Rina Sawayama's debut LP SAWAYAMA landed in April, and on the latest episode of Elton John's Apple Music Rocket Hour show, Sawayama joins him for a chat.

John welcome Sawayama on the show by saying, "Hi Rina! It’s so wonderful to talk to you because so far you have made my album of the year. This is my favourite album of the year." Sawayama replied, "Stop it, no way."

The Rocket Hour host responded, "It’s a phenomenal record. We’ve been playing a lot of it on our show…you’re on my bucket list because I wanted to talk to you because I’m so fascinated about you."

"SAWAYAMA is the strongest album of the year so far,” John added. "It encompasses so many styles of music. "Bad Friend", for example, is a song that Madonna would die for."

She also discussed her live plans and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, "We had so much planned for it. We’ve moved it to September, but I don’t know where the world is going to be in September."

The latest episode of Elton John's Rocket Hour Apple Music radio show with Rina Sawayama is available to stream now.