Elton John announces new album featuring collabs with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and more
Elton John has announced details of his 32nd (!) studio album, The Lockdown Sessions.
As well as this year’s cover of Nothing Else Matters with Miley Cyrus, WATT, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith, Elton’s new record will feature a collaboration with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, plus plenty of other huge names in the music world including Brandi Carlile, Charlie Puth, Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X, Nicki Minaj, Rina Sawayama, Stevie Nicks and more.
He says: “The last thing I expected to do during lockdown was make an album. 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.
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“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.”
Hear the previously-released cover of Nothing Else Matters below:
Check out the full The Lockdown Sessions tracklist:
Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)
Elton John, Young Thug & Nicki Minaj – Always Love You
Surfaces feat. Elton John – Learn To Fly
Elton John & Charlie Puth – After All
Rina Sawayama & Elton John – Chosen Family
Gorillaz feat. Elton John & 6LACK – The Pink Phantom
Elton John & Years & Years – It’s a sin (global reach mix)
Miley Cyrus feat. WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo & Chad Smith – Nothing Else Matters
Elton John & SG Lewis – Orbit
Elton John & Brandi Carlile – Simple Things
Jimmie Allen & Elton John – Beauty In The Bones
Lil Nas X feat. Elton John – One Of Me
Elton John & Eddie Vedder – E‑Ticket
Elton John & Stevie Wonder – Finish Line
Elton John & Stevie Nicks – Stolen Car
Glen Campbell & Elton John – I’m Not Gonna Miss You
The Lockdown Sessions is released on October 22 via EMI Records.
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