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Sir Elton John gave Rina Sawayama’s upcoming album his seal of approval

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Sir Elton John gave Rina Sawayama’s upcoming album his seal of approval

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Sir Elton John gave Rina Sawayama’s upcoming album his seal of approval.

The ‘Tiny Dancer’ hitmaker and the 31-year-old singer previously joined forces on the hit ‘Chosen Family’, and Rina has revealed the music legend blasted out songs from her follow-up to her self-titled 2020 debut studio album on his “humongous boombox”.

Rina told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column: “I wrote a record during lockdown, which was really difficult.

“I felt I just didn’t have anything to write about because, like a lot of people, I wasn’t doing anything. But I managed to do it and it is coming out this year.”

She added of Elton: “We spent some time in the summer together and he has this humongous boombox which he listens to music on. I played him my songs and he loved them.”

Elton, 74, crowned Rina’s first LP his “album of the year”.  Speaking to the Japanese singer-songwriter on FaceTime for his Apple Music radio show ‘Rocket Hour’, he told her: “Hi Rina! It’s so wonderful to talk to you because so far you have made my album of the year. This is my favourite album of the year.”

The ‘Dynasty’ singer replied: “Stop it, no way.”

Elton said Rina was on his “bucket list” of artists he wanted to quiz on her music because he’s “so fascinated” by her.  He went on to say: “It’s a phenomenal record.

“We’ve been playing a lot of it on our show … you’re on my bucket list because I wanted to talk to you because I’m so fascinated about you.”

The ‘Rocket Man’ singer also praised The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ and Perfume Genius’ ‘Set My Heart On Fire Immediately’, but insisted that ‘SAWAYAMA’ is “the strongest album of the year by far”.  Elton also said that he could see Queen of Pop Madonna releasing the album’s track ‘Bad Friend’.He added: “It encompasses so many styles of music. ‘Bad Friend’, for example, is a song that Madonna would die for.”

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Alana was diagnosed in late July/ early August of 2012 with ALL. After test results came back it showed that she had the Philadelphina Chromosome as well.

HitOldies is joining with Mix105Indy.com in lifting up Alana in prayer as she battles this crippling disease. Alana is 18 years old and attends Taylor High School in Kokomo, Indiana. She was first diagnosed with Lukemia as a small child. She beat the illness in elementary school but now it has returned and she is suffering from it once again.

 

 

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I created this group for those who know Alana to post positive thoughts & messages to share with her family & friends. You are also more than welcome to post memories of fun times you have had. I know there will be many more happy memories with her. I know there are a few fundraisers in the works for her so you may share those as well here. No negativity will be tolerated. I don’t anticipate any but I’m just stating up front that it is NOT allowed.
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