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    Elton John on collaboration with Nicki Minaj, Lil Nas X: Excited about music more than ever

    Sir Elton is recovering from a hip operation after a summer fall. Mark Ralston AFP / FILE

    Sir Elton is recovering from a hip operation after a summer fall. Mark Ralston AFP / FILE

    Elton John may be 74 years old and battling a crooked hip, but his musical tastes are far cooler than most people half his age.

    While most aging rockstars are happy to re-enact the sound of their glory days, Sir Elton is more likely to be found in the studio alongside the likes of Young Thug, Nicki Minaj and Lil Nas X.

    Of course, for many collaborations’lockdown session, his new album out on Friday, was supposed to be on Zoom because of the pandemic, but it’s a testament to his omnivorous taste for new sounds.

    “If you’re my age and still learning from other musicians, that’s the greatest gift,” John said.

    He was speaking in a press call last month ahead of a hip operation that forced him to postpone several dates from his long-running farewell tour.

    “If you close your mind and say you can’t learn anything else… then it’s stalemate,” he said.

    “I’m more excited about music now than ever.”

    – ‘A Thrill’ –

    The new album spans generations, featuring everyone from Stevie Wonder to Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder as their latest hit’cold heart’With Dua Lipa.

    This is why Rocketman has achieved the unparalleled feat of making at least one single in the British Top 10 in each of the past six decades – 33 in total.

    “It thrilled me to see Young Thug coming into the studio and freestyle. He just sat at the microphone and left. I was blown away,” John said.

    It’s an attitude that also means he doesn’t want any respect from his younger colleagues, while he knows they’re dealing with a man who has sold over 300 million albums.

    “When (27-year-old dance star SJ Lewis) gave me the first version of our song, it was also Elton John-ish. I said ‘Just wipe it off – turn it into an SG Lewis track’, and he did,” John said.

    “I think he was scared to insult me. But I wanted to insult! And he got there in the end. He didn’t insult me ​​at all – he made the record I wanted to make with him.”

    lockdown sessionHis song for the previous Gorillaz album and the cover of ‘nothing else matters’Which he recorded with Miley Cyrus for Metallica’s 30th anniversary.black album.

    In some ways it marks a return to his roots.

    “I was a session musician before I became Elton,” said the British star, who was born Reginald Dwight.

    He said the Lil Nas X track was recorded at the same Abbey Road studio where he played the backing piano for The Holly’s ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ 54 years earlier.

    “I thought ‘I’ve come full circle here and I’m really loving what I’m doing’.”

    Having never lost your love of the record store, it comes naturally to keep your finger on the pulse.

    They rounded up a list of emerging artists who have yet to register with the mainstream media, ranging from Trinidadian rapper Bervin to teen singer-songwriter Morgan.

    “she is 16 years old!” He said of Morgan. “I was still picking my nose when I was 16.”

    – ‘Friendship and authenticity’ –

    He has also used his radio show rocket houron Apple Music to feed your habit.

    “It’s given me access. When I play a record that I love, I interview them on the show or call them.

    “It’s important to me to offer friendship and authenticity,” he recalled, recalling how musicians like The Beach Boys and The Band encouraged and encouraged him when he first moved to the United States in the 1970s. .

    After working with almost every major popstar of the past half century, is there anyone left on their bucket list?

    “Something with Billie Eilish one day,” he said. “But not now, because she’s still forging her own path.”

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