Elton John returns this week with "The Captain and the Kid," a sequel to his 1975 album "Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy." First single "The Bridge" notched John his 66th entry on Billboar

Elton John returns this week with "The Captain and the Kid," a sequel to his 1975 album "Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy." First single "The Bridge" notched John his 66th entry on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, the most of any artist.

"It was [Sanctuary Group CEO Merck Mercuriadis'] idea, because he said, 'You're always saying how [songwriting partner] Bernie [Taupin] has become the Brown Dirt Cowboy' -- he lives on a ranch in Santa Ynez [Calif.] -- and I'm this guy who plays concert after concert, buying art, buying photographs, living a very lavish lifestyle," John says. "I've become Captain Fantastic."

"We [will] have been together then about 40 years by the time it comes out," John continues. "One of the things I'm most proud of in my life is the relationship I've had with Bernie."

The artist will kick off a North American tour in support of "The Captain and the Kid" Sept. 15 in Sacramento, Calif.