Elton John secures chart record with a top 10 single across six decades

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Elton John Secures Chart Record With A Top 10 Single Across Six Decades
Elton John has overtaken singer superstars including Elvis, Michael Jackson and David Bowie.
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Naomi Clarke, PA Entertainment Reporter

Sir Elton John has set a new record as the only act to secure a top 10 single in the UK charts across six different decades, the Official Charts company has said.

The musician’s collaboration with Dua Lipa on his latest track Cold Heart (Pnau Remix) earned him the title.

The single, released on August 13th, is currently on course to dethrone Ed Sheeran’s Shivers in the UK singles chart as it sits at number two.

The landmark achievement sees the singer overtake musical superstars Elvis, Cher, Sir Cliff Richard, Michael Jackson and David Bowie, who have all achieved top 10 tracks in five decades.

Elton John achieved 33 top 10 singles across his career, making his debut on the chart in 1971 with Your Song, which reached number seven and later re-entered in fourth place in 2002.

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The 1970s were his most successful period, landing 10 singles in the top 10 including Rocket Man, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart and Are You Ready for Love.

Among his top 10 hits are seven number-one singles, the biggest chart-topper being his 1997 Candle In The Wind 97/Something About The Way You Look Tonight, which is the UK’s best-selling single of all time with 4.94 million pure sales.

The singer released his new album on October 22nd, titled The Lockdown Sessions, which is a collection of collaborations featuring Lil Nas X, Stevie Wonder, Nicki Minaj, Stevie Nicks and others.

He was due to embark on dates around Europe and the UK later this year as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour but was forced to reschedule them to 2023 due to injury.

He explained that at the end of summer he fell and has experienced pain and discomfort in his hip ever since, leading to difficulties moving despite physio and treatment.

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