Elton John And Britney Spears Share ‘Hold Me Closer’

A moment in pop history...

Elton John and Britney Spears combine on ‘Hold Me Closer’.

It’s the first time the two have collaborated, yet these iconic artists have known one another for almost a decade now. Meeting at the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, Britney subsequently tweeted her love of Elton’s classic song ‘Tiny Dancer’ in 2015.

The two finally came together this summer, with Elton John – who recently notched up yet another No. 1 single – attempting to complete work on ‘Hold Me Closer’.

It’s essentially a ‘Tiny Dancer’ remix merged with the title track from Elton’s 1992 album ‘The One’, but the new arrangement nods towards disco and house, placing it in a club context. Feeling another vocal was necessary, the English legend decided to reach out – and Britney Spears was delighted to be a part of it.

The wider context is impossible to ignore. This is Britney’s first newly released vocal in some considerable time, and comes as the American pop icon revels in newfound – and hard fought – freedom. For many, the sheer thrill of hearing her voice once more eclipses the song itself – thankfully, it’s a neat, astute, carefully finessed piece of pop music.

It’s also worth absorbing the gesture from Elton – it’s easy to pay lip service to #FreeBritney, it’s another to immediately put her on your record.

Elton John says: “I am absolutely thrilled to have had the chance to work with Britney Spears; She truly is an icon, one of the all-time great pop stars and she sounds amazing on this record. I love her dearly and am delighted with what we’ve created together.”

Britney Spears says: “I was so honored when the incredible Sir Elton John asked me to join him on one his most iconic songs. We are so excited for the fans to hear it! Thank you, Elton, for having me! I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to work with you and your legendary mind.” 

Tune in now.

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