- Title: FRANCE: SINGER GEORGE MICHAEL UNVEILS HIS NEW WEB SITE
- Date: 10th February 1997
- Summary: (RTV ) GEORGE MICHAEL SAYING (ENGLISH) "I'M IN THE MIDDLE OF RECORDING, BUT I JUST CAME DOWN HERE TO MAKE IT EVIDENT THAT I COME FROM AN INDUSTRY THAT DOESN'T REALLY LIKE THE PROSPECT OF THE INTERNET, BECAUSE ULTIMATELY THE INTERNET TAKES AWAY THE NECESSITY FOR A MIDDLE MAN BETWEEN AN ARTIST AND THEIR AUDIENCE, WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY VERY APPEALING TO ME (APPLAUSE). IT PROBABLY THE REASON THAT THE MUSIC SITES ARE SO BASIC AT THE MOMENT, BECAUSE THE WHOLE INDUSTRY REALLY DOESN'T WANT TO SEE WHAT'S COMING UP BEHIND IT. THEY'RE DIPPING THEIR FEET A LITTLE BUT THEY REALLY DON'T WANT TO GO IN ANY FURTHER. I HAVE NO SUCH FEARS AND I THINK THE INTERNET IS THE FUTURE, I THINK IT'S THE WAY THAT ALL ARTISTS WILL BE ABLE TO REACH THEIR FANS IN THE FUTURE, IN A MUCH MORE EFFICIENT AND RESPECTFUL WAY THAN THEY ARE FORCED TO USE THE MEDIA NOW. I'M JUST LOOKING TO THE FUTURE AND HOPING THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE AS EXCITING AS IT IS RIGHT NOW.
- Embargoed: 25th February 1997 12:00
- Location: CANNES, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA4XQ6J7R536VQ88RGPWW2Y7W9B
- Story Text: George Michael joined the Internet on Monday (February 10) when his record company Aegean Records launched its own web site.
Michael flew to Cannes from London to be present at the launch.
The web site provides fans with their own place on the net and according to Aegean, will also allow an unparalled level of fan/artist intereaction.
The site also is a major step foward technologically for music on the Internet.
For the first time, all visitors will be able to access real video footage with digital quality audio relayed in real time -- with no downloading.
Musicians from around the world also will be able to send Aegean their music.
In a short speech during the presentation, Michael said,
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