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After 16 years, Elton John returned to # 1 in the UK with an album that includes a musical collaboration with Dua Lipa.

After 16 years, Elton John returned to # 1 in the UK with an album that includes a musical collaboration with Dua Lipa.

It is the eighth album by the artist that achieves this record, ‘The Lockdown Sessions’, recorded during the pandemic.

The living legend of pop sir Elton John has achieved his eighth number one album on the United Kingdom with a surprise compilation: The Lockdown Sessions, whose production was affected by COVID-19. The record was later repeated in Australia, at the beginning of November.

Recorded when his farewell tour was postponed due to the pandemic, the album features collaborations with Dua Lipa, Stevie Nicks, Gorillaz y Lil Nas X. Many of the duets were performed through the platform Zoom, while others took place in the study under strict safety regulations.

‘Cold Heart’, the song that brings together Elton John and Dua Lipa

“At the beginning of my career, in the late 1960s, I worked as a session musician (a freelance artist hired for live performances or for studio recordings). Working with different artists during the confinement reminded me of that, ”shared the 74-year-old singer-songwriter. “I reached the starting point: I was a session musician again. And it was a marvel ”.

An album like no other

The album cover shows the star wearing an Elton John mask and adorned with jewels.

The tracklist is headed by Dua Lipa’s track, Cold Heart (Pnau Remix), a mix of the hits of sir Elton including Rocket Man, Sacrifice, Kiss the Bride and a song from the 1976 album: Where’s the Shoorah?

The single reached number one a month ago, which made sir Elton is one of the few artists to have achieved a top 10 in six different decades. He also propelled the album to success, claiming first place with 31,000 sales.

And an unprecedented collaboration

When asked how Dua Lipa ended up singing on the track, he replied, “Nuts did Cold Heart, and they sent it to me and I thought this is cool, but we need someone to sing the Rocketman part I think it’s gonna be a long, long time, because I’ve already sung it so many times “.

Elton was able to recently meet the singer of Levitating And this is what she felt: “Dua Lipa, who did our Oscar broadcast this year, I met her, I appreciate her, because she is so brilliant, humble, talented and professional. She was in Los Angeles in May and we took her out to dinner and mentioned the track. “

He convinced her to join thanks to advice from her husband David, who is also her manager. “He said to me, ‘When you put the song on, play it by the pool and loud.’ And she was staying in Malibu; Two days later he called us from Malibu, by the pool, and said, ‘Count on me.’ And, you know, she gave the album the kick it needed. “

The theme of the upcoming holidays

The song begins with a signature Dua Lipa dance beat, conveniently in time for the clubs to reopen following the end of the pandemic restrictions. We know what to expect now at the party, says Grace Delve, critic of The Edge, entertainment magazine of the University of Southampton.

After Elton’s first verse, Dua arrives with the lyrics of Rocket Man, a good reference to their most recent album, Future Nostalgia, which is littered with references to space. The song then continues to find its own rhythm within the chorus, using an Elton song, Sacrifice, as base.

The use of Rocket Man provides the perfect foundation for the pair’s collaboration, and the combination of Elton’s lyrics and Dua’s sound creates the ultimate success dance from the summer of 2021 until now. While not one of Elton’s regular ballads, this single is a perfect dancefloor for the club.

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