Release Of The Duet "Hold Me Closer" By Britney Spears And Elton John
After it became available for pre-save in early August, the music legends revealed their new song earlier in the week, which is based on release of the duet "Hold Me Closer" by Britney Spears and Elton John.
The new duet "Hold Me Closer" by pop icons Britney Spears and Elton John was just published.
It was released through streaming platforms on Friday at 00:00 Eastern Time, and an official audio video made its premiere on John's YouTube website with the simple announcement, "Elton John & Britney Spears' new song 'Hold Me Closer' is out now!"
The pair has been teasering their cooperation for weeks; its actual title was unveiled on August 19 after the announcement of its pre-save availability and cover art peek on August 8.
The first three lyrics of the chorus of John's 1971 smash song "Tiny Dancer," which he co-wrote with longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin for the Madman Across the Water album, serve as the basis for the title of the song.
One of Spears' first significant albums after the 2016 release of Glory and her first new songs after the conclusion of her 13-year conservatory is "Hold Me Close."
I was really honored when the legendary Sir Elton John invited me to perform with him on one of his most well-known songs.
We can't wait for the listeners to hear it! I appreciate you having me, Elton! In a statement issued after the song's debut, Spears remarked.
"I am so happy I had the chance to work with you and your brilliant intellect," you said.
Spears shared her enthusiasm for the song's debut in a series of tweets on August 24, only two days before it was set to be released.
"Ok, ok... My first song in six years," she said in a tweet.
"It's very awesome that I'm singing alongside one of our generation's most enduring figures, @eltonofficial!!!! I feel a little overwhelmed... It means a lot to me.
The song was previewed by John many times before it was released.
That contains footage of him performing a brief preview of the song in front of an enthusiastic audience at La Guérite in Cannes before presenting a longer excerpt of the song along with an animated rose and rocket.
Spears also shared a taster of the song on Instagram, however as of Thursday night, she has deactivated the account.
The duo's song is the most recent endeavor honoring John's discography.
Prior to his collaboration with Spears, he worked on the 2021 single "Cold Heart" with Dua Lipa and Pnau, which used parts of John's 1972 smash "Rocket Man" as well as "Sacrifice," "Kiss the Bride," and "Where's the Shoorah."
Due to a variety of factors, "Tiny Dancer" is probably the song that most people associate with "Hold Me Closer," although it also contains allusions to "The One" from 1992 by Elton John and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" from 1976.
John reaffirmed intentions to continue working with other artists in an interview with The Guardian that was published on Thursday, saying, "I want to make one every year for a joyful, cheerful summer album."
The Grammy-winning artist also spoke about recording with Spears, who was on her honeymoon with producer Andrew Watt when she did so in Los Angeles.
He said that his spouse, David Furnish, had the particular idea to collaborate with Spears, and John described it as "a very wonderful concept."
At one point in the conversation, he added, "Everyone was saying they don't believe she can sing anymore."
She was amazing when she began, however, so I believe she can. She did it, and I was so impressed by what she accomplished.
Spears was "very collaborative" and "exacting" in her vision for her contribution to the collaboration, coming up with the concept for her vocal runs and being "extremely detailed" about how her vocals and levels were mixed.
Producer Watt praised Spears for this.
In addition to giving her "far more confidence than she already has," John expressed his hope that the song would also let her understand that "people truly love her and care for her and want her to be happy."
He said that she "sung brilliantly."
He made reference to her now-gone conservatorship and stated, "She's been away for so long there's a lot of anxiety there because she's been deceived so many times and she hasn't really been in the public eye officially for so long."
We have been holding her hand and reassured her that everything would be OK during the whole procedure.
It's Britney's first single following the end of her conservatorship in 2021, and her current manager and previous agent Cade Hudson had a major role in making it happen.
Her last musical release was six years ago.
Elton also made a fantastic decision since, as you may recall, he and Dua Lipa produced "Cold Heart - Pnau Remix" a year ago, which was also a huge smash.
He's discovered a way to weave younger artists into some of his incredible tunes, and it's obviously working.