Britney Spears and Elton John will release a single together this week, it’s been confirmed.
A spokesperson for Spears confirmed to PA news agency that the pair will be updating John’s seminal 1971 single Tiny Dancer.
Few details are known, but John shared an image to his 4 million Instagram followers of a rocket (representing John) and a rose (representing Spears) alongside the caption ‘hold me closer’.
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Variety reported that Spears and John met mid-July in a Beverly Hills recording studio to work on the Hold Me Closer single.
Grammy-winning producer Andrew Watt, a Hollywood star who has worked with Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Pearl Jam, was reported to be overseeing the session.
Spears’ return to the music scene arrives as she continues to battle father Jamie Spears in court regarding the alleged misconduct of her conservatorship, which prompted a social media outpour of #FreeBritney.
In November 2021, a Los Angeles judge ended the conservatorship that controlled Britney Spears’ life and money for nearly 14 years.
It was reportedly John’s idea to make the recording, which first appeared on his 1971 album Madman Across the Water, was to help boost Spears’ post-conservatorship career.
John is no stranger to contemporary collaborations, having recorded eight new tracks with stars such as Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Nicky Minaj, and Dua Lipa in the past decade.
The track is not the only sign of shifts in Spears’ fortune – the 40-year-old popstar married personal trainer Sam Asghari in an intimate ceremony in California this June. Madonna, Selena Gomez, Drew Barrymore, Paris Hilton, and will.i.am were among the celebrity guests.
Earlier this year, Spears mourned publicly the loss of her “miracle baby” in early pregnancy, and sought legal assistance when ex-husband Jason Alexander gatecrashed her wedding. He has since pleaded not guilty to charges of stalking, trespassing, battery and vandalism.