|Make It Big|
|Studio album by|
|Released||5 November 1984 (UK)|
|Studio||Studio Miraval, France; Sarm West Studios, London|
Album cover in North America
|Singles from Make It Big|
Make It Big is the second studio album from British pop duo Wham!, released in 1984. It was mostly recorded at Studio Miraval in Southern France to escape the press and enable George Michael to work peacefully and mixed at Good Earth Studios in London and Marcadet Studios in Paris. In comparison to their earlier work, the duo had more control over the album's production, as Michael became the sole credited producer, a position he would subsequently hold on all future releases until the group split in 1986. The album was a critical and commercial success, hitting number one in both the UK and the US and spawning four singles, all topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Outside the US, "Careless Whisper" was credited as a George Michael solo effort upon its release as a single, while "Everything She Wants" was released as a double A-side with "Last Christmas" which would later appear on the following album Music from the Edge of Heaven.
It was certified 6× Platinum in the US within weeks of the album's tenth anniversary in 1994.
Make it Big received positive reviews. Christopher Connelly from Rolling Stone wrote, "George Michael's music is an unabashed rehash of Motown", adding "Make It Big is an almost flawless pop record, a record that does exactly what it wants to and has a great deal of fun doing it."Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic writes, "They succeeded on a grander scale than they ever could have imagined, conquering the world and elsewhere with this effervescent set of giddy new wave pop-soul, thereby making George Michael a superstar and consigning Andrew Ridgeley to the confines of Trivial Pursuit."
|1.||"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"||George Michael||3:50|
|2.||"Everything She Wants"||Michael||5:01|
|4.||"Like a Baby"||Michael||4:12|
|6.||"If You Were There"||3:38|
|7.||"Credit Card Baby"||Michael||5:08|
|Canada (Music Canada)||6× Platinum||600,000^|
|France (SNEP)||2× Gold||429,500|
|Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)||Platinum||20,000*|
|Japan (Oricon Charts)||--||821,000|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||15,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||4× Platinum||1,300,000|
|United States (RIAA)||6× Platinum||6,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
Wham! embarked on a world tour to promote the album in December 1984, opening at Whitley Bay's Ice Rink, before going on to dates in Japan, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, the British Dependent Territory of Hong Kong and China, ending in April 1985 at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Canton.
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