The Princess of Pop is back!
On Friday, Britney Spears and Elton John unveiled their highly anticipated new duet “Hold Me Closer,” which combines the chorus of John’s 1972 hit “Tiny Dancer” and verses from his 1992 hit single “The One” with a new dance-pop production. — and marks Spears’ first release since ending her 13-year tutelage.
Ahead of its official debut, John, 75, previewed “Hold Me Closer” over the speakers of a restaurant in Cannes during an Instagram live stream, which has since been reposted on the “Rocket Man” singer’s IG grid. . In the clip, John introduces the song to ravenous applause from the restaurant’s patrons before singing along as he plays.
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spears posted on his Twitter account about the song, writing: “Okie dokie…my first song in 6 years 🎶!!!! It’s so cool to be singing with one of the most classic men of our time… @eltonofficial 🚀!!!! I’m kinda overloaded… it’s very important to me!!! I’m meditating more 🧘🏼♀️ and learning my space is valuable and precious!!!”
She continued, “I’m learning that everyday is a clean slate to try to be a better person and do what makes me happy…yes, I choose happiness today. I tell myself every day to let go of happiness. bitterness and trying to forgive myself and others for what may have been hurtful. I want to be fearless like when I was younger and not be as fearful and afraid. I pray that there is truth in the Holy Spirit and I hope that spirit is with my children too!!! !Yes… I choose happiness and joy today ☀️ !!!?
Michael Kovac/Getty Britney Spears and Elton John
Earlier this month, the iconic duo of musicians unveiled the artwork for the single “Hold Me Closer,” featuring childhood photos of Spears, 40, wearing a pink dance costume and John playing the piano, respectively.
“Hold Me Closer” marks John’s second recent collaboration, redirecting his previous hits after last year’s “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” with Dua Lipa, which mixes up 1972’s “Rocket Man” and “Where’s the Shoorah?” from 1976, “Kiss the Bride” and “Sacrifice” from 1989.
The duet is Spears’ first release since the 2020 reissue of Glorywhich featured three previously unreleased songs — “Mood Ring”, “Swimming in the Stars” and “Matches” featuring Backstreet Boys — recorded for its initial 2016 release.
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Released by Universal Music and produced by Andrew Watt, PEOPLE discovered that Spears and John were working on an updated version of “Tiny Dancer” in July, following a report from Page Six.
The news came shortly after Spears and her husband Sam Asghari enjoyed a Saturday night terrace date with actor Taron Egerton, who played John in the 2019 musical biopic. rocket man.
“The coolest guy ever!!! What a fucking fan… I was so stupid!!!” she captioned a deleted video of the visit.
The “Toxic” singer missed John’s 30th Annual Oscar Screening Party – from which the “Bennie and the Jets” musician was also absent – in March, when her husband, 28, attended instead. “I wish she were [here]. She’s at home doing some things… She’s been traveling a lot,” Asghari said. Extra.
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getty (2) Britney Spears and Elton John
A source tells PEOPLE that Spears is “talking a lot about her career” after her 13-year tutelage ended in November, adding that she “loves creating music and wants to give her fans a new album. It seems like she’s been focusing on it.” on one thing at a time.”
Spears previously teased a “different version” of her 1998 single “…Baby One More Time” in an Instagram video, revealing that she has been campaigning for years to re-record the track, which was not possible during her tutelage. .
“I haven’t shared my voice in a long time… could be a long time,” she wrote in the caption.
After the decision to terminate your guardianship, the Glory the artist’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, called it a “monumental day”.
“What’s next for Britney is up to one person – and this is the first time we’ve been able to say that in a decade. It’s up to Britney,” he said. “Britney, as of today, is a free woman.”