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Elton John returning to Las Vegas for three-year run of shows

Sin City veteran Elton John has signed on for another three-year run of shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas which he is calling The Million Dollar Piano.

The “Pinball Wizard” star will return to Nevada in September and tickets for the first 16 shows go on sale April 25. “The show will be a gargantuan feast of music and imagery,” John was quoted as saying in a statement on his website. “I’m going to have a fabulous piano that Yamaha has been working on for four years, and that’s the reason why the show is called ‘The Million Dollar Piano.'”

John’s previous stint at Caesars Palace lasted five years and concluded in April, 2009.

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Matthew Morrison unveils Elton John duet

You can’t hide from Matthew Morrison these days. He’s on Glee. He’s on talk shows. He’s live in concert. He’s on record. And now he’s in an Elton John song sandwich.

Morrison just dropped his duet with John, which mashes up “Rocket Man” and “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” into one blast of classic Elton; listen here. (The song will be available for download on Amazon tomorrow).

Morrison’s clean tenor pairs well with the Rocket Man’s, though his pipes lack the signature oomph of Elton’s elastic instrument.

Plus, “Rocket” has been covered to death, and Morrison’s version lacks the strangeness of William Shatner’s, the spookiness of Maynard James Keenan’s, or the meta-hilarity of Stewie Griffin’s.

What do you think, readers? Tell us in the comments below.

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All-star Japan Relief album on iTunes now: Madonna, Gaga, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Eminem, U2, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, and more contribute 38 hits to $9.99 comp

Dozens of the world’s best-known recording artists have come together for a digital-only album—downloadable today on iTunes for $9.99—with 100% of profits dedicated to relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Japan. (To preview or purchase, click here.)

Songs for Japan features 38 tracks, the majority of them well-known hits, from a remastered version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm” to Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” and Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable.”

Find a full tracklisting after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga releases full lyrics to forthcoming single 'Born This Way': Read them here

Lady-GagaImage Credit: Nam Y. Huh/AP ImagesLady Gaga memorably sang a couple bars from her forthcoming, and much-anticipated single “Born This Way” at last fall’s MTV Video Music Awards and released album art, but now she’s giving up everything but the actual song itself, as today pop’s reigning queen released the song’s full lyrics via a Tweet just about an hour ago. Based on what she released—and as expected—the song is very empowerment focused, with the first verse going, “My mama told me when I was young / We were all born superstars.” Hello, yes we were! A few bars later, the chorus really drives home her point: “I’m beautiful in my way / ‘Cause God makes no mistakes / I’m on the right track baby / I was born this way.” Basically, she’s saying: Make no apologies, be who you are, don’t be ashamed of whatever/whoever that is! Of course, I love it. Elton John told EW earlier this year: “‘Born This Way’…will completely get rid of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive.’ This is the new ‘I Will Survive.’ That was the gay anthem. This is the new gay anthem. Actually, it’s not a gay anthem—it can apply to anybody.” Based on what’s here, I’d say that’s certainly true—gays and straights alike will most certainly love this. Now we just need to hear the actual song! But we won’t hear it until Feb. 13, the same day as the Grammys, which will feature a performance by Gaga.

In the Tweet, Lady Gaga also revealed the song’s credits. ‘Born This Way’ was written by Lady Gaga; produced by Lady Gaga, Fernando Garibay, and DJ White Shadow; and mixed and engineered by David Russel. Take a gander at Gaga’s full lyrics here:

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Elton John's advice for 'American Idol': 'Let's change the format a little'

elton-johnImage Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage.comHe famously turned down a chance to join the luxuriously coiffed panel—”I was asked to judge American Idol,” he told the Daily Mail last fall. “I couldn’t do it because I won’t slag anyone off”—but Elton John does have a few ideas for improving the show, now in its tenth season.

MTV spoke to the music legend about the upcoming American version of X Factor, a.k.a. the project that lured Simon Cowell and his fitted tees away from Idol, and he had this to say:

X Factor is going to be a huge show. It’s going to be huge, because you can have bands on there, and that’s one thing I wanted to change, if I had been on American Idol, ” John told the channel. “Get away from the solo stuff. Let’s have bands, let’s have writers, let’s have songwriters, let’s change the format a little, and that’s why X Factor is going to do so well, because it’s a different lineup. You can have bands and groups. That’s more interesting, I think.”

Do you agree, Idol-izers? Tell us what you think, in the comments below.

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Sugarland leads this week's Billboard 200 albums chart

Country duo Sugarland’s The Incredible Machine comes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. Selling 203,000 copies, it beats out Kings of Leon‘s Come Around Sundown, which is No. 2 with 184,000 records sold.

At No. 3, Elton John and Leon Russell’s collab album, The Union with 80,000 albums sold. Rod Stewart’s Fly Me To The Moon follows with 79,000 records moved. Last week’s No. 1, Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not a Human Being, drops to No. 5, moving 65,000 units this go around. No. 6 is Glee: the Rocky Horror Glee Show with 48,000 records sold. No. 7 is Shakira’s new Spanish album, Sale El Sol, which sold 46,000 units.

Eminem‘s Recovery drops to No. 8 with 43,000 records, while Third Day’s Move debuts at No. 9 with 37,000 sets sold. Rounding out the top 10 is Darius Rucker’s Charleston, SC 1966 falls eight spots to No. 10 in its sophomore week selling just under 37,000 albums.

What do you think of this week’s chart? Any surprises? Let us know.

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Elton John and Lady Gaga: Exclusive details on their duet

elton-john-lady-gagaImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comIf you were watching Elton John on The View this morning, you might have heard him mention that he’s planning to release a duet with Lady Gaga. It’s something he’s alluded to before, but now EW can report exclusively that the track, called “Hello, Hello,” will appear in the upcoming Disney animated film Gnomeo & Juliet, which is being produced by Sir Elton and his partner, David Furnish.

The charming pop track plays during the moment where the two lead characters, lawn ornaments named Gnomeo (voiced by James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt), meet for the first time. The film hits theaters on Feb. 11, 2011.

Looking forward to hearing Elton John and Lady Gaga sing together? Let us know in the comments.

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'Glee' Exclusive: Elton John to work with Matthew Morrison on actor's debut album

elton-john-Matthew-MorrisonImage Credit: Solarpix/PR Photos; Adam Rose/Fox Elton John recently revealed to EW exclusively that he’ll be working with Glee star Matthew Morrison—aka Will Schuester—on the actor’s forthcoming debut album. “I’m supposed to be doing something with Matthew Morrison for his album,” John told EW, when he called to talk about The Union, John’s album collaboration with legendary pianist-songwriter Leon Russell, which hits stores Oct. 19. “[Matthew and I] had a little meeting together, so hopefully that’s going to happen when I get to L.A.” John says the collaboration with the Glee star will likely happen sometime this month. John also recently fanned rumors that he may contribute to Lady Gaga’s upcoming album, Born This Way. “There’s a chance I might do one track with her,” he told EW, “but she’s so busy, and I’m so busy, we can never get together!”

Considering his upcoming collaboration with Morrison, though, could an all-Elton episode of Glee—or even an appearance on the show—be that far off? It’s not in the works…yet. “I love Glee, but no, no, no,” the legendary singer said. “Of course, I’d be into that. It’s always great when someone covers your songs, no matter how good or bad the version is. You know, I started out as a songwriter, so I always get a kick out of that.”

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Lady Gaga and Elton John: Working together on the pop queen's new album?

lady-gaga-elton-johnImage Credit: Michael Caulfield/WireImage.comWill Elton John make an appearance on Lady Gaga‘s forthcoming album Born This Way? It seems very possible. EW recently spoke to Elton about The Union, his album collaboration with legendary pianist-songwriter Leon Russell, which hits stores Oct. 19, and the Rocket Man couldn’t help but bring up his love for all things Gaga. “I love her, and I love her ability to write,” he says. “I love the songs she writes.” A collab between the pair—who’ve become bosom buddies since performing together at January’s Grammy Awards (pictured here)—is a good possiblity. “I’d love to in the future,” John says of working with her. “I’d love to do that.” Then he elaborates: “There’s a chance I might do one track with her [for Born This Way], but it’s just, she’s so busy, and I’m so busy, we can never get together!” But, he adds, “I’ve already heard [Gaga’s new album], so I think it’s more or less done. [Born This Way is expected to be released early next year.] Her record—it’s f—ing amazing. ‘Born This Way,’ which is the title song, will completely get rid of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive.’ This is the new ‘I Will Survive.’ That was the gay anthem. This is the new gay anthem. Actually, it’s not a gay anthem—it can apply to anybody.”

For more from Elton John, pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands now.

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'Waiting for Superman' shows: Elton John, Elvis Costello, and Jeff Bridges to play documentary-inspired benefit concerts

Elton-JohnImage Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR PhotosElton John, Elvis Costello, Jeff Bridges, Gregg Allman, John Mellencamp, and other stars will perform at a pair of shows to benefit The Participant Foundation, which supports music and arts education in public schools. The concerts will take place on October 16 at the Wang Center in Boston and October 20 at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

The shows are being curated by famed producer T Bone Burnett and are timed to coincide with the release of the documentary Waiting for Superman, which explores the state of public education. The film is directed by Davis Guggenheim who previously made the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth.

The concerts are the first to be presented under the banner of The Speaking Clock Revue and will feature a house band. “The privacy and the intimacy of the studio afford artists the freedom to create,” Burnett explained in a statement, “but something thrilling happens in getting away from the machines and into the live communication of real time storytelling in the larger community. We are looking forward with great anticipation to getting The Speaking Clock Revue up and running this fall and continuing it in the years to come.”

Early in his career, Burnett played with the Bob Dylan-featuring Rolling Thunder Revue, which toured extensively during the mid-’70s. After the jump you can find a clip of Dylan and the Rolling Thunder band performing the legendary songsmith’s track “Isis,” as well as the trailer for Waiting for Superman.

Tickets for The Speaking Clock Revue shows go on sale Monday, September 27 at noon, through Ticketmaster.

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