- 26 Aug 22
'Hold Me Closer' was released today, August 26th, six years after Britney's last track.
Britney Spears has returned for first song since the end of her conservatorship: a duet with Elton John titled 'Hold Me Closer'. The song is a spin on John's classic hit 'Tiny Dancer', produced by Andrew Watt.
"My first song in 6 years!!! It's pretty damn cool that I'm singing with one of the most classic men of our time," Spears wrote on Twitter.
Okie dokie … my first song in 6 years 🎶 !!!! It’s pretty damn cool that I’m singing with one of
the most classic men of our time … @eltonofficial 🚀!!!! I’m kinda overwhelmed… it’s a big deal to me !!! I’m meditating more 🧘🏼♀️ and learning my space is valuable and precious !!!
— Britney Spears 🌹🚀 (@britneyspears) August 25, 2022
John announced the song a week prior, with an Instagram post of photos showing the pair as children. The photo is also the cover art for the single.
This is one of many recent collaborations by Elton John. His 2021 album The Lockdown Sessions saw collaborations with artists Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X, Stevie Wonder, and Stevie Nicks.
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He reimagined 'Rocket Man' with the Dua Lipa and Pnau collaboration 'Cold Heart', and has now similarly turned 'Tiny Dancer' into dance-pop hit 'Hold Me Closer' with Spears.
Spears has experienced a tumultuous past, finally getting released from her conservatorship in November 2021 after 13 years of abuse and exploitation. Since granted her freedom, she's been able to regain control of her life, and has finally married her long-term partner, Sam Asghari.
Listen to the 'Hold Me Closer below.