Tonight Elton John will grace the stage at the Roundhouse in London for day 12 of the annual iTunes Festival.
As for tomorrow night (13th of September) ITV will broadcast a special BRITs Icon show hosted by Dermot O’Leary which sees Sir Elton John presented with the first ever BRITs Icon Award at the London Palladium.
Today is most definitely about Elton John as the Official Charts Company are celebrating his career by revealing his Official Top 10 Most Downloaded Tracks.
They also caught up with Naughty Boy – one of the biggest writers and producers of 2013 to talk about the BRITs Icon winner.
In his career which spans almost 50 years Elton John has sold more than 250 million records and currently holds the record of the UK’s biggest selling single of all time with his 1997 hit ‘Candle In The Wind’.
‘Candle In The Wind’ has a sales figure of almost 5 million copies and while you may expect that to be his biggest selling hit digitally in fact that’s not true.
Since 2004 when digital downloading became popular – and legal and the Official Charts Company started collecting sales data his 2009 rework of ‘Tiny Dancer (Holy Me Closer) by Ironik and Chipmunk is his biggest digital seller at Number (1).
The original track however does feature in the Top 10 at Number (6).
At Number (2) in this special Top 10 with digital sales totalling around 182,000 copies is ‘Ghetto Gospel’ which was produced by Eminem and featured Tupac Shakur.
The track, which was originally released in the UK in 2005 was the second single to be released from ‘Loyal To The Game’ – Tupac’s posthumous album.
Elton John’s first Official Singles Chart hit ‘Your Song’ which was originally released in 1971 saw an increase in sales after the song was released in the film Moulin Rouge. With 180,000 digital sales the track first peaked at Number (7) and following the release of the film it peaked at Number (4). In this Top 10 ‘Your Song’ is at Number (3).
‘Rocket Man’ was Elton’s second single to chart in the UK and in this special chart it sits at Number (4) with 101,000 downloads. Completing the Top 5 is ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ from the 1994 movie ‘The Lion King’ where it racked up 98,000 digital sales.
British writer and producer Naughty Boy spoke to OfficialCharts.com about the BRITs Icon winner: “I’m from Watford, and the Watford Observer did this thing recently where they talked about musicians from Watford. It was nice to be put on a page next to Elton John – there’s me, Elton John, and Geri Halliwell. Ha!”
“He’s amazing, Rocket Man is one of my favourite songs. To be honest I’m getting to work with a lot of people I want to right now, but someone like Elton John, and Adele, would be amazing. Even together, maybe?!”
The Top 10 most downloaded Elton John songs are as follows:
1. ‘Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer)’ – Ironik/Chipmunk/Elton John
2. ‘Ghetto Gospel’ – 2Pac FT Elton John
3. ‘Your Song’ – Elton John
4. ‘Rocket Man’ – Elton John
5. ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ – Elton John
6. ‘Tiny Dancer’ – Elton John
7. ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’ – Elton John
8. ‘Step Into Christmas’ – Elton John
9. ‘Something About The Way You Look Tonight’ – Elton John
10. ‘I’m Still Standing’ – Elton John
Remember to tune in to see Elton John at the iTunes Festival from 9pm tonight and tomorrow night on ITV where Dermot O’Leary will host the special ‘BRITs Icon Elton John’ show (Friday, 13th of September) on ITV and ITV HD at 9pm.
Watch Elton John perform his hit ‘Tiny Dancer’ below.