George Michael to release new album Symphonica

George Michael has announced he will release a new album later this year.

George Michael's sixth solo album, Symphonica, on March 17. Credit: Michael Kappeler/DPA/Press Association Images

He will release his sixth solo album, Symphonica, which he began recording during his 2011-12 orchestral concert tour of the same name.

The studio album will include highlights from his back catalogue as well as covers of songs, such as Nina Simone's My Baby Just Cares For Me and Ewan MacColl's The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

Symphonica will be released on March 17 and one track from the album, Praying For Time, will be available to download for free.