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March 25, 2020

Happy Birthday, Elton: A Decade In Review

Today we celebrate Elton's 73rd birthday with an overview of his extraordinary career over the past ten jam-packed years.

Happy birthday Elton!

2010

2010

ALBUMS
★  The Union [Elton John/Leon Russell] – Peaks at #3 on Billboard Top 200 chart, #2 on Top Rock Albums, and #12 in the UK.
★  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [Kanye West] – Elton plays piano and sings backing vocals on All Of The Lights.

LIVE
★  Elton gives 124 performances (nine on TV) in 33 countries.
 
NOTABLE EVENTS
★  January 31 – Performs a mash-up of Speechless and Your Song with Lady Gaga on the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
★  October 19 – Performs with Leon Russell at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. Plays The Union in its entirety.
★  November 3 – The Union Tour with Leon Russell launches at the Hollywood Palladium in California.

2011

ALBUMS
★  Gnomeo & Juliet (Official Motion Picture Soundtrack)
★  Matthew Morrison [Matthew Morrison] – Elton duets with Matthew on Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters/Rocket Man.
★  T Bone Burnett Presents The Speaking Clock Revue (Live From the Beacon Theatre) – Elton performs Monkey Suit live.

UNIQUE SINGLES
★  Hard Times [Plan B (featuring Elton John and Paloma Faith)]
★  Whenever (a song inspired by Zarkana) – Co-written by Elton, who does not sing on the track, and PNAU's Nick Littlemore.

LIVE
★  Elton gives 126 performances (three on TV) in 23 countries.
 
NOTABLE EVENTS
★  February 11 – The film Gnomeo & Juliet opens, eventually grossing over $190 million worldwide.
★  April 20 – The Union documentary debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, with a solo performance by Elton afterward.
★  September 27 – Million Dollar Piano opens in Las Vegas.

2012

2012

ALBUMS
★  Good Morning To The Night [Elton John vs. Pnau] – Elton's 7th #1 album in the UK, his first in 12 years.
★  The Very Best Of Global Truce 2012 [Various Artists, live] – Includes a live version of Tiny Dancer.

LIVE
★  Elton gives 123 performances (four on TV) in 30 countries.
 
NOTABLE EVENTS
★  June 4 – Performs at the Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in London.
★  July 2 – Performs solo and with PNAU at the 123 Rocktronic Festival in Ibiza.
★  July 17 – Elton's "Love Is The Cure" book published.

2013

ALBUMS
★  The Diving Board – Peaks at #3 in the UK and #4 in the US.
★  …Like Clockwork [Queens Of The Stone Age] – Elton plays piano on Fairweather Friends.
★  In2ition [2CELLOS] – Elton sings on Oh, Well.
★  Save Rock And Roll [Fall Out Boy] – Elton sings duet vocals on the title track.
★  Exile [Hurts] – Elton plays piano on Help.

 

LIVE
★  Elton gives 114 performances (11 on TV) in 21 countries.
 
NOTABLE EVENTS
★  February 10 – Performs with Ed Sheeran and others on the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
★  September 2 – Receives the first BRITS Icon Award in London.
★  September 22 – Performs on the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

2014

2014

ALBUMS
 Smokey & Friends [Smokey Robinson] – Elton and Smokey duet on The Tracks Of My Tears.
★  Life Is Easy [Bright Light Bright Light] – Elton sings duet vocals on I Wish We Were Leaving.
★  Engelbert Calling [Engelbert Humperdinck] – Elton sings duet on Something About The Way You Look Tonight.

UNIQUE SINGLES
★  Face To Face [Gary Barlow (w/Elton John)]

LIVE
  Elton gives 105 performances in 20 countries.
 
NOTABLE EVENTS
★  June 15 – Performs at Bonnaroo, Elton’s first music festival in America.
★  July 1 – Million Dollar Piano is released on Blu-ray & DVD.
★  December 31 – Concert in Brooklyn is partially broadcast on ABC TV’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

2015

SINGLES
 Looking Up – Peaks at #12 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, extending his record for the most appearances on that tally at 71.

LIVE
★  Elton gives 105 performances (three on TV) in 21 countries.
 
NOTABLE EVENTS
★  May 2 – Performs at the New Orleans Jazz Festival; meets with his idol Jerry Lee Lewis backstage.
★  July 6 – Launches Elton John‘s Rocket Hour weekly show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio.

2016

ALBUMS
 Wonderful Crazy Night – Peaks at #6 in the UK and #8 in the US (Elton's 19th top 10 album in America).
★  Choreography [Bright Light Bright Light] – Elton sings duet vocals on All In The Name, Running Back To You and Symmetry Of Two Hearts.
★  Double Take [Frankie Miller] – Elton sings duet vocals on Where Do The Guilty Go.
★  The Getaway [Red Hot Chili Peppers] – Elton plays piano on The Getaway (partially based on Bennie And The Jets).
★  We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service [A Tribe Called Quest] – Elton appears on Solid Wall Of Sound, which samples Bennie And The Jets.

 

UNIQUE SINGLES
★  I Love You All The Time – Elton's charity cover of Eagles Of Death Metal song for those affected by the Paris attacks of November 13, 2015.

LIVE
 131 performances (10 on TV) in 24 countries.
 
NOTABLE EVENTS
★  February 3 & 4 – Does In-store signing at HMV London and piano dedication at Kings Cross St Pancras International.
★  February 8 – Appears on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.
★  November 10 – The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection opens at the Tate Modern museum.

2017

2017

ALBUMS
  Diamonds – Reaches #5 in the UK and #7 in the US, attaining Platinum status in both countries.
★  Music from The American Epic Sessions (TV Soundtrack) – Elton and guest Jack White perform 2 Fingers Of Whiskey.
★  Release: Further Listening 2001-2004 [Pet Shop Boys] – Elton sings on In Private and Alone Again (Naturally).

LIVE
  Elton gives 100 performances in 23 countries.
 
NOTABLE EVENTS
★  May 9 – Elton John: The Cut winners selected – first official videos released for Rocket ManTiny Dancer and Bennie And The Jets.
★  September 22 – Appears in Kingsman: The Golden Circle film.
★  November 6 – Awarded Harvard College Humanitarian of the Year in Cambridge, MA, USA.

2018

ALBUMS
★  Sherlock Gnomes: Music From the Motion Picture
★  Revamp: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin
★  Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin
★  Bobby Tarantino II (Mixtape) [Logic] – Elton appears on Yuck.
 It's About Time [Chic] – Elton sings on Queen.
 
UNIQUE SINGLES
★  Bennie And The JetsYoung Dumb & Broke [Elton John featuring Khalid]
 

LIVE
★  Elton gives 78 performances in five countries.
 
NOTABLE EVENTS
★  January 28 – Performs with Miley Cyrus at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
★  January 30 – Elton John: I'm Still Standing – A GRAMMY Salute
★  March 23 – Sherlock Gnomes opens. It grosses over $90 million worldwide.
★  September 10 – Elton launches his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour in Allentown, PA.
★  November 15 – John Lewis Christmas ad The Boy & The Piano airs, to great acclaim.

2019

2019

ALBUMS
 Rocketman: Music From the Motion Picture – Includes new song (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again (duet w/Taron Egerton); it peaks at #5 in the UK and #50 in the US.
★  The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - 2019) – Includes new song Never Too Late; it peaks at #13 in the US.
 
LIVE
  Elton gives 117 performances (one on TV) in 19 countries.
 
NOTABLE EVENTS
★  May 31 – Rocketman film is released; it grosses over $195 million worldwide.
★  September 3 – Royal Mail issues 12 special Elton John stamps.
★  October 15 – Elton’s autobiography Me is published. It reaches #1 on the New York Times and Amazon bestseller lists.
★  December 28 – Step Into Christmas single reaches #8, its highest peak in the UK since the original 1973 release.

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