Michael, born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London, sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades. He was a singer, songwriter and music producer. He collaborated with Aretha Franklin and Elton John and won three Brit Awards and two Grammys. In 2008 was cautioned for possession of class A drugs, including crack cocaine. One of his songs was named by a strange coincidence “Last Christmas.” Michael garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, including “Careless Whisper” and “Freedom! ’90”. In 2004, the Radio Academy named Michael the most played artist on British radio during the period 1984–2004.