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Chris Brown – WE

Hot on the heels of releasing his next album, global superstar Chris Brown drops his “WE (Warm Embrace)” video starring himself alongside hitmaker Normani – click here to watch. Directed by Arrad, the visual leads with a sneak peak snippet of Brown’s track “Sleep At Night” followed by Chris and Normani showing off their dance moves and embracing through the night. This video follows the release of his infectious new single “Call Me Every Day” featuring WizKid – click here to listen. Call Me Every Day,” WE (Warm Embrace),” and previously released single Iffy” will be on Brown’s forthcoming album BREEZY, out June 24th via RCA Records. Chris has also teased a few other major features on the forthcoming project including H.E.R., Jack HarlowFivio Foreign and more. You can hear the new record live on his One Of Them Ones Tour this summer with Lil Baby, kicking off July 15th – click here to purchase tickets.

Watch “WE (Warm Embrace)” HERE.

Listen to “Call Me Every Day” featuring WizKid HERE.

Previously, Chris Brown released his well-received full-length mixtape Slime & B with Young Thug, which featured the hit single “Go Crazy,” and the release of the remix featuring Young ThugFuture, Lil Durk and Latto. Throughout his career, Brown has continued to break records – even his own – and received a plethora of accolades. The original version of “Go Crazy” topped his single “No Guidance” as the longest running #1 song on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart at 28 weeks and counting. In the past two years alone, he’s garnered nominations and wins from multiple award shows. “Go Crazy” won three Soul Train Awards in 2020 for Song of the Year, Best Collaboration and Best Dance Performance and garnered seven more nominations in 2021. He was also nominated for seven Billboard Music Awards, including Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album and Top R&B Song (“Go Crazy”), four BET Awards including Video of the Year (“Go Crazy”) and Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, two BET Hip-Hop Awards for Best Hip-Hop Video (“Go Crazy”) and Best Duo or Group, two MTV Video Music Awards for Best R&B Song (for two songs – “Go Crazy” and “Come Through” with H.E.R.) and one 2022 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration – Contemporary (“Go Crazy (Remix)” with Young Thug, Lil Durk, Future and Latto). 

Peter $un

PETER $UN ON THE RISE

Virginia-bred, LA-based rapper, Peter $un aka Sunny, returns with his new single Pay Me No Mind,” out today via Red Bull Records / Mind Of A Genius. The first new music to drop since his successful 2021 album Scumbaby’, the track starts the next chapter of Peter $un’s ever-evolving story.

Pay Me No Mind was written by Peter $un and co-produced by long-time collaborator Blue Rondo (Young Thug, IDK). The song’s stripped-back production is simple but effective, providing a perfect foundational bounce to deliver Sunny’s boastful lyrics. 

Pay me no mind is my toxic braggadocious rap song. It’s just me wanting to flex on all the people who doubted me. It’s that underdog song, underdog attitude. I still want to prove to everybody wrong who doubted me. Petty Sunny.”- Peter $un

The song is a taste of Peter $uns upcoming EP, ‘Phone Calls Gimme Anxiety’, which is set to drop on July 22, 2022. The project was a therapeutic and transformative endeavor for Sunny. Fans will be treated to a deeply personal journey through vibey hip-hop soundscapes and hypnotic cadences.

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Guapo × OTB Fastlane – SRT

Rising Houston-based rapper Guapo has mastered a new flow full of punchlines, quotables and Instagram captions that is just simply above par. He recently shared his new single “SRT” feat. OTB Fastlane. Listen to “SRT,” produced by 100Keyz, HERE and watch the video, directed by SpxrkStudios, HERE.

About Guapo

A Houston act so early in their career has never had such prolific strides quite like Guapo, who many have come to also know as “Lil Guap”. The young upstart’s name truly does speak for itself as the 20-year-old rapper has captured the attention of what seems to be the entire city of Houston in such a short matter of time.

Beginning around his senior year of high school, Guapo was introduced to rap one day by the encouragement of his brother and the people around him. This past year, Guapo has played a pivotal role in being at the forefront of Houston’s newest faces by delivering consistent buzzing material such as his leading single, “Mr. Put It On.”

A new lingo, new swagger, and a fresh face are all things Guapo has used to his advantage while rising to the top of Houston’s budding music scene with co-signs from Lil Baby, Future and Young Thug.

Released in September, “Mr. Put It On” was Guapo’s first breakout single, reaching over a million views within days while sparking a new trend of style, TikTok moments, and social media lingo. Since then, Guapo has been gearing up to release his debut mixtape.

Guapo is now currently in the final stages of wrapping up his first solo mixtape with some notable features from big names across Texas. There’s no telling what surprises Guapo has in store for his promising debut, but it is safe to say that it will be one of the most highly anticipated projects coming out of the South by a new rap artist this year.

Strick

Strick Land Album Release Party

By Krish Narsinghani, Yash Thadani

Strick, American rapper and singer, recently released his new album “Strick Land.” As a North Carolina native and an affiliate to Young Thugs infamous label Young Stoner Life, the artist wanted to paint a picture behind his album’s influence. If you’re already familiar with the “For Sale” rapper’s past, then you know the result is an eventful evening at an intimate boujee venue. For this specific album, Strick and his team held the party at a beautiful private art gallery in West Hollywood (known as Linc) and produced by The P.M. Firm. The ambience was unmatched with two rooms with varying vibes for all personality types. The initial reaction walking into the venue was refreshing. The first room had one section where women were embellished with paint across their bodies, while the other room displayed the new merch drop.

360 Magazine had the opportunity to sit down with the producers behind the new line, Jelani James and Jessica Raven (of companies JW Capital & Holding and Amber James), who worked directly with Strick.

“This is a family thing.. tied in through Young Thug’s dad, Big Jeff. There is no third party. It’s direct to manufacture. Strick has been really involved in every step of the process – making sure that his designs are in line with the album and the fits hit right. He wants to make sure everything has a certain aesthetic before being released.”

Nostalgic to say to the least. A room with vintage Pac-man, arcade style basketball and lemon pepper wings brought back memories of those middle school days.The real climax was when the DJ started playing songs from “Strick Land” with guest appearances from Nav, Metro Boomin and Asap Rocky. It’s safe to say this was a night to remember.

More on Strick:

Strick is a robust and multifaceted recording artist hailing from North Carolina and currently splitting his time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Best known for honing his skills as a clever wordsmith and adept songwriter, Strick has garnered a reputation for tapping into his diverse professional background both in business and in the U.S. Air Force to elevate both his business acumen and genuine creative output alike.

After relocating to Atlanta in 2012 and founding his own branding agency for aspiring musicians Foundation 86, Strick moved to Los Angeles to pursue his own career as an artist. He then landed his first official placement on Kanye West and Juicy J’s “Ballin’,” leading him to work with artists such as Travis Scott, Jeremih, K. Michelle and Wiz Khalifa. In 2016, Strick earned his first platinum record “coordinate” off Scott’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight album, further igniting his hunger to continue developing his skills as a songwriter. That same year, he went on to join Young Thug on several tours, including the Hi-Tunes tour (2016) and the Hi Horse’D tour (2016/2017). Later, he was invited to join Young Thug and J. Cole on the K.O.D tour (2018), and Young Thug and Machine Gun Kelly on their co-headlining tour (2019). Most recently, Strick partook on the Justin Bieber Big Tour (2019).

In July 2017, Strick dropped his debut EP, Risk=Reward. In 2018, he released January’s Risk=Reward 2 and April’s Pairadice, going on to ink a deal with YSL Records and 300 Entertainment. He appeared on Young Thug’s 2018 Slime Language compilation, with their collaboration “STS” going on to be streamed in the millions. Making his label debut in 2019 with See You When I Land, followed by The Machine mixtape series and “Yacht Club” with Ty Dolla $ign and Young Thug.

He appeared on Young Thug’s 2018 Slime Language compilation, with their collaboration “STS”. “Moonman” featuring Kid Cudi and Young Thug is featured on the Billboard #1 album Slime Language 2. Additionally, single “WokStar” feat. Skepta is featured on the Billboard #1 album Slime Language 2. Next up, Strick is preparing for Strickland, a full-length album to be released in 2021. With features from Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, Gunna, Swae Lee + more, this album paints a holistic image of who Strick is and what his world looks like through his eyes and ears. Strick is a college graduate, veteran, and corporate executive turned artist who is eager to present you his unique experiences through music.

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Astroworld Festival

By: McKinley Franklin

Popular rapper and Houston-native Travis Scott hosted the Astroworld Festival this past weekend. The festival resulted in eight fatalities and dozens injured. How did the once cherished Astroworld Festival turn so dark so fast, and how can society learn from this atrocity?

This year’s Astroworld Festival marked the third of an annual series since 2018. The festival is held in Houston, Texas, where Scott grew up. Scott’s third studio album attributes directly back to Houston, being named after a theme park from Scott’s childhood, Astroworld. Before the festival was held in 2019, Scott was given a key to the city of Houston from the city’s mayor. The rapper received the key during his Astroworld Tour while performing in Houston. While presenting Scott with the key, mayor Sylvester Turner praised him for the recognition and reputation that Scott linked with the city of Houston. During the presentation Turner also announced that Scott had inspired the city to bring back another amusement park, like the original Astroworld, to the city.

Later in 2019, the second annual Astroworld Festival was held where a prelude to the events in this past year’s festival would be showcased. Much like the most recent festival, fans stormed the venue and three people were reported to be trampled. Such patterns of seemingly aggressive behaviors have been associated with Scott in the past that date back to 2015. Two arrests of Scott have been reported for similar behaviors of prompting fans to engage in disorderly conduct(s). Both instances involved Scott encouraging fans to breach security at music festivals.

After another successful year of the festival in 2019, the annual scheduling came to a halt amidst the ongoing pandemic in 2020. With much anticipation due to the cancellation of the festival in the past year, Scott announced the third annual festival in May 2021. This year the festival would be extended to two days “due to overwhelming demand as well as rave reviews around the festival’s incredibly curated lineup.” The official lineup was not released until October 26 of 2021, a little over a week before the festival was scheduled. Popular artists in the lineup included SZA, Young Thug, 21 Savage and Lil Baby, accompanied by Travis Scott as the leading headliner of the festival. Scott promoted the festival on his socials and referred to members of the lineup as “avengers.” In the same post Scott also communicated that the festival was sold out, but he had managed to acquire more tickets so that more fans could be in attendance.

November 5, 2021, marked the beginning of what was supposed to be the two-day Astroworld Festival. Festival gates opened at 1pm this past Friday, and mayhem began shortly after. A lot of the set protocols and rules surrounding security at the festival were disregarded early before the festival commenced. Security was failing to enforce ID and coronavirus vaccination checks, as well as other rules surrounding prohibited items and general security checks. The performance areas were noticeably packed around 7pm, and the crowds only grew as Scott’s performance was approaching. A countdown started thirty minutes prior to when Scott was set to perform, and as the countdown crawled down, so did the available space for those at the venue.

When Scott finally did take the stage, the intense compressing of the crowd really took off. The squeezing of the crowds became unoccupiable as the first song in Scott’s performance began. Fans in the crowd had nowhere to move, and if there was movement it was inevitably devastating. People were falling onto the floor, piling on top of each other in some areas. Individuals began to become so crushed that they were passing out in the crowds. Fans that were close enough to the front of the stage begged security to pull them out of the crowds to safety, As the night continued, paramedics were seen amidst the masses of fans performing CPR, treating unconscious people and even carrying off lifeless bodies.

During the chaos, Scott continued his performance taking few short pauses to notify security of fans being unconscious in the crowds. Kylie Jenner, Scott’s baby mother of two, posted to social media a video of the crowds at the festival with a noticeable ambulance in the mass of people. Multiple videos and images have been posted from fans at the festival across social media platforms. Specific videos recount the fearful experiences that individuals went through, and some even recount people trying to notify security of the chaos that was occurring throughout the swarms of fans in the crowd. The festival continued, forcing over three hundred people to be treated on-site by medical personnel, dozens being hospitalized and eight individuals dead.

How did the festival turn out so gruesome? On the Astroworld Festival webpage there are clear rules, regulations and precautions written out that were to be followed. One of the main problems that resulted with this festival was the insufficient quality of security and amount of medical personnel/ supplies onsite. Fans were spotted running past security throughout the day leading to Scott’s performance. Security checks were not followed as intensely as they were publicized to be. An insufficient number of medical supplies and personnel showed cracks in the groundwork of the festival throughout the day and when Scott’s performance started.

How can festivals be prevented from tragedies like this from reoccurring? A few simple tactics can be implemented that all lead back to ensuring efficient safety of all people in attendance of a festival. To ensure a safe venue, festivals must be held at safe venues with secure layouts. Creating a reliable layout with a well-organized security team can allow for a safer and more comfortable experience for everyone. Making sure the facility and its grounds have been well-inspected, kept and prepared for the festival are key elements to a safe experience. A well-managed and prepared security team and plan for the facility of an event can also ensure a safer experience for a festival.

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BBY KODIE – STARTED THIS

BBY KODIE SHARES HIS NEW SINGLE, “STARTED THIS”

Track Is From His Forthcoming Mixtape

“undeniably great music that is impossible to compare.” – Feff & Earmilk

Listen To “Started This” Here

VIEW LYRIC VIDEO HERE

Today, Houston-based rapper-producer BBY Kodie unveiled his new single, Started This.” The track, which was released via True Panther/ EQT Recordings/Motown Records, finds Kodie at his cockiest, addressing haters and letting off bold lifestyle raps as his beats rubberband between horns riffs, pounding bass, and strings. Kodie recorded the song, which is from his forthcoming mixtape, with Yves Godschild, who also produced his recent single “Children.” Download/stream “Started This” HERE.

The FADER placed “Children” on its “Best New Songs” playlist, noting, “His cool demeanor is even more vicious over the song’s beat, which at times resembles a panicked alarm in an underground bunker. Still, there’s no escape from Kodie’s onslaught.” – Earmilk observed, “Children’ is BBY KODIE playing to his strengths: it’s an unquestionably hard, Southern rap song in which he oozes confidence and makes every bar more impactful than the last, he puts together undeniably great music that is impossible to compare.” View the official video for “Children,” which immerses Kodie in a vibrant, visceral tableau that references the Baroque historical paintings of CaravaggioHERE.

Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 2000, Kodie was raised by his biological mother’s adopted sister and her husband, who moved to Houston when he was two. There, Kodie grew up with jazz and soul blaring through the house. As a teenager, he discovered rappers Future, Young Thug and Lil Yachty alongside Houston legends like Lil Flip & and channeled his influences into his first beats on Fruity Loops. By high school, he was dropping a song a day on SoundCloud.

Albums like 2018’s Kodie Kardashian and 2019’s Vogue marked gradual steps away from the innocent charm of his earlier songs towards a more polished artistic vision that coalesces on his upcoming mixtape. From the start, Kodie has established himself as a rare, self-contained entity in the music world, an auteur who takes the reins across every element & from music to visuals to merchandise & to further his unique artistic vision.

Rolling Stone said, “BBY Kodie has described himself as Houston’s answer to Drake and it’s increasingly clear how serious he is.” The city has been central to his development as an artist & he played his first-ever show in Houston and began his now-infamous Halloween shows there as well. With his Raven House collective, Kodie is working to usher in a new Houston sound that simultaneously pays homage to the city’s pioneers and fosters innovation.

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Guwop Reign – Flawless

18-year-old Boston-born and Atlanta-based rapper Guwop Reign uncovers a new single entitled “Flawless,” the first single from his upcoming EP Life At It’s Finest. It is available at all DSP’s via Galactic Records/Republic Records now.

Stream “Flawless”—HERE.

On the track, string samples blanket a skittering beat as his melodic flow takes flight. He delivers each line with conviction before locking into a chantable chorus punctuated by airy and effervescent harmonies.

It’s a worthy follow-up to his most recent single “Need Me.” Of the latter, iHipHop raved, “Guwop hits addictive melodies and quick flows, matching the energy of the production,” and Banger of the Day promised “you’ll have to be hitting repeat on this one plenty of times this summer.” Not to mention, it earned plugs from Enigma Online, and more. The song continues a prolific streak highlighted by “Forgot It” and “Super Pain.”

With every move, asserts himself as “Flawless” new talent.

Thus far, Guwop Reign has eclipsed 5 million-plus Soundcloud streams and earned glowing endorsements from tastemakers with Lyrical Lemonade crowning him “one of 2020’s standout stars.” Last year, he rolled through with a string of anthems, including “Demeanor.” Additionally, his fan favorite “Mulan 2” raked in a ton of streams. Lyrical Lemonade proclaimed, “The Atlanta native’s massive range shines and he is able to easily manipulate pitch and cadence to keep his songs continually interesting and simultaneously sonically pleasing.” Meanwhile, The Daily Chiefers commented, “Atlanta’s own Guwop Reign is in the fast lane and firing off nothing but bangers in 2020.”

About Guwop Reign

Music encodes life’s most important lessons. Beneath the beats and between the bars, Guwop Reign confronts the struggles of youth, depression, anxiety, friends-turned-into-foes, and relationships with a level of wisdom and perspective that belies his 16 years. The Boston-born and Atlanta-based rapper flows with the intensity of an open wound as he tightly grips each melody. Streamed nearly four million times on Soundcloud, Reign built an avid fan base with one independent anthem after another including “Money Talk,” “Fly,” and “No Love” plus tastemaker praise from Lyrical Lemonade and Elevator Magazine. Landing a deal with Galactic Records in partnership with Republic Records the young prodigy released his single “Mulan 2” in 2020 and prepares to make his full-length debut for the label. Drawing on diverse influences such as Tupac, Future, Young Thug, and Rihanna, he asserts himself as a melodic hip-hop force ready for the spotlight.

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Red Carpet Premiere of BMF

STARZ hosted a star-studded Red Carpet World Premiere Screening and Concert event in celebration of the new original series  “BMF” at the Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia.  “BMF ” was produced in Atlanta and Detroit, where the real-life Black Mafia Family that inspired the series had bases of operation from the 1980-2000s. In homage to the true legends, attendees wore all-black attire to the outdoor event. The evening began with guests viewing the first episode of the series, which will premiere on STARZ on Sunday, September 26. Following the premiere screening, series Executive Producer Curtis  “50 Cent ” Jackson,  “BMF ” recurring star Snoop Dogg and others performed. Guests enjoyed live performances of the  “BMF “main title song  “Wish Me Luck ” performed by Curtis  “50 Cent ” Jackson, Moneybagg Yo and Snoop Dogg. 

In addition to the musical performers, attendees included “BMF” Executive Producer and Writer, Randy Huggins and cast members Demetrius  “Lil Meech ” Flenory Jr., Da’Vinchi, Russell Hornsby, Michole Briana White, Ajiona Alexus, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Myles Truitt, Steve Harris, La La Anthony and Arkeisha  “Kash Doll ” Knight.

Special guests at the premiere screening and concert included T.I.,2 Chainz, Flo Rida, Young Thug, Gunna, Monica, Kandi Burress, Killa Mike, Jacob Latimore, South Side, Reginae Carter, Toya Johnson, Jamira  “Cuban Link ” Haines, G Herbo, Mimi Faust, Ari Fletcher, Pee, Ty Young, Lecrae, Anthony Hamilton, Angie Stone, Clifton Powell, DC Young Fly, Charles Oakley, Angela Simmons, Blue  “Pretty Ricky “, David Banner, Jacquees and STARZ, President and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch.

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Drake – Certified Lover Boy

DRAKE RETURNS TO #1 AROUND THE GLOBE WITH HIS TENTH #1 ALBUM DEBUT

CERTIFIED LOVER BOY ACHIEVES TOP CONSUMPTION & OVERALL STREAMING DEBUT OF 2021 WITH OVER 1 BILLION STREAMS IN ITS FIRST WEEK

CAPTURES #1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART, #1 ON TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS CHART, AND #1 ON TOP RAP ALBUMS CHART IN U.S.

DRAKE BECOMES FIRST ARTIST TO DEBUT WITH TOP 5 SONGS ON BILLBOARD HOT 100 CHART

SETS ANOTHER RECORD WITH MOST FIRST-WEEK ENTRIES ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 CHART AS “WAY 2 SEXY” FEATURING FUTURE & YOUNG THUG DEBUTS AT #1 WITH 9 ADDITIONAL SONGS DEBUTING SIMULTANEOUSLY IN THE TOP 10

Drake has notched his tenth #1 album and the biggest album debut in over a year with the release of Certified Lover Boy (OVO/Republic). The album has amassed an astounding 1 billion-plus streams within its first week with global consumption approaching 1 million units.

What’s more, it has bowed at #1 across multiple charts including #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, and #1 on the Top Rap Albums Chart, with the #1 Consumption and Overall Streaming Debut for 2021.  Certified Lover Boy has smashed the record for most first-week entries on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Way 2 Sexy” featuring Future and Young Thug debuting at #1 and an unprecedented total of 9 simultaneous entries within the Top 10.  This marks the first time in history that an artist has ever debuted with the Top 5 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.  It is also the first time an artist has ever debuted with 9 songs in the Top 10 and one of the rare and special occasions when an artist captures #1 on both the Billboard 200 Chart and Billboard Hot 100.

Drake has also set a “new record on Apple Music with the biggest album debut ever on the platform, surpassing his own record from 2018 when Scorpion opened with 170 million streams.  He became the service’s “most-streamed artist in a day for 2021.  Certified Lover Boy continues to break records on Apple Music, with three songs from the project “beating the record for most-streamed songs in 24 hours. “Girls Want Girls (feat. Lil Baby),” “Champagne Poetry,” and “Fair Trade” (featuring Travis Scott) are the three biggest song debuts ever on Apple Music, surpassing Drake’s “Nonstop” from his 2018 album Scorpion. On Spotify, Drake topped his own all-time record for single-day streams with Scorpion notching 132 million single-day streams with this release.

Other #1 debuts include the UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, The Netherlands, and more. It emerges as his fourth #1 in the UK.

Toronto’s Drake remains one of the best-selling artists of all time and the most influential of his generation. The RIAA has recognized him as the highest-certified digital singles artist in the United States. Among dozens of honors, he has garnered four GRAMMY® Awards, six American Music Awards, a record 27 Billboard Music Awards, two BRIT Awards, and three Juno Awards. He has broken and achieved numerous records that are most likely to never be surpassed, including “the most Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, “the most charted songs of any artist ever on the Hot 100” with 29, “the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week” with 27, “the most continuous time on the Hot 100” with 431 weeks, and “the most Hot 100 debuts in a week” with 22. He released his sixth full-length albums, Certified Lover Boy, in 2021.

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Elton John – The Lockdown Sessions

Elton John has announced the forthcoming release of The Lockdown Sessions. An album of collaborations recorded remotely over the last 18 months, The Lockdown Sessions, will be released on October 22nd via Interscope Records.

Available to pre-order HERE

In March 2020 Elton was forced to pause his record breaking Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour due to the unfolding COVID pandemic. As the world began to shut down, different projects presented themselves with artists Elton had enjoyed getting to know through his Apple Music show Rocket Hour. This was the beginning of one of Elton’s boldest and most interesting records to date that he has billed ‘The Lockdown Sessions’. This album saw Elton coming full circle and returning to his roots as a session musician. 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.

Kicking off with current single “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” with Dua Lipa, the album takes the listener on a heady journey through many different genres, all held together with expert finesse and understanding by one of the greatest champions of music of our time. Much more than a mere collaboration album, ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ is a dazzlingly diverse collection of 16 tracks with 10 brand new unreleased tracks that celebrates togetherness and sees Elton collaborating with an unparalleled range of artists only he could draw together. The enduring influence of his musical milestone with one of the most ambitious projects ever conceived. An unprecedented 20+ artists feature spanning an unbelievably vast range of genres, generations, cultures, continents and more, each contributing a unique style to the album that is sure to hold its place amongst one of pop and rock’s greatest songbooks. The Lockdown Sessions sees Elton collaborate with GRAMMY Award winning producer Andrew Watt on five of the tracks.

In Elton’s words: “The last thing I expected to do during lockdown was make an album. But, as the pandemic went on, one‐off projects kept cropping up. Some of the recording sessions had to be done remotely, via Zoom, which I’d obviously never done before. Some of the sessions were recorded under very stringent safety regulations: working with another artist, but separated by glass screens. But all the tracks I worked on were 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. And I realised there was something weirdly familiar about working like this. At the start of my career, in the late 60s, I worked 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.”

An unparalleled career that has forever changed the cultural landscape, Elton John’s collaborations with Bernie Taupin and others continue to shape the cultural landscape, break records, top charts and win new fans across the generations. We’ve had the book, the film, the farewell tour, the fashion collections and the greatest hits. And now with The Lockdown Sessions available on digital formats, fans can enter Elton’s new world which is no doubt another fitting addition to his oeuvre.

Tracklist

  1. Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)
  2. Elton John, Young Thug & Nicki Minaj – Always Love You
  3. Surfaces feat. Elton John – Learn To Fly              
  4. Elton John & Charlie Puth – After All  
  5. Rina Sawayama & Elton John – Chosen Family
  6. Gorillaz feat. Elton John & 6LACK – The Pink Phantom
  7. Elton John & Years & Years – It’s a sin (global reach mix)
  8. Miley Cyrus feat. WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo & Chad Smith – Nothing Else Matters
  9. Elton John & SG Lewis – Orbit                                 
  10.   Elton John & Brandi Carlile – Simple Things           
  11.   Jimmie Allen & Elton John – Beauty In The Bones            
  12.   Lil Nas X feat. Elton John – One Of Me
  13.   Elton John & Eddie Vedder – E-Ticket
  14.   Elton John & Stevie Wonder – Finish Line   
  15.   Elton John & Stevie Nicks – Stolen Car                   
  16.   Glen Campbell & Elton John – I’m Not Gonna Miss You

About Elton John

Elton’s career achievements to date are unsurpassed in their breadth and longevity. Elton is one of the top- selling solo artists of all time, with 1 diamond, 40 platinum or multi-platinum, and 23 gold albums, over 50 Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. He holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind”, which sold over 33 million copies. Diamonds, the Ultimate Greatest Hits album, reached the Top 5 of the UK album charts on its release in November 2017, becoming Elton’s 40th UK Top 40 album in the process. This release celebrated 50 years of his songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin. August 2018 saw Elton named as the most successful male solo artist in Billboard Hot 100 chart history, having logged 67 entries, including nine No. 1s and 27 Top 10s. Elton announced the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour at New York’s Gotham Hall in January 2018.

Encompassing 5 continents, and over 350 dates, this 3-year-long tour started in September 2018 and marks his retirement from touring after more than 50 years on the road. In 2019 it was named Billboard’s Top Rock Tour and Pollstar’s Major Tour Of The Year. To date, Elton has delivered more than 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries since launching his first tour in 1970. 2019 also saw the release of ‘Rocketman’ and global bestselling autobiography, ME. An epic fantasy musical motion picture of Elton’s life, Rocketman has been a commercial and critical hit, taking close to $200m at the box office. It has won an Oscar, two Golden Globe Awards and a Critics’ Choice Award and garnered BAFTA nominations. Its soundtrack was also nominated for a GRAMMY Award.