Pop star Britney Spears made a triumphant return to music this week after a six-year hiatus ― with an help from singer Elton John.
On Friday, the 2 unveiled “Hold Me Closer,” an electro-pop mashup of John’s 1972 traditional “Tiny Dancer” and the title observe of his 1992 album “The One.”
“Hold Me Closer” is a becoming follow-up to “Cold Heart,” John’s 2021 collaboration with singer Dua Lipa. That observe equally blended two of his most beloved songs, “Rocket Man” and “Sacrifice,” with a pulsating dance beat. It additionally gave the five-time Grammy winner yet another Top 10 hit and has continued to dominate radio airwaves on each side of the Atlantic.
For Spears, “Hold Me Closer” is a momentous and bittersweet achievement. It’s the pop icon’s first new track since her underappreciated 2016 album, “Glory.”
It additionally marks her first return to the studio for the reason that finish of a court-appointed conservatorship that put strict limits on her private and monetary freedoms for greater than 13 years.
Speaking to the Guardian, John mentioned that convincing Spears to affix him on the duet wasn’t straightforward ― although he couldn’t be extra “thrilled” by the consequence.
“She’s been away so long – there’s a lot of fear there because she’s been betrayed so many times and she hasn’t really been in the public eye officially for so long,” he informed the outlet. “We’ve been holding her hand through the whole process, reassuring her that everything’s gonna be alright.
“I’m so excited to be able to do it with her because if it is a big hit, and I think it may be, it will give her so much more confidence than she’s got already and she will realise that people actually love her and care for her and want her to be happy. That’s all anybody in their right mind would want after she went through such a traumatic time.”
Listen to “Hold Me Closer” beneath.