Music News: Watch outtakes from George Michael's 'Freedom '90' video

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A still from 'Freedom '90' video outtakes.
A still from 'Freedom '90' video outtakes. (YouTube)

Quick: name the most iconic music video of all time. If you didn't say George Michael’s "Freedom '90," that's okay, but there's no doubt that the clip, directed by David Fincher, made a huge impact on millions of fans — with ten different female and male models lip-syncing the song of liberation. Now, some never-before-seen outtakes from that shoot have been released as part of a trailer for a new documentary.

The documentary, George Michael: Freedom, premieres on Showtime on Oct. 21. Filming was completed before Michael's death, reports Billboard. The documentary focuses on the years after Michael's solo breakout Faith, as he recorded and released the 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1.

Today's Canadian music news

Gord Downie has stepped away from the Tragically Hip as he battles terminal brain cancer, but he's still making music at a furious pace. His 2016 solo album Secret Path was shortlisted for the Polaris Prize, and he's just announced a follow-up. The double LP Introduce Yerself, out Oct. 27, was produced by fellow Canadian Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), who also produced Secret Path. (Rolling Stone)

This past weekend, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame held its first induction ceremony in six years. The Massey Hall event made up for lost time, honoring some heavy hitters, including Bruce Cockburn and Neil Young, who said, "I'm getting an award for writing songs. How crazy is that?" (Billboard)

Dylan lyrics go up for auction

A handwritten copy of Bob Dylan’s lyrics to "Like a Rolling Stone" are going up for auction — but wait, there's an asterisk. Dylan wrote this copy in 2017. The signed copy has been authenticated, says the reputable auction house handling the sale, but it's unclear why Dylan wrote this copy or who's the seller. Bidding starts at $125,000, if you're looking for a (sort of) unique item to hang in your record room. (Rolling Stone)

Marley sons to lead Exodus tribute

Ziggy and Stephen Marley will lead a one-night-only all-star tribute to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their dad Bob’s album Exodus. Guests performing at the L.A. show will include Jim James, Gary Clark Jr., and Tom Morello. (Rolling Stone)

U2 say hi to NYC in new video

U2 have released a new video for their song "You're the Best Thing About Me," from the forthcoming Songs of Experience. As Rolling Stone notes, the video "serves as an ode to the Big Apple, with footage divided between everyday life in the city as well as Bono and company greeting fans and taking in the sights. The visual culminates with U2 performing the track with the city skyline in the background." (Rolling Stone)


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