Elton John and Dua Lipa had a cold, cold heart that translated into cold, cold cash.
Their single, “Cold Heart,” has sold 2.6 million copies and had nearly 1 billion streams since its release last fall. The song is also a ginormous radio hit.
“Cold Heart” has also stayed in the iTunes top 40 the whole time. For weeks this winter, as other tracks came and went, “Cold Heart” remained lodged in the top 5. The song interpolates four of Elton’s older songs including “Rocket Man” and “Sacrifice.”
So what to do next? I’m told that Elton is planning another remix single a la “Cold Heart,” also produced by P’nau. There’s said to be a secret superstar joining him just like Dua Lipa, so probably someone contemporary and young. The track should be coming next month for summer radio play, and it’s not from Elton’s album of duets, “The Lockdown Sessions,” which has been a bestseller since last year.
Elton’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour continues apace, sold out, around the world, headed to a big finale in November at Dodgers Stadium. And he’s got his live stage musical of “The Devil Wears Prada” coming to Chicago this summer for a pre-Broadway tryout. Lyrics are by Shaina Taub, and it’s the first time Sir Elton has ever written songs with a female songwriter.