Things are definitely “Looking Up” these days for Elton John. The song, the first single from his album Wonderful Crazy Night recently became his 71st entry on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart, extending his all-time record for most appearances on that tally.
Elton says it was pretty obvious that “Looking Up” should be the first single from the project.
“It’s about my life,” he says. “I’m looking up. I’m…things could not be better and, and it’s a really joyous song about being happy.” He adds, “If I’m gonna be happy, I’ve gotta do an uptempo song and this, for me, is the standout, no-brainer single from the album. That’s how I’m feeling at the moment, so that’s what I want to come out.”
Elton feels that “Looking Up” is the modern-day version of his early ’80s hit “I’m Still Standing,” though he says the rollicking intro “reminds me a bit of southern rock-and-roll.”
The Rocket Man will perform songs from Wonderful Crazy Night this weekend at his 24th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party, which is taking place Sunday night at West Hollywood Park in L.A. After dinner, prepared by Chef Gordon Ramsay, the Oscar telecast and a live auction, Elton will hit the stage.
The following week, Elton travels to New York City to take part in a big fundraising concert for Hillary Clinton at Radio City Music Hall. Also on the bill for the March 2 concert: Katy Perry and R&B newcomer Andra Day.