Demi Lovato and Q-Tip want to get their groove on.
Demi Lovato and Q-Tip have released their cover of Elton John’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and its subsequent video.
The video, directed by Hector Dockrill, features an old school dance party featuring all walks of life as they vogue, split and get down in their finest ensembles. Pitchfork says that the video was inspired by the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning that celebrates the previously underground subculture of LGBTQ balls.
Dockrill, who has previously worked with acts such as Jorja Smith and Stormzy, created a feel good time that celebrates a category of the LGBTQ community that has gone from the underground to the living rooms of today on shows such as RuPaul’s Drag Race and America’s Next Top Model.
The cover takes the original jazzed up, poppy version done by Elton John and creates something smoother, almost more 70s than when the original song came out. Instead of pop, it’s got much more R&B inspiration.
When talking about the cover, Q-Tip said of Elton John’s influence,
“Elton’s influence shows you that the possibilities of music are endless…. He’s a master showman, singer, pianist. He’s the all round goods.”
While neither Demi nor Q-Tip appears in the video, they are two of many artists asked to pay tribute to the iconic performer and his writing partner Bernie Taupin on a double disc entitled Revamp and Restoration. The discs included a cover of the duo’s biggest hits including “Tiny Dancer” by Florence and the Machine, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” by Marren Morris, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Queens of the Stone Age, “Your Song” by Lady Gaga and “Rocket Man” by Little Big Town.
Elton John was quoted in Rolling Stone saying,
“It’s always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it. As songwriters, Bernie and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp and Restorationchoose to add their own unique twist in the process. It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences.”
The double disc boasts 13 songs per disc and is set to launch on April 6th.