Monday, April 15, 2024

Elton John Samples Himself And Gets “Cold Heart,” His Biggest Hit in 21 Years, with Dua Lipa


Why hasn’t anyone else thought of this?

Elton John has a smash hit with Dua Lipa, his first hit single in 21 years. The song is called “Cold Heart,” and it comes from Elton sampling himself, or interpolating.

Producer P’Nau took Elton’s 1989 single, “Sacrifice,” and mashed it up with his 1972 classic, “Rocket Man.” They retitled the song, “Cold Heart,” from the “Sacrifice” chorus. Elton sings from that song, Dua Lipa sings the refrain from “Rocket Man.”

The result is that “Cold Heart” has sold 40,000 copies in two weeks including streaming. Billboard just put it at number 81 on the new Hot 100. Radio is playing it. I actually heard it blaring from my neighbor’s apartment last week.

“Cold Heart” is number 14 on iTunes, and climbing!

Whoever thought of this gets a prize. Now all legacy artists will start digging through their catalogs. Self-sampling will be a new thing!

And PS Elton John is always “in,” in every generation.


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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