Why a new generation is in love with Elton John
Few Gen Z kids butt their heads at Bruce Springsteen or the Rolling Stones. But they do like Elton John.
Her recent hit “Hold Me Closer” is a collaboration with Britney Spears that samples her 1971 single “Tiny Dancer.”
The song debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, returning Spears to the top after six years of not releasing any music.
John revealed in an interview with “Heart Breakfast” that he hoped the success would inspire Spears to make more music.
“She’s had such a horrible time over the past 20 years with various things that have happened with her and she’s been treated so badly. I thought it would give her a little boost, so to speak. …I hope this will be the impetus needed for her to record again.
“Tiny Dancer” is now a classic, but it peaked at No. 41 on the Hot 100 when it was originally released, according to Forbes.
Elton John has a brilliant idea
The 75-year-old singer may have discovered the key to staying relevant forever in his work.
It started when he released a song called “Cold Heart” with Dua Lipa. The track sampled John’s 1989 single “Sacrifice” and mixed it with his 1972 hit “Rocket Man”.
The song exploded, producing John’s first hit single in 21 years.
“No one in his organization had really ever spoken the word digital. Artists of Elton’s generation may be clinging to the glory days of CDs and even downloads,” said David Furnish, husband and manager of John at iNews.
“Elton is like a shark,” he continued. “He has to keep moving to stay alive. We had a whole new generation discovering his songs after “Cold Cold Heart” (his number 1 in 2021 with Dua Lipa) and “Hold Me Closer”.
Sampling is quite common and by far the most efficient – and legal – way to incorporate someone else’s music. Take Beyoncé’s latest album “Renaissance,” for example, which mixes in at least 30 other songs.
But auto-sampling is far less well known, and perhaps exclusively available to industry legends, like John.
Is Elton John ready to say goodbye?
The singer is known for his inability to say goodbye. He thought he was ready to leave it all behind in 1977, but was back on the road two years later, Lottie Elizabeth Johnson reported for the Deseret News.
Now John’s is on his latest tour, called “Farewell Yellow Brick Road”, with 300 shows booked across five continents. The tour ends in 2023.
Only time will tell if this really is his last tour, but for now another generation is falling in love with the Rocket Man.