Check out the television advertisements that George Michael’s image or music appeared in.
George Michael is one of the biggest talents the world has ever known, selling more than a million albums. His image and his music have also been used in a number of television commercials.
Check out the television commercials that George Michael appeared in:
Diet Coke (1989)
George Michael appeared in a commercial for Diet Coke in 1989. The commercial made its debut January 30, 1989, during the American Music Awards. A sneak preview of the ad begun airing on MTV and American television networks five days before the full ad premiered.
The commercial featured an excerpt from his song “Hard Day” from the ‘Faith’ album. It was directed by British filmmaker Stephen Frears and filmed on location in Spain and in New York City.
George was a big winner at that year’s American Music Awards, winning Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, and Favorite Soul/R&B Album for “Faith.”
Here’s the Diet Coke Teaser Commercial (January 1989)
Here’s the full Diet Coke Commercial with George Michael
George Michael’s speech after winning the AMA Pop/Rock Male award in 1989
Hitachi Maxell Cassette Tapes (Japan, 1980)
Wham!’s George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley appeared in three commercials for Hitachi Maxell’s UD-II cassette tape in Japan.
The duo had a little bit of fun, changing the lyrics of the song “Freedom” in the commercial. They rewrote the lyrics to “you’re the fish face I adore” as a joke.
I can’t wait to see you, why don’t you come here no more?
People think you’re pouting baby, you’re the fish face I adore! I can’t wait to see you!”
Maxell Commercial 1 (Song: “Bad Boys” by Wham!)
Maxell Commercial 2 (Song: “Freedom” by Wham!)
Maxell Commercial 3 (Song: “Freedom” by Wham!)
George Michael also had a print ad for American Express credit card entitled “George Michael: My Life, My Card” in 2005. However, American Express quickly pulled down the ad after his brush with the law.
Commercials that Used George Michael’s Music
There are several television commercials that used George Michael’s music, such as:
“Freedom! 90” – Dolce and Gabbana Perfume Ad
Dolce and Gabbanna launched its D&G Fragrance Anthology in 2009 with a commercial that used George Michael’s song “Freedom 90.” The D&G fragrance TV commercial was shot by famed photographer Mario Testino. It starred top models Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Eva Herzigova, Tyson Ballou, Fernando Fernandes, and Noah Mills.
“Last Christmas” – Tsuburaya Productions (Japan)
George Michael’s song “Last Christmas” was used in a Japanese commercial for Tsuburaya Productions, a special effects studio famous for creating the superhero ULTRAMAN series. The commercial ran on Japanese TV during the 1995 Christmas season.
“Freedom! 90” – Chase Freedom “Cash Back at Gas Stations”
JP Morgan Chase’s credit card Chase Freedom used the George Michael song “Freedom! 90” in their 2012 television commercial. The ad was called “Cash Back at Gas Stations” and starred actor Michael Torpey
“Freedom! 90” – McArthurGlen Designer Outlets
Europe’s designer outlet shop McArthurGlen produced an advertisement for the company in March 2106 using the song “Freedom! 90.” The cover version is sung by London-based musician Norma Jean Martine.