Elton John pairs with Nicki, Miley, many more on new album
LOS ANGELES (AP):
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.