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Elton John to release star-studded 'Lockdown Sessions' album

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Elton John to release star-studded 'Lockdown Sessions' album
Elton John will release "The Lockdown Sessions," a new album featuring Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Stevie Nicks and other artists, in October. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Elton John will release a new album featuring collaborations with Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus and other artists.

The 74-year-old singer and musician said Wednesday that he will release The Lockdown Sessions, an album of collaborations recorded remotely over the past 18 months, on Oct. 22.

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Charlie Puth, Eddie Vedder, Gorillaz, Nicki Minaj, Rina Sawayama, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Years & Years, Young Thug and late singer Glen Campbell are among the other artists featured on the album.

"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.

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The album features John and Lipa's "Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)," released in August. Other tracks include "Always Love You" with John, Minaj and Young Thug and "One of Me" with John and Lil Nas X.

"While it was no easy feat recording during a pandemic, a completely new way of working for Elton, he leaned into the challenge with some magnificent results," an announcement reads.

John announced rescheduled dates for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in June. The new dates begin May 27, 2022, in Frankfurt, Germany, and end Nov. 22, 2022 in Los Angeles.

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