Part 2 – George Michael Compilations & Live albums
If one checks in details the pattern of sales generators for those various packages he will not be able to identify a real logic. The reason? Compilations of George Michael are a mess. His discography is a nightmare for a label.
The first Wham! album included remixes of its own tracks. Second album had hits from both Wham! but also from George Michael. Their third album included two versions depending on the market, with or without past hits, plus new hits from both acts plus one stand-alone Christmas song. Then came George Michael solo discography that was more standard but the fact his songs popularity differ extremely depending on the market, the US or Europe, make tracklist choices impossible. Several of the artist biggest hits from his adult career were duets outside of his albums too. Add to that different labels involved and you get the perfect combo to prevent commercials from sleeping.
Still, Ladies & Gentlemen was quite an heavy seller with 10,7 million units registered. As the album left out Wham! songs, both Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Last Christmas are missing which explains why Faith ends up being the main sales provider of that package, responsible of 3,2 million of its sales. In the other side, TwentyFive album does include main Wham! hits resulting in a very different pattern more favorable to the pair albums.