From Abbey Road to Farewell Yellow Brick Road
When it comes to music, Elton is #1–but you knew that already, right? In this case, we’re talking about StubHub‘s announcement. . . . He is the most popular touring artist, based on cumulative sales on StubHub North America and Viagogo. Meanwhile, Pollstar says Elton has topped the Artist Power Index.
#ArtistPowerIndex: @eltonofficial is the highest-ranked performer on the APX at the end of the year, after being No.1 when the chart was introduced in February@DUALIPA @Imaginedragons @edsheeran @sanbenito @coldplay @Harry_Styles @katyperry @justinbieber @MorganWallen pic.twitter.com/O5prIHpMNg
— Pollstar (@Pollstar) December 14, 2022
He managed the feat in February as well, when the chart, a combination of ticket sales, airplay, streaming, and social media, was first introduced. If that’s not enough, the Farewell Yellow Brick Road has been nominated for Pollstar‘s Major Tour of the Year. The awards will be handed out in February.
YEAR-END SPECIAL: Congratulations to all those who appeared on the Top Worldwide Tours chart!@sanbenito @eltonofficial @edsheeran @Harry_Styles @coldplay @DefLeppard @MotleyCrue @ChiliPeppers #daddyyankee @garthbrooks @RollingStones pic.twitter.com/JWprRwxK4j
— Pollstar (@Pollstar) December 12, 2022
Incidentally, Elton has come up with his own compilation. He is sharing his favourite tracks of the year, and his playlist includes the Linda Lindas‘ Growing Up, Stormzy‘s Firebabe, and Oliver Sim’s Run The Credits.
Another artist Elton admires is brandicarlile, who was discovered by U2 through Rocket Hour. She told Variety‘s ChrisWillman that’s where they go to find out about new music because Elton ”is on the cusp of everything.” Also discussed was the outfit she wore when appearing onstage last month with Elton at Dodger Stadium. It was meant to resemble the one Elton donned for his 1975 appearance at the venue in Los Angeles, California. In fact, when she was 11 or 12 years old, Brandi created Elton John jewelry, pasting and threading portions of books and records from secondhand stores.
It feels like one ought to ”run the credits” (to quote the aforementioned Oliver Sim) when viewing a recent instagram post. There’s a photo of Elton and David Furnish with their guests Dua Lipa, Andrew Watt, Sam Fender, Jake Shears, and the cast of Heartstoppers.
In October, Elton saluted the latter when they nabbed the Virgin Atlantic Attitude TV Award.
Who is celebrating their 91st birthday, with help from Elton and other luminaries? That would be AbbeyRoad Studios. Last week, Elton, Twiggy, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr attended the premiere of Mary McCartney‘s If These Walls Could Sing at Abbey Road Studios.
After four years in the making, ‘If These Walls Could Sing’ is set to hit Disney+ on 16 December.
Directed by Mary McCartney, the new documentary tells the story of our 91-year history through the eyes of the musical icons that helped establish it.https://t.co/NXMXfYqqIw pic.twitter.com/XOtZJrqJ6V
— Abbey Road Studios (@AbbeyRoad) November 15, 2022
”Elton,” ”Paul McCartney,” and ”Boy George” have contributed to another project, this one benefitting the Trussell Trust food charity and Band Aid Trust. Food Aid is LadBaby’s parody of Band Aid. An Ed Sheeran lookalike is also in the video, which makes sense. After all, it was last year that Elton and Ed joined LadBaby on Sausage Rolls For Everyone. This made chart history since it was LadBaby’s #1 Christmas song for the fourth consecutive year.
Earlier this year, Peter Hujar Curated by Elton John opened at San Francisco, California’s Fraenkel Gallery. According to press notes, it proved that ”one artist’s eye can shed light on another.”
Another press release–from the Gagosian Gallery in New York City– reveals that Elton has a hand in an exhibit of photography, opening on 4 May 2023. This marks the centenary of Richard Avedon‘s birth. To celebrate, Elton, Naomi Campbell, Spike Lee, Sally Mann, and many others were asked to select a picture and to elaborate on the ways the image and artist have impacted them.
Across the country, the Terra Rosa Art Gallery in Guthrie, Oklahoma, has an Elton John standee. The gallery’s owner, Kimberly Pagonis, told the Elton Blog that people have enjoyed taking pictures with the figure, and can do so until the 29th of December. The artist is marie.kash Weltzheimer, who has created as many as 52 EJ artworks.
Fans are also welcome to take pictures of themselves at the-grove in Los Angeles, where Elton John eyewear and other goods are available through the 15th of January. The Spotify Wrapped hub is offering merchandise as well.
Wrapped is an annual feature from the audio streaming service, which has been branching out. . . . Eligible fans (those who have streamed enough music on the platform this year) can get a video feed with thank you messages from artists ranging from Elton to Taylor Swift.
Elton is also giving thanks to Roblox and the metaverse. He finds they are ideal for expressing his love of music and fashion, as well as ”the limitless creativity that comes from both.” People can be themselves . . . ”as flashy or down-to-earth as you want to be.”
— Music-News.com (@MusicNewsWeb) December 14, 2022