AceShowbiz - Elton John and Khalid may sound like unlikely collaboration, but here we are curious to find out how the two musicians blend together in a cover of "Young Dumb & Broke". The British singing legend teams up with the original performer, Khalid himself, for a new version of the R&B star's 2017 hit song.
The 71-year-old rock star reimagines the smooth laid-back teen song as an adult contemporary ballad over intricate piano, palm-muted electric guitar and a slick electronic beat. He drops the lively cover as part of the Spotify Singles series along with a relatively straightforward version of his signature "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" hit "Bennie and the Jets".
In a statement about the collaboration, Elton says, "I discovered Khalid's music a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. We finally met when I played his home town of El Paso last year. It's a thrill to be a small part of any new artists' journey, and it's been wonderful to see his star continue to rise and rise." He adds, " 'Young Dumb & Broke' is a fabulous song, one of my favorites, and I'm really pleased that he liked my cover enough to contribute vocals."
John recorded the song at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He takes to his Instagram page to share pictures taken during the recording session with a full band. He also poses together with Khalid in what looks like a waiting room.
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My #SpotifySingles session is available now! Recorded live at @thecolosseumatcaesarspalace, it features ‘Bennie and the Jets’ and a cover of @thegr8khalid's ‘Young Dumb & Broke’. I discovered Khalid’s music a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. I'm really pleased that he liked my cover enough to contribute vocals. Listen now on @spotify. #youngdumbandbroke #khalid 📷: Denise Truscello
This isn't the first time, though, that Elton has surprised music lovers with surprise collaborations. He has previously worked with Kanye West for the rapper's 2010 song "All of the Lights", Fall Out Boy on "Save Rock and Roll", and A Tribe Called Quest on "Solid Wall of Sound".
John last released his new original song in 2016. The "True Love" singer has embarked on his farewell tour called "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" since September of this year. The tour will consist of more than 300 concerts worldwide and last until 2020.
His next tour stop is in Dallas, where he will perform at American Airlines Center on December 14 and 15. He will then take a break before resuming the tour on January 11, 2019 in Boise.