by Best Classic Bands Staff
Elton John and Britney Spears have released their widely teased duet single, “Hold My Closer”. The track, released at 12M ET on August 26, 2022, represents a comeback for Spears who turned 40 on December 2, 2021. She burst onto the scene as a teenager in 1998 with the worldwide No. 1 hit, “Baby One More Time,” the self-styled “Princess of Pop” has sold tens of millions of records and sold out numerous tours, and hasn’t had a Hot 100 Top 10 single since 2012. .
Okie dokie…my first song in 6 years 🎶!!!! It’s damn cool that I sing with one of the
the most classic men of our time… @eltonofficial 🚀!!!! I’m a little overwhelmed…it’s a big deal for me!!! I meditate more 🧘🏼♀️ and learning my space is precious and valuable!!!
— Britney Spears 🌹🚀 (@britneyspears) August 25, 2022
The writing of the song “Hold Me Closer” is attributed to Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Andrew Wotman and Henry Walter. Much of it, including its title, is based on “Tiny Dancer”. John also plays piano and keyboards on the track.
The much-loved “Tiny Dancer” was one of the singles from John’s 1971 album, Crazy through the waterwho received a delay 50th anniversary deluxe edition earlier this year.
Upon its initial release, “Tiny Dancer” only reached No. 41 on the US Singles Chart. It became one of John’s most beloved songs with his global fan base, ranking only third to “Rocket Man” and “Your Song” in global streaming numbers.
Listen to “Hold Me Closer”
John had teased the track at an event several days earlier.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 23, 2022