Elton John gets first number one album for 20 years

Gay singer Sir Elton John is back at the top of the UK album chart for the first time in two decades

Elton John gets first number one album for 20 years
23 July 2012

Sir Elton John is back at the top of the UK album chart with Good Morning to the Night, his first number one in 22 years.

The album is a collaboration with Australian electro duo Pnau and sees his back catalogue from the 1970s refashioned into eight new songs.

It went straight into the charts at number one, bumping off singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner’s album Write It On Your Skin.

His last similar success was in November 1990 with his greatest hits album, The Very Best of Elton John.

The singer has been out since the mid 70s but he’s joined at the top of the charts by a newcomer to being openly gay – R&B singer Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange album slipped one place to number three.

Meanwhile Elton is preparing to be keynote speaker at the International AIDS Conference in Washington today (23 July).

This year marks the 20th anniversary of his Elton John AIDS Foundation which has raised almost £200million ($310million €257million) since being founded in 1992.

But the 65-year-old told the Sun newspaper he had the jitters about his speech.

‘This conference is very important,’ he told the Sun. ‘I’ve done a few drafts of my speech and now I’m just making a few adjustments. It’s quite intimidating – I’ve made speeches before but this is the most important one I’ve ever done.

‘Then after that I’m taking a whole month off.’

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