George Michael to Release New Album, 'Symphonica'

LONDON (AP) _ After a spell of making headlines for mishaps rather than music, George Michael is coming back with a new album.

Michael announced Monday that his sixth solo album, ``Symphonica,'' is due for release March 17.

It includes his own songs as well as covers including Nina Simone's ``My Baby Just Cares for Me.'' It was produced by Michael and Phil Ramone, who died in March.

Michael recorded the album during a 2011-2012 tour that was interrupted when he contracted life-threatening pneumonia.

The former Wham! singer was hospitalized again last year after falling from a car on a highway near London.

He was imprisoned for eight weeks in 2010 for possessing marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs after he crashed his Range Rover into a photo shop.

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