Pop star George Michael has announced he will release a new single at Christmas (08) - despite staging a series of "retirement" shows.
The singer performed at London's Earl Court on Sunday (24Aug08) and will appear again on Monday (25Aug08) in what has been dubbed The Final Two - fuelling speculation he is to quit touring.
But the singer announced he plans to release two new songs this year (08) at Sunday's (24Aug08) sell-out show.
After singing a version of Feeling Good, Michael told fans the song had not yet been released - but that they would be able to download it for free from Christmas Day (25Dec08).
He revealed it would be released "along with a new Christmas song that I wrote", without revealing any further details.
Michael's last single release in the U.K. was This is Not Real Love, from 2006's greatest hits LP Twenty Five.