- 19 Jul 22
"Apart from Sam Fender, none of the boys are doing it, the girls are," the 75-year-old music legend said.
The English icon told Music Week: “It’s so great to see Nova Twins, Wet Leg, Let’s Eat Grandma, The Linda Lindas, Haim and all these girls rocking out and making the best music. Apart from Sam Fender, none of the boys are doing it, the girls are. It’s a breath of fresh air, because it comes from innocence and pure joy and that, for me, is what music is about.”
John also praised 'Cold Heart' collaborator Dua Lipa, saying she has got "everything there is to have as a female artist. She’s bright, modest and not carried away by her own success. I loved working with her.”
He continued: “It’s lovely to see Kate Bush at No.1, but there’s not many good records in the Top 20. And the albums chart is full of things like me, ABBA and Queen.
"The odd thing comes through, like Sam Fender or Harry Styles, or you get a new artist coming in at No.3 and then disappearing to 80-something. It’s depressing – there are a lot of good albums that deserve to be in the albums chart, like Juanita Euka, Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen. What I want to know is why aren’t they there? Because of people like me!”
Having released 31 albums since 1969, Elton John has also taken over the streaming world since the release of his 2017 greatest hits album Diamonds, which has sold 977,827, according to the Official Charts Company.
His recent collaboration record The Lockdown Sessions, which was recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic and released in October 2021, features duets with Lil Nas X, Charlie Puth, Stevie Wonder, Nicki Minaj, Rina Sawayama, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, Brandi Carlile, Young Thug, Years & Years, Stevie Nicks and Glen Campbell, among others. It became John's eighth number-one album in the UK and earned him the number-one single 'Cold Heart' with Dua Lipa.
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John's 2019 movie biopic Rocketman, named after his 1972 hit single of the same name, grossed a worldwide total of $195.2 million, against a production budget of $40 million.
The singer is currently on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which started in 2018 (followed by a break due to Covid-19) and includes more than 300 concerts worldwide. The tour will also bring the Rocket Man to Dublin's 3Arena on March 28 and 29, 2023.
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- 14 Jul 22