George Michael records track for royal couple.
The track has been released as a free download via iTunes, with the singer asking fans to make a donation to the charitable fund set up by Prince William and Kate Middleton (Stevie Wonder has also waived all his rights to the song).
The track is already being added to radio playlists around the UK and is available on George's site.
Michael, who has recently become a fan of Twitter, asked fans to submit possible songs he could cover as a gift to the royal couple; in a series of posts on his page, he wrote: "So excited that about the song/gift... Recorded the track all over again yesterday in a different key and new vocals, sounds even more romantic..."
The singer was given an eight-week prison sentence last year after crashing his Land Rover while under the influence of cannabis. The singer was returning from the Gay Pride parade in London when he crashed into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, and was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive.
George said he is happy to enjoy Kate and William's
big day on April 29 from afar. "I'm so happy for William, I only ever met him
twice, but he was such a nice kid. Actually, he asked me to sing!!! He was only
eight! It was a Xmas party at Kensington Palace, and believe it or not I'm too
shy to sing to small numbers of people, so I said no."
The singer added "Oh, by the way, I'm not angling for an invite! It'll be a camera-fest! I'm incredibly happy for them, and anyway they should be surrounded by people they love, not dodgy ex-con pop stars!" See George talking about the track here.
Another royal wedding song being released is by British pensioner Sadie Dixon, who is an 84-year-old Alzheimer's sufferer. The song has already racked up a couple of thousand hits on YouTube, (where incidentally you will find the official Royal Wedding Channel).
Sadie wrote the tune in 1977 to celebrate the Queen's silver jubilee and composed a second version for the marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1981. She has reworked it once more for Prince William and Kate Middleton.