(AFP) – British pop superstar Elton John on Wednesday announced the release next month of a new album called “The Lockdown Sessions,” produced during lockdown with a host of artists.
The 16-track album, due out October 22, features ten new songs including collaborations with artists such as Dua Lipa, Gorillaz, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Stevie Wonder and Stevie Nicks.
“The last thing I expected to do during the lockdown was make an album. But, as the pandemic progressed, one-off projects arose,” Sir Elton explained.
“Some of the recording sessions had to be done remotely, via Zoom, which I had obviously never done before,” said the performer of “Your Song” and “Candle in the Wind”. Other sessions “were recorded following very strict safety rules, working with another artist, but separated by glass screens.”
“But all the songs I worked on were really interesting and diverse, stuff completely different from anything I’m known for, stuff that took me out of my comfort zone (to go) into some territory. completely new, ”he described.
Elton John will bid farewell to Europe and North America in 2022.
The 74-year-old singer began his farewell tour, dubbed “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” in 2018, planning more than 300 dates in three years across the world before it was disrupted by the health context linked to the pandemic of coronavirus
The tour will begin in May 2022 in Frankfurt (Germany) and will end six months later in Los Angeles after having crossed Europe, passing notably through Milan, Paris and Liverpool, then North America.