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Wonderful Crazy Year - Elton Fan Survey
Sunday, August 21 2016
Round 29 - week 34/2016 - The One
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.
Hear Young Thug's new single "Elton" featuring Wyclef Jean
Saturday, August 20 2016
Young Thug has a new dance single out just in time for the end of summer. In 'Elton,' Thugger sings, raps, moans and yelps in his signature style over a jazzy, bass-heavy beat.
He's backed up by Wyclef Jean, who intermittently cries out "Jeffrey!" in reference to Young Thug's new mixtape and ambiguous name change.
The reason behind the title reference to Elton John isn't completely clear, but the rapper is rumored to be working on a collaboration with the British pop icon. A recent meeting between the two in Atlanta resulted in some surreal Instagrams.
Elton's music company takes notice of Greenock singer
Saturday, August 20 2016
A talented Greenock singer has struck a chord with bosses at Eltonís music company ó and is now set to record in Los Angeles with Justin Bieberís producer.
Rising star Lewis Darrah performed at Eltonís Rocket Music artist management firm in London a fortnight ago and impressed top executives. The 18-year-old is now preparing to jet out to LA next month to record and is due to work with A-list producer Poo Bear, who is behind recent hits by pop superstar Justin Bieber.
It is all thanks to New York music manager and promoter Tommy Johnston, who spotted the former Inverclyde Academy pupil performing on social media. Lewis has also lined up a gig at the world-famous Hotel Cafe in LA where the likes of Adele and Ed Sheeran have played and hopes his American adventure will kick-start his music career across the Atlantic.
He told the Telegraph: ďI had a lot of music and stuff on social media and about three months ago I uploaded a country song on Instagram because Iím a big fan of TV show Nashville. By the next morning I had a message from some guy in LA saying he wanted to speak to me more about my music. A lot of people have contacted me from Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, asking me to join bands, but Iíve turned them down because Iím not a boy band person ó Iím a solo singer and songwriter.
ďBut this guy said he wanted to take me on as a soloist and messaged me back saying he was in London. He flew me down there and I spent the whole weekend there. He also wanted to meet my family so we all went down and met Elton Johnís head executive. Usually for a meeting like that you have to ask a year in advance but he managed to get it within a few days because Tommy knows Elton John and his husband David Furnish. I sang three songs and answered some questions and they loved it.Ē
On the back of the trip to the ĎRocket Maní singerís London HQ, Lewis is preparing to rub shoulders with some more big names in the music business. The former Kingís Glen and Kingís Oak pupil first started singing when he was about four or five years old through the Church of Nazarene in Port Glasgow, where he attends. Now his prayers have been answered with an all-expenses paid trip to LA to record and perform.
Lewis said: ďTommyís getting me in the studio and arranging for me to meet famous producers, including Poo Bear who helped write some of Justin Bieberís songs. To get my foot in the door like this is amazing but a bit nerve-racking. Iíve always wanted to go to LA and do music. In this industry thereís a lot of people aiming for it. But Iím going there hoping to get signed.Ē
Trial date set in LAPD officerís sexual battery lawsuit against Elton
Friday, August 12 2016
Elton received a May 17, 2016 trial date for his battle with the Los Angeles police officer suing him for sexual battery.
A judge assigned the date after first alerting both sides that he had a connection to Elton. "I did attend an Elton John concert maybe 25 years ago," Judge Howard Halm said at a hearing on August 11, 2016 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, adding that crooner Billy Joel also performed. "I think I went to one, too," the lawyer for plaintiff Jeffrey Wenninger also confessed.
Elton's lawyers said they hoped to avoid a trial by filing a motion for summary judgment at the end of the discovery process. Wenninger, 49, sued Elton for sexual battery in March 2016. He claimed Elton touched him inappropriately on multiple occasions while he was working as an off-duty security guard for him.
He alleged that during a ride to the airport in March 2014, Elton groped him in the area of his crotch and buttocks while stating, "Say Hello to Uncle Elton." Wenninger claimed Elton also twisted his nipples during a subsequent car ride. Elton's lawyers have called the lawsuit "baseless" and "patently false."
Wenninger received an LAPD Medal of Valor in 2007 for entering a burning building in 1996 to help rescue dozens of elderly residents. But the cop was accused of abusive behavior by an ex-wife who won a temporary restraining order November 2002 after claiming Wenninger flicked water in her face and screamed profanities at her.