Hear Elton John Cover Khalid’s ‘Young Dumb & Broke’

Always the champion of young emerging artists, Elton John collaborated with pop-soul and R&B singer Khalid to cover his 2017 hit ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ for the Spotify Singles series.

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Always the champion of young emerging artists, Elton John collaborated with pop-soul and R&B singer Khalid to cover his 2017 hit ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ for the Spotify Singles series.

Recorded live during John’s current residency at the Colosseum, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Rocketman paired his piano skills with a slick beat, making the song his own and reinterpreting it as a contemporary ballad. He also recorded a new live version of his iconic track ‘Bennie and the Jets’ during the Vegas show, featuring an electric piano solo.

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John first expressed his interest in Khalid back in March 2017, declaring that the young singer was “on the road to superstardom”.

In a statement, the pop icon shared the genesis behind the collaboration writing, “I discovered Khalid’s music a few years ago, and have been a fan ever since. We finally met when I played his home town of El Paso last year.” He continues, “It’s a thrill to be a small part of any new artist’s journey, and it’s been wonderful to see his star continue to rise and rise. ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ is a fabulous song, one of my favourites and I’m really pleased that he liked my cover enough to contribute vocals”.

The 20-year-old singer, songwriter and R&B crooner contributes vocals throughout the track, harmonizing with John on the chorus and adding his vocal flair at the climax.

‘Young Dumb & Broke’ is the certified platinum single off Khalid’s Grammy-nominated debut album American Teen. The singer also shared his disbelief at collaborating with the musical icon, writing on Twitter: “This is so crazy, thank you so much Elton John.”

The rock legend is currently on tour as part of his massive, three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour that he announced back in September.

Visit the official artist site for tour details and stream his new tracks here.

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