George Michael's team have commented on the possibility of Wham!'s festive favourite Last Christmas finally getting to Number 1 this December.
Music Week spoke with the late singer's lawyer and record label about the song's chances of hitting the top spot. The track will have a renewed focus this Christmas with the release of a film of the same name that was given George's blessing before his passing.
Last Christmas stars Emilia Clarke who plays Kate, an in-store Christmas elf and aspiring singer who has forgotten the spirit of Christmas. The movie - released on November 15 - features signature George and Wham! tunes and also an unreleased George song This Is How (We Want You To Get High). The soundtrack is released on Friday November 8.
"Everyone's going to be working very hard to make that happen," said George's lawyer Chris Organ of Russells on the chances of the Number 1 single. "George was not only one of greatest British vocalists of all time, he was one of greatest British songwriters of all time." Chris concluded that it would be a "nice tribute" for Last Christmas to top the charts 35 years after it was released.
George's label say that reaching a younger audience is a key part of their strategy this year.
"George's songs will always be relevant, and his values really speak to Gen-Z millennials - philanthropy, activism, individualism," explained Joanna Kalli, head of marketing at Sony Music Commercial Group.
Released in December 1984, Last Christmas peaked at Number 2 behind Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas. Along the way, the song has become the best-selling track to never reach the summit of the Official Singles Chart, re-charted each year since 2007, and returned to its peak position in 2017. Last year, Last Christmas topped out at Number 3.