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Kiki Dee radio interview
Thursday, July 21 2016
Kiki Dee has had (and is still having) an amazing singing career stretching back to 1963, after eventually hitting bigger than big in the 1970s with such huge hits as ‘Amoureuse‘ and the world wide #1 hit duet with Elton John ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart‘.
Join Kiki Dee as she discusses her musical journey right up to the present day.
Elton: LGBT people must be part of AIDS fight
Wednesday, July 20 2016
Elton hosted a press conference at the 21st World Aids Conference 2016 in Durban, South Africa, July 20, 2016. Elton said that leaving LGBT people behind in the fight against AIDS will only increase the spread of the disease.
The global AIDS conference in South Africa has also attracted philanthropist Bill Gates, actress Charlize Theron and Britain's Prince Harry.
Africa is the continent hardest hit by the epidemic, but the subject of homosexuality is taboo in many African countries. "With these countries sometimes, it may take 50 years. But I guarantee it will change," Elton said.
He said he wants to ensure that LGBT people are protected if they are denied medical treatment or arrested.
Wonderful Crazy Year - Elton Fan Survey
Sunday, July 17 2016
Round 24 - week 29/2016 - Ice Of Fire
With the release of "Wonderful Crazy Night" on February 5, 2016, we had kicked off our "Wonderful Crazy Year" during which we invite you to vote on all of Elton's recordings since the beginning of his career.
Now the next poll is open and awaiting your votes. Simply click on the banner above to start voting.
You can always check the results of the current and of previous polls. Please note, however, that this is currently limited to the first 100 votes. All votes past that are still being counted, they just don't show in the iterims result yet. When all votes are in for all the polls we have planned, we will present the full results taking into account all registered votes.
Until then, you can always get in touch with Antti Honkasalo from Finland (visit him on Facebook), who is the brain behind "Wonderful Crazy Year". He will be able to share more details about the current results of the polls with those interested.
Elton John and Prince Harry to host special session at 2016 International AIDS Conference
Friday, July 15 2016
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and the International AIDS Conference (IAC) announced that Elton and Prince Harry of Wales will host a youth-focused special session at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.
The session will address the HIV epidemic among adolescents with a particular emphasis on the impact stigma and discrimination have on youth. Elton and Prince Harry will be joined by Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and a panel of young advocates who will describe what is and what is not working for the HIV response among young people, and what must change to truly address the needs of youth with HIV. EJAF will also announce the first recipient of The LGBT Fund, a $10 million partnership with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
“Today, HIV/AIDS is a treatable disease and no longer the death sentence it was ten years ago, but we cannot grow complacent in our fight to eradicate it completely. If our efforts wane, anti-viral drug resistance will resurface, transmission rates will again rise, and this disease, which knows no boundaries, will once again become a ruthless pandemic with disastrous and far-reaching consequences,” said Elton. “Many LGBT people and youth around the world still don’t have access to life-saving treatment and face high cases of stigma and discrimination. I look forward to working with Prince Harry and other world leaders to help make our dream of an AIDS-free world a reality.”
Responding to the AIDS crisis in Africa has been a key priority for the Foundation and has focused primarily on youth and LGBT people. In 2015, EJAF established ‘Young Survivors’ – a fundraising campaign to save the lives of young people living with HIV in selected African cities. Since launching this campaign, EJAF has invested more than $3.42 million to support projects in 5 locations, including: Harare (Zimbabwe), Kampala (Uganda), Kisumu (Kenya), Lusaka (Zambia) and Beira (Mozambique). In 2014, EJAF and PEPFAR awarded $7 million to Health4Men, a South African-based program that provides free and confidential health care for men who have sex with men.
EJAF and PEPFAR will also host a press conference on Wednesday, July 20th to formally announce the first grantee of their joint LGBT Fund. This fund, launched in 2015, will support non-governmental organizations in multiple countries in Sub Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, and will provide information and services to the LGBT community. The announcement of the inaugural recipient also comes one year after Sir Elton’s historic testimony before the U.S. Foreign Operations Appropriations Committee.
“We are proud to partner with PEPFAR for the joint LGBT Fund to increase our support for Africa’s LGBT community,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “Today, an estimated 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV worldwide do not even know they have the virus. Approximately 68 percent of new infections are in sub-Saharan Africa. International support in the global fight to eradicate HIV/AIDS is crucial as millions of people around the world still lack access to life-saving prevention, care and treatment.”
Bright Light Bright Light talks making mixtapes for Elton John
Friday, July 15 2016
After Welsh singer-songwriter Rod Thomas, who goes by the moniker Bright Light Bright Light, burst onto the U.K. music scene in 2012 with his debut solo album, he signed with Rocket Music Management, a company co-founded by one of his heroes, Elton John.
The arrangement ultimately didn't work out and the two parted ways professionally, but they remained friends. So for Bright Light Bright Light's new solo album, Choreography – out July 15, 2016 – Thomas asked Elton if he'd like to sing on the track"All in the Name."
"Playing a song that I’d written with my hero is mind-blowing," Thomas explains to Rolling Stone. "He sang on my record and then took me on tour. Originally it was seven dates, and it went really well, so he extended it and it ended up being 55."
Choreography, Bright Light Bright Light's third album, draws inspiration from Eighties and Nineties movies (in fact, the project's name refers to a line from Gremlins) and features a throwback electropop style that will feel immediately familiar to fans of Wham! or Pet Shop Boys. When Thomas got the opportunity to promote Choreography by performing live on U.K's super-popular Graham Norton Show, he asked John if he'd be interested in joining him. "He said yes, and we got to go on the show together," Thomas says. "It was an insanely A-list cast of Jodi Foster, Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and there's, like, me!"
The pair's friendship continues, and Thomas says he made two mixtapes for Elton's recent birthday: one labeled "greatest hits," the other "greatest shits," which included "really, really awful bargain-bin artists ... with reggae ballads, B sides and terrible remixes.
"[Elton] rang me: 'Oh, my God, it's amazing,'" Thomas says. "It was a lot of fun to put together and it’s insane to think that Elton has heard them. ... He's the biggest music fan in the world."
Elton’s Annual Charity tennis match returning to Las Vegas
Friday, July 15 2016
Elton‘s annual WTT Smash Hits charity tennis match is returning to Las Vegas for the second year in a row. The match, which he co-hosts with tennis legend Billie Jean King, will be coming back to Caesars Palace on October 10, 2016.
“It is always such a great pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to Caesars Palace for some more amazing tennis,” Elton says in a statement.
He adds, “This family-friendly event helps to raise awareness about the continuing challenges of the AIDS epidemic both locally and nationally and to raise urgently needed dollars for community-based HIV prevention, education, advocacy, treatment, and care services. I urge all tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Las Vegas area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause.”
Joining Elton and Billie this year are tennis stars John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova and Lindsay Davenport. Tickets for the event go on sale at 10 a.m. PT on July 18, 2016 through WTTSmashHits.com or AXS.com.
Last year, the tournament raised more than $1 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Elton John and band performed in Porto on July 14, 2016
Friday, July 15 2016
Fan report by Julio, from La Coruña, Spain.
It was an excellent summer evening. People began slowly to enter the Festival Mares Vivas venue in Portugal to be located at the top front of the stage. After a brief performances of Foy Vance and Kelis, Elton and the band appeared promptly at 21:00.
Elton was in a good mood. He congratulated Portugal for its victory in the European Football Championship and said he loved Porto, and is thinking to back on tour soon.
I really liked that he played two songs from the "Wonderful Crazy Night" album, especially "A Good Heart", where he made a special emotion.
The "Rocket Man" intro was amazing, with pieces from "Sixty Years On" and "Take Me To The Pilot". In addition, the new version of "Candle In The Wind" starting with Elton solo piano and the band joining, was wonderful.
Notably, "I'm Still Standing" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" have new videos for he background screen.
A magnificent show. Elton still standing!
Following is the complete set list of the Porto show on July 14, 2016:
The Bitch Is Back
Benny And The Jets
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
A Good Heart
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Burn Down the Mission
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
All The Young Girls Love Alice
I'm Still Standing
Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock And Roll)
Connie Hillman exits Elton John organization
Wednesday, July 13 2016
Music industry veteran Connie Pappas Hillmann has parted with the Elton John organization after over four decades.
She will assume the role of VP of Bar None Music, Inc., the management and publishing entity for her husband Chris Hillmann. She will also continue at the helm of Constant Communication Corp., the company she founded in 1982 as the production enterprise for all of Elton John North America tours. The company will now continue to diversify its business activities, which include the expansion of her collegiate lecture series on women in today's music industry.
For the last 43 years, Connie Hillmann served in various capacities within the Elton John corporate structure and has played an integral role in the rock star's domestic career activities. She began as EVP of The Rocket Record Company in 1973. Most recently, she served as North American tour producer since 1982, which included co-production of all the "Face to Face" tours with Elton and Billy Joel from 1994 through 2010.
For the past 13 years, she was VP of the Elton John Charitable Fund and served on the board of the Elton John Aids Foundation.
Hillmann began her career working for Elton John's agent, Howard Rose, and was just 24 when she moved on to the recording side as EVP of Rocket Records, joining Elton's former manager John Reid. She was appointed EVP of John Reid Enterprises, co-managing Elton, Bernie Taupin, Queen, KIki Dee and Carole Bayer Sager.
Her notable accomplishments at JRE included the co-production of Elton's Troubadour Benefit Concert in 1974 and his historic concert at Dodger Stadium in 1975. She was appointed VP of Rocket Music publishing company and Poptropolis Enterprises, overseeing television development for the Hudson Brothers.
Clean Bandit in awe of Elton John
Sunday, July 10 2016
Clean Bandit's new album will feature Elton John and they were impressed by his piano playing skills when they recorded together.
The 'Rather Be' hitmakers have joined forces with the legendary singer on a song for their forthcoming second album and have admitted they're in awe of his talent because he's just so quick and thorough.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz, cellist Grace Chatto said: "There's loads of really diverse singers on the next album actually. There are different singers on every track. One of my favourites is Labyrinth. That was a really amazing experience and then another but very different singer is Sir Elton John. We've been making a few songs with him. He's lovely and just so quick. As soon as we got in the studio he just didn't stop playing piano - even when he was talking to us he was still composing at the same time."
And, although they've managed to secure a number of collaborations for the forthcoming LP, the group - consisting of Grace, Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson and Neil Amin-Smith - don't know when their second album will be released because they're still playing around with different cuts.
The blonde beauty explained: "We're still kind of finishing it off. It's nearly done but at the moment we're focusing on the new single that's gonna come out after 'Tears'.
Elton releases video for "A Good Heart"
Friday, July 8 2016
Directed by Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen, the video is centered around a specially-shot performance of the song, and is the first time Elton has appeared in one of his own videos for 11 years, reports eltonjohn.com.
In the video Elton wears a “Love Bravery” pin badge from his & Lady Gaga’s limited edition range of inspirational clothing and accessories, produced to inspire compassion and combat prejudice. The range is available online at macys.com and at Macy’s stores in the US as part of their American Icons campaign. Now through to August 31, 2016, use the code LOVE at the check-out, and save 25% off Love Bravery merchandise at Macy’s stores and on macys.com.
A special website www.lovebravery.com has been set up to promote the message of compassion and positivity. The website features a video where Elton and Lady Gaga discuss this subject along with a mechanic which shows how often negative messages are posted on social media.
"Wonderful Crazy Year" - 2nd Quarter of Results
Friday, July 8 2016
Now the "Wonderful Crazy Year" fan survey is in it's 22nd week - again time to bring you some results, this time from the second quarter of surveys.
This time we will publish only two lists, the average scores for albums and individual recordings.
Again, some of the answers had to be deleted because they were made by the same person on the same survey. No more editing has been done. Just like last time, you can get a good direction where the preference of the masses is, but the scores are not absolute.
All surveys will remain open, even the oldest ones! You can still vote and a full analysis of all survey results will be published in the end! We will gladly acquire more survey answers, so that the final results will be more realistic!
"Wonderful Crazy Year" calendar weeks 17-27
average scores for the albums:
1. Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy 8,84 2. Here And There 8,33 3. Too Low For Zero 7,81 4. Rock Of The Westies 7,72 5. The Fox 7,46 6. Blue Moves 7,44 7. Jump Up! 7,19 8. The Complete Thom Bell Sessions 7,17 9. A Single Man 6,95 10. 21 At 34 6,90 11. Victim Of Love 4,43
average scores for the recordings:
1. Someone Saved My Life Tonight 9,61 2. We All Fall In Love Sometimes 9,38 3. Empty Garden (Hey, Hey Johnny) 9,36 4. Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy 9,27 Love Lies Bleeding [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 9,27 6. Tonight 9,26 7. Someone Saved My Life Tonight [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 9,25 8. I'm Still Standing 9,23 9. Curtains 9,22 Philadelphia Freedom 9,22 11. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 9,19 12. Pinball Wizard [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 9,18 13. Funeral For A Friend [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 9,15 14. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 9,06 15. Better Off Dead 8,95 Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,95 Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word 8,95 18. Curtains [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,92 We All Fall In Love Sometimes [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,92 20. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Live With John Lennon From Here And There Disc 2] 8,88 21. I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford) 8,87 22. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues 8,86 23. Are You Ready For Love? 8,73 24. Your Song [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 8,71 25. Don't Go Breaking My Heart [With Kiki Dee] 8,70 26. Bitter Fingers [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,69 27. Better Off Dead [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,68 Bitter Fingers 8,68 Carla/Etude 8,68 Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time) [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 8,68 31. I Saw Her Standing There [Live With John Lennon From Here And There Disc 2] 8,67 32. (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,64 33. Cold As Christmas (In The Middle Of The Year) 8,63 34. Skyline Pigeon [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 8,60 35. (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket 8,59 36. Crazy Water 8,57 Tower Of Babel [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,57 38. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 8,56 Writing [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,56 40. Your Song [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 8,55 41. Song For Guy 8,54 42. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 8,49 43. Chloe 8,48 44. The Bitch Is Back [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 8,46 45. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night [Live With John Lennon From Here And There Disc 2] 8,46 46. Tell Me When The Whistle Blows [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,39 47. Candle In The Wind [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 8,37 48. Little Jeannie 8,31 Writing 8,31 50. Blue Eyes 8,30 Tower Of Babel 8,30 51. Elton's Song 8,22 52. Island Girl 8,21 53. Too Low For Zero 8,18 54. One Horse Town 8,16 55. The Retreat 8,14 56. Grey Seal [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 8,11 Take Me To The Pilot [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 8,11 58. Chameleon 8,10 Tell Me When The Whistle Blows 8,10 60. Crocodile Rock [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 8,06 61. Bennie And The Jets [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 8,05 Burn Down The Mission [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 8,05 Cage The Songbird 8,05 Sartorial Eloquence (Don't Ya Wanna Play This Game No More?) 8,05 65. Grow Some Funk Of Your Own 8,01 Love Song [Live With Lesley Duncan From Here And There Disc 1] 8,01 67. Daniel [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 7,99 Mama Can't Buy You Love 7,99 69. Border Song [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 7,95 70. One More Arrow 7,91 71. Bad Side Of The Moon [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 7,90 72. The Fox 7,88 73. Honky Cat [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 7,85 Kiss The Bride 7,85 75. Idol 7,79 76. Where Have All The Good Times Gone? 7,78 77. Country Comfort [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 7,77 Ego 7,77 79. Bite Your Lip (Get Up And Dance!) 7,76 80. Sugar On The Floor 7,75 81. Street Kids 7,74 82. Part-Time Love 7,72 83. One Day (At A Time) 7,67 84. All Quiet On The Western Front 7,66 85. Shine On Through 7,65 86. Just Like Belgium 7,61 87. You're So Static [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 7,60 88. Someone's Final Song 7,56 89. Feed Me 7,46 90. Nobody Wins 7,45 91. House Of Cards 7,44 92. Shine On Through [From The Complete Thom Bell Sessions] 7,43 93. Billy Bones And The White Bird 7,40 94. Crystal 7,38 Hard Luck Story 7,38 96. Planes 7,33 97. Strangers 7,28 98. Fanfare 7,23 99. Dan Dare (Pilot Of The Future) 7,21 100. Two Rooms At The End Of The World 7,19 101. Georgia 7,18 102. Medley: Yell Help/Wednesday Night/Ugly 7,17 103. White Lady White Powder 7,15 104. Dreamboat 7,12 105. Princess 7,12 Saint 7,12 107. Heels Of The Wind 7,06 108. Breaking Down The Barriers 7,04 109. Between Seventeen And Twenty 7,02 110. Madness 6,97 111. Three Way Love Affair 6,93 112. Return To Paradise 6,89 Shoulder Holster 6,89 Your Starter For... 6,89 115. Dear John 6,88 116. Lovesick 6,81 117. If There's A God In Heaven (What's He Waiting For?) 6,79 Where's The Shoorah? 6,79 119. Legal Boys 6,71 120. Chasing The Crown 6,69 121. It Ain't Gonna Be Easy 6,66 122. Ball And Chain 6,56 Religion 6,54 Spiteful Child 6,56 124. Out Of The Blue 6,53 125. I Don't Care 6,60 126. Earn While You Learn 6,52 127. Never Gonna Fall In Love Again 6,50 128. Give Me The Love 6,47 129. I Cry At Night 6,45 130. Theme From A Non-Existent TV Series 6,45 131. Boogie Pilgrim 6,40 132. Fascist Faces 6,36 133. Whipping Boy 6,35 134. Shooting Star 6,28 135. Nice And Slow 6,27 136. Reverie 6,19 137. Heart In The Right Place 6,09 138. Country Love Song 6,03 139. The Wide-Eyed And Laughing 5,98 140. Big Dipper 5,89 Take Me Back 5,89 141. Dear God 5,84 142. Flinstone Boy 5,77 143. Victim Of Love 5,69 144. I Am Your Robot 4,98 145. Thunder In The Night 4,63 146. Johnny B. Goode 4,43 147. Born Bad 4,25 148. Warm Love In A Cold World 4,10 149. Street Boogie 4,02 150. Spotlight 3,91