George Michael's 1996 album "Older" (Virgin) notched its fifth IFPI Platinum Europe Award in February. "Older," his third solo album, brings Michael's Platinum Europe Awards tally to 10.

George Michael's 1996 album "Older" (Virgin) notched its fifth IFPI Platinum Europe Award in February. "Older," his third solo album, brings Michael's Platinum Europe Awards tally to 10.

The veteran British pop singer's latest industry honor came amid reports that he is considering retirement from the music business. A source close to the artist quashes those claims. "He's got a potential duets album at the end of the year, and he's going to get into doing film soundtracks and producing other people's work," the source tells Billboard.biz. Michael is currently signed to Sony BMG.

In other February certifications from the IFPI, Usher's "Confessions" (La Face/Zomba) achieved double Platinum Europe status, for shipments of 2 million units. Also, four albums were certified platinum for the first time: the eponymous Domino set from Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand; the eponymous Syco/Sony BMG set from operatic-pop group Il Divo; the third album from British rock trio Muse, "Absolution" (Taste Media/Warner Music); and "Herzeleid" (Universal) from German metal act Rammestein.

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