Elton has agreed to sing on a track by rapper Plan B to raise money for victims of the devastating floods in Pakistan last year. A release date has not yet been announced.
The hip-hop star is releasing a cover of his single Hard Times with additional vocals by Sir Elton and Paloma Faith, and wants to donate proceeds to an appeal for victims.
Plan B – whose real name is Ben Drew – admits he was inspired to go forward with the fundraiser after filming his directorial debut, Ill Manors, with Four Lions star Riz Ahmed.
He explains, “The reason why I first thought of doing the single is because of this guy Riz in my film – he’s Pakistani and he put on an event after the floods first happened.
“I felt it was wrong that probably because of the s**t going on in the Middle East with the war that, as Westerners, we didn’t seem to give a f**k about Pakistani people.
“Kids were dying in floods, but it wasn’t promoted heavily over here as it was going on. Haiti was promoted when that happened, but it didn’t happen in Pakistan.”
More than 1,500 people were killed after torrential downpours caused the worst flooding in the country for a century.
Last year, Elton invited Plan B to take part in the Radio 2 Electric Proms in London.
They performed I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues together.
The rapper, who was dressed in a grey suit, did vocals while Elton played the piano in front of a six-piece band, a brass section and four backing singers at the Camden Roundhouse.