The Rocket Man Rockets to the top of the Charts
If the biography movie Rocket Man didn’t boost his already epic songs, his latest venture into collaborations will. The collaboration between Elton John, Dua Lipa, and PNAU (the Australian dance music trio), despite the pandemic, has landed a number one on chart topper songs the first week and a number two spot the next. If you haven’t heard it, you’ve got to check it out. It’s the perfect mashup of his own songs with a Pop flair. According to official charts.com, “The mash-up collaboration reaches the peak with 64,000 chart sales, including 5.9 million streams and 5,000 copies on limited edition CD single. It marks Elton John’s eight number 1 single in the UK and first for 16 years, since his feature on 2Pac’s posthumous 2005 single Ghetto Gospel.” There’s no stopping this icon of music.
Pandemic Ain’t Slowin’ Elton Down
During the pandemic lockdown, the idol of music returned to the roots of his musical journey, working with a variety of artists. He said roughly other musicians might feel working with many different artists is chaotic, but “I [have] come full circle.” His new album, The Lockdown Sessions, kicks off with the glacial UK No. 1 single “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix),” a disco-pop duet with Dua Lipa using lyrics from his previous songs, “Rocket Man,” “Where’s the Shoorah?,” “Kiss the Bride,” and “Sacrifice.”
This new album looks to be a buffet of the best. He has joined forces with a vast array of musical artists. Including but not limited to: Lil Nas X, Brandi Carlile, Dua Lipa, Eddie Vedder, Miley Cyrus and Glen Campbell,” check this out. His 16 collaborative tracks have something for everyone.
Elton John, The Lockdown Session
- Elton John (E.J.) / Dua Lipa: “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)”
- E.J / Young Thug / Nicki Minaj: “Always Love You”
- Surfaces: “Learn to Fly” [ft. Elton John]
- E.J/ Charlie Puth: “After All”
- Rina Sawayama / Elton John: “Chosen Family”
- Gorilllaz: “The Pink Phantom” [ft. Elton John and 6lack]
- Elton John / Years & Years: “It’s a Sin (Global Reach Mix)”
- Miley Cyrus: “Nothing Else Matters” [ft. Watt, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith]
- E.J/ SG Lewis: “Orbit”
- E.J / Brandi Carlile: “Simple Things”
- Jimmie Allen / Elton John: “Beauty in the Bones”
- Lil Nas X: “One of Me” [ft. Elton John]
- E.J / 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”
Not All Collaboration Goes Smoothly Though
If that’s not enough, an up comping 2021 Christmas collaboration is somewhere underway despite his duet partner’s blunder. “[Elton John] 74, had been hoping to keep their new Christmas duet a secret until it was ready to be released, but Sheeran, 30, recently made the announcement on Dutch radio station NPO Radio 2 without consulting his duet partner.” Elton John was sworn to secrecy and Ed’s “big mouth” (as Elton called it) ruined the surprise. However, I can’t imagine how it could ruin it. After his latest collaboration, “Cold Heart,” topped the charts, news of more songs would only increase curiosity and anticipation.
Other Big Elton John News
Despite the music artists proactive album, he did take a hit through Covid. His Yellow Brick Road tour was canceled. However, there’s no stopping this music machine. The British icon has already announced he’s bringing back the tours and it will be his last. Among some of his last concerts is the one and only Charlotte, North Carolina. This Final Tour through North America and Europe promises to be the show of all shows with the performer of all time. So set your calendar’s a year ahead and watch for tickets. As of October 2021, He’s set to perform in Charlotte on Sept. 18, 2022. Get your tickets now!