent shrines to the star.
“Let’s do it,” Rob tells Britain’s Daily Star newspaper. “I have a house in Henley and I go past the house in Goring which is just flooded with stuff. I just helped pay for a statue of David Bowie in Aylesbury, my home town, and it’s all been commissioned now so I’m all for a permanent memorial somewhere.”
George lost his protracted legal battle with Sony bosses in 1994, and subsequently moved to rivals Virgin Records. Stringer, however convinced the singer to come back to Sony in 2003.
Now he says that, as long as George’s family approve, he is prepared to bring out the Fast Love singer’s unreleased material.
“There is stuff there but we are going to be careful,” he explains. “It has to be done at the right time and with the full approval of his family. But it’s going pretty well.”

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