Thursday, January 21, 2016

Elton Achieves 71st AC Hit, Scaling Back Touring Next Year

The icon furthers his mark for the most entries in the chart's history as "Looking Up" debuts.

Elton John extends his record for the most appearances in the 54-year history of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, as "Looking Up" enters at No. 20. The song marks his 71st entry on the ranking. Barbra Streisand ranks second with 64 AC hits.

"Looking Up" is the lead single from John's Feb. 5 studio album Wonderful Crazy Night, co-produced by John and T Bone Burnett, who worked on John's last studio set, 2013's The Diving Board. The song also marks his highest AC debut (on the chart dated Jan. 30) since "You Can Make History (Young Again)" launched at No. 11 in 1996.

John first charted on AC with the No. 9-peaking classic "Your Song," which bowed on the Dec. 26, 1970, ranking. He tallied his 70th entry, the No. 18-peaking "Can't Stay Alone Tonight" (from The Diving Board), in 2014.

- Billboard

Sir Elton John is to scale back his performing schedule and abandon lengthy world tours, to concentrate on fatherhood.

The singer, who has two sons with his husband, David Furnish, said that now the couple's eldest son, Zachary, five, had begun school, he did not want to be away from the family home for long periods of time.

Sir Elton is in the early stages of a world tour, to mark the release of his new album, Wonderful Crazy Night, but he said that a five-week trip to Australia and the Far East later this year would be his last major excursion.

He told Radio 4’s Front Row: “I’m going away to Japan and Australia and various places for five weeks, and it’s going to be very hard. I’ve never been away from them for that long. I’ll never be away for them as long again.”

Sir Elton said there would be “fewer gigs in the future”, adding: “I love doing the school run. I love that, it’s part of my life now.” He said that Zachary and Elijah, three, were aware of his singing career.

He added: “They understand it, that while I’m away David will be here and he will be parenting, they will always have someone to read them a story at 6.30pm every night. When you have children they have the most important thing, it all revolves around them.”

- Telegraph

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