Sunday, July 21, 2024

Sting, Elton John Releasing Albums of New Material in Time for Grammy Deadline


The Grammy year is winding down to its September 30th deadline. Who will make it in time is the big question? Mariah Carey was on track, but now no one knows what will happen. Robin Thicke, John Mayer, Elvis Costello, Drake, Jack Johnson, The Civil Wars and Kings of Leon are all ready to make the deadline. From earlier in the year we have Emeli Sande’s amazing debut, and there will be two Justin Timberlake albums to consider. Daft Punk will make a go of it, although probably for Best Dance Album. “Get Lucky” would be a Best Record nominee.

But in the real Rock Superstar world, two releases on September 24 loom: from Sting, and from Elton John. Sting’s “The Last Ship” and Elton’s “The Diving Board” could so more than just Best Pop Album nominations if the Grammy committees take their jobs seriously this year. In recent years, legacy artists have struggled to get into the Album of the Year category. This past year, Bruce Springsteen wouldn’t appear on the show because he was improperly relegated to Best Rock Album.

But seriously, no one can even think that “Yeezus” or “Magna Carta” are good enough for anything other than Best Rap Album. Timberlake has the lead right now. But Sting and Elton and Kings of Leon– all on the 24–could be big enough deals to be game changers. We’ll know soon enough, as press copies are being mailed shortly.

Here’s the track list for Elton John’s “The Diving Board”:

1. Oceans Away
2. Oscar Wilde Gets Out
3. A Town Called Jubilee
4. The Ballad of Blind Tom
5. Dream # 1
6. My Quicksand
7. Can t Stay Alone Tonight
8. Voyeur
9. Home Again
10. Take This Dirty Water
11. Dream # 2
12. The New Fever Waltz
13. Mexican Vacation (Kids In The Candlelight)
14. Dream # 3
15. The Diving Board
16. Candlelit Bedroom
17. Home Again (live from Capitol Studios)
18. Mexican Vacation (Kids In The Candlelight) (live from Capitol Studios)
19. The New Fever Waltz (live from Capitol Studios)
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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