Elton John reinvented by Pnau and heading for Number 1!

Elton John reinvented by Pnau and heading for Number 1!

Elton John vs Pnau are storming towards Number 1 according to today's Official Albums Chart Update.

A selection of Elton John’s 1970-1976 classics have been reimagined for summer 2012, courtesy of Australian electronic duo Pnau, the result of which comes in the form of critically acclaimed album Good Morning To The Night.

Pnau saw modest chart success in their native Australia with 2011’s Soft Universe, but have been somewhat ambling in the shadows of frontman Nick Littlemore’s 2009 side project Empire Of The Sun. Until now that is. Elton John reputedly signed the pair after being taken aback with their 2007 track Wild Strawberries, and now with the music icon’s blessings, Elton’s original masters have been unlocked and reworked by the duo with added loops, samples and their own material too, to create a revolutionary new collection of Elton-approved interpretations.

Lifting the UK from gloomy rain, lead track Good Morning To The Night received its first airing on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 recently, and the single now follows in the footsteps of Muse’s Survival to be announced as an official song of the Olympic games.

With Elton making his debut appearance on the White Isle with Pnau at the Ibiza 123 Festival earlier this month too, the track has already been tipped as the anthem of the summer.

Elsewhere, Paul Simon’s Graceland has climbed six places to since Sunday to Number 2, with Maroon 5’s Overexposed at 3. Nas’s Life Is Good is a new entry at 4, and Ed Sheeran complete’s today’s Official Albums Chart Update Top 5.

New Entries

A total of five new entries secure a midweek Top 40 placing. Besides Elton John vs Pnau (1), Nas (4) is on course for his highest UK chart placing in his career with Life Is Good. The original studio cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar is at Number 22, while Hans Zimmer’s original soundtrack to new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises opens the week at Number 34. Today’s Official Chart Update new entries are rounded off by Mark Tremonti, lead guitarist of Alter Bridge and Creed, the US musician’s debut solo release All I Was is today’s Number 39.

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

1 GOOD MORNING TO THE NIGHT ELTON JOHN VS PNAU
2 GRACELAND PAUL SIMON
3 OVEREXPOSED MAROON 5
4 LIFE IS GOOD NAS
5 + ED SHEERAN
6 WRITE IT ON YOUR SKIN NEWTON FAULKNER
7 IS YOUR LOVE BIG ENOUGH LIANNE LA HAVAS
8 21 ADELE
9 CHANNEL ORANGE FRANK OCEAN
10 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
11 TALK THAT TALK RIHANNA
12 CALIFORNIA 37 TRAIN
13 EVERY KINGDOM BEN HOWARD
14 FORTUNE CHRIS BROWN
15 MYLO XYLOTO COLDPLAY
16 BORN TO DIE LANA DEL REY
17 FALL TO GRACE PALOMA FAITH
18 LIVING THINGS LINKIN PARK
19 TEENAGE DREAM KATY PERRY
20 WATCH THE THRONE JAY-Z & KANYE WEST
21 NEED YOU NOW LADY ANTEBELLUM
22 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR ORIGINAL STUDIO CAST
23 NUMBER ONES BEE GEES
24 UP ALL NIGHT ONE DIRECTION
25 STRONGER KELLY CLARKSON
26 STRANGELAND KEANE
27 WHO YOU ARE JESSIE J
28 PINK FRIDAY - ROMAN RELOADED NICKI MINAJ
29 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
30 AN AWESOME WAVE ALT-J
31 LIFE IN A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT AMY MACDONALD
32 NOTHING BUT THE BEAT DAVID GUETTA
33 BELIEVE JUSTIN BIEBER
34 THE DARK KNIGHT RISES - OST HANS ZIMMER
35 IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW OLLY MURS
36 CEREMONIALS FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
37 A MILLION LIGHTS CHERYL
38 25 YEARS - THE CHAIN FLEETWOOD MAC
39 ALL I WAS MARK TREMONTI
40 WILD ONES FLO RIDA

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