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Elton John announces new album featuring Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus, Lil Nas X ,Nicki Minaj and Stevie Wonder

Elton John announces new album recorded in lockdown with Stevie Wonder, Dua Lipa among other A-listers

Elton John is releasing an album of collaborations with artistes from several generations and genres, including Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, Miley Cyrus, Lil Nas X, Stevie Nicks and Stevie Wonder.

The Lockdown Sessions, a collection of 16 songs featuring John with artistes from Dua Lipa to the late Glen Campbell, will be released on October 22 by EMI Universal, the label announced Wednesday.

The pandemic project was spurred by John having to pause his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in March 2020 and his Apple Music talk show Rocket Hour, through which he got to know many of the artistes he would work with.

The tracks were recorded with the artistes remote from each other in some cases, and together, with safety precautions, in others.
John said it pushed him into very unfamiliar musical territory, dipping into hip hop, country and electronic dance music, sometimes in the same song.

“I realised there was something weirdly familiar about working like this,” he said in a statement announcing the album. “At the start of my career, in the late ‘60s, I worked as a session musician. Working with different artistes during lockdown reminded me of that. I’d come full circle: I was a session musician again. And it was still a blast.”

The opening track with Dua Lipa, Cold Heart (PNAU Remix), was released earlier this month.

John takes the lead on some of the tracks, including duets with Brandi Carlile and Eddie Vedder, and is a featured guest on others, including previously released recordings with Rina Sawayama and Surfaces.

Elton John unveils ‘Lockdown Sessions’ collab album with Dua Lipa, Eddie Vedder, Stevie Wonder, more

Elton John has announced the forthcoming release of “The Lockdown Sessions,” an album of collaborations recorded remotely over the last 18 months, out Oct. 22, featuring more than 20 collaborators, including Dua Lipa, Brandi Carlile, Charlie Puth, Eddie Vedder, Gorillaz, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Rina Sawayama, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Years & Years, Young Thug, and others — including an apparently posthumous duet with country legend Glen Campbell.

“In March 2020 Elton was forced to pause his record-breaking Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour due to the unfolding COVID pandemic,” the announcement reads.

“As the world began to shut down, different projects presented themselves with artists Elton had enjoyed getting to know through his Apple Music show, ‘Rocket Hour.’ This was the beginning of one of Elton’s boldest and most interesting records to date that he has billed ‘The Lockdown Sessions.’”

“This album saw Elton coming full circle and returning to his roots as a session musician,” it continues. “While it was no easy feat recording during a pandemic, a completely new way of working for Elton, he leaned into the challenge with some magnificent results.”

John said, “The last thing I expected to do during lockdown was make an album. But as the pandemic went on, one-off projects kept cropping up. Some of the recording sessions had to be done remotely, via Zoom, which I’d obviously never done before. Some of the sessions were recorded under very stringent safety regulations: working with another artist, but separated by glass screens. But all the tracks I worked on were really interesting and diverse, stuff that was completely different to anything I’m known for, stuff that took me out of my comfort zone into completely new territory.”

“And I realized there was something weirdly familiar about working like this,” he continues. “At the start of my career, in the late ’60s, I worked as a session musician. Working with different artists during lockdown reminded me of that. I’d come full circle: I was a session musician again. And it was still a blast.”

Elton John tracklist:

  • Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart” (PNAU Remix)
  • Elton John, Young Thug & Nicki Minaj – “Always Love You”
  • Surfaces feat. Elton John – “Learn To Fly”
  • Elton John & Charlie Puth – “After All”
  • Rina Sawayama & Elton John – “Chosen Family”
  • Gorillaz feat. Elton John & 6LACK – “The Pink Phantom”
  • Elton John & Years & Years – “It’s a sin” (global reach mix)
  • Miley Cyrus feat. WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo & Chad Smith – “Nothing Else Matters”
  • Elton John & SG Lewis – “Orbit”
  • Elton John & Brandi Carlile – “Simple Things”
  • Jimmie Allen & Elton John – “Beauty In The Bones”
  • Lil Nas X feat. Elton John – “One Of Me”
  • Elton John & Eddie Vedder – “E-Ticket”
  • Elton John & Stevie Wonder – “Finish Line”
  • Elton John & Stevie Nicks – “Stolen Car”
  • Glen Campbell & Elton John – “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

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Sir Elton John, 74, announces 32nd studio album The Lockdown Sessions featuring 16 collaborations recorded amid the pandemic

Sir Elton John has announced the release of his 32nd studio album, The Lockdown Sessions.

The singer, 74, recorded a collection of 16 collaborations with some of the music’s biggest stars amid the coronavirus pandemic, including Stevie Wonder, Years & Years, Dua Lipa and Lil Nas X.

The Candle In The Wind hitmaker said: ‘The last thing I expected to do during lockdown was make an album. But, as the pandemic went on, one‐off projects kept cropping up.

Elton said in a statement: ‘Some of the recording sessions had to be done remotely, via Zoom, which I’d obviously never done before.
‘Some of the sessions were recorded under very stringent safety regulations: working with another artist, but separated by glass screens.
‘But all the tracks I worked on were really interesting and diverse, stuff that was completely different to anything I’m known for, stuff that took me out of my comfort zone into completely new territory.

‘And I realised there was something weirdly familiar about working like this.
At the start of my career, in the late 60s, I worked as a session musician. Working with different artists during lockdown reminded me of that.

‘I’d come full circle: I was a session musician again. And it was still a blast.’

The Lockdown Sessions is available for pre order with the album set for release on Friday 22 October.

Musicians featured include Brandi Carlile, Charlie Puth, Dua Lipa, Eddie Vedder, Gorillaz, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Rina Sawayama, SG Lewis, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Surfaces, Years & Years, Young Thug, and more.

The album came about after Elton was forced to pause his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour due to the pandemic.

Opening with current single Cold Heart (PNAU Remix) with Dua Lipa, the album takes the listener on a journey through different genres of music, with 10 tracks being unreleased.
In July it was announced Elton had been forced to postpone a selection of dates from his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour yet again, due to Covid-19.

Fans in Germany who had booked tickets for September will have to wait until as far as 2023 to see the pop icon live.

The tour, which began in 2018 and is slated to include 309 shows, was due to get back-on-track in Berlin before heading to Munich, Hamburg, Mannheim, and Cologne.
But Sir Elton confirmed the delay online and said: ‘Hello again everyone. As we begin to exit this terrible global pandemic, we are all faced with regulations and restrictions that we must adhere to.

‘As such it has been necessary to once again review my Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour and make some difficult decisions.

‘I hope you can appreciate that these decisions are not ones we have taken lightly, but with due consideration for the situation in each country and the safety of our fans and everyone involved with this amazing show.

‘Based on the information we have received, venues in Germany will not be allowed to reopen to 100% capacity in the near future, and as we have sold 100% of the tickets to my show we have taken the decision to reschedule.

‘We cannot wait to finally see you all again and thank you for all your love and support. Until we see you, please stay safe and healthy. Elton John.’

Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John CH CBE is an English singer, songwriter, pianist and composer.

(born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947)

Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967 on more than 30 albums, John has sold over 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

He has more than fifty Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100, including seven number ones in the UK and nine in the US, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the US.

His tribute single “Candle in the Wind 1997”, rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling chart single of all time.

According to Billboard in 2019, John is the top solo artist in US chart history (third overall), and the top Adult Contemporary artist of all time.

Elton John – Rocket Man

Was Elton John married to woman?

Renate Blauel
m. 1984–1988
Elton John/Wife
He married his close friend and sound engineer, Renate Blauel, on Valentine’s Day 1984; the marriage lasted three years.

What is Elton John’s real name?

Elton Hercules John

Elton John, in full Sir Elton Hercules John, original name Reginald Kenneth Dwight, (born March 25, 1947, Pinner, Middlesex, England), British singer, composer, and pianist who was one of the most popular entertainers of the late 20th century.

Are Elton and Bernie still friends?

They’ve worked together for a 50 years, and Bernie Taupin now sees his songwriting partner Elton John as part of his family. The 69-year-old told The Daily Telegraph on Saturday: ‘When we get together, it’s like any other couple who are friends and have a history; you fall into conversation very easily’

Are Elton and Renate still friends?

After the couple divorced, Blauel retreated from the public eye. Blauel has never really spoken out about the divorce but assured People that the split was amicable and they “genuinely intend to remain best of friends”.

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa is an English singer and songwriter. After working as a model, she signed with Warner Bros.

(/ˈduːə ˈliːpə/; Albanian: [ˈdua ˈlipa]; born 22 August 1995)

Records in 2014 and released her eponymous debut album in 2017. The album peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart and yielded eight singles, including “Be the One”, “IDGAF”, and the UK number-one single “New Rules”, which also peaked at number six in the US. The album has been certified platinum in numerous countries worldwide and won Lipa the Brit Awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act in 2018.

Nicki Minaj

Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, known professionally as Nicki Minaj , is a Trinidadian-born rapper, singer, and songwriter.

(/mɪˈnɑːʒ/) (born December 8, 1982)

She is known for her animated flow in her rapping and versatility as a recording artist.

Born in the Saint James district of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens of New York City, she gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009).

Early in her career, Minaj became known for her colorful costumes and wigs, her distinct flow, and the use of alter egos and accents.[6] In 2010, Minaj released her debut studio album, Pink Friday (2010), which was certified triple-platinum by RIAA, and peaked at number-one on the Billboard 200 chart. It yielded Minaj’s first top-five single, “Super Bass”, which peaked at number three, becoming the highest-charting solo song by a female rapper since 2002.

Her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), saw Minaj move towards a dance-pop and pop rap sound. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with its lead single, “Starships”, peaking at number five on the Hot 100. Minaj’s third and fourth studio albums, The Pinkprint (2014) and Queen (2018), marked a departure from her previous style and a return to her hip hop roots. The former’s second single, “Anaconda”, peaked at number two on the Hot 100.

Stevie Wonder

Stevland Hardaway Morris, known professionally as Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer.

(born May 13, 1950)

Often hailed as a “musical genius”, he is one of the world’s best-selling musicians, with sales of over 100 million records worldwide. A virtual one-man band, his use of synthesizers and further electronic musical instruments during the 1970s reshaped the conventions of R&B.

He also helped drive the genre into the album era, crafting his LPs as cohesive, consistent socially conscious statements with complex compositions. Wonder has been credited as a pioneer and influence to musicians of various genres including rhythm and blues, pop, soul, gospel, funk, and jazz.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

(/ˈmaɪli/ MY-lee; born Destiny Hope Cyrus, November 23, 1992)

Noted for her distinctive raspy voice, her music incorporates elements of varied styles and genres, including pop, country pop, hip hop, experimental, and rock.

Miley Cyrus has attained the most US Billboard 200 top-five albums in the 21st century by a female artist, with a total of thirteen entries. Her personal life, public image, and performances have often sparked controversy and received widespread media coverage.

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