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Elton John Is First Living Musician on Royal Mail Stamps

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Eight of his iconic album covers have been used for the commemoration.

Any fans of Sir Elton John out there? Well, we've got some news for you.

In the midst of a major era for the consummate performer -- there was the Rocketman biopic, as well as his ongoing Farewell Yellow Brick Road final tour -- he's getting another type of recognition. In case you wanted to attach a bit of John's essence into whatever you happen to be sending via snail mail these days, a new collection of commemorative stamps featuring his album covers have been created.

The stamps feature eight of the singer's most popular album covers. In the grouping are Honky Chateau,Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Made in Britain, Caribou, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Sleeping with the Past, The One, and Songs From the West Coast.

And better yet, it's the Royal Mail who is behind the move.

"To say I was surprised when Royal Mail got in touch is an understatement," John said of the U.K. postal service in a statement. "Never did I think I'd appear on a stamp! It's wonderful, a great honor."

The full collection features 12 designs. The four remaining stickers feature depictions of some of John's most iconic live performances, like the Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012 at Buckingham Palace. There's also one from his ongoing tour, of which John is beginning the last leg. It's quite the celebration.

"Elton is one of the most successful British solo artists of all time," Royal Mail spokesperson Philip Parker said in a statement. "He has recorded some of the best-known songs in pop history such as 'Candle In the Wind' and 'Rocket Man.' Our stamps issued today showcase some of his most iconic albums, and celebrate his fantastic musical contribution."

Royal Mail has punched up things by also offering stamp books and postcards alongside the stamps. The honor is the second for a musician; David Bowie was first in 2017. Bowie's stamps were issued after his death, meaning John is the first living artist to receive the commemoration.

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