Most artists would find it intimidating to ask a musical icon like Elton John to duet with them — but that didn’t seem to be the case for British-Japanese singer Rina Sawayama.

“I just asked him and he said yes!” Sawayama says via video chat from her London home. Of course, it helped that John had already been a vocal cheerleader of the singer and her 2020 debut album “Sawayama,” a record that put the 30-year-old performer on the cusp of a major pop breakthrough.

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