Stream “Finish Line,” Elton John and Stevie Wonder’s First-Ever Duet (from ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ Album)

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On Oct, 22, Sir Elton John will release The Lockdown Sessions, a new album featuring a number of high-profile collaborations with music stars from across the spectrum, a collection spanning generations and multiple styles.

“Finish Line,” debuted on Friday, finds Sir Elton teaming up with none other than Stevie Wonder for a totally legendary team-up, complete with a choir of background vocalists and sweeping, gorgeous harmony:

“I couldn’t be more proud of ‘Finish Line,” said John in a statement about the song. “I’d go as far as to say it’s one of the best records I’ve ever made.”

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Some more context for the track, per Elton’s official site (which traces the pair’s decades-long friendship and frequent musical partnership, noting that “Finish Line” marks their first actual recorded duet together):

The song is written by Elton, Andrew Wotman (song producer Andrew Watt), Ali Tamposi, and Roman Campolo. Stevie plays piano, harmonica, and sings lead vocals, with Elton on electric piano and lead vocals.

Elton notes that this song was written differently than most of his catalogue. “Usually I write to lyrics, but I wrote the melody first, in the studio…and then Stevie came along and played piano. I played electric piano and then he did harmonica on it. And we were trying to get another vocalist on it – and he wouldn’t do it, ‘cos I think he thought he’d done enough. Then (Andrew Watt) put the Kanye West Gospel Choir on it, and I think when Stevie heard that, he decided to do the vocal.”

This was how Elton John described The Lockdown Sessions when it was first detailed:

The last thing I expected to do during lockdown was make an album. But, as the pandemic went on, one‐off projects kept cropping up and I’ve ended with a selection of really interesting and diverse stuff that was completely different to anything I’m known for, stuff that took me out of my comfort zone into completely new territory. And I realised there was something weirdly familiar about working like this. At the start of my career, in the late 60s, I worked as a session musician. Working with different artists during lockdown reminded me of that. I’d come full circle: I was a session musician again. And it was still a blast.

The list of collaborators who joined Sir Elton for this project is eye-popping, as well, and includes Dua Lipa, Charie Puth, Surfaces, Gorillaz, Rina Sawayama, Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Lil Nas X, Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks and more. A few of the songs made their way to the masses previously, and are included here as part of the album project.

The track listing:

1. Elton & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)
2. Elton, Young Thug & Nicki Minaj – Always Love You
3. Surfaces feat. Elton – Learn To Fly
4. Elton & Charlie Puth – After All
5. Rina Sawayama & Elton – Chosen Family
6. Gorillaz feat. Elton & 6LACK – The Pink Phantom
7. Elton & Years & Years – It’s a sin
8. Miley Cyrus feat. WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo & Chad Smith – Nothing Else Matters
9. Elton & SG Lewis – Orbit
10. Elton & Brandi Carlile – Simple Things
11. Jimmie Allen & Elton – Beauty In The Bones
12. Lil Nas X feat. Elton – One Of Me
13. Elton & Eddie Vedder – E-Ticket
14. Elton & Stevie Wonder – Finish Line
15. Elton & Stevie Nicks – Stolen Car
16. Glen Campbell & Elton – I’m Not Gonna Miss You

Here’s “After All,” featuring Charlie Puth:

And “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix),” the collaboration with Dua Lipa”:

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