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Elton John Says He and ‘Cold HeartDuet Partner Dua Lipa ‘Get on Like a House on Fire’: ‘Adore Her

エルトン・ジョンデュアリパ made music magic with their hit “冷たい心,” and it seems their chemistry in the studio extends to their real-life friendship!

The pair graced the cover of バラエティ‘s Hitmakers issue, and opened up about their close bond and the ways in which the stars aligned to get them into the studio together.

“私は彼女が大好きです. She is incredibly talented — absolutely brilliant — and so professional. It’s a pleasure to be around someone who is so young, has done so much already and is so humble,” John said of Lipa. “She is also great fun, and we get on like a house on fire.

“冷たい心 (Pnau remix)” 8月にリリースされました 2021 as the first single off John’s collaborative album ロックダウンセッション, and hit No. 7 に ビルボード ホット 100. 歌, an updated take on John’s classic “ロケットマン,” いいえヒット. 1 in their native England, giving John his first British chart-topper in 16 年.

NS “さようなら黄昏のレンガ道” 歌手, 75, and Lipa, 27, first met at an AIDS Foundation event, and John and his husband David Furnish later took the pop star out to dinner to present the idea of working together.

Elton John and Dua Lipa are Variety's Hitmakers of the Year

Elton John and Dua Lipa are Variety's Hitmakers of the Year

Peggy Sirota for Variety

My first answer was, 'はい, 絶対,’ but they were like, '上手, listen to it before you agree to it,'” she recalled to バラエティ. “I was in Malibu writing for my new album, and they sent it to me very early one morning. We were on FaceTime — even though we’re friends, it’s still surreal being on FaceTime with Elton and David — and I remember I was in my bikini by the pool, wearing a cowboy hat for some reason.

John suggested thePretty Pleasesinger listen to the track “うるさい” プールサイドで, and it took only a day or so for her to commit. They first sang the song live together at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Nov. 20, the final date of his farewell tour.

When we recorded ‘Cold Heart,’ we had no idea the life it would have,” リパは言った. “I could have never imagined a night like this. It reminded me to never stop dreaming.

Elton John and Dua Lipa are Variety's Hitmakers of the Year

Elton John and Dua Lipa are Variety's Hitmakers of the Year

Elton John and Dua Lipa.
Peggy Sirota for Variety

近年では, John has become a mentor to other young artists like Lipa, 含む エド・シーランフェンダー自身. 彼が言った バラエティ that his desire to help up-and-coming stars can be traced back to when he first came to the U.S., and received well wishes from stars like ニール・ダイアモンド, レオンラッセル, Brian Wilson and ジョージ・ハリスン.

It was so kind for all of those people that I’d idolized growing up to take the time to say, ‘Well done,'” 彼は言った. “It kind of ratified what I was doing. I was so blown away by it and so touched, and it’s been in my DNA ever since, that you must always ring up someone if they are doing good work.