Elton John

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Apple Music Reveals No. 1 Song of the Year

'Stay' by The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber tops the list

(Newser) - "Stay," the smash hit by The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber, topped Apple Music's global songs chart in 2022 as the giant music streamer released its end-of-year lists and provided listeners with data on their own most listened-to tunes. Some details, per the AP :
  • "Stay,
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Elton John Stops Traffic in NYC for Final US Performance

He played one song at unveiling of Saks Fifth Avenue's holiday window

(Newser) - The last night of Elton John's three-night run at Dodger Stadium was billed as his last-ever US performance—but the Sunday night gig was followed by a final performance on a New York City street. In what the Washington Post calls "a curious and minor epilogue to his...

Elton John's WH Concert Ends With a Big Surprise

President Biden presented 75-year-old singer with National Humanities Medal

(Newser) - Elton John is currently on his farewell tour after a half-century of performing, and he made an extra-special stop on Friday night: the White House. The 75-year-old singer appeared as a guest of President Biden and first lady Jill Biden for a performance meant to help honor "everyday history...

Britney Spears, Elton John Team Up for New Single

'Hold Me Closer' uses 'Tiny Dancer,' adds more

(Newser) - Elton John and Britney Spears have collaborated for the first time, creating the slinky, club-ready single “Hold Me Closer” that sees the pop icons take old sounds and fashion something new, the AP reports. The funky, piano-driven single uses John’s 1971 hit “Tiny Dancer” as the skeleton...

Elton John Cancels Shows After Testing Positive

He's fully vaccinated and only experiencing mild symptoms, arena says

(Newser) - Elton John's long-delayed farewell tour has been delayed again after he was back on the road for just three concerts. The singer has postponed two shows in Dallas after testing positive for COVID, the BBC reports. "It's always a massive disappointment to move shows and I'm...

Palace Questioned Lyrics for Elton John's Diana Tribute

Queen's team feared words about 'England's rose' were too sentimental

(Newser) - The reworked lyrics for "Candle in the Wind," which Elton John sang at Princess Diana's funeral, were not an immediate hit with Buckingham Palace, according to just-released government documents. In fact, CNN reports, there was a Plan B: A saxophonist was ready to play the melody instead....

Elton John's Ex-Wife Takes Legal Action

Renate Blauel is seeking an injunction

(Newser) - Elton John's ex-wife has stayed largely out of the public eye since the couple's 1988 divorce—but now Renate Blauel is seeking an injunction against the singer. The Guardian reports that it's not clear why Blauel is doing so, but notes that injunctions are often sought for...

Stars Join Pandemic Fundraiser on TV Tonight

Elton John will host concert to aid coronavirus battle

(Newser) - Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish and Tim McGraw are among the stars scheduled to perform in a televised benefit tonight honoring those fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Elton John will host the commercial-free concert, to be carried at 9PM EDT on Fox, as well as iHeart radio stations. Fox said the performers...

Tearful Elton John at Concert: 'I've Got to Go'

Singer had earlier been diagnosed with walking pneumonia

(Newser) - A performance by Elton John in New Zealand had a surprise interruption Sunday, at the hands of a tearful John himself. Per the BBC , the 72-year-old singer had earlier told the audience at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium that he'd been diagnosed that day with walking pneumonia. John seemed...

Elton John Drops Bomb About His 'Sociopath' Mom

The pop legend opens up on 'CBS Sunday Morning'

(Newser) - Elton John is talking about his turbulent relationship with his mother—and says he's "glad" she never met his two young sons, People reports. The singing legend opened up on CBS Sunday Morning about how his mother, Sheila Farebrother, didn't meet sons Zachary, 8, and Elijah, 6,...

Elton John to Media: Leave Harry, Meghan Alone

He accuses press of 'relentless' attacks on royal couple after kerfuffle over private jet

(Newser) - Elton John provided a private jet for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their baby son Archie to stay at his home in France last week—and he would like the British media to shut up about it. The singer is urging the British press to cease its attacks on the...

Putin Answers Criticism After Rocketman Censorship

Elton John had posted a letter to Russia's leader

(Newser) - Elton John is a musical genius, Vladimir Putin says, but he's mistaken about the Russian leader's attitudes on LGBTQ rights. John had criticized Putin over remarks he'd made in an interview with the Financial Times , after scenes showing gay sex and drug use were removed from John'...

Nation Bans Rocketman Over Gay Sex Scene

Samoa censor says it 'violates laws against same-sex marriage'

(Newser) - Samoa is feeling the heat from LGBT activists after it banned the Elton John biopic, Rocketman , which includes a gay sex scene. The principal censor in Samoa, where sodomy is punishable by up to seven years in prison, said the film is "not good for public viewing" and "...

The Elton John Biopic Is Out. What Critics Are Saying
The Elton John Biopic Is Out.
What Critics Are Saying
MOVIE REVIEW

The Elton John Biopic Is Out. What Critics Are Saying

Most are impressed as Taron Egerton channels the singer in 'Rocketman'

(Newser) - Anyone familiar with Elton John's five-decade-spanning career should expect a wild ride in Rocketman . That's exactly what director Dexter Fletcher delivers, according to critics, who've given the film a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Most are applauding star Taron Egerton, whose own voice you'll hear throughout....

Cannes Goes Wild for Elton John Biopic

Singer, star perform duet at after-party

(Newser) - Elton John biopic Rocketman blasted off at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday night, receiving a standing ovation that brought star Taron Egerton and director Dexter Fletcher to tears, AFP reports. Sir Elton himself could be seen wiping away a tear as lights went down for the world premiere of the...

Trump's Gift to Kim: a One-Time Insult, Now Set to Music

Mike Pompeo reportedly delivering CD to North Korean leader

(Newser) - President Trump is about to dredge up what the Guardian says was a "low point" in his relationship with Kim Jong Un, but this time around as a wry attempt to suggest "no harm, no foul" to the North Korean leader. At least, that's what appears to...

Elton John Calls Out Georgia Rep. for 'Horrific' HIV Comment

The singer became the latest to attack Betty Price

(Newser) - Elton John has jumped into the American culture wars in response to comments from a Georgia state representative suggesting a quarantine might be necessary to stem the spread of HIV, Politico reports. In a statement released by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the legendary British singer-songwriter lashed out at Rep....

Trump Disses N. Korea's 'Rocket Man'

It's a busy day on the president's Twitter feed

(Newser) - It's another busy morning on Twitter for President Trump, with the leader of the free world zinging the leader of the Hermit Kingdom with none other than an Elton John reference, reports Politico . "I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man...

Remembering the Princess Who Ate Beans on Toast
Firefighter Reveals What
Diana Said at Crash Scene
THE RUNDOWN

Firefighter Reveals What Diana Said at Crash Scene

He speaks publicly on it for first time

(Newser) - She was the "People's Princess," a fitting title considering the outpouring of love from people around the world on the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's cardiac arrest death following a car crash in Paris. Even today, the shock of her death still lingers. How the world...

Elton John Cancels All May Shows After 'Unusual' Infection

Singer became 'violently ill'

(Newser) - Elton John has cancelled more than a month of upcoming shows after contracting an unusual bacterial infection during a South America tour that left him in intensive care for two nights, the AP reports. John is scrapping all upcoming April and May dates of "The Million Dollar Piano" at...

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