Elton John is blasting up the charts thanks to the release of the biopic Rocketman, earning the pop icon his 20th Top 10 album with the greatest hits album Diamonds.
Originally released in November 2017, the greatest hits collection jumped from No. 23 to No.7 on the Billboard 200 chart, with album sales surging up 83 percent.
Diamonds not only represented Elton’s impressive catalogue but marked 50 years of Elton’s prolific songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin.
“We are at 50 years, and our relationship is healthier than it’s ever been,” Elton said at the time of release.
“There have been times in our relationship when we’ve written with other people, but it still didn’t stop the love. I love Bernie more than I’ve ever done and I think he probably feels the same way about me, because we’ve both led separate lives; we both write in separate rooms. We have an amazing respect and love for each other that’s only grown.”
Rocketman hit theatres last month on 31 May and following its release, there’s been endless buzz around Elton John’s music. The musical film is one-part biopic and one part fantasy and centres around the music legend’s colourful life and his enduring catalogue.
As the New York Times writes in their review, “It’s fan service of an especially and characteristically generous kind. It’s certain that Elton John has nothing left to prove, but it’s also possible that he’s underappreciated. He has been part of the pop-music mainstream for so long – more than 50 years! – that the scope of his genius and the scale of his accomplishments risk being taken for granted.”
Along with Elton’s greatest hits, the film soundtrack also landed on the Billboard 200, and unlike Bohemian Rhapsody, features covers by Taron Egerton who stars at Elton in the film. The soundtrack also features a new original song written for Rocketman titled, ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’, that’s currently making its way up the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Paramount also released a new music video for the single today.
Following the success of the film, many of Elton’s classic 70s hits have re-entered Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart including ‘Rocket Man’ at No. 4, along with ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Bennie and the Jets’ and ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, at No. 6, 9 and 17, respectively.
Listen the Rocketman soundtrack here.