Madrid. Elton John will release on October 22 a new album entitled “The LockDown Sessions” in which he will be accompanied by other great music stars of various generations and styles, such as Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder and the young Dua Lipa and Lil Nas X.
The overwhelming list of artists that Universal Music has provided also includes Brandi Carlile, Charlie Puth, Gorillaz, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Rina Sawayama, SG Lewis, Stevie Wonder, Surfaces, Years & Years and Young Thug, among others, to add 20 names.
The album, which will take over from “Wonderful Crazy Night” (2016), was recorded in the last 18 months, during the time of restrictions that forced Elton John to interrupt what was to be his farewell tour of the stage, “Farewell Yellow Brick Road”.
The press release indicates that the album, of which the reinvention of his popular song “Sacrifice” was advanced a few weeks ago as “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” in the company of Dua Lipa, will include 16 cuts, 10 of them unreleased. in addition to surprising versions such as the one he performs on the Metallica song “Nothing Else Matters” with Miley Cyrus.
In the words of Universal Music, the result is “an incredible variety of genres, generations, cultures and continents” , in which the author of immortal hits like “Your Song” was forced to alter his usual way of working and record with his collaborators in the distance, via Zoom, or separated by glass partitions.
“All the themes were really diverse and interesting, things opposite to what distinguishes me that took me out of my comfort zone, into completely new territories. And I realized that there was something strangely familiar in that dynamic, something that transported me at the beginning of my career, in the late 60s, when I was working as a session musician “, Elton John emphasizes in statements collected by Universal.
After nearly fifty years of career, the name born Reginald Kenneth Dwight is one of the most important figures in the history of music, with 33 studio albums, 4 live albums, 5 soundtracks (including the of “The Lion King”) and more than a dozen compilations.
Appointed knight by Queen Elizabeth II, he is estimated to have sales of over 300 million copies of these works worldwide and is also responsible for the best-selling single of all time, “Candle in the wind.”