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Madonna talks Britney, her daughter and upcoming 'Madame X' documentary

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On Thursday night, Madonna graced the New York City premiere of her upcoming Paramount+ documentary Madame X, which streams starting October 8.  On the red carpet, she revealed that she'd recently spoken to Britney Spears, her duet partner on the 2003 song "Me Against the Music."

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Madonna said of Britney -- who she famously smooched at the 2003 MTV VMAs -- "[I was] just checking in on her, and congratulating her on her marriage...or her pending marriage. I love her."

Madonna also told ET that she was "really proud" of her eldest child, 24-year-old Lourdes, who made her Met Gala debut last week and who also can be seen strutting herself in Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 lingerie fashion show, which is now streaming on Amazon.

"Anything is possible for her," Madonna said of Lourdes, adding, "She's way more talented than I was, am, whatever."

Madonna said that her Madame X documentary -- which captures her theater tour in support of her 2019 album Madame X -- includes "great art, thoughtfulness, incredible dancing, incredible music, provocation, politics, spirituality, family. Everything!"

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The Rolling Stones launching 2021 US tour Sunday in St. Louis, letting fans choose one song for the set

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Just a reminder that The Rolling Stones will kick off their 2021 No Filter Tour of the U.S. this Sunday, September 26, in St. Louis at The Dome at America's Center.

The trek marks the band's first-ever without longtime drummer Charlie Watts, who died August 24 at age 80. Stepping in for Watts will be respected session drummer Steve Jordan, who Charlie had chosen as his fill-in before his passing.

The Rolling Stones are giving fans the opportunity to help pick one song that they'll play at each show of the tour, by visiting Vote.RollingStones.com. The tunes that fans can choose from for the St. Louis gig are "Angie," "Fool to Cry," "Ruby Tuesday" or "Wild Horses." Those who participate in the voting also can enter a competition to win a personalized video message from one of the band members.

Ahead of the tour, the Stones have posted a special video message from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood on their social media pages. In the clip, they express their excitement about returning to the road, and encourage people who come out to the shows to get the COVID-19 vaccine, wear a mask and/or get tested for the virus.

The band's U.S. tour leg features a total of 13 shows, and runs through a November 20 concert in Austin, Texas. Check out the group's full schedule at RollingStones.com.

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Watch Elton John, Stevie Wonder & more perform around the world Saturday during Global Citizen Live event

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Global Citizen Live, the 24-hour concert event spanning six continents and featuring performances by more than 50 artists, takes places Saturday, September 25.

Among the veteran pop and rock artists who will perform at the various shows are Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers & Chic and Green Day.

Performances will take place in New York City; Los Angeles; London; Paris; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sydney, Australia; and Lagos, Nigeria.

Elton will be performing in Paris, Wonder and Green Day in LA, Lauper in New York, and Duran Duran and Rodgers & Chic in London.

Global Citizen Live isn't designed to raise money, but rather it's supposed to inspire people to demand government action on issues like poverty, climate change and vaccine equity.

"We don't want your money. This is not a telethon. We want you to take action because your voice is more powerful than your wallet," Global Citizen co-founder Hugh Evans tells ABC Audio. "If everyone works together and we all call on the U.S. government to step up in unison, then the government will step up."

Evans continues, "We need not just the U.S. government to step up: We need the entire G20 to step up. Because issues like climate change or global hunger or vaccine equity, these can't be solved by any one nation."

Commenting on the event's star-studded lineup, Evans says, "[T]hey are utterly breathtaking artists. And I think the fact that they're all uniting for this once-in-a-generation moment this Saturday is amazing. We just want to encourage everyone across America to tune in…and be part of this."

You can watch on ABC News Live, Apple TV, Twitter, all the Global Citizen channels and more.

Here's a partial list of who'll be appearing where:

NEW YORK
Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Lizzo, Jennifer Lopez, Meek Mill, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Cyndi Lauper, Burna Boy, Jon Batiste, Lang Lang.

PARIS
Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Charlie Puth, Doja Cat, DJ Snake, Black Eyed Peas, Christine and the Queens, Måneskin.

LONDON, U.K.
Nile Rodgers & Chic, Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, Rag’n’Bone Man.

LOS ANGELES
Stevie Wonder, Green Day, Adam Lambert, Chloe x Halle, Demi Lovato, H.E.R., ONEREPUBLIC, Ozuna, Migos, The Lumineers, 5 Seconds of Summer.

AROUND THE WORLD
Fugees, BTS, Lorde, Metallica, Usher, Keith Urban, Andrea Bocelli, Ricky Martin.

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Bruce Springsteen contributes music to new documentary executive-produced by wife and daughter

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Bruce Springsteen has contributed music to the soundtrack of a new documentary called The Mustangs: America's Wild Horses that was executive-produced by his wife, Patti Scialfa, and their daughter, Jessica Springsteen, along with Hollywood legend Robert Redford.

Variety reports that the film, which focuses on the story of the wild horses still living in the Western U.S., will get its theatrical release on October 15 and then will be available via on-demand outlets starting in late November. The movie also will premiere at select film festival next month.

The Mustangs: America's Wild Horses looks at the history of the animals, the uncertain future of the horses still living in the wild and the various efforts to save and preserve the existing population of Mustangs.

"America's wild horses are fighting their last stand," says Redford in a statement. "Increasing competition for our natural resources threatens our wilderness areas, our wild horses and other wildlife species. Horses are interwoven into the very fabric of what is America. What threatens them threatens us all."

You can check out a trailer for the film on YouTube.

In addition to Bruce's music, the soundtrack also features songs from Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, plus a new original tune called "Never Gonna Tame You" that was written by acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren and performed by singer-rapper Blanco Brown.

Of course, Jessica Springsteen's passion for horses is well-known.  She's a competitive equestrian rider who won a silver medal for the U.S. this year at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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Check out The Temptations duetting with Smokey Robinson on their new single, "Is It Gonna Be Yes or No"

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The Temptations have released a brand-new single called "Is It Gonna Be Yes or No," that was written and produced by and features guest vocals from fellow Motown legend Smokey Robinson.

The sensuous romantic ballad, which is available now as a digital download and via streaming services, will appear on the famed vocal group's upcoming studio album, Temptations 60, in celebration of band's 60th anniversary.

"Is It Gonna Be Yes or No" reunites The Temptations with Robinson, who wrote or co-wrote many of the group's early hits, including "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and the chart-topping classic "My Girl."

A behind-the-scenes video looking at the making of the song has been posted on The Temptations' official YouTube channel. In the clip, Smokey explains, "I wanted to soften them up and write something sweet and gentle. Souful, 'cause they're soulful singers."

Otis Williams, the last surviving original Temptations member, then notes, "Because of Smokey, we started with 'The Way You Do the Things You Do,' and we've been rolling ever since. It's only that Smokey be on this here album.

Smokey adds, "I'm so happy with the record…I can't wait to see the public reaction to it."

Among the musicians who contributed to the track were acclaimed session bassist Freddie Washington and longtime Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers drummer Steve Ferrone.

This past summer, The Temptations launched a yearlong 60th anniversary celebration that will run through June of 2022. Temptations 60 is due out next year, and the group also has a series of tour dates lined up, and is planning a special commemoration of Williams' 80th birthday on October 30.

You can check out all of the confirmed upcoming Temptation shows at TemptationsOfficial.com.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers announce 2022 world stadium tour

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Red Hot Chili Peppers are returning to the road in 2022.

In a goofy, faux newscast video, the Peppers -- Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and returning guitarist John Frusciante -- announce that they'll launch a global stadium tour in June of next year, with the U.S. leg set to kick off in July.

Neither the exact itinerary or ticket details were revealed, but in the video, you see the names of different cites in the background, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, London, Toronto and Barcelona, Spain.

You can stay tuned for updates via RedHotChiliPeppers.com.

The tour will mark the first full live Peppers outing since Frusciante rejoined the band at the end of 2019. The band had planned dates for 2020, but, you know, COVID.

Fittingly, the tour announcement arrives on the 30th anniversary of the release of RHCP's hit 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik.


 

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Dirty, Sweet and 50: T. Rex's 'Electric Warrior' album celebrates milestone anniversary today

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of British glam-rock legends T. Rex's classic album Electric Warrior.

The record was the Marc Bolan-fronted group's sixth overall and its second after the band shortened its original moniker, Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Electric Warrior spent eight nonconsecutive weeks at #1 on the U.K. albums chart in late 1971 and early '72, while peaking at #32 on the Billboard 200. It includes the band's signature song, "Get It On," which topped the U.K. singles tally, while reaching #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- becoming T. Rex's only top-40 hit in the U.S.

The album also features "Jeepster," a #2 U.K. hit, and such other gems as "Mambo Sun," "Cosmic Dancer" and "Life's a Gas."

In the U.S., "Get It On" was retitled "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" to avoid confusion with a then-popular song by the jazz-rock band Chase.

Longtime Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman played piano on "Get It On." Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman of The Turtles and Frank Zappa fame contributed backing vocals to Electric Warrior, while ex-King Crimson multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, who later became a founding member of Foreigner, played saxophone on the record.

Electric Warrior, which was written entirely by Bolan and produced by frequent David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, is considered among the first glam-rock albums, if not the very first.

The record's influence could be heard in the early-to-mid-1970s music of Bowie, Elton John, The Hollies and The Rolling Stones, and went on to inspire many artists who emerged from the punk and new wave scenes.

Here's the full track list of Electric Warrior:

"Mambo Sun"
"Cosmic Dancer"
"Jeepster"
"Monolith"
"Lean Woman Blues"
"Get It On"
"Planet Queen"
"Girl"
"The Motivator"
"Life's a Gas"
"Rip Off"

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Guns N' Roses premiere new single, "Hard Skool"

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"Skool" is back in session for Guns N' Roses.

The "Welcome to the Jungle" rockers have premiered a new song called "Hard Skool." It's the second fresh tune from GN'R in as many months, following the August release of "Absurd."

The new track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services.

Like "Absurd," the origins of "Hard Skool" date back to sessions for Chinese Democracy, the long-fabled GN'R album that finally became a reality in 2008, with frontman Axl Rose as the only original member still in the band.

Chinese Democracy remains the most recent Guns N' Roses album. "Absurd" and "Hard Skool" mark the band's first new music since Slash and Duff McKagan rejoined in 2016.

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Ringo Starr discusses his new EP and how he wants to "Change the World" for the kids

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Ringo Starr's new EP, Change the World, was released today on CD, cassette and digital formats.

The four-song collection arrives just six months after the former Beatles drummer's previous release, the five-track Zoom In EP.

During a Zoom press conference this week promoting Change the World, Starr explained that he hoped the EP would bring his fans "joy." He also noted that the record's lead track, "Let's Change the World," offers an important message regarding climate change and pollution.

Reflecting on the song, which was written by Toto's Joseph Williams and Steve Lukather, Ringo maintained, "[H]alf the world's on fire, half of it's under water and [politicians are] still wondering, 'Well, we can't do that'…And I think we have to do a lot. So I'd like to change the world for the kids."

The second track is a reggae tune titled "Just That Way," which Ringo co-wrote with his longtime engineer Bruce Sugar, and features veteran reggae guitarist Tony Chin and bassist Fully Fullwood.

"I got [a] real bass player and guitar from Jamaica playing on it…which gives it more force," Ringo said. "And for me, it's so great, 'cause I get to play with those guys."

Track three is the country-influenced "Coming Undone," which was penned by hit-making songwriter/producer Linda Perry. The song features contributions from acclaimed New Orleans musician Trombone Shorty, who added a brass section that, according to Starr, completely transformed the tune.

The EP finishes with a cover of one of Ringo's favorite early rock 'n' roll tunes, "Rock Around the Clock."

The track features a guitar solo by Starr's brother-in-law, Joe Walsh, that Ringo said not only "rocked" but was different than any solo he's heard on other versions of the tune.

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Expanded 50th anniversary reissue of Cat Stevens' 'Teaser and the Firecat' album due in November

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Cat Stevens' classic 1971 studio album Teaser and the Firecat will be reissued on November 12 in multiple formats and configurations in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Released on October 1, 1971, Teaser and the Firecat reached #2 on the Billboard 200. It featured three of the singer/songwriter's most enduring tunes: "Morning Has Broken," "Peace Train," and "Moonshadow," which peaked at #6, #7 and #30, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100.

A super-deluxe box set version of the reissue features four CDs, a Blu-ray, two LPs and a seven-inch vinyl single. The CDs feature a newly remastered version of the original album, a variety of unreleased studio recordings, a disc collecting audio of various TV and radio performances, and a CD boasting a full-length 1971 concert in Montreux, Switzerland.

The Blu-ray features an HD-audio version of the album, a 1977 animated video for "Moonshadow" and a 2020 concert clip of "The Wind," and video of various live TV performances. The LPs feature an alternate version of Teaser and the Firecat on one disc and a selection of live performances from Montreux and the BBC on the other.

The vinyl single features a remastered version of "Moonshadow," backed with a previously unreleased recording of the late U.K. comedian Spike Milligan reading the narration for the aforementioned animated video.

One of the bonus tracks is a newly recorded version of "Bitterblue," retitled "Bitterblue²."

The box set also comes packaged with a softcover replica of the original 1972 Teaser and the Firecat book, and a 108-page hardcover essay book.

In advance of the reissue, a previously unheard 1970 demo of "Moonshadow" was released Thursday as a digital track.

Visit Cat Stevens' official store for more details about the Teaser and the Firecat reissues.

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Cyndi Lauper, Barbra Streisand call on entertainment bosses to demand congressional action on climate change

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A variety of celebrities, including music stars such as Cyndi Lauper and Barbra Streisand, are calling on entertainment industry leaders to demand action on climate change from Congress.

In a letter addressed to the heads of companies including Facebook, Netflix, Sony, Walt Disney, Apple, Google and Amazon, the artists, working with the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund, state that the bosses are "needed to lead our community's call for action and embrace this vision for a better world."

"Now is the time to use your influence to shape our future," the letter continues. "Congress needs to hear you demand, unequivocally, that it put forward and pass the most ambitious climate change agenda in U.S. history."

The letter asks that the business leaders "demand publicly and loudly that our senators and representatives" pass legislation that is currently before them. The legislation, the letter claims, will "create healthier communities, put millions to work in clean energy jobs, and free us from the fossil fuels that are driving climate change."

The artists go in to say that they'll be using their own platforms to remind all Americans to tell their senators and representatives in Congress that they "demand climate action now," by taking up the president's agenda.

"Tweet. Post. E-mail. Call. Whatever it takes," the letter concludes. "This is our moment, and there is no time to waste."

Others music stars who signed the letter include Coldplay, Adam Levine, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Selena Gomez, Shakira, Lorde, Billie EilishCamila Cabello, Dua Lipa,and Demi Lovato, as well as celebs including Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hugh Jackman, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Kerry Washington, Lin-Manuel Miranda, J.J. Abrams, Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds and Ellen DeGeneres, among many others.

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Ringo Starr recalls the time he and Charlie Watts helped John Bonham jam on Starr's drum kit

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Ringo Starr took part in a Zoom press event this week to promote his forthcoming EP, Change the World. During the virtual Q&A, the former Beatles drummer shared a humorous memory involving The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts and another famous late drummer, Led Zeppelin's John Bonham.

Ringo said he'd hang out with Watts from time to time, particularly when they used to live near each other in London, and he recalled an incident at a party he threw at his place during the 1970s that Charlie and Bonzo attended.

"I had a drum kit up in the attic…And Charlie came and so did John Bonham. And so, we've got three drummers just hanging out," Starr remembered. "And Bonham got on the kit, but because it [wasn't nailed down],…as he was playing and the bass drum was hopping away from him, you had Charlie Watts and Ringo holding the bass drum for him as he played."

Reflecting on the comical scene, Ringo added, "[T]hat would have been a great little video or TikTok, or a photo would've gone worldwide, you know what I mean? But in the '70s, I had parties and you'll never find any photos, because I wouldn't let you take photos…you know, in my house."

Starr said of Watts, who died last month at age 80, "Charlie was a great guy. He was a lot of fun, and he had a harder band than I did to keep together…[W]e will miss Charlie. He was a beautiful human being."

As previously reported, Change the World is a four-track EP that will be released this Friday, September 24, and will be available on CD, cassette and digital formats.

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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's 'Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts' film and album due in November

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In July, the popular Bruce Springsteen fan site Backstreets.com reported that an archival film focusing on the performances that The Boss and his E Street Band gave at the historic 1979 "No Nukes" concerts would be coming out later this year.  Now official details about the release have been announced.

The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts will be released digitally on November 16 and on DVD, Blu-ray and audio formats on November 19.

The film and companion audio feature Springsteen and the E Street Band playing 13 songs at two of the MUSE benefit concerts, aka the "No Nukes" concerts, a star-studded series of shows that took place in September 1979 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ten of the performances are previously unreleased.

The movie was edited by longtime Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny using the original 16-millimeter film, and the audio was remixed by lauded engineer Bob Clearmountain.

Springsteen's set list included renditions of two songs from his then-upcoming album The River -- the title track and "Sherry Darling" -- as well as covers of Buddy Holly's "Rave On" and Maurice Williams' "Stay," the latter of which featured guest appearances from Jackson Browne and Tom Petty.

"A few years ago, I started re-examining the filmed archives for Bruce and the Band's appearances at the No Nukes concerts of 1979," says Zimny in a statement. "I quickly realized that these were the best performances and best filming from the Band's legendary Seventies, and dedicated myself to bringing out the full potential of the footage."

The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts, which you can pre-order now, is available as a two-CD/DVD or two-CD/Blu-Ray set, a two-LP vinyl package, and on digital audio and video formats.

Here's the full track list:

"Prove It All Night"
"Badlands"
"The Promised Land"
"The River"
"Sherry Darling"
"Thunder Road"
"Jungleland"
"Rosalita Come Out Tonight"
"Born to Run"
"Stay"
"Detroit Medley"
"Quarter to Three"
"Rave On"

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The Rolling Stones share details about new US tour, which kicks off this Sunday

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As The Rolling Stones prepare to launch the 2021 leg of their No Filter Tour this Sunday in St. Louis, the band's main members have shared a new official interview in which they chat about plan for the trek -- their first without longtime drummer Charlie Watts, who died on August 24 at age 80.

In the conversation, which was conducted by acclaimed rock journalist David Fricke, frontman Mick Jagger talks about how rehearsals have been going with Watts' handpicked replacement, Steve Jordan.

"It's gone well. We all knew [Steve], and I'd played with him before. He's very respectful of Charlie," Jagger says. "He played with Keith [Richards] before we started the rehearsals, and then he did homework, listening to the tunes. When we talk about what Charlie did on this one, we listen to the original record, and then we listen to the live versions. There's certain licks that we want to do, that Charlie did."

Jagger reveals that The Stones have rehearsed "80 to 90 songs" for the trek, adding, "We've got tons of numbers from most eras. So we have a big set list. We can certainly change up the set list."

Richards reveals that among the songs the band will be playing are two of the bonus tracks from the group's upcoming Tattoo You reissue -- "Living in the Heart of Love" and a cover of The Chi-Lites' "Troubles A' Comin'" -- as well as the 2020 Stones single "Living in a Ghost Town" and the 1976 gem "Hand of Fate."

Regarding how Jordan has been fitting in with the band, Keith notes, "Steve brings with him a lot of knowledge about the Stones. He'll say, 'No, Charlie plays like this.' Steve is so meticulous, so aware of the seat he's sitting in."

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Elton John says getting Dua Lipa to sing on "Cold Heart" was a "stroke of luck"

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Elton John is thrilled that "Cold Heart," his collaboration with U.K. pop star Dua Lipa and the electronic dance duo PNAU, is doing so well on the charts, but he says landing the "Levitating" singer for the record wasn't a forgone conclusion, even though they'd collaborated in the past.

"The Dua record happened because PNAU gave me the track, which I loved, but I didn't want to sing the 'Rocket Man' [part] there, because I'd sung it so many times," Elton tells Apple Music's Zane Lowe. "Cold Heart" is based around samples of four Elton songs: "Rocket Man," "Sacrifice," "Kiss the Bride" and "Where's the Shoorah?"

"I thought it would be great if someone else sang that," he notes. "And I've gotten to know Dua because she did our Oscar party this year and we became friends. She was in L.A. in May, and [my husband David and I] took her to dinner...and David said to her, 'Listen, think about it. I'll send you the track. You got to play it loud by the pool.'"

Elton continues, "She phoned us up [and said,] 'I'm in.' And that was the icing on the cake. She is probably...one of the most successful artists in the world at the moment...And it just was a stroke of luck."

While Elton has had dozens of hits in his 50-year career, he tells Zane that "Cold Heart" is special because, as he puts it, "I haven't had a genuine hit for a long, long time because I haven't made genuine hit records. I haven't set out to make them."

"Cold Heart" is Elton's his first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 since 2000, his first top 10 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart since 2005 and his first song to hit Billboard's Pop Airplay chart since 1998.

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