Quickies: George Michael estate says he would have been ‘flattered’ by Lorde’s ‘Solar Power’ and more
In today’s Quickies — Khloe Kardashian, Tristan Thompson, Manifest, Caitlyn Jenner, American Horror Stories, Ed Sheeran, NXIVM, news, and more! Keep scrolling to check out more entertainment and pop culture news.
George Michael‘s estate has praised Lorde after connections were made between the singer’s new single “Solar Power” and Michael’s hit “Freedom ’90.”
Lorde released her comeback single on June 10, which is set to be the title track of her forthcoming third album.
Following its release, some people began drawing comparisons between “Solar Power” and Michael’s “Freedom ’90,” which was released by the late singer in October 1990.
In a statement shared on Friday (June 18, 2021), Michael’s estate played down any notion that they were troubled by the comparisons by instead praising Lorde and saying that Michael “would have been flattered to hear” about the connection.
Read more at NME.
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