New George Michael single aired 8 months after star’s death

George Michael
FILE - In this Saturday, July 2, 2005 file photo, British singer George Michael accompanied by other musicians and children from Africa gestures to the crowds during the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park, London. A new single by George Michael has been released, eight month after the music star's death. "Fantasy," first recorded in the late 1980s, has been reworked by funk-master Nile Rodgers and received its first radio airplay on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Rodgers tweeted that he felt "emotional ambiguity" about the song, which evoked "tears, uncertainty, happiness and love." (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

LONDON (AP) — A new single by George Michael has been released, eight months after the music star’s death.

“Fantasy,” first recorded in the late 1980s, has been reworked by funk-master Nile Rodgers. It received its first radio airplay on Thursday.

Michael’s publicist says the song was meant to be included on Michael’s 1990 album “Listen Without Prejudice” but got “lost in the ether.” Michael asked Rodgers last year to rework the song for release as the lead single for a reissue of “Listen Without Prejudice.”

Michael died Dec. 25, aged 53, from heart disease and a build-up of fat in his liver.

Rodgers tweeted that he felt “emotional ambiguity” about the song, which evoked “tears, uncertainty, happiness and love.”

The reissued album, “Listen Without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged,” will be released Oct. 20.