Sunday, May 26, 2024

The Real Winner in 2021 Pop Charts? Elton John, 74, Has Two Major Hits in the iTunes Top 5


The Beatles are getting a lot of attention for their “Get Back” series.

Adele is everywhere.

Tony Bennett is 95 and doing a victory lap with Lady Gaga, and she’s got a hit movie.

But the real star of 2021 on the pop charts is none other than Elton John. Yes, Elton John, who is 74 years old, has a bad hip, and is trying to finish his farewell tour. Elton John is bigger than ever, friends. And I couldn’t be more excited.

Currently, Sir Elton has not one but two hits in the iTunes top 5. At number 2 he has his Dua Lipa remix called “Cold Heart,” which combines bits of four old Elton/Bernie Taupin songs and makes a new record that everyone loves. “Cold Heart” is like a Best of Elton John in one single, with Dua Lipa as value added. The record Cuisinarts Elton’s 1989 ballad “Sacrifice,” the 1972 hit “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time),” 1983’s “Kiss the Bride” and 1976’s “Where’s the Shoorah?”

“Cold Heart” is a monster hit. On Spotify, the remix has had over 340 million plays, for example.

And then at number 4 Elton has his new holiday single, “Merry Christmas,” with Ed Sheeran. That one is just taking off. And of course since it is holiday season, Sir E’s original Christmas classic, “Step Into Christmas,” is back on all radio stations.

It’s nice to be king! You see, The Yellow Brick Road never ends. Bravo, Reg Dwight. The real music legends never go away.

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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