The star is the latest to join the 'CBeebies Bedtime Stories' elite.
Sir Elton John joins an elite group of celebrity storytellers as he is selected to read the next CBeebies bedtime story. It may not seem like such a big deal, but for a family man like this legendary musician, it's a wonderful opportunity to show a side of himself usually reserved for his children.
Elton John and David Furnish at a 'Sherlock Gnomes' screening
The 71-year-old unveils his fatherly persona for the public on 'CBeebies Bedtime Stories', for which he'll read 'The Dog Detectives: Lost in London' by Fin and Zoa, illustrated by Monika Suska, next month.
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The rocker said his friend's retirement announcement was "dishonest"
International singing superstar, Elton John, thrilled and saddened fans in equal measure when he announced his retirement via a three year farewell tour but his friend and contemporary, Rod Stewart, has had an interesting reaction to the revelation - and said it stinks of selling tickets.
Rod Stewart has been critical of Elton John's retirement plans
The legendary Scottish rocker appeared on Watch What Happens Live with host Andy Cohen and Cyndi Lauper and revealed he had contacted Elton after the Tiny Dancer star provided fans with information on his 300-date Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
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The hitmaker has been touring for 50 years
Iconic singer, pianist and composer Elton John has announced his retirement from touring after half a century of performing. The star has been on the stage for 50 whole years and has revealed he will be hanging up his microphone for good - but not until he has finished his current 300 show tour.
Elton John is retiring from touring
The Tiny Dancer hitmaker, who has a staggering catalogue of 30 albums, will visit every continent in the next three years during his farewell tour which will start in September.
Sir Elton John says seeing Eminem perform live in person was like watching Sir Mick Jagger fronting the Rolling Stones.
The iconic 'Rocket Man' singer collaborated with the 45-year-old rapper - whose real name is Marshall Mathers III - on his hit single 'Stan' at the Grammy Awards in 2001, and he was left in awe of the star, and he has likened the performance to seeing the Rolling Stones band member wow crowds.
Speaking to Eminem for Interview magazine, Elton said: ''I was just mesmerized by you and your performance; it made the hairs on the back of my arms stand up.
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They had only recently reunited after a long feud.
Just months after the pair reconciled following a near 10-year bitter relationship, Sir Elton John expresses his shock and his sadness that his mother Sheila Farebrother has passed away this week at the age of 92. The last time he saw her was just one week ago.
Elton John at his AIDS Foundation Gala
Sheila died this morning (December 4th 2017), around 8 months after getting back into contact with her 70-year-old son. Sir Elton revealed the news in a moving post on social media just hours after he became aware of the tragic news.
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The award-winning hitmaker will play Nala in the live-action remake of the Disney classic
Fans of Disney, fans of Beyonce and fans of the epic classic, The Lion King had all their Christmasses come at once when it was revealed there was to be a live action remake of the tearjerker with Queen Bey playing Nala due for release in 2019.
Beyonce is attached the live-action remake of The Lion King
Now, in further good news, it has been suggested Beyonce may sing reworked versions of Sir Elton John’s original Lion King classics - including Can You Feel The Love Tonight and Circle of Life.
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The audience certainly could 'Feel The Love Tonight'.
Elton John celebrated 25 years of humanitarian work into the global AIDS crisis at his star-studded AIDS Foundation gala this week, which saw some spectacular musical performances, exciting guest appearances and an auction which raised thousands for the charity. The singer also spoke out about ridding the world of the damning stigma of this disease.
Elton John at the AIDS Foundation Gala
The 25th Anniversary gala of Elton John's AIDS Foundation took place at Manhattan's Gothic Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Tuesday evening (November 7th 2017), with a number of famous faces joining in the celebrations including Neil Patrick Harris, Bill Clinton, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Sharon Stone.
Two years ago, Kingsman: The Secret Service seemed to come out of nowhere, ruffling feathers as it took an anarchic, often transgressive approach to the super-spy genre and made a star of Taron Egerton. Now Matthew Vaughn is back with a sequel, and it's rather clear that he has a franchise in mind. The new movie is still wildly energetic and eye-catching, but it also has a more predictable plot that takes fewer risks.
We catch up with Eggsy (Egerton) as he's a respectable member of the Kingsman juggling his private life with his serious girlfriend Princess Tilde (Hanna Alstrom). But megalomaniacal drug lord Poppy (Julianne Moore) and her part-cyborg henchman Charlie (Edward Holcroft) launch a vicious attack on Kingsman bases, leaving Eggsy and his colleague Merlin (Mark Strong) on their own. For help, they turn to their American counterpart Statesman, run by Champ (Jeff Bridges). His agents Tequila, Whiskey and Ginger (Channing Tatum, Pablo Pascal and Halle Berry) offer help getting Kingsman back on its feet. And they also reveal that they've rescued fallen agent Harry (Colin Firth), who is recovering from a brain injury. Meanwhile, Poppy launches a global assault.
To tell this rather simple story, Vaughn indulges in all kinds of flashy visual trickery. The action sequences are choreographed like wacky cartoons, as the camera swoops through the complicated mayhem with acrobatic skill. And the characters are vividly played by the top-notch cast with maximum personality flourishes. Egerton is terrific at the centre, as adept at physicality and comedy as he is at finding a touch of emotion here and there. His scenes with Firth are especially strong. And Moore makes the most of her goofy kingpin, who is trying to recreate 1950s Americana in the jungle, plus added madcap 1970s flair with a riotous Elton John, who gets stuck right into the mayhem.
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Australians are voting in a voluntary survey over whether parliament should debate a change in the law.
Sir Elton John has voiced support for gay marriage to be legalised in Australia, as the government prepares to undertake a postal survey to gauge the level of public support for a change in the law.
The legendary singer-songwriter, 70, posted a heartfelt message on Instagram on Thursday (September 20th) of a picture of himself with husband David Furnish tying the knot a few years back. He wrote that, for him and David, “being able to openly love and commit to one another, and for that to be recognised and celebrated is what makes life truly worth living”.
He said that recognition “makes us want to be as kind, responsible and productive members of society, as well as the best parents, that we can be. I love Australia. I love its spirit, its lack of pretence, its passion. I hope it can embrace the honesty and courage that seeks gay marriage as an expression not of desire but of love.”
For those who knew him, Gary Unwin (better known as Eggsy to his friends), was never a likely candidate for a spy. After stealing a car and being a bit of a hooligan (who's always up for a laugh) eventually Eggsy landed himself in trouble with the police. What the outside world didn't know about Eggsy was his father was an incredibly brave probationary secret agent and Eggsy displays many of his father's strengths. Kingsman Harry Hart sees Eggsy's potential and trains him up as a Kingsman spy. Only Eggsy and one other trainee, Roxy, succeed in proving that they have what it takes to become a Kingsman. Together, with the help of Harry and their quartermaster, Merlin, they defeat psychopathic billionaire Richmond Valentine. Their mission is a success but in the process Harry is shot in the head.
Though Eggsy loses his mentor, life continues for the young spy and he becomes the Kingsman that Hart always knew him to be. As worldwide threats become known, the Kingsman are once again placed as the brink of extermination. Their headquarters and training grounds are blown up and Eggsy and Merlin must once again find a way to save the world.
Their hunt takes them to America and it's revealed that The Kingsman aren't the only highly secret organisation looking to protect the world; the two Brit's are introduced to Champagne, Jack Daniels and Tequila - three agents working for the Statesman, the US equivalent to Kingsman. With the help of their new American counterparts, Eggsy, Merlin and some other familiar faces might just stand a chance of saving the world all over again.
Rag 'n' Bone Man - real name Rory Graham - was shocked that he got a phone call from Elton John, who told him he loved his music.
Rag 'n' Bone Man was shocked when Elton John told him he liked his music.
The 'Human' singer was amazed when he received a call from the 'I'm Still Standing' hitmaker - who he dubbed ''one of the best songwriters of all time'' - to praise his songs.
He said: ''He called me up on the phone, he's Elton John, he can get anyone's number.
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Taron Egerton spoke about how much enjoyed his part in 'Sing', in which he plays a Cockney gorilla.
British actor Taron Egerton is usually renowned for his great physical performances in Kingsman and Eddie the Eagle, but many have observed how good his vocal skills are in his new animated movie Sing.
Nominated for a couple of Golden Globes already, a few weeks after its release in America, Sing sees 27 year old Egerton play Johnny, a Cockney gorilla, who gets to sing Elton John and Sam Smith songs in the film. In a new interview, he opened up about why he was able to bring such joy to the part.
Taron Egerton spoke about how much enjoyed singing Elton John and John Legend songs in 'Sing'
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Sam Smith has posted a heartfelt message in tribute to George Michael and how he inspired his artistry.
The 'Stay With Me' singer broke his social media silence on Monday (26.12.16) - his first post since June - to pay his respects to the late 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker, who was just 53-years-old when he passed away at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, South East England on Christmas Day (25.12.16).
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: ''Words can't express how much you and your music meant and means to me. Please play his music as loud as you can today..& celebrate one of the most magical, talented, bravest & important figures in music & life as I know it. Your music & message will live on
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The singer says his husband has proved ‘unpopular’ after taking over his business affairs.
Elton John has said he’s nicknamed husband David Furnish ‘Yoko’ because he’s proven so unpopular after taking over the singer’s business affairs. Speaking to The Sun, Elton said David had "changed some assistants” since taking over, but while he’s been unpopular with some, record company Universal have never been happier.
Elton John says he refers to husband David Furnish as ‘Yoko’.
“I call him Yoko now because a lot of people don’t like what he’s doing,” Elton said. “David has taken over the complete reins. We’re a family business now and we’re trying to get rid of people we really don’t need.”
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In July of 2015, Ed Sheeran played his biggest gigs to date, selling out Wembley Stadium to tens of thousands of his most loyal fans. When asked where the name 'Jumpers for Goalposts' came from Ed explains 'because we keep on moving them' explaining that when he hits one target, the bar is continuously being risen.
When Atlantic Records first signed Ed Sheeran, it's easy to believe that even they didn't envisage his rise to fame to hit such heights in a short amount of time. Since the release of his debut album + in 2011, Ed's had a number of number one singles and both albums have hit the top of the chart in the UK with his follow-up X finally giving him a number one album in the states (in 2004) reaching Platinum status in the UK, US, Australia, Canada & New Zealand.
Jumpers for Goalposts will be available to watch in select cinemas from October 23
Check out the brand new single 'Looking Up'.
Elton John is set to return with an exciting new album of upbeat, driving anthems in the form of 'Wonderful Crazy Night', and he makes the announcement alongside the release of first single 'Looking Up', out today (October 22nd 2015).
Elton John announces 'Wonderful Crazy Nights'
The record will be the legendary rockstar's 33rd full-length release and will follow 2013's 'The Diving Board' which hit number 3 in the UK Albums chart. Returning to co-production duties is T-Bone Burnett, who worked on 'Wonderful Crazy Night' at Los Angeles' The Village studio. It follows his work on the 2013 album, as well as Elton's collaborative album with Leon Russell 'The Union'.
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Gaga spoke to Billboard about the Born This Way Foundation and her admiration for Sir Elton John.
Lady GaGa has spoken about the creation of her Born This Way foundation in a new interview, saying that she wants to reach out and help young people who are suffering from depression and anxiety as she did when she was a teenager.
Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, set up the non-profit organisation back in 2012 with the help of her mother Cynthia. The 29 year old appears on the front cover of the new issue of Billboard alongside Sir Elton John, and in the feature interview she opened up about her struggles with depression.
Lady Gaga reveals she suffers from anxiety and depression
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Two Russian TV presenters have confessed that they pretended to be the Russian president and his press secretary while speaking to Sir Elton about LGBT rights in the country.
Sir Elton John is insistent that he’s “happy” to have been the subject of a prank phone call from a pair of Russian TV presenters pretending to be Vladimir Putin, saying that the “unfortunate” incident may end up highlighting gay discrimination.
Earlier this week, TV presenters Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov, who are known by the nicknames ‘Vova and Lexus’ in Russia, rang up Sir Elton, who is vocal in his support for the LGBT community, and apparently led him to believe that he was talking to the Russian president and his press secretary Dmitry Peskov. A brief clip of the conversation was also released, in which Sir Elton is heard to say that a meeting with Putin in November would be “fantastic”.
The pair have stated to Russian entertainment website MSK that the full 11-minute conversation will be aired tonight (September 17th) via the state-backed channel on which they present. They seem to have gotten the inspiration for the prank after Sir Elton told the BBC over the weekend that he wanted to sit down and discuss the issue of gay rights with the Russian President, having attended a conference in Ukraine.
Sir Elton criticised Luigi Brugnaro's decision to remove books featuring same sex relationships from primary schools.
Sir Elton John has taken to social media to brand the mayor of Venice as “boorishly bigoted” after the official’s decision to ban books about homosexuality from the city’s primary schools.
The multi-million selling musical veteran, 68, married his long-term partner David Furnish in December 2014, and used his Instagram page to criticise newly appointed right-wing Venetian mayor Luigi Brugnaro for the decision he took in June that all primary schools and nurseries would not be allowed to make books featuring same-sex couples and themes to pupils.
Sir Elton John and David Furnish
The singer believes that being able to change his parents' lives makes it all worth it.
He may be one of the biggest pop stars of the moment, but it's not the money, or the awards, or even the screaming fans that make the climb to the top worth all the hard work. Rather, Ed Sheeran says the biggest reward of fame is his ability to change his parents' lives for the better.
Ed Sheeran, family man
The 'Thinking Out Loud' singer told The Mirror that the highlight of his career so far is "being able to really pay my parents – not just financially – but being able to give them the things they wouldn't have ever dreamed of...
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Elton John - Elton John Waxwork Hollywood, California - Madame Tussauds Hollywood Celebrates the Royal wedding with a live screening of a Jumbo Tron Friday 29th April 2011
Elton John Monday 14th March 2011 26th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel - Press Room New York City, USA
David Furnish, Elton John and Academy Awards Sunday 27th February 2011 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party held at the Pacific Design Center - Arrivals West Hollywood, California
Elton John - Erin O'Connor London, England - Elton John Aids Foundation Ball - Arrivals Saturday 30th October 2010
Date of birth
25th March, 1947
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