Elton John announces new album The Lockdown Sessions

Featuring Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus and Stevie Wonder

Elton John has announced details of his new album, featuring some of the biggest names and current stars of pop

The Lockdown Sessions will be released on October 22nd 2021 via EMI records and was recorded remotely over the q 18 month period featuring a number of collaborations with artists across the music spectrum including Nicki Minaj, Lil Nas X, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks, Brandi Carlile and Miley Cyrus, .

The album includes current single Cold Heart (Pnau Remix) with Dua Lipa, which recently became Elton’s first Top 40 entry on the Official UK Singles Chart in 12 years.

“The last thing I expected to do during lockdown was make an album,” Elton said of the recordings. “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.

He added: “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.”

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The Lockdown Sessions will available on CD, three different coloured cassettes and 2LP vinyl, plus digital formats. The album is Elton’s first studio record since 2016’s Wonderful Crazy Night, which peaked at Number 6 on UK Albums Chart.

Elton John – The Lockdown Sessions tracklisting

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

The Lockdown Sessions will be released on October 22.

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