(from Music Week) By Ben Cardew

George Michael has recorded a version of New Order’s True Faith for Comic Relief, with the single to be released by his own Aegean Records via Absolute Marketing and Distribution / Universal.

The single will be released digitally on March 13 and physically one day later; both formats will also include an instrumental version as a b-side.

Both George Michael and New Order, who had a hit with the song in 1987, have agreed to donate all proceeds from the single to Comic Relief.

Comic Relief takes place on Friday March 18 and the video for True Faith will be premiered on the night. The following day the single and video will be available for purchase as a bundle through iTunes.

Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis said that Michael “has been the most tremendous supporter of Comic Relief”.

“It’s always so moving when people stick with us year after year and we’re thrilled and delighted about the song and the wonderful video that goes with it,” Curtis said.

George Michael’s last new material was a one-off Christmas single for Island Records, December Song, released after the singer fulfilled his contract with Sony.

That song, released as a download on December 13 2009 and physically the day after, was a new version of a song previously released as a free download.