We might not hear much rock in the Top 40 these days, but the genre can still pay pretty well if you're lucky enough to have the right audience. Just ask Paul McCartney, Elton John and Bon Jovi, all of whom cracked Forbes' most recent list of the highest-paid musicians on the planet.
It's easy to complain about singing competition shows like 'American Idol,' 'X Factor' and 'The Voice.' They value karaoke-style singing over performing one's own material, they favor pop flash over personal grit and they've spawned dozens of similar-sounding artists. But when Elton John looks out over the would-be pop stars on TV, he just feels pity.
Elton John -- "dull?" David Bowie -- an "amateur?" These were the opinions of the BBC before the singers became famous, according to newly discovered notes that will be used in an upcoming documentary.
It almost seems too easy to call 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' Elton John's masterpiece, but it's hard to argue against it. Released on Oct. 5, 1973, 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' was the second studio album he put out in 1973, and his seventh in five years. Oh, and it was a double album.
Elton John's upcoming tour stops in Russia are still a few months away, but the controversy surrounding his arrival already appears to be reaching a fever pitch. Already under fire from a Russian parents' group that's calling for the concerts to be canceled because of his sexual orientation, John is now being called "the devil's work" by a leader of one of the country's Islamist sects.
What's left for Elton John to prove? The guy is a knight of the round table. He's sold approximately six gajillion records. He's got a live residency in Las Vegas. Hell, he's even paid tribute to Liberace on the Emmys!
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