Elton John Shares New Album 'The Lockdown Sessions' f/ Young Thug, Nicki Minaj, Lil Nas X, and More

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Image via EMI/Mercury Records
Image via EMI/Mercury Records

Elton John has returned with his new album, The Lockdown Sessions.

The 16-track release is a collection of collaborations Elton recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s highlighted by guest appearances from Young Thug and Nicki Minaj (“Always Love You”), Lil Nas X (“One of Me”), Dua Lipa (“Cold Heart”), 6lack (“The Pink Phantom”), Charlie Puth (“After All”), and more.

“The last thing I expected to do during lockdown was make an album,” Elton shared. “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.”

Elton’s new track with Thugger follows their 2018 collaboration “High,” and arrives just a few weeks after the legendary singer-songwriter spoke to Billboard about “Always Love You,” praising the Atlanta rapper’s freestyle skills.

“I mean, I’ve seen Marshall [Mathers] do it in Detroit, but I’ve never seen someone like Thug come in and do that,” Elton explained. “In the end, I had to leave because I think he felt a bit intimidated that I was there and I just wanted him to relax. But it’s just an amazing moment in my musical life… I have no understanding of how rap records are put together and it’s fascinating to watch.”

Stream Elton John’s new album The Lockdown Sessions now on all major platforms.