Arts and Entertainment Elton John performing in New York - he interrupted a performance in Moscow to condemn Russia's anti-gay laws as inhumane

He issues a call for harmony and compassion

Elton John played on the Queens of the Stone Age's new record

Sir Elton John hits out at The Voice 'nonentities' and says he wouldn't want to be Justin Bieber

Sir Elton John has accused BBC1 talent show The Voice of producing "nonentities".

Mark Carney starts Monday as the new Governor of the Bank of England

Courtesy of Canada: As the Bank of England gets a new boss from the land of the lumberjack, we take a look at other famous Canadians over here calling the shots

If you hear someone with a North American twang warning that the British economy is even more doomed than we thought, here's how to get your own back: ask him which part of the United States he is from.

Elton John 'overwhelmed with happiness' at arrival of second baby via surrogate

Sir Elton John says his family is now complete after he became a parent for the second time.

Elton John: The historic fight for equality must go on. Let's get on and legalise same-sex marriage

I know a lot of people will say we should count ourselves lucky to live in a country that allows civil partnerships, and call it quits there. I don't accept that.

David Thomas: How gay marriage can change men's titles

The Coalition's plans for gay marriage provide a once-in-a-parliamentary-lifetime opportunity to remedy a situation that penalises a long-suppressed minority and fosters unacceptable gender inequality. I refer, of course, to the grossly unfair status of husbands of titled wives.

David Thomas: Gay marriage plays havoc with titles

What, exactly, would be the correct title and status of the wife of a lesbian baroness?
David Furnish, left with Sir Elton John at the Golden Globes, criticised the decision to give Madonna the best original song award

Sunday night's alright for fighting about who deserved a Golden Globe

Sir Elton John and Madonna are on opposite sides of a very public contretemps following Sunday's Golden Globes in Los Angeles. At issue: a decision to hand Madonna the "Best Original Song" prize at the event, at the expense of her British rival.

Sir Elton has cut me off, says his mother

Sir Elton John's mother has revealed she has not spoken to her superstar son for almost three years after a falling-out.

Elton John to find out son's real father

Sir Elton John has announced he will find out who his son's biological father is.

Kate Middleton gets Diana's ring resized

Kate Middleton has had Princess Diana's engagement ring resized to stop it from falling off.

George Michael: I'm 'too embarrassing' for kids

George Michael would never have children because he is "too embarrassing" to be a dad.

Elton John will watch Prince William wed

Sir Elton John will attend the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Elton John won't spoil son

Sir Elton John wants his son to have an "old-fashioned childhood".

Gnomeo and Juliet: Exclusive interview with Elton John and David Furnish

Executive producer Elton John and producer David Furnish talk about their new film Gnomeo and Juliet, the greatest love story ever as told by gnomes, starring the voices of Emily Blunt and James McAvoy.

Elton John inspired to succeed by 'uncaring dad'

Sir Elton John says being angry about his father inspired him to become a musician.

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