Elton John recruits Stevie Nicks, Lil Nas X, Nicki Minaj on 'The Lockdown Sessions' album
Unlike most of the world, Elton John didn’t spend lockdown making sourdough starter or doing puzzles.
He enlisted a flock of high-profile friends – Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Lil Nas X, Stevie Nicks, Nicki Minaj, Stevie Wonder and Eddie Vedder among them – to create an album of 16 collaborations dubbed “The Lockdown Sessions.”
Due Oct. 22, the album has already spawned a chart resurgence for John, as he returned to the Billboard Hot 100 this week for the first time in more than 21 years with “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix),” his partnership with Dua Lipa that takes his “Rocket Man” and “Sacrifice” for a fresh spin.
John met many of his collaborators through his Apple Music show, “Rocket Hour,” and recorded some of the sessions remotely via Zoom – a first for the veteran tunesmith.
Other recordings were made under strict safety regulations, including the artists being separated by glass screens.
“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 realized 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,” John said in a statement.
Of the tracks on “The Lockdown Sessions” – all produced during the past 18 months - 10 are new, previously unreleased songs.
The music will be available on CD, cassette x 3 and double LP, as well as on digital platforms. Pre-order is available now.
John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, on pause due to COVID-19, is scheduled to resume in May in Frankfurt, Germany and return to the U.S. July 15 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
The tracklist for “The Lockdown Sessions”
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"