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George Michael album due

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After a spell of making headlines for mishaps rather than music, George Michael is coming back with a new album.

Michael announced Monday that his sixth solo album, “Symphonica,” is due for release March 17.

Michael recorded the album during a 2011-12 tour that was interrupted when he contracted life-threatening pneumonia.

The former Wham! singer was hospitalized again last year after falling from a car on a highway near London.

He was imprisoned for eight weeks in 2010 for possessing marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs after he crashed his Range Rover into a photo shop.

New documentary

PBS documentary-maker Ken Burns is examining the roots of country music and how it has changed through the present day for a multi-episode series on public broadcasting.

Country fans have a wait ahead of them, though. PBS said Monday that Burns’ country music project isn’t set to air until 2018.

Concerts set

To mark his return to touring after a dozen years, country superstar Garth Brooks will play two stadium shows in Dublin, Ireland’s Croke Park, where he had performed sell-out shows in 1997.

The “Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event” will take place July 25 and 26 in anticipation of a world tour that’s slated to get underway later this year.

‘Dexter’ future?

Possible bad news for Oregon loggers: Michael C. Hall won’t rule out a return to playing Dexter. But he’d want to see the finish line.

Hall, promoting his movie “Cold in July” at the Sundance Film Festival, said in an interview over the weekend that he agreed with Showtime executives who recently declared that any potential spin-off series would have to include Hall.

Hall said of a possible spin-off series, “I can’t even wrap my mind around that. And it’s all just theoretical until there is some sort of script reflecting somebody’s idea of where it could possibly go. But it’s hard for me to imagine what that would be.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Ann Wedgeworth is 80. Singer Mac Davis is 72. Actress Jill Eikenberry is 67. Guitarist Jim Ibbotson is 67. Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is 64. Actor Robby Benson is 58. Actress Geena Davis is 58. Actress Karina Lombard is 45. Singer Cat Power is 42. Singer Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls is 38.

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