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Sony responded that Michael's refusal to appear in promotional videos had caused the bad response.
A coroner's report attributed his death to natural causes."I Knew You Were Waiting" was a one-off project that helped Michael achieve an ambition by singing with one of his favourite artists.It scored number one on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 upon its release.For Michael, it became his third consecutive solo number one in the UK from three releases, after 1984's "Careless Whisper" (though the single was actually from the Wham!album Make It Big) and 1986's "A Different Corner".The second single, "Faith", was released in October 1987, a few weeks before the album. Faith topped the UK Albums Chart, and in the US, the album had 51 non-consecutive weeks in the top 10 of Billboard 200, including 12 weeks at No. Faith had many successes, with four singles ("Faith", "Father Figure", "One More Try", and "Monkey") reaching No. The album was highly acclaimed by music critics, with All Music journalist Steve Huey describing it as a "superbly crafted mainstream pop/rock masterpiece" and "one of the finest pop albums of the '80s".In a review by Rolling Stone magazine, journalist Mark Coleman commended most of the songs on the album, which he said "displays Michael's intuitive understanding of pop music and his increasingly intelligent use of his power to communicate to an ever-growing audience." According to Michael in his film, A Different Story, success did not make him happy and he started to think there was something wrong in being an idol for millions of teenage girls. For this album, Michael tried to create a new reputation as a serious-minded artist; the title is an indication of his desire to be taken more seriously as a songwriter.Among his favourites was "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", a 1974 song by Elton John; Michael and John had performed the song together at the Live Aid concert in 1985, and again for Michael's concert at London's Wembley Arena on 25 March 1991, where the duet was recorded.The single was released at the end of 1991 and reached No. Michael complained that Sony had not completely supported the release of his second album, resulting in its poor performance in the US as compared to Faith.The single was also the first Michael had recorded as a solo artist which he had not written himself.The co-writer, Simon Climie, was unknown at the time, he later had success as a performer with the band Climie Fisher in 1988.