Britney Spears Returns for New Song With Elton John “Hold Me Closer”: Listen


Britney Spears is back with her first newly recorded song since the Glory era, and it’s a duet with Elton John. “Hold Me Closer” is a spin on John’s 1971 classic “Tiny Dancer”. The updated track was produced by Andrew Watt. Check it out below.

John announced the single’s release date in an Instagram post with a split image of Spears and himself as children (Britney in a pink frilly dress, Elton sitting at a piano).

Spears responded to John with her own Instagram post. “You can rest assured that THIS collaboration will elevate my year by teaming up with your brilliant game,” she wrote. “Thank you for your generosity and for thinking of me to join you on such a brilliant song! How cool is it to be a background voice ON YOUR song! Sir Elton I did it thanks to your genius, creative and legendary ghost!”

In 2020, Spears released a handful of singles recorded around her 2016 album, Glorybut “Hold Me Closer” marks her return to the studio and an official comeback after her fight for freedom from a conservatory overseen by her father, James “Jamie” Spears, since 2008. That struggle was chronicled in a series of documentaries that began by The New York TimesFraming Britney Spearsas well as extensive reporting in The times and The New Yorker. Their journalistic efforts, and those of Spears’ zealous fan base, resulted in a widely publicized lawsuit that culminated in late 2021, when a Los Angeles judge gave Spears control of her life.

A $15 million book deal followed — a “tell all memoir” for publication by Simon & Schuster — along with a wedding: She married actor Sam Asghari in June of this year. Last month, she mourned the loss of her “miracle baby” with Asghari.

Elton John has embarked on a host of collaborations in recent years, part of a prolific series following his 2019 biopic, Rocket Man. Among them are a track with British post-punks Yard Act, a live collaboration with Years & Years at last year’s BRIT Awards, features with Rina Sawayama, Teyana Taylor and Gorillaz, and songs with Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, Dua Lipa , Lil Nas X, Stevie Wonder and Stevie Nicks on his own 2021 album, The Lockdown Sessions.

Read “The World Will Always Want a Piece of Britney Spears” and “A Timeline of the Connections Between Britney Spears’ Music and Her Battle Against the Conservatory.” You can also watch “Elton John and Brandi Carlile Go Deep on the Music That Means the Most to Them”.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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