Make It Big (1984)

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Make It Big
Wham - Make It Big.jpg
Studio album by Wham!
Released October 23, 1984
Recorded 1984
Studio Studio Miraval, France; Sarm West Studios, London<ref name="">"Classic Tracks: George Michael ‘Faith’ - Sound On Sound". </ref>
Length 38:02
Producer George Michael
Wham! chronology
Make It Big
Music from the Edge of Heaven
(1986)Music from the Edge of Heaven1986

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<ref name=""/> and mixed at Good Earth Studios in London and Marcadet Studios in Paris.<ref>"Wham! - Make It Big". </ref> In comparison to their earlier work, the duo had more control over the album's production, as George 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.<ref>RIAA Certification for Make It Big</ref>

To date, the album has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Track listing

  1. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
  2. Everything She Wants
  3. Heartbeat
  4. Like a Baby
  5. Freedom
  6. If You Were There
  7. Credit Card Baby
  8. Careless Whisper
Preceded by
Welcome to the Pleasuredome by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
UK number one album
17 November 1984 – 30 November 1984
Succeeded by
Hits 1 by Various Artists
Preceded by
Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution
Diamond Collection 13 by Various artists
Dutch MegaCharts number-one album
17–24 November 1984
12–26 January 1985
Succeeded by
5 by Kinderen Voor Kinderen
Diamond Life by Sade
Preceded by
The Woman in Red (soundtrack) by Stevie Wonder
Norwegian VG-lista number-one album
46 – 50 / 1984
Succeeded by
Don't Suppose by Limahl
Preceded by
Seiko Town by Seiko Matsuda
Japanese Oricon Weekly number-one album
3 December 1984
Succeeded by
No Side by Yumi Matsutoya
Preceded by
Perfect Strangers by Deep Purple
Swiss Hitparade number-one album
16 December 1984
Succeeded by
Odissea veneziana by Rondo Veneziano
Preceded by
I miei americani by Adriano Celentano
Italian Albums Chart number-one album
13 January – 1 March 1985
Succeeded by
Arena by Duran Duran
Preceded by
Welcome to the Pleasuredome by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
European Top 100 number-one album
19 January 1985
Succeeded by
Arena by Duran Duran
Preceded by
Welcome to the Pleasuredome by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
New Zealand Chart number-one album
3 February 1985
Succeeded by
Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
Preceded by
Choose 1985
by Various artists
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
4–17 February 1985
Succeeded by
1985 Comes Alive
by Various artists
Preceded by
Like a Virgin by Madonna
Billboard 200 number-one album
2 March 1985 – 16 March 1985
Succeeded by
Centerfield by John Fogerty
Preceded by
Reckless by Bryan Adams
Canadian RPM Top 100 number-one album
9 March 1985
Succeeded by
No Jacket Required by Phil Collins