Elton John will release a new album with collaborations from Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, and others.
The 74-year-old singer and guitarist announced Wednesday that The Lockdown Sessions, an album of duets recorded remotely over the past 18 months, will be released on Oct. 22.
Other artists on the album include Charlie Puth, Eddie Vedder, Gorillaz, Nicki Minaj, Rina Sawayama, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Years & Years, Young Thug, and late vocalist Glen Campbell.
“The last thing I expected to do during lockdown was make an album,” John said on Instagram. “But, as the pandemic went on, one-off projects kept cropping up and I’ve ended with a selection of really interesting and diverse stuff that was completely different to anything I’m known for, stuff that took me out of my comfort zone into completely new territory.”
John said the experience reminded him of his early days as a session musician.
“Working with different artists during lockdown reminded me of that. I’d come full circle: I was a session musician again. And it was still a blast,” he said.
The album includes “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)” by John and Lipa, which was released in August. Other songs on the album include “Always Love You” by John, Minaj, and Young Thug, as well as “One of Me” by John and Lil Nas X.
“While recording during a pandemic was a whole different style of working for Elton, he leant into the challenge with some great results,” an announcement states.
In June, John announced revised dates for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The new dates begin on May 27, 2022, in Frankfurt, Germany, and end on November 22, 2022, in Los Angeles, California.